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Well it took the city of New York some time to honor one of its greatest musical ambassadors. But they did it. West 77th Street between Riverside Drive and West End Avenue will be officially renamed "Miles Davis Way". Read the story.

Tony Zawinul is calling out to all you nostalgic music fans. So make your pledge on Indiegogo to make it all happen. Lots of must have perks and the promise of the definitive documentary on the greatest band ever. Well one of the greatests anyway.

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Jim Hall

The concert of George Duke and Billy Cobham in Montreux 1976 became a classic on record. There's movie footage to. Experience the band at their height. John Scofield is there and we get a chance to see former Weather Report bass player Alphonso Johnson performing on Chapman stick. Let me say one thing about Johnson: he remains underrated by most for his work with Weather Report. Which is a shame.


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I must admit I've never been familiar with the work of Chico Hamilton. However he was a very versatile drummer and musician often setting out on his own projects, not often in the picture of the mainstream jazz public.

He was engaged to the likes of Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus to name a view. Hamilton also had a foot in West Coast, hard bop even avant-garde. In the mid sixties he set up his own production company scoring soundtracks for movies, commercials, documentaries, etc. Maybe it's time for some research on this often neglected musician.