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January 2007 Archives

Jazz community takes various forms. Paul F. Berliner in his book, "Thinking In Jazz:  The Infinite Art of Improvisation," has this to say about community in the jazz tradition. "For almost a century, the jazz community has functioned as a […]

Some ‘Conn’-versation… Some Kirk Whalum… and a fresh Christian perspective on immigration.

I found this link over at Erud-Awakening.  It’s a live web cam on a watering hole somewhere in Africa. Click here to check it out:  Eye On Africa I’m making this a permament link in my left hand column because […]

John Alan Turner over at Faith 2.0 recently emailed me the link to this article about how corporations can learn to swing.  USA Today interviewed Wynton Marsalis, who was named one of America’s Best Leaders in 2006 by Harvard’s Kennedy […]

“If you know in advance every note you’re going to play and just the way you’re going to play it, there’s no need to have feelings.  Like that, if you’ve got a feeling, you just can’t use it; you can’t […]

A new blog that is sure to be a must read, an album that is a sermon, and a book about American Idols.

Mahalia Jackson had just sung, "I’ve Been ‘Buked and I Been Scorned," only to have the crowd demand an encore so she then sang the spiritual, "How I God Over." 

When Martin Luther King Jr. stood up before the crowd that late August day he wasn’t planning on talking about the dream.  He had many wonderful things to say.  Lines about withering injustice, cashing a blank check and letting freedom […]

"Put it this way.  Jazz is a good barometer of freedom…In its beginnings, the United States of America spawned certain ideals of freedom and independence thorugh which, eventually, jazz was evolved, and the music is so free that many people […]

Numbers were down in our services because of the unusually low temperatures that we are experiencing in the Mile High City.  An usher informed me that there was a man present who had just lost his wife in the past […]