Tuesday, January 14th, 2014
A week ago, my friend KLW, a distinguished New York jazz critic, called to ask if I had read Adam Gopnik’s New Yorker essay on Duke Ellington (and the Beatles). I had not, nor did I plan to. The prospect of Gopnik writing on something you care passionately about is always more than mildly dispiriting.
Thursday, November 5th, 2009
Juan Tizol was a trombone player, but a composer too (and a borinqueño of course). Here’s he doing his now classic tune, “Caravan,” with the Duke. This film was recorded in 1952. Ellington and Tizol first performed...