“Did I ever tell you?”: Mythology and jazz history

By |February 25th, 2014|

“Did I ever tell you the one about Hank Mobley and the baseball?”

The best moments of the workday tend to begin with Don wandering past my desk with a sly smile and a knowing twinkle in his eyes. “Did I ever tell you?” he’ll begin. I lean back in my chair. Don is offering […]

KD, Whistle Stop, Blue Note, Oh My!

By |January 27th, 2014|

Fun news! SFM has a new intern, Jeremiah Briley. And Jeremiah happens to be something of an expert on Kenny Dorham. So without further ado, here’s Jeremiah’s take on a classic album–

It’s January 15: the 53rd anniversary of one of Kenny Dorham’s seminal recordings as leader, Whistle Stop. We pause to reflect on the […]

Rahn Burton: A year later

By |January 27th, 2014|

Late last January, Don emailed me with unexpected news — Second Floor Music composer Rahn Burton had passed away on January 25, 2013 at age 78.

I was surprised, to say the least. I had last seen Rahn in August 2012 and he was full of life. A jovial, easy-going man, Rahn took great pleasure […]