TT 5 (Don Shirley, that continuing Philadelphia Beat)

Tonight is the Oscars, and like everyone else, I am weighing in on Green Book. My piece for the New Yorker Culture Desk includes quotes from Ron Carter, Branford Marsalis, and Kris Bowers.

There’s also mention of a friend in Philadelphia who collects records. Tony Creamer is that major collector. Tony also worked with Hyland Harris and me while setting up the package of Philadelphia Beat. I was reasonably astonished to be sent an accurate transcription of “Bags Groove” off that disc last week. Hyland (who contributed a note to Beat) and sent me a photo of hanging out with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez yesterday. There’s no doubt things go in cycles! Read more here.

If you want a copy of the full Theory of Harmony email me, the PDF is ready.

Boston: Thursday: Bud Powell in the 21st Century with NEC jazz band at Jordan Hall. Free!

Brooklyn: Today: I’m playing with Vinnie Sperrazza and meeting Eivind Opsvik on the bandstand for the first time.

Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

Sunday Feb 24th

8 PM


VS- drums/tunes

Eivind Opsvik- bass

Ethan Iverson- piano

9 PM

Ava Mendoza/Unnatural Ways

Ava Mendoza- guitar

Tim Dahl- electric bass

Sam Ospovat- drums