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The Weekender

Since 2016, fans of jazz have received, every Saturday morning, their “jazz fix” in the form of The Weekender, our weekly homage to what is going on in the world of jazz, where our favorite musicians are performing and some musings about jazz that range from “on the ball” to “off the wall.” Read by more than 20,000 fans each week, The Weekender has become our #1 interactive voice. Sign up to receive The Weekender straight to your inbox.

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May 17, 2024

OUR TAKE: BOSCOV’S BERKS JAZZ FEST

As I have shared before, Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest has been an important part of our jazz reach for many years. The lineup is always a blend of “straight ahead”…
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OUR TAKE: THE ST. LOUIS JAZZ FESTIVAL IS BACK!

For the past few years, not counting the Pandemic period, Jazz Cruises has presented some form of Jazz Festival in our hometown of St. Louis. Most recently, it was called…
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OUR TAKE: HOW ABOUT THEM DRUMS

Last night, I saw Herlin Riley perform with his band at Jazz St. Louis. Though Herlin has been an almost regular on The Jazz Cruise for the past few years,…
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OUR TAKE: KAMASI DOES DALLAS; DALLAS DOES JAZZ

Kamasi Washington is performing at the House of Blues in Dallas on May 15. Paula and I will be there, so, if you plan on attending the show, check us…
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OUR TAKE: SANBORN

My aim for this note was to talk about seeing Jonathan Butler in St. Louis last weekend and Kamasi Washington in Dallas the other night. For any other week, those…
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May 4, 2024

OUR TAKE: A WEEKEND WITH HOUSTON

For those who missed our announcement earlier this week, the legendary Houston Person will be sailing on The Jazz Cruise ’25. Sidelined by exhaustion, Houston was not able to sail…
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April 27, 2024

OUR TAKE: JAZZ IS A GOOD BET…ACTUALLY, IT IS A “SURE THING”

The old joke was “I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out.” The new joke is “I went to a casino and a professional sporting event broke…
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April 20, 2024

OUR TAKE: JAZZ APPRECATION MONTH

Our preoccupation with the McDonald – LaBelle Cruise postponed our annual discussion about April being Jazz Appreciation Month. I will forego that customary “we appreciate jazz every month” bromide and…
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April 13, 2024

OUR TAKE: GREAT MUSIC IS JUST THAT…GREAT MUSIC

Jazz Cruises is the GOLD STANDARD for Jazz at Sea. Apparently, we have a very cool side hustle going. We just completed a wonderful 4-day, 3-night cruise that featured the…
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March 20, 2024

OUR TAKE: TORNADOES AND OTHER TWISTERS

Did you know that nearly 70% of all tornadoes occur from March through May? Perhaps that is why I have always found this time of the year to be unsettling.…
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March 9, 2024

OUR TAKE: SPRING FORWARD, MORE MUSIC

Tonight, actually early tomorrow morning, we will move our clocks forward one hour signaling the beginning of Daylight Savings Time. I imagine that most people look forward to this occurrence…
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