Alex van Heerden

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

The Music of Alex van Heerden

This month is the first anniversary of trumpet player Alex van Heerden’s sudden passing last January. When he died he was recording music with a band of farm workers, the Delta Optel Vastrap Band (that’s them above). As I noted at the time, I was a big fan of Van Heerden’s style of playing–the way

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

New Year’s Day (Tweede Nuwejaar)

Around this time every year I miss the place where I was born and grew up. (I make it there every other December). Right now I am in northern Wyoming where it is cold and snow turned...