Category: Random Stuff

“Women Drummers” – Angela Smith

“Women Drummers – a history from rock and jazz to blues and country” Angela Smith Rowman & Littlefield ISBN 978-0-8108-8834-0 It’s true, women in music are still under-represented and often under-rated. And it’s possible to argue that it’s especially the case with the drums. There’s an unspoken (actually, often quite outspoken) perception that it’s a…




“A Listener’s Guide to Free Improvisation” – John Corbett

Like many listeners to this kind of music (and players) I’m learning as I go. And in that learning process, there’s a constant danger of stagnation… of understanding, of vocabulary, of response. This book, by Chicago music writer, curator and producer, John Corbett, is the solution. Short, accessible, friendly, it’s an invaluable companion on the…




“Half Blood Blues” – Esi Edugyan

[This review was first published in Jazz Journal in 2011.] Sidney Griffiths is a competent Baltimore bass-player who finds himself in an integrated black-white-American-German-Jewish jazz band in Berlin, 1939. Sid’s story pivots on another band member, Hieronymous Falk – a black, German trumpeter of Louis Armstrong talents – who is arrested by the Nazis and…