Giant Steps

For the past several days I have been trying to learn Giant Steps by, John Coltrane. It is probably his most famous tune. It was revolutionary as far as I'm concerned. It came out in 1960. All the years I have been playing I have never attempted to learn it. It was too much of [...]

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Miss Jones Again

Have You Met Miss Jones - Fishing for comments dammit! Well, here it is again. You'd think I would know this song by now as long as I have been playing it. I play it every day. It's not that I don't know the harmony, the chords, the structure of the song. I know the [...]

Cannonball Adderley

Julian Edwin "Cannonball" Adderley was born September 15, 1928, and died August 8, 1975, at age 46. He was a jazz alto saxophonist of the hard bop era of the 1950s and 1960s. He was thought to be the heir to Charlie Parker. That says something of the caliber of this saxophonist. Adderley is remembered [...]

Weather Report

Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter both made names for themselves playing with some of the top jazz artists of their time; Maynard Ferguson, Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, Art Blakey and many others. They met each other for the first time in 1959 while playing with Maynard Ferguson. Years later Weather Report was formed; a fusion [...]