Spotlight: Branford Marsalis

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com A smoke-filled room; laughter, conversation; and most importantly, music.  That’s the feel that I get when listening to Branford Marsalis wailing on the sax.  He is the son of Ellis Marsalis Jr., jazz pianist (November 14, 1934 – April 1, 2020) , and has five (5) brothers .  Aside from Branford … Continue reading Spotlight: Branford Marsalis

Spotlight 06/22/21: Rick Braun

Photo by Lucas Craig on Pexels.com I'm from Philadelphia, PA, and just North of here is a place called Allentown, about an hour's drive. There, Rick Braun was born in 1955. He started out playing drums, but switched to the trumpet, following his brother's lead. He also excelled at the flugelhorn and keyboards. He has … Continue reading Spotlight 06/22/21: Rick Braun

Live!! Miles Davis & Quincy Jones at Montreux

This Miles Davis album was recorded at Montreux on July 8, 1991 and released on August 10, 1993, and was the last album Davis recorded, a few months prior to his demise on September 28, 1991.  He was already experiencing health problems on that day, and trumpeter Wallace Roney (who studied under Miles Davis from … Continue reading Live!! Miles Davis & Quincy Jones at Montreux

Spotlight – Cava Menzies & Nick Phillips

She plays piano, and he plays trumpet.  Together, they make music.  She is Cava Menzies and he is Nick Phillips.  In 2014, they gave us an offering entitled “Moment To Moment”, and they have been going strong ever since.  I don’t know how they managed to find each other and create such a monumental team, … Continue reading Spotlight – Cava Menzies & Nick Phillips