Posts Tagged ‘John Medeski’

Multireedist James Carter at the resting place of Django Reinhardt

15 years after his album Conversin’ With The Elders was released, James Carter continues to musically communicate with those who have inspired him the most.

I often think the multireedist James Carter is able to telepathically channel the creative spirit of the passed musicians he admires. He has paid tribute to many through composition or even full length albums, among them Eric Dolphy, Billie Holiday, and Django Reinhardt. In the case of Reinhardt, and possibly others, the reason for Mr. Carter’s telepathy may be that he has taken it upon himself to visit the final resting place of the original jazz guitar hero, for a first and final musical conversation. (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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