Where “lives” is both noun and verb.  Written by Michael Steinman and Nominated as one of the Best Jazz Blogs of 2009 by the Jazz Journalists Association. Michael Steinman first heard Louis Armstrong on records in the 1950s, a transcendent experience. (He also saw Louis and the All-Stars in 1967.) An unashamed jazz addict, he writes for HOT HOUSE, Cadence and The New York Jazz Record. He has been published in CODA and other jazz periodicals, and was the New York correspondent for The Mississippi Rag. Michael is called upon frequently to write liner notes, which have been an integral part of compact discs on many labels, including Arbors, Nagel-Heyer, Stomp Off, NifNuf, Jazzology, Audiophile, LaLa, Azica, Little Simmy, Amber Lake, and GelberMusic.

 

  • 8:45 PM, MORE OR LESS May 10, 2016
    What time is it? One recipe for happiness (there are many) follows below.  Take a wonderful song by Harry Warren and Al Dubin — I know it first from the Jolson Decca — ABOUT A QUARTER TO NINE.  Then, …
  • NOBLY DONE! (THE SECOND NOBILIS NIGHT, FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2016) May 9, 2016
    What does that lovely calligraphic logo have to do with jazz or JAZZ LIVES? Easy.  Let’s start with someone I admire, the fine musician Emily Asher. If you’ve been paying attention to the scene for th …
  • MUSIC FOR MOM, OR ABOUT HER (May 8, 2016) May 8, 2016
    I don’t mean to be irreverent on this Mother’s Day, or certainly not irrelevant, but here’s a wonderful musical tribute to the women without whom we wouldn’t exist. The song is an ancient one (recorde …
  • COZY VIRTUOSI: RUSS PHILLIPS, DAN BARRETT, ROSSANO SPORTIELLO, NICKI PARROTT, ED METZ at the 2015 ATLANTA JAZZ PARTY (April 19, 2015) May 6, 2016
    How do we define virtuosity?  Is it blinding technical skill, amazing displays of bravado, playing higher, faster, in ways that dizzy and delight?  Sometimes, perhaps.  I think Louis’ 250 high C’s in …
  • BY THE LIGHT OF LOUIS May 4, 2016
    I’ve written this before, but when I hear Louis Armstrong, I have great difficulty keeping myself from standing up instantly and putting my hand over my heart. But I also feel that way about music tha …