On The Corner was not received well upon it’s release in 1972. Times change …
The (now) landmark album by Miles Davis was ahead of it’s time. A precursor to 1970’s Funk, Rock and eventually Hip Hop. Miles – as usual, ahead of his time and ahead of the times.
Dave Liebman was on that album with Miles and it gave Jeff Coffin (Dave Mathews Band, Bela Fleck and The Flecktones) an idea. Coffin assembled an All Star band to do a live performance of On The Corner. A ‘gig’ that thankfully was recorded and a ‘gig’ that one day may be considered historic in itself.
Please listen below to my chat with Jeff about the album, Miles and The Dave Mathews Band.
Herb Alpertwas one of the most successful men in the history of music …
Then – along with partner Jerry Moss, Herb Alpert created one of the most industrious and fruitful record companies in the history of the music business.
A & M Records was designed to house artists in an environment which catered to their individual creativity. Herb Alpert believes to this day – creativity and individualism are the keys to a peaceful and effective society.
Please listen to Part One , two and three of my interview with this legendary musician, producer, composer, painter, sculptor and ‘all ’round good guy’;
One of the most exciting nights on the Montreal jazz and blues scene can be found whenever Johnny Beaudine & Deep Blue take the stage with their smoking menu of Chicago style jazz, blues and soul fusion with touches of New Orleans funk.
A veteran of some of the most famous and infamous south-side Chicago blues clubs,the young Beaudine was tutored by masters like Jr. Wells, James Cotton and A.C.Reed. Beaudine and the band have developed a repertoire that ranges from Chess records classics to New Orleans versions of Duke Ellington and updates of jazz classics from artists like Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis and Sonny Stitt.
Johnny Beaudine and Deep Blue hold down the regular Monday night slot at Montreal’s legendary House of Jazz and have done so for over two years, drawing an audience of jazz and blues fans from the US, Japan, Singapore, Brazil, Australia, Europe and China.
Johnny Beaudine on tenor & soprano sax, harmonica and vocals leads a band containing some of the most talented and experienced musicians in Montreal. Adept at sophisticated jazz, blues, ragtime and stride piano styles reminiscent of Fats Waller; Peter Mika’s piano generates a wall of sound that transforms any club into a concert hall.
The great R&B veteran Ben Comeau plays electric bass. Ben’s sheer enjoyment of the music is a pleasure to behold as his bass smolders cool and smooth on the jazz numbers and cuts loose on the funky bluesier material.
Jeff Simons rounds things out on drums. His powerhouse drumming drives the band through his varied repertoire. Jeff is also an excellent vocalist and his renditions of Ray Charles’ hits – bring the house down!
Their Motto is “We Come to Play” and Deep Blue creates that authentic Chicago sensation every night they play.
Please listen below as Johnny and Peter talk about their band which uniquely blends Jazz,Blues and New Orleans Funk into the only genuine unit of it’s kind in Montreal.