I’ve listened to jazz most of my life – my parents used to play Dave Brubeck, Stan Getz, Count Basie on the hi-fi all the time. As a kid of the late 70s, my taste was more contemporary (Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, The Jackson 5), but it was my 7th grade music teacher who played Bob James “One” in class and I knew that I had to hear more. That was my gateway to Joe Sample, The Crusaders, Grover Washington, Jr. and all the CTI stuff. In college, my self-taught music education included Trane, Miles and Duke, along with singers and all styles along the jazz spectrum. And the listening hasn’t stopped since.
As a Music Editor, I write a review column for the arts and cultural publication, ICON Magazine (originally Primetime Arts and Entertainment) since 2004 and have supplied music recommendations and brief interviews under the ICON banner to the WRTI website since 2012. I’m a member of the Jazz Journalists Association; vote in the Downbeat International Jazz Critics Poll, and participate as a voter in NPR’s Annual Jazz Critics Poll, produced and edited by Francis Davis.
Many of the reviews on this site have appeared in full or in part within ICON Magazine.
Likes: Jazz, pop, R&B, hip hop, rap, electronics, movies, NYC jazz clubs, IMAX, musicians, singers and high quality audio and video. Siri, my pit mix.
Dislikes: Friending me on social media only to pitch your project to me. Religious based bigotry. Onions.
Disclosure: For review consideration, I’m sent free CD, vinyl, DVD reviewer copies and downloads from a variety of music publicists, artists and labels. I have never been compensated by any of these entities or persons for the purpose of publishing reviews or favorable blog posts nor do I sell or trade any physical or virtual media for revenue.