Les Paul’s tongue

In 2004, photog Gene Martin asked the guitarist/inventor who'd just received the Jazz Journalists Association's "A Team" award for activists, advocates, altruists, aiders and abettors of jazz, to pose for a portrait. . . … [Read more...]

Manhattan jazz residencies (my new City Arts column)

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra at the Village Vanguard on Monday night since 1967  The Mingus Big Band, Orchestra and Dynasty ensemble in regular rotation on Mondays at the Jazz StandardGuitarist Les Paul, at age 94 a genuine hipster, the Ben Franklin of American popular music, Monday nights at Iridium forever.These are a few of our favorite things. Read about it in my new monthly column in City Arts NYC: New York's Review of Culture, published by the folks who also bring you New York Press. … [Read more...]