Shows I’ll Never Forget

Jazz at the Movies, Ipswich Music Festival (2014): Shows I’ll Never Forget

Jazz at the Movies, Ipswich Music Festival (2014): Shows I’ll Never Forget

The Ipswich Music Festival presentation of Jazz at the Movies gave us more than we bargained for.

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Toto and Michael McDonald, August 29, 2014

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Toto and Michael McDonald, August 29, 2014

Toto just seems to get better with age – and Michael McDonald held his own.

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Paul McCartney, July 9, 2014

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Paul McCartney, July 9, 2014

Despite a recent illness, McCartney appeared trim, fit, and ready to rock.

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Kitty La Roar and Nick Shankland, July 7, 2014

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Kitty La Roar and Nick Shankland, July 7, 2014

Playing regularly at Scarfe’s Bar in London, they take ownership of the music.

Shows I’ll Never Forget: The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, June 8, 2014

Shows I’ll Never Forget: The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, June 8, 2014

Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl achieved a signature moment at Mountain Jam.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Live at Mohegan Sun Arena (2014)

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Live at Mohegan Sun Arena (2014)

Emotions were running high in anticipation of this last pair of 2014 E Street shows. Tickets for the tiny Mohegan Sun Arena were a tough get. We felt lucky to be in the building.

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Bootsy Collins, May 10, 2014

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Bootsy Collins, May 10, 2014

Bootsy Collins came to North Carolina’s LEAF Festival to spread his gospel of funk.

WTF?! Wednesdays: Peter Brotzmann and Nasheet Waits Duo at UMass Amherst (2005)

WTF?! Wednesdays: Peter Brotzmann and Nasheet Waits Duo at UMass Amherst (2005)

We were sitting about 70 feet away and the amount of sound coming from that man’s horn … unamplified … was kind of scary. I don’t know how he does it.

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Jackson Taylor and the Sinners, April 26, 2014

Back to Back Bar, Bossier City, Louisiana: Sometimes, it’s the whole experience that will make a show you’ll never forget as opposed to just a fantastic performance on stage.

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Chicago, January 28, 2014

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Chicago, January 28, 2014

At Symphony Hall in Chicago: I have a bone to pick with Chicago bassist/vocalist Jason Scheff. Scheff is an excellent player and fine singer, having been with the band for almost 30 years. Unfortunately, he almost caused the death of my best friend Joe.