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After almost four years of researching and answering reader questions about hard to find CDs and LPs, along with discography inquiries, I've decided to end Ask Ken. Perhaps I was the victim of my own success; initially, I was replying to as many as 15 to 20 questions within one monthly column. But the questions grew enormously in volume and became much more time-consuming to answer, while other writing demands grew as well. So I hope everyone enjoyed the column and forgive me if I didn't get to your question, but you are not alone!
In the works is a project I'm very excited about. In addition to collecting jazz recordings for over 30 years, I have also been recording and trading non-commercial jazz broadcasts for my collection during much of that time. I have hundreds of Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz shows, along with Jazzset and former NPR shows like Jazz Alive!, American Jazz Radio Festival, Billy Taylor's Jazz at Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and a few programs from other networks, including Four Queens Jazz Night From Las Vegas, Jazz at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild and jazz excerpts from A Prairie Home Companion and Mountain Stage. I am currently weaving together the excerpts I have from the 1978 White House Jazz Festival, though I'm still looking for songs I didn't record. I plan to review selected shows, describing the music, personnel and anything else special about it.
I don't have a name for the column yet, but hope to debut it before the end of the year. Of course, traders with similar interests should get in touch with me.
Thanks for the great feedback about Ask Ken, and I hope you enjoy my new AAJ venture, coming soon...
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com