Month: January 2013


Clifford Jordan is another Unsung Tenor sax player from the Hard Bop school of Jazz. I have plenty of his work ,especially as a sideman, ie; Lee Morgan early-60s Blue Note, and some of his experimental work on Strata East label from early-70s. Check out Clifford with the Mingus band featuring Eric Dolphy

Charles Mingus – Bass
Eric Dolphy – Alto Sax & Bass Clarinet
Clifford Jordan – Tenor Sax
Johnny Coles – Trumpet
Jaki Byard – Piano
Dannie Richmond – Drums

Empty Chair

Clifford Jordan: Mosaic [Starting Time/A Story Tale] (1961)

Milestone CD 47092 [2001]
Jazzland 52 + Jazzland 40


Track list:

01 – Sunrise In Mexico
02 – Extempore
03 – Down Through The Years
04 – Quittin’ Time
05 – One Flight Down
06 – Windmill
07 – Don’t You Know I Care?
08 – Mosaic
09 – Cumberland Court
10 – A Story Tale
11 – You’re Driving Me Crazy
12 – Defiance
13 – Prints
14 – Hip Pockets
15 – They Say It’s Wonderful
16 – If I Didn’t Care


#01-08: Starting Time:
Kenny Dorham – trumpet;
Clifford Jordan – tenor sax;
Cedar Walton – piano;
Wilbur Ware – bass;
Albert ‘Tootie’ Heath – drums;

#09-16: A Story Tale:
Sonny Red – alto sax;
Clifford Jordan – tenor sax;
Tommy Flanagan – piano (11-15);
Ronnie Matthews – piano (09,10,16);
Art Davis – bass;
Elvin Jones – drums.

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2013 NEA JAZZ MASTERS HONORED AT LINCOLN CENTER (click link for the full presentation on NPR stream)

National Endowment for the Arts recognized its 2013 class of Jazz Masters on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. The honor is the highest federally supported award for jazz artistry; those recognized receive a $25,000 grant and a tribute performance.

The class of 2013 included alto saxophonist, Lou Donaldson,Village Vanguard classic Jazz club owner,Lorraine Gordon,Pianist/Songwriter, Mose Allison and Latin Jazz icon Eddie Palmieri. In addition to the grant, NEA awardees are also invited to live performances and educational programs across the country. “Hanging” with the 86-year-old Lou Donaldson, were the 86-year-old Jimmy Heath and electrifying drummer, Roy Haynes(87).  On hand as the house-band during the award ceremonies were  previous NEA jazz masters recipients, Ron Carter Bass, Jimmy Cobb on drums and Pianist Kenny Barron.


Lou Donaldson joined by fellow jazz masters, Jimmy Heath and Roy Haynes



List your favorite #Soul, #Blues or #Jazz music group of all-time, in ranking order. Perhaps your list will be cited as Best List of All Time  greats. Some people like the Four Tops, Gladys Knight and James Brown, perhaps You like #Kool & the Gang , #WAR and Stevie Wonder. #BB King, #Bobby Blue Bland or the Blue Magoos?? whomever your choice is, post it in the comment section found below. #Quincy Jones, #Herbie Hancock, or #Miles Davis and #John Coltrane?? 


Janice Maxie-Reid

“Queen Of The Keyboards”, “The Complete Package”, The“Triple Threat” are just a few titles that have been often used to describe Bay Area keyboardist and vocalist, #Janice Maxie-Reid.Conservatory-trained, jazz and gospel inspired, this stunning and talented powerhouse hails from Oakland California. Janice began playing at the piano at age four, singing at age nine and performing at the professional level with bands at the age of thirteen.  She impressively shifts through all genres from classical to spirituals, blues to gospel and funk to jazz.

A “one-woman band”, Janice often doubles as a #keyboard and left-hand keyboard bass player which makes her a force of nature on any stage! Her soulful, angelic and daringly accurate vocal prowess, distinctive four-octave voice range and engaging stage presence captivate her audiences! Janice’s vast musical gifts and massive repertoire are always on point and leave her audiences wanting for more! Janice has performed on major #concert stages including Bourbon Street Music Club in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saratoga Spring Performing Arts Center, Davies Symphony Hall, Concord Pavilion,#Yoshi’s and the legendary Berkeley and #Russian River Jazz #Festivals.

Janice is a bandleader of her own group and is the “first call” musician for other leading Bay Area bands including Stanley Clarke’s Roxboro Records smooth jazz guitartist Lloyd Gregory, drum legend “The Groove Merchant” Larry Vann and Santana’s 11-time #Grammy Award winning lead vocalist Tony Lindsay. Her musical influences include #Duke Ellington, #Ray Charles, #Herbie Hancock, Rodney Franklin, #Nancy Wilson, #Aretha Franklin, #Roberta Flack and Barbara Streisand.