The site of the James River Park Pipeline Walkway still contains features that reflect the uses of the location back in the 19th century. For instance, there’s a hand-made stone wall that sits directly behind the pipeline. Ralph White, a retired park naturalist and manager of the James River Park system, says this wall was built by slaves and was a part of the infrastructure of the port of Richmond.
Articles by Peter Solomon
In the report on the blue heron rookery, Ralph White, a retired park naturalist and manager of the James River Park system, says that more fish and mammals live at the falls of the James than any other part of the river.
If you follow the James River on its bumpy course through Richmond, you can’t help but be struck by the weird mashup of urban landscape and wildlife. A fascinating example is the blue heron rookery at Vauxhall Island near the 14th Street Bridge. The island is situated just across the river from the James River Park Pipeline walkway. It’s the perfect vantage point to watch the activities of these large, beautful birds as they breed, nest and catch fish.
Trombonist Steve Davis will be featured in the next concert in the Richmond Jazz Society Guest Educators Series Tuesday evening, April 1 at 7:00 p.m. at Capitol Ale House at 623 East Main Street. Davis was the last musician to join Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and discusses the lessons he learned with Blakey's band and from two of his other important musical mentors - Jackie Mclean and Chic Corea.
Rene Marie is an artist familiar to many of our listeners because she used to live and perform in Richmond. In the years since she moved away, she has recorded several critically acclaimed albums and with each new release has become more assured of her own artistic vision. Her most recent recordings have veered away from the standard songs that populate most jazz albums, instead focusing on her own songs. It came as something of a surprise that her new recording was a tribute album. It’s called “I Wanna Be Evil – With Love to Eartha Kitt.”
I spoke with Kevin Harding, the guitarist from Quatro na Bossa, about the band’s latest release, “Bossa Nossa.” The background behind the selections is interesting and tells a lot about the history of 20th century Brazilian music, touching on Luis Bonfa, Dorival Caymmi, Joao Gilberto, Joao Donato and other important Brazilian innovators.
Saxophonist James Gates has just released a new cd called “Gates Wide Open.” Gates is a native Richmonder who has played with many jazz greats, including Walter Bishop, Jr. and Art Blakey. He currently runs the jazz program at Virginia State University but hasn’t let his performing career slide.
He’s playing a CD release party tonight (5/14) at Capitol Ale House, part of the Richmond Jazz Society’s Guest Educator Concert series.
Glows in the Dark is a band led by Richmond-based guitarist and composer Scott Burton. The band has the instrumentation of a typical jazz quintet, but the music is anything but typical. The repertoire ranges from cinematic grooves inspired by soundtracks of horror flicks, crime films and kung-fu movies to more abstract avant-garde textures.
Whether performing with his group Reckless Abandon, running the stage or emceeing at one of the many concerts he worked at or hosting his long-running program Out o' the Blue Radio Revue here on WCVE Public Radio, Page Wilson had a huge impact on the Central Virginia Music Scene. Not surprisingly, there was a lot of coverage in the local press and on TV news about Page’s death, but by far the most eloquent tribute I have come across is the show produced by Steve Clark on Saturday’s the Sound of Swing.