Review: ‘Akhnaten’ Puts You on Philip Glass Time – The New York Times

A Philip Glass opera at the Metropolitan Opera House is an event to celebrate and savor. It has been on my bucket list for years to see a Philip Glass opera performed at the Met. One of my major live music regrets is never witnessing the lavish production of “Satyagraha”.

Good fortune shines upon those who wait because The Met: Live in HD broadcast of Philip Glass’s opera “Akhnaten” will be available at the local IMAX Cinema LIVE on November 23rd (Encore: December 3rd). This saves the trip into New York City and all the other related logistics and expenses.

A 1984 work has its premiere at the Metropolitan Opera in a spellbinding production, starring Anthony Roth Costanzo.

Source: Review: ‘Akhnaten’ Puts You on Philip Glass Time – The New York Times

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ECM Records at 50

The year 1969 continues to prove it is the foundation year for music in various genres. Jazz at Lincoln Center, the seat of jazz in the US is hosting a two day tribute to ECM Records 50th anniversary.

What To Expect•An all-star lineup of groundbreaking, award-winning artists in contemporary creative and improvised music.

Source: ECM Records at 50

‘The Apollo’: Pharrell, Paul McCartney Talk Famed Venue in Doc Trailer – Rolling Stone

I am truly looking forward to this HBO documentary as a patron of the arts.

 

Pharrell Williams, Paul McCartney, Smokey Robinson and more talk one of music’s greatest landmarks in the new trailer for ‘The Apollo.’

Source: ‘The Apollo’: Pharrell, Paul McCartney Talk Famed Venue in Doc Trailer – Rolling Stone

Led Zeppelin – 50 Years Ago Today

The eponymous album Led Zeppelin was released in the United States on this day in rock history, 50 years ago, January 12th, 1969.

Picture courtesy of Led Zeppelin, Copyright 2018

I first learned of Led Zeppelin in the fall of 1968 from a friend in high school, Tom Stein. He had a friend or relative (can’t remember which) in England who shared the excitement Led Zeppelin was creating across the pond. Finally I heard the album in December on WNEW-FM New York City’s premier rock station. It was featured in heavy rotation on DJ Scott Muni‘s, “Things From England” show. I was hooked.

I bought this record straight away and took this 12″ LP everywhere I went for the next few months as you can see from the back cover.

I played Led Zeppelin again today through my iPhone XR via Apple Cloud Music and headphones on my morning walk. It still sounds fresh and brilliant as ever!

The Band’s With Me By Sally Mann Romano

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Photo by Baron Wolman

Sally Mann Romano, an attorney in her native Texas, is the proprietor of an animal sanctuary and deep-pocket money pit known as Rockit Ranch Rescue. She came to the law after her marriage to Spencer Dryden, drummer for Jefferson Airplane, having also spent a number of years working for, traveling with, and tending to Frank Zappa, the Grateful Dead, Grace Slick, Ten Years After, Stephen Stills, The Band, and other characters of similarly dubious repute.

Sally has been featured in a number of photo essays of so-called “groupies” and women in rock by Baron Wolman, Henry Diltz, Jim Marshall, and other renowned rock-and-roll photographers. She is the subject of paintings by artists as diverse as Jim Bama and Alice McMahon, both of whom based their works on the iconic photo by Baron Wolman that originally appeared in Rolling Stone, and countless interviews and magazine articles.

Her memoir, The Band’s With Me, available on Blurb with a foreword by Grace Slick and photographs by Baron Wolman, Henry Diltz, Herb Greene, Rosie McGee, and others, chronicles her escapades in the kaleidoscopic world of music and entertainment in the late 1960s and 1970s, comes clean on affairs of the heart and otherwise, and offers a wry, unsparing take on some of the more unforgettable musicians who marked an equally unforgettable era. There are over 100 photos, many previously unpublished.

Paul Winter’s Winter Solstice

9th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine will take place on December 20, 21, and 22. This is the first time in seven years that the event will be on the actual weekend of the solstice (which occurs at 5:23pm EST on the 21st).

Where: The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave., NY, NY 10025

When: Thursday, Dec. 20 at 7:30pm; Friday, Dec. 21 at 7:30pm; Saturday, Dec. 22 at 2pm and 7:30pm

Screening: Horn From The Heart

Last year I wrote about the Paul Butterfield documentary Horn From The Heart. I am pleased to share that there will be a screening at The Fairfield Stage One on November 27th in Fairfield CT. It will be followed  with a Q and A with filmmaker Sandy Warren and musician Mark Naftalin.

Mark played keyboards in The Butterfield Blues Band on the first five albums. Mark hosts a blues radio hour on WPKN-FM. He also plays twice a month with various musicians at the 323 Restaurant Bar in Westport, CT.