Entries for November 2015

  • World Class Musicians to Perform in Encinitas

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    San Diego Folk Heritage is proud to present two musical events this month at San Dieguito United Methodist Church in Encinitas, CA. On Saturday, November 14th, the nonprofit organization will welcome world-class touring musicians Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas. Fraser’s dynamic fiddling, engaging stage presence, and deep understanding of Scotland’s music have created a constant and […]

  • Things I’m Doing

    My radio show (JAZZ ROOTS, KSDS 88.3 FM, Sunday nights from 8 pm to 10pm) will go into repeat mode for the month of November and probably December. According to the station the reason is logistical problems. I’m certainly willing to continue putting out newly recorded shows and have some jim dandy new old-time stuff […]

  • Dave Bennett: Where Jazz Sophistication Meets Boogie Woogie

    When Dave Bennett is out on the road — which is a lot — he needs enough luggage space to pack a sharp business suit and, perhaps, a pair of suede shoes! Call it a case of dueling alter egos. On any given evening, with clarinet in hand, the Waterford, Michigan resident looks like the […]

  • Big Kitchen: A Counter Culture Musical!

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    For 35 years Judy Forman has been the proprietor of the Big Kitchen, a culinary and cultural institution in South Park. Besides serving up pancakes and hash browns, Forman has championed women’s rights, gay rights, and basic equal enfranchisement for all (See the accompanying profile Someone’s In the (Big) Kitchen with Judy in this issue). […]

  • Toys in the Attic…and Underfoot

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    Hello Troubadourians! How many of you use effects pedals with your instruments? One of the first columns I wrote for the Troubadour was about effects pedals. In fact, the first two columns were on that topic and there have been several more since then. I’m talking about things like compression, distortion, phase, tremolo, delay, and […]

  • Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt and their Circle of Song

    It seems in most cultures and tribes throughout history the communal circle is something regarded as holy. It eventually leads to rhythm, dance, and stories. Then comes the inevitable act of putting the story to music. The song is a major ingredient of any sacred circle. It’s been true for centuries. To create holiness — […]

  • Keeping Up with the Moves

    Perhaps oversimplifying, jamgrass is the hybrid genre made up of bluegrass players who want to play country rock or even jazz on their wood instruments. Or, taken a step further, much of it is played by musicians who dig the Grateful Dead and the String Cheese Incident, and also like stretching out instrumentally. The songs […]

  • Mindfulness

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    Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Buddha likened our normal, everyday awareness to being asleep. Vedanta teaches that the world presented to us by our senses and framed by our conceptual thought is an illusory portrait called maya. And in his letter to the Corinthians Paul said that “we see through a […]

  • G BURNS JUG BAND: The Southern Pacific & the Santa Fe

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    It’s not often that you hear a modern-day revival jug band that has a sound you can only hear on a 1920s or ’30s 78 rpm record but these guys have a sound that would do that Golden Era proud. With a mix of juggy blues and old-time ragtime jazz and tunes ranging from the […]