Category: jazz


Jethro Burns & Don Stiernberg (Mandolins ) with John…

Anthony Hannagan has posted the following video at Facebook – a film from a concert with Jethro Burns, Don Stiernberg and John Parrot from 1985 at Adler House.

This has been filmed by Paul Goelz who shows many more videos from the 80s in his youtube channel:

And don’t forget to check out my YouTube channel, for archival videos of the Chicago and Michigan music scene dating back to the early 1980s.

At the beginning of this concert Jethro plays some solo pieces, in the second part he is joined by Don Stiernberg with another mandolin and the guitarist John Parrot. Jethro talks between the pieces, makes announcements and jokes – he’s really great and one of my all time favorite mandolni players.

A great video which every Jethro fan will view several times!

Jethro Burns at Adler House, 1985

The first of two sets Jethro did at Adler House (Libertyville, Illinois) on March 1st, 1985. Jethro is joined by Don Stiernberg (mandolin) and John Parrott (guitar).

The “other” Jethro Burns

Betcha didn’t know Jethro played the guitar, did you 😉 And he’s good, too! Jethro Burns jamming with Don Stiernberg in between sets at Adler House in Libertyville Illinois, March 1st, 1985.

Read more “Jethro Burns & Don Stiernberg (Mandolins ) with John Parrot (Guitar) – 1985 – Concert at Adler House”


Bill Frisell – Concert at the NPR – Bill…

One year ago the guitarist Bill Frisell has recorded a one hour concert with the NPR. I had written about this in my German blog, but I have just found that I did not make an English version for this blog. Now I have just found a new Tiny Desk Concert with three Beatles pieces and decided to make the English version now.

The last years concert is still available. He played the following pieces in his set:

  • “You Are My Sunshine” (Jimmie Davis, Charles Mitchell)
  • “Keep Your Eyes Open” (Frisell)
  • “Raise Four” (Thelonious Monk)
  • “Throughout/Poem for Eva” (Frisell)
  • “Lovesick Blues” (Hank Williams)
  • “Ventura” (Lucinda Williams)

Bill Frisell Trio On JazzSet

The complete concert is available as streaming audio on the NPR site:

The followingt text is taken from the NPR site:

It’s true: Bill Frisell wears glasses, dresses casually and is modest and soft-spoken in person. But instead of stepping into a phone booth to put on a cape, he straps on his trusty Fender Telecaster and strides onstage.

Think of Frisell as a master painter who takes traditional American music forms like jazz, blues and folk and melds them into evocative soundscapes. Digging deep into the heart of Americana has been a wellspring of inspiration throughout his career. His recent projects include scoring soundtracks for the films of the great silent-era comedian Buster Keaton. His latest album consists of musical impressions of the photos by the man known as “Disfarmer,” a 1940s-era rural Arkansas artist and photographer who took stark black and white portraits of the local townfolk.

A great piece in this concert is Poem for Eva (begin at ca. 35:00) – I have found the following video with a solo version – Bill Frisell uses a looper device and other sound effect devices to produce a full sound like from a complete band:

Bill Frisell – Poem for Eva

Playlist Bill Frisell

At the end of the playlist I have added several interviews with Bill Frisell.

Additional Information

NPR Tiny Desk Konzert March 2012:

  • “Nowhere Man”
  • “In My Life”
  • “Strawberry Fields Forever”

Homepage Bill Frisell:

Interview A Fireside Chat with Bill Frisell:

Great 30 minutes video Big Think Interview With Bill Frisell:

Sheet Music

Transcriptions of  Bill Frisell pieces:

Transcription of “I got Rhythm”:

Three transcriptions by Bill Frisell:

CDs by Bill Frisell (amazon partnerlink)

When You Wish Upon a Star

The Best of Bill Frisell, Vol. 1: Folk Songs


Birthday Music ♫ Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers…

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers at the Cafe Bohemia

Some years ago I found this recording by accident. This has been recorded right on my birthday Nov. 23, 1955.

I have bought the CDs and listened to this great recordings very often since then, especially every year in the days before and after my birthday. This is now one of my all time favorite CDs.

Some information from Wikipedia:,_Vol._1,_Vol._2

At the Cafe Bohemia, Vol. 1 is a 1955 live album release by jazz drummer Art Blakey for Blue Note Records. It featured the third incarnation of the Jazz Messengers, Blakey’s career-spanning band, and is the first of two volumes recorded on November 23, 1955 at Café Bohemia, a famous night club in Greenwich Village in New York.

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers

  • Art Blakey — drums
  • Horace Silver — piano
  • Kenny Dorham — trumpet
  • Hank Mobley — saxophone (tenor)
  • Doug Watkins — bass

Playlist  At the Cafe Bohemia

Enjoy Art Blakey und den Jazz Messengers!


Earl Klugh – Playing Great Music on a Nylon…

When I was looking for videos of Hotel Califormia I did also find some videos by Earl Klugh which made me curious. So I have looked for more information about Earl Klugh and collected interesting youtube videos.

At first I have listened to the following short interview with three live pieces played by Earl Klugh at NPR:

NPR Jazz Guitarist Earl Klugh Stays Humble:

Earl Klugh was influenced by Chet Atkins, and he was only 17 when he joined George Benson.

While jazz guitarists usually play archtop guitars, Earl Klugh found that he prefers classical nylon string guitar. Eral Klugh has won a Grammy and got 13 Grammy nominations for his recordings and compositions. He has developped his own style which ranges form jazz to almost classical style with influences from Brazilian music and fingerpicking.

He started learning by listening to recods by Chet Atkins on a record player and trying to figuure out how he had to play it. He says that it is important for him that he can follow and improvise over chord changes in all keys without any problem. Interesting is also that he uses the piano for composing songs, because he does not want the those compositions sound too much like guitar. For his solo CDs he has made very interesting arangements of well known songs.

It was interesting to read some interviews (see below) to learn about his playing and also the many guitars he owns and playes at home and in concerts.


A nice solo arrangement of a tune from The Wizard of OZ (one of my favorite movies…) – unfortunately this video has been removed…you can however find many cover versions at youtube.

Earl has also made a great arrangement of Ding Dong the Witch is Dead from the Wizard of OZ, you can also find cover versions at youtube.

Earl Klugh – Interview Cafe

Playlist Earl Klugh

Additional information and links

NPR Jazz Guitarist Earl Klugh Stays Humble:

Homepage Earl Klugh:

Wikipedia about Earl Klugh:

Earl Klugh videos at

Interview with Earl Klugh:

Interview Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010:

Interview (with some information about the guitars played by Earl Klugh):

Airplay direct Earl Klugh


Langejans Guitars:

Mc Gill Guitars: