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#761 Jazz musicians make profound statement about ‘mistakes’

By Cathryn Wellner / August 16, 2013

On stage for a TED talk, the brilliant vibraphonist-composer Stefon Harris draws the audience into the sacred space of the bandstand. He says: And one of the things that is really sacred about it is that you have no opportunity to think about the future or the past. You really are alive right here in […]


#530 Boyd Lee Dunlop’s Buffalo Blues

By Cathryn Wellner / December 28, 2012

If photojournalist Brendan Bannon had not stopped by the Delaware Nursing Home to talk with a doctor about a project, Boyd Lee Dunlop might have died without recording his music. The bio Hank Cherry wrote for Dunlop’s Web site tells the story. Dunlop had been a musician from the time he he acquired his first […]


#262 Jazzing it up in the Grampians

By Cathryn Wellner / February 15, 2012

Their hair is grey, but their music retains all the colours of the jazz palette. Each February they descend on Hall’s Gap for the annual Grampians Jazz Festival.  The talented musicians come from around Australia, mostly Victoria and South Australia, for three days of non-stop music in the heart of the rugged Grampians range. In […]


#153 Music-loving cows

By Cathryn Wellner / October 8, 2011

The music starts, and cows gather around. The New Hot 5, a New Orleans-style jazz band, stands beside a field in Autrans, France. With the first notes of “When the Saints Come Marching In”, the cows stroll over to the fence, and they don’t move off the whole time. We don’t see the onlookers watching […]