Langston Hughes published the 800-line poem “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz” in 1961. One of his most ambitious works, the poem touches on so many different things that it’s very hard to describe in a few sentences. In large part, it’s a meditation on the struggle for freedom in the U.S. and elsewhere in the early sixties. It references major figures in the American civil rights movement and the leaders of African nations that were gaining independence at the time.
Jazz Is PHSH is a tribute band that takes the music of Phish and re-imagines it in the form of horn-driven instrumentals. In the words of drummer Adam Chase, “Jazz Is PHSH is where Sun Ra meets Herbie Hancock. It's funky and experimental with a variety of styles that blend in a world of fusion.” Jazz Is PHSH will be at The Broadberry on December 18.
Read on for more of my interview with Adam.
The Ken Burns Jazz documentary is returning to PBS! WCVE PBS will be airing the film – all 19 hours of it – as back-to-back episodes on Fridays at 9:00 p.m. starting Friday, April 1, and running through Friday, May 20 (omitting 4/29).
It’s taken fifteen years for the 2001 recording “It’s All in the GAME” featuring Doug Richards and The Great American Music Ensemble (aka GAME) to finally see the light of day. Doug Richards founded VCU’s Jazz department. He’s a world renowned Ellington scholar, he’s an accomplished educato,r and his arrangements for big band are unique and masterful. Legendary critic Martin Williams called him “the most original writer for big band since Gil Evans.”