Canadian alto saxophonist Dylan Cramer found music at a transformative time in his life. He was 13 years old when he initially heard a Sonny Criss recording and knew that he wanted to study with him. Six years later Cramer made the journey to Los Angeles and Criss soon became his teacher, mentor and friend. William “Sonny” Criss grew up in Memphis, Tennessee and moved out west at 15 years old and subsequently began a 30 year career as a band leader and sideman, playing with greats such as Cedar Walton, Dexter Gordon and Wynton Kelly. Sadly, Criss was diagnosed […]
“…Have I lived to see the milk and honey land where hate’s a dream and love forever stands or is this a vision in my mind?” I like to believe that Stevie Wonder has written a song for every moment. His songs seem to always beautifully describe every point on the vast spectrum of human emotions and experiences. Not only does he inspire with his talent and skill, he also stirs the heart with his ability to understand and decipher the world around him. Recent world events have cast a heaviness and are testing our humanity, our compassion and our […]
This week’s Sunday Slow Jam features a classic tune called, “A Remark You Made” by the prodigious Weather Report. This highly influential band was stacked with monster musicians who liked to seek out the in-between spaces and just hang there. Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Airto Moreira and Peter Erskine were all fearless players who really shaped and transformed the idea of jazz-fusion and became untouchable. It seems that these musical storytellers needed more language to express themselves so they created a new one by blending rock, world music, jazz and funk together. They were virtuosic, fearless, curious and […]
Today’s Sunday Slow(ish) Jam features the spunky and creative Scott Amendola Band. A little bit funky, a little bit sideways and outside the box, always stretching and searching, This band is bold and fearless. It features some really great musicians such as Jenny Scheinman (Bill Frisell) on violin, Nels Cline (Wilco) on guitar and lapsteel, Jeff Parker (Tortoise) on guitar and John Shifflett on bass and of course Scott Amendola on drums, percussion, loops and other electronics.
Scott Amendola is a flexible and fluid musician. You can hear it in his playing and in his ability to hang in any musical […]