Originality Born of Incompetence

In general, I think the people at NPR do a great job. From the days when I listened to Ray Suarez host Talk of the Nation every day, I recognized a standard of actually listening to what the guests say and responding appropriately.


Rhymes With Mullet

In preparation for my show Mystery Train, I often head to the library and check out a couple dozen CDs at a time. Some I know, some I've heard of, some just have interesting covers. I spend an afternoon wading through, finger poised in case a track doesn't grab me.

Luna moth

There’s a fine line between passion and compulsion. German composer Robert Schumann walked it.  

Backstage Pass with Irina Lupines and Lyudmila Lakisova

Thu, 06/30/2011 - 1:00pm

Backstage Pass proudly presents Irina Lupines and Lyudmila Lakisova.

Lyric Opera: The Girl of the Golden West

Sat, 06/25/2011 - 1:00pm

A handsome outlaw in disguise! The sheriff in hot pursuit! Don't miss this Puccini classic opera.

Lyric Opera: The Mikado

Sat, 06/18/2011 - 1:00pm

Tune in for unrequited love, temptation and ample boiling oil in this Gilbert & Sullivan comedy.


Me minus you. Obviously a bad idea. That's why it feels so good to get back together. It's easy to dismiss the 1987 Peaches & Herb smash “Reunited.” Let's be cool about it. Let's call it "romantic schlock," like NPR's John Murph, but let's also praise The Jazz Passengers for their clever remake.

Oh, That Magic Feeling

The idea of a tribute band is a bit strange on one level. Remember that shot-for-shot remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Pyscho? Definite head-scratcher. Of course, with music, you have countless people who have spent countless hours wearing out LPs, listening to the same songs in the same order, feeling the same anticipation for the first notes of that next song.

Mark Murphy blows

Jazz Fest starts in one week! With the caveat that I don't know every last act featured on Day One, my must-see pick would have to be Mark Murphy. I first heard him in my college years at SUNY Fredonia, 1986, the year his album Keroauc, Then and Now came out.

RIJF: Highlight Show on WXXI-TV/HD

Sat, 06/18/2011 - 12:00am

As the 2011 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival comes to a close, WXXI-TV/HD presents an encore broadcast of the season finale of its 2008 RIJF series.

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