RIP Fats Domino (1928-2017)



RIP Walter Becker (1950-2017), age 67

This is truly a very sad day in music. Along with Donald Fagen, Walter Becker created Steely Dan. Their music, the musicians they utilized, and the fans that listened to their songs will know this duo as inovating and incorporating pop, jazz, and blues to such a level of sophistocation and lyricism to easily be named as many a music-lovers favourite band.

Their songs are wrapped in American history. Their influences are the best. And Walter’s subtle guitar solos, floating bass lines, and teamwork with Fagen cement him as one of the legends of American music.

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“And Die Behind The Wheel” . . : Steely Dan’s Deacon Blues

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Internation Jazz Day

International Jazz Day.pngThree posts in one day?! A wonderful day for music education!

In fact, the UN has made April 30th International Jazz Day! So make it a point to set some time to listen to and appreciate some wonderful jazz music. I’m listeing to the ‘Classic Jazz’ channel right now on


Edmonton Folk Fest 2017

Edmonton Folk Fest 2017 poster.pngAugust 10th through the 13th, it’s off to Edmonton, Alberta’s Gallagher Park for some live music during the Edmonton Folk Fest. I just got an email talking about four of the musicians that will be performing. The rest of my day will be listening and most likely buying some amazing new music. Thank you, Edmonton

Bruno Mars’ Tribute to Sting – and a bonus

Every year, the John F Kenedy Center for the Performing Arts puts on a show. One or these days, I’d like to go. I don’t think I’ll sell 100 million albums like Sting, but I’d settle for spectator.

“The Kennedy Center Honors celebrates the spectacular talents of artists whose brilliance has left a lasting impact on our society,” stated Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein.

“Reflecting on the powerful commitments these artists have made to their crafts as well as the cultural contributions they have made over the course of their illustrious careers is a humbling experience,” commented Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter.

In a star-studded celebration on the Kennedy Center Opera House stage, hosted by Stephen Colbert, the 2016 Honorees were saluted by artistic colleagues and friends, including some of today’s leading performers and living legends. Seated with the President of the United States and Mrs. Obama, the Honorees enjoyed the recognition and gratitude of their peers through performances and tributes.

This was just on FB, and was from 2014:


Here’s your bonus…

A year before, at the Grammy Awards, Bruno Mars and Sting performed together for a tribute to Bob Marley.