Rich Pulin of pulin4jazz.org talks about his life in jazz which included seven years with the Tommy Dorsey Band on trombone. Rich has been running a most innovative jazz education program for kids in Clark County, Nevada (Las Vegas) that could be a model for the nation.
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There are many ways to enjoy jazz: on record (or CD), on the radio, at a club, at a festival.
On this call we talk with producer Michael Lazaroff about what is possibly the most glorious way to enjoy jazz mankind has ever created: on a cruise.
Michael’s company Entertainment Cruise Production is the #1 producer of special theme cruises on earth and they got their start producing jazz chartered cruises in 2000 featuring artists the caliber of Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea.
Artists love it because they can arrange jam sessions on board that often just aren’t possible in “real life.” They also get to chill a bit versus flying in, playing and flying out, sometimes on the same day. They also love the sound system which has been tweaked to perfection and
Pat Metheny called “as good as Carnegie Hall.”
How wonderful is the experience?
Over the years, over 12,000 guests have repeated the experience four or more times!
Once is an incident. Twice is a coincidence. Three time is a plan. When people return to an experience four times or more it has to be special. On this call, we talk about some of what makes it so.
Singer, writer, and educator Tom Cunniffe was part of the legendary and unfortunately now-defunct Jazz.com.
He’s captured the spirit of that site and put his own unique twist on it with a unique approach to reviewing the music and shining a light on some of the great music of the past that deserves a second look – or maybe even a first look for some of us. Highly recommended.
Pianist and composer Milcho Leviev was born and raised in Bulgaria in 1937 which means he had the experience of World War II, the Soviet invasion, and a long dictatorship as a child and young man.
Milcho is part of a wave of supremely accomplished musicians from Eastern Europe who’ve made huge creative contributions to jazz over the decades.
Their dedication to the art is epic and perhaps not fully appreciated.
During the Communist times, jazz was, for all practical purposes, a banned music in the Eastern Bloc. Schools did not teach it, public performances were frowned on, jazz records were seized at Customs and pursuing jazz was a potential career-killer for a professional musician.
Still they persisted.
Milcho relates how a small group of dedicated musicians and fans in his country tuned into Willis Conover’s 1 AM Voice of America jazz broadcast with their primitive tape recorders turned on.
The hope was that one of the group would get a relatively clear signal (the program was jammed by authorities) and could share the tape with others. They then laboriously worked together to transcribe the recordings so they could study them.
Why did they love jazz so much? Because it exemplified freedom.
A sampling of where that love of freedom has brought Milcho. Enjoy!
Milcho returns to Bulgaria
With Art Pepper
With Don Ellis
With Bill Cobham
With Dave Holland
Tribute to Voice of America’s Willis Conover
Bulgarian cartoon from the 60s (Jazz in banned in Heaven)