Here are some links to sites of people, places, and things I find interesting. Maybe you will, too.
Gary Burton – Playing with Gary, Mick Goodrick, Michael Moore and Ed Soph when we were on the faculty of the National Stage Band Camps in 1972 was a real treat. Gary recommended me to set up the Jazz Studies Programme at the New South Wales State Conservatorium in Sydney and I’m forever grateful. And Gary’s playing is as masterful as ever.
Mark Dresser – I can’t think of anything Mark can’t already do on a bass, but he’s still searching for more. Unfortunately, we only seem to play together once or twice a decade. The last time was in 2004 at Symphony Space in New York with Skuli Sverrisson, Jim Black and Gerry Hemingway. His current work in the area of telematic performance has the potential for creating all kinds of exciting music.
Dave Liebman – His sound and ideas are instantly recognizable and all his own. He’s another person who has never stopped challenging himself and the musicians who work with him. When it comes to jazz saxophonists, Dave is at the front of the line and the top of the hill.
Jim McNeely – When Jim was a freshman and I was a grad student leading one of the bands at the University of Illinois, he was the piano player in my band. I’m happy to know I didn’t do anything to impede his development. Jim is a fantastic piano player, a creative composer, and he used to be one hell of a clarinet player.
Pat Metheny – Pat is a master of melody, both as a performer and a composer. From his own groups to collaborations with Ornette Coleman or Derek Bailey, or on solo recordings ranging from “One Quiet Night” to “Zero Tolerance for Silence,” the music Pat makes is always engaging because he completely immerses himself, musically and emotionally, in everything he does. As an irrelevant aside, Steve Rodby (bassist with the Pat Metheny Group and co-producer on many of Pat’s projects) was a student in one of the bands I directed at the National Stage Band Camp many years ago.
Dave Morgan – Dave is a wonderful composer and bass player, now teaching at Youngstown State University, who has contributed a wealth of interesting and challenging material to the library of the Jazz Unit. I urge you to visit his site and listen to some of his marvelous work.
The next four people are special because of the almost magical way we are able to communicate whenever we make music together. Most important to me, they’re all my friends.
Mike Nock – I felt that Mike was a kindred spirit the first time I heard his music, and that was long before we ever met. After many years of our paths failing to cross (he was in the U.S. when I was in Australia and vice versa) we finally got to play together in Sydney in 1988. Our collaborations since that time have been few and far between, and that’s unfortunate. The affinity between us always leads to some very special music.
Morgan Powell –Morgan has a voice all his own, both as a trombonist and as a composer. Whether it is in the context of a jazz quintet/sextet or part of a project with the Tone Road Ramblers, every musical moment is a joy. I always look forward to the next thing he will play, write or say because I know it will be something to remember.
Scott Robinson – Scott excels on an unbelievable number of brass and woodwind instruments, and he plays inside or out with a sense of joy and total commitment. He is an unsung hero in jazz only to those who have never heard him play. Those who have sing his praises immediately, as I’ve done since we first played together over 30 years ago. And no matter what you may hear, Scott is from New Jersey, not Saturn.
Ray Sasaki – Ray doesn’t have his own web site, so you will have to learn more about him through the Tone Road Ramblers. Ray can do anything and everything you can imagine on a trumpet or flugelhorn, and then some. The instant rapport we had the first time we played together hasn’t diminished, and the music we make is always greater than the sum of the parts.
AMT wireless microphones – These are simply the best wireless microphones on the market.
Yamaha Musical Instruments – I switched to Yamaha saxophones over 40 years ago and they’ve done everything I’ve asked of them ever since.
Advance Music – One of the best publishers in the music business.
Jamey Aebersold – In addition to his Play-along series that continues to grow, Jamey offers a wealth of materials for jazz instrumentalists, vocalists, writer/arrangers and educators.
All About Jazz – This is an excellent source of jazz news and information on the web.
YouTube Jazz Video Search – If you’re looking for jazz clips on YouTube, this is a good place to start.
Yale University Library – The premiere reference site for music resources on the web.
Astronomy Picture of the Day – an archive of images and photographs of our universe, provided by NASA,that began in 1996 and continues to grow
Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Section – Imagine my surprise when I discovered I wasn’t the first person to apply these to music. Without these principles, many of my compositions would never have been written.
Raymond Scott – composer, engineer, inventor and musical pioneer
Snopes – the place to check for authenticity before following the instructions to forward the email message you have just received