This month, we point our spotlights on local musicians from the Denver metro area, and great black musicians of jazz history.
Last week, one of our local TV stations did a lovely story about one of Denver's best pianists, Billy Wallace. As the embedded video below states, Wallace worked with many jazz greats, and knows thousands of songs. He is suffering from dementia, and this video speaks of the special friendship he has with a retired psychiatrist. Our thanks to KUSA (9 News) for letting us include the clip here.
On our Sidetracks page, we're featuring the work of two local vocalists, Tina Phillips and Bonnie Lowdermilk, both of whom have new albums featuring one of the area's finest pianists, Art Lande. We hope you'll enjoy reading about these superb artists. Our CD review section highlights new vocal recordings by Nancy Harms and Catina DeLuna that bring fresh approaches to well-known literature, and instrumental albums by Caroline Davis, Matt Parker and Ken Peplowski which examine jazz traditions from significantly varied perspectives.
In recognition of Black History Month, we feature a wonderful new Mosaic set of James P. Johnson in our Retro Review, and a Book Review of an "interpretive" biography of Charles Mingus which places as much focus on his autobiography as his music.
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