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March 5th, 2016
Saturday, 5pm

In-store performance at the famous Music Millennium record store, Portland, OR

Free! Hank will be there with his full band.

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Swensen and Jensen

It’s funny where the road of musical exploration leads.

Like me, you’ve probably heard Dizzy Gillispie’s “Hot Syrup” and Thelonious Monk’s far-out “Waffle Pants.”  Who knew that these avant-garde free-form compositions were inspired by the catchy song stylings of two Norwegian jazz legends?

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I also thought Willie Nelson could have been even more popular as jazz or pop musician, than as a county icon.  His vocal phrasing and delivery are just amazing, and his chord structures (playing and composing) are totally sophisticated. 

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There was a good opinion piece recently in the Wall Street Journal, titled “Can Jazz Be Saved?”  It quoted some statistics to drive home the point that jazz listening is down 30%, just in the past six years. 

Surely this is no surprise to most people.  But the author, Terry Teachout, makes a keen observation…

What does this tell […]