Here I am, with my gear, at the Urban Lounge recording SLAJO. The great archivist of 21st Century jazz in the first decade, I suspect this pic was from around 2005. Staying up late to capture every note, then dragging my ass into work the next morning.
Thanks to Joanne Wong for the pic.
Sun Ra, musician, poet, composer, band leader, cosmic explorer, and general amazing individual has always been a hero of mine. If you note in the pic above, he personally autographed my LP copy of Magic City.
Sun Ra passed away a number of years ago, but his Arkestra continues on, led by 90+ year old, multi reed player, Marshall Allen. While the current Arkestra has new members, some of the older players are still in the group. Most importantly, the Arkestra has released a new CD! Here are links to a couple articles on the group...
First, the announcement of the new recording...
And more on the group as it continues its exploration of the cosmos...
Play on! Space is still the place!
The studio recordings of jazz combo John Henry are finally available! John Henry was one of the greatest jazz groups of it's era (2003-2010 or so), easily creating some of the best jazz anywhere in the world! From Studio 13 recordings, with the help of many, the music is finally available on streaming services and from downloads. All compositions, with noted exceptions, are by the trumpet player, Dave Chisholm.
Here is the John Henry link, and note the Home button that will take you to the John Henry page on the SLAJO web site.