While I’ve been a jazz fan since around 4th grade and a voracious consumer of jazz on CD and even cassette tape (yes, young people do in fact know what those things are), I recently began collecting jazz vinyl in earnest about 3 years ago. A hipster/hippie friend of mine told me about a record shop in town Continue reading
Tag Archives: jazz
Paul Desmond’s penchant for slipping quotes from other songs or solos into his own solos is well known among jazz musicians and his fans. Desmond’s discography is rife with examples. Dave Brubeck often talked about the way Desmond would weave together different quotes from various songs to tell a story or communicate a message. Continue reading
Hello and welcome to my blog all about Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond and the musical lives they lived. I am a Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond fan in the fullest sense of the word, and have been for a couple of years. But I suppose you’d like to know who is behind this blog. Briefly then, my name is Tarik Townsend, and I’m a college student, which snicker though you may, is no easy feat these days. I’ve been listening to jazz more or less seriously since I was in 5th grade. The first jazz album I bought was the Vince Guaraldi CD ‘A Boy Named Charlie Brown’, and, despite being made fun of for listening to ‘elevator’ music, continued to listen and buy jazz throughout the years. A secretary at my school office introduced me to Dave Brubeck when I was in the 7th grade. It was playing on her stereo in the office, and I asked who it was. She told me, and gave me the CD, a compilation of tracks from different albums. Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond have been my favorite jazz musicians ever since. So, as I said, this blog will be about Mr. Brubeck and Mr. Desmond, with emphasis on the quartet they formed in the early 1950’s that lasted on through the 1960’s. As a side note, I’m new to this blogging business, so bear that in mind if you notice any discrepancies. So here’s to a great blogging experience!
UPDATE March 2017
While originally being a blog about Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond, my blog has now also become an outlet to blog about collecting jazz on vinyl, which has become a relatively new and vigorous hobby of mine. Yahoo!