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Andy Rothman, Gerald Clayton, Diane Rothman, and John Clayton

As a follow up to JazzTimes’ October article on house concerts, I interviewed Andy Rothman — a Detroit area home-concert promoter — on his own jazz series: the Detroit Groove Society. Andy is possibly the most passionate jazz fan I have ever met. Earlier this year we hung out in New York when Andy and his wife Diane flew in (during the dead of the winter) on the day of pianist Gerald Clayton’s debut/opening night at the Village Vanguard. We met for a quick beer after the concert, and they headed back to Detroit first thing the next morning. Now that’s hardcore. The article was written for the blog at Wine and Jazz, and the full interview with Andy appears below. (more…)

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Stéphane Derenoncourt

Wine maker Stéphane Derenoncourt bleeds Bordeaux, but with his Napa Valley wines he allows the fruit to do the work.

I met my friend Ben Wood for a wine tasting on Tuesday at The Ten Bells, a wine bar on New York ‘s lower east side. Ben is a wine buyer at 67 Wines and Spirits, but he’s also a jazz guitarist. We recently became acquainted through our mutual interest in wine and the music of Django Reinhardt. Ben and I just finished up a two week residence subbing for the French guitarist Stéphane Wrembel, performing at the Empire Rooftop, a Columbus Circle hotel rooftop lounge. And a post gig excursion for a glass of wine resulted in what was for me an interesting jazz and wine coincidence. But first, the tasting.

We attended Stéphane Derenoncourt’s most recent New York tasting of his Napa Valley wines — his first American bottling. We tasted his single vineyard 06 and 07 Cabernet Sauvignons, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Syrah. (more…)

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