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August 2014
In 1936 Count Basie and his free-wheeling band from Kansas City came east and took New York by storm with their rocking, blues-based take on big band jazz. This month, to celebrate Count Basie's 110th birthday anniversary, I will be featuring his music on Just Jazz.
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July 2014I have managed to catch "World Cup Fever." While watching the matches I've discovered quite a fe ...
June 2014Hilary Clinton's latest book, Hard Choices, comes out in June, an "inside account of the crises, ...
May 2014Centuries ago someone invented theatre. The next night, so that the audience would have something to ...
April 2014Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, is offering a summer course called — seriously — "Th ...
March 2014Arizona's campaign to be the most bigoted state in the union was derailed when its governor vet ...
February 2014Maybe you've heard, I've just begun teaching "Black American Music Since 1900," an undergrad ...
January 2014The New York Times sucks because of the shabby, disrespectful way it treats our music.
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December 2013Since it was formed in 2009 Brass for Africa has donated over 150 instruments to Africa, has initiat ...
November 2013Solomon Northup was a freeborn African-American who in 1841 was drugged, bound, and sold into slaver ...
October 2013You know when people tell you to "save the date?" Well, whether you are a jazz musician, teacher, st ...
September 2013People in every corner of the globe know and revere the brilliance, the stunning eloquence of Dr. Ma ...
August 2013My August Artist of the Month is my late friend, Benny Powell, best known for his twelve-year tenure ...
July 2013Normally in this space I throw my fastball (jazz) or my curveball (politics). But this month I'm ...
June 2013For years I'd thought that the woman president would be a Republican. And then along came Hilary ...
May 2013It was with amusement mixed with disgust that I watched, on April, 25, the dedication of the oxymoro ...
April 2013In Facebook World all you have to do it paste a famous and respected name onto a bit of fortune cook ...
March 2013You already may be aware of the immense regard that I have for Antonio Carlos Jobim But after having ...
February 2013Since last November's election Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal has been telling fellow Republica ...
January 2013A dentist acted legally when he fired an assistant that he found attractive because he and his wife ...
December 2012It was some years ago, only a week or so before Christmas, I
had gotten back to Brooklyn on t ...
November 2012He's the man I call "America's Poet": Johnny Mercer. And on Sunday, November 18, the anniver ...
October 2012In 1982 my very good friend, Toronto-based soprano saxophonist-flutist Jane Bunnett visited Cuba fo ...
September 2012I always enjoy having musician friends join me in the studio for Just Jazz, so I'm happy to anno ...
August 2012Impeccably dressed in the inevitable tuxedo, more often seated at the piano than posed at the mic, B ...
July 2012After making wholesale and arbitrary cuts in numerous ethnic music categories in the most recent Gra ...
June 2012If you're a regular Sunday night listener to Just Jazz on 91.9 WNTI or wnti.org then you know ab ...
May 2012May 11 marks the eighty-fifth birthday of the great and groundbreaking comedian Mort Sahl. ...
April 2012Do you hate the phrase "let's agree to disagree" as much as I do? What does it mean? Why do peop ...
March 2102This month I want to pull your coats to three new and highly recommended books about my favorite sub ...
February 2012Have you heard? It's outrageous! For this year NARAS, the organization that gives the annual Gra ...
January 2012Wow, is that Newt Gingrich guy really something, or what? I mean, he's accomplished more in one ...
December 2011I've always wondered, when the three wise men brought that Jesus kid those gifts of gold, franki ...
November 2011Texas Toast" Unbuttered: A Guide to Understanding Rick Perry ...
October 2011Bob's List: 10 Movie Quotes That Should be on T-Shirts (because I have nothing particular to say ...
September 2011Maybe you heard — last weekend we had a hurricane in the eastern US. ...
August 2011As you probably heard by now, tenor saxophonist-composer-arranger Frank Foster died on July 26 at th ...
July 2011This year, "Just Jazz, Inc." (a subsidiary of jazzbob.com) is dedicating its Summer Film Festival to ...
June 2011Regular listeners to "Just Jazz" on 91.9 WNTI or wnti.org are familiar with my "Just Jazz Presents.. ...
May 2011In April the Recording Academy announced that for 2012 it has cut its Grammy Awards categories from ...
April 2011You've heard the news: just because some mugs in Congress hate pubic radio — I mean really hate ...
March 2011Last year marked the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of pianist, composer, and arranger Mary ...
February 2011Last month I attended the second annual Jazz Education Network conference in New Orleans. It was a b ...
January 2011Well, the blizzard that hit the NYC-NJ area the day after Christmas kept me from doing my annual "Th ...
December 2010This is the final newsletter of the year and that means it's time for my "Best New Jazz CDs of 2 ...
November 2010"Janet Jackson says despite winning numerous Grammy Awards, gracing the big and small screens and ha ...
October 2010This month marks the 80th anniversary of "Body and Soul." Jazz instrumentalists and singers particul ...
September 2010"Friending." To quote Henry Higgins: "I ask you, sir, what sort of word is that?" I'll tell you ...
August 2010Anyone who knows me, knows that there is no one in the jazz world whom I hold in higher regard than ...
July 2010Abrazos y besos to my friend, singer Amanda Martinez. A
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June 2010From May 20 to 22 I had the great joy of attending the
inaugural conference of the Jazz Educa ...
May 2010Welcome to "Bob's List." What is "Bob's List?" Something
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April 2010I've been trying to think of a way to increase my listening audience, to "broaden my base," as t ...
March 2010For more than five decades pianist Morris Nanton performed in clubs, lounges, and restaurants throug ...
February 2010Last month I received news of the passing of two eminent members of our jazz community, two lives we ...
January 2010News Item #1:
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December 2009One of the things I enjoy most this time of year is putting together my two special year-end Just ...
November 2009Did you know there was a New Jersey Hall of Fame? Well,there is, and this year Count Basie and Les P ...
October 2009Trumpeter Valery Ponomarev had a dream: to play with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. But Valery li ...
Septermber 2009My friend, saxophonist Sue Terry, is someone who always has something valuable to say, something wor ...
August 2009On July 6, Oscar Gustave Mayer, retired chairman of one of the world's most famous wiener and co ...
July 2009I have something very special planned for my Just Jazz program of July 5. Since it's 4th of July ...
June 2009I'm delighted to announce that on Sunday, June 14, I'll be joined in the Just Jazz studio by ...
May 2009At the end of March I attended Slide Factory 2009, a terrific classical and jazz trombone festival i ...
Aprl 2009April 29 marks the 110th anniversary of the birth of Duke Ellington. And so, to commemorate Duke' ...
March 2009It's up and running and ready for you: my new website! I'm very happy with the design and ab ...
February 2009For February I'm doing something a bit different with my "Just Jazz Artist of the Month." For th ...
January 2009The Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra once told a teammate, who suggested they eat at a popular restau ...
December 2008Four years ago, only a week or so before Christmas, I had gotten back to Brooklyn on the Monday afte ...

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