Appreciations

Phil Ochs (1940-1976): An Appreciation

Phil Ochs (1940-1976): An Appreciation

For a while, Phil Ochs’ vision of America fuelled the shared dreams of the 1960s. He would have turned 74 today.

Dimebag Darrell (1966-2004) An Appreciation

Dimebag Darrell (1966-2004) An Appreciation

I’m not one to get overly emotional about a celebrity’s death, even one whose work touched me. Dimebag Darrell was different.

Emotional tribute to Mel Davis proved music says far more than words

Emotional tribute to Mel Davis proved music says far more than words

A celebration of the life of one of improvisation’s major influences found many who loved Mel Davis gathered on stage at London’s Cafe Oto.

Jack Bruce (1943-2014): An Appreciation

Jack Bruce (1943-2014): An Appreciation

In the aftermath of Jack Bruce’s long-awaited reunion with Cream, some people bitched. All I remember was watching in wonder.

Manhattan Transfer’s Tim Hauser: 10 Essential Performances

Manhattan Transfer’s Tim Hauser: 10 Essential Performances

Remembering Manhattan Transfer’s Tim Hauser, who helped open the door to jazz for me.

An Appreciation: Joe Sample and the Crusaders, “It Happens Everyday” (1977)

An Appreciation: Joe Sample and the Crusaders, “It Happens Everyday” (1977)

Remembering a drop-dead gorgeous tone poem that was so emblematic.

Charlie Haden (1937-2014): An Appreciation

Charlie Haden (1937-2014): An Appreciation

Much more than a jazz musician, Haden was a virtuoso of all American music.

Casey Kasem (1932-2014): An Appreciation

A golden voice is silenced, but only in the here and now.

‘What a soul for New Orleans': Allen Toussaint talks Dr. John ahead of Saturday tribute concert

‘What a soul for New Orleans': Allen Toussaint talks Dr. John ahead of Saturday tribute concert

Dr. John’s flamboyant life and hoodoo-tinged music will be celebrated during a special concert event to be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014, in New Orleans as part of the Jazz and Heritage Festival.

‘He left a heritage': Garth Hudson, Amy Helm, Steve Berlin and Jimmy Vivino on Levon Helm

‘He left a heritage': Garth Hudson, Amy Helm, Steve Berlin and Jimmy Vivino on Levon Helm

Levon Helm’s music was a homey as it was connective — with his history, with everyone’s.