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Pat Metheny Pulled Over in Civic Hybrid For Playing Exquisitely Beautiful Music in 6/8

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

 

Pat Out of Hell. Metheny's driving was fine, but his listening habits rocked a community.

MIAMI (Special to TSD AfterDark) Jazz and fusion guitarist, Pat Metheny was pulled over at 2:25 this afternoon moments after driving at the speed limit on Ocean Drive in South Beach.  Police claim the Grammy Award winning musician was stopped after they received numerous complaints by several teenage girls for playing “confusing, yet exquisitely beautiful chord changes over a 6/8 rhythm” over the car’s sound system. (more…)

Steve Weingart and Renee Jones; A Musical Match

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

TSD AfterDark Executive Editor, Tom Alexander is joined by the husband and wife duo of keyboardist, Steve Weingart and bassist/vocalist, Renee Jones for this radio interview.

Leaders and innovators in their own right, they’ve played with the likes of Simon Phillips, Steve Lukather, Dave Weckl, Chaka Khan, and many more. These Los Angeles based musicians talk about their earliest days, their influences and where their brand of jazz fusion/world music is going.

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50 Years Later, Man Remains in State of Confusion After Playing Musical Chairs With John Cage

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

All the World's a Cage. John Cage experiments with musical chairs.

NEW YORK (Special to TSD AfterDark) Leonard Phelps, 61, a renowned sculptor and architect, still enjoys a successful career, as well as spending time with his family, shuttling between his Manhattan penthouse apartment and Long Island weekend home.  However, Phelps continues to battle nightmares from an incident that occurred fifty years ago in a 6th grade music class visited by composer and “chance” musician, John Cage, who was invited to participate in Mrs. Thelma Prescott’s musical chairs experiment.

Though Cage, who died in 1992, wrote hundreds of compositions in his long career, it is his 1952 piece entitled 4’33” (four minutes, thirty-three seconds) which consists of environmental sounds, amounting mostly to silence, which left Phelps and several other friends and classmates confused and horrified.  (more…)

Remembering Dudley Moore

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

It happens to nearly everyone at one time or another. Someone says you remind them of someone else. Perhaps it’s someone famous. In my case, as far back as high school I heard from several people how I reminded them of Dudley Moore. I bring this up because Moore passed away ten years ago today.  (more…)

Concert Pianist Evegeny Zarafiants Accused of Finger Syncing Scriabin Etude

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Note to Self: Don't finger sync Scriabin.

MOSCOW (Special to TSD AfterDark) In a page torn directly from the world of pop divadom, comes the bizarre saga of renowned concert pianist, Evgeny Zarafiants and his apparent near perfect finger syncing of Etude opus 42, no. 5 in C sharp minor by Alexander Scriabin. (more…)

Teen Girl Stuns World By Admitting to Having Tons of Fusion Jazz on Ipod

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Con-Fusion? Not according to Ashleigh Carter. She's all about fusion.

ALLENTOWN, PA (Special to TSD AfterDark) Ashleigh Carter, 15, of Allentown, Pennsylvania is confounding friends, family, psychiatrists, clergy and members of the media for what Tiger Beat Magazine® is calling “an unexpected, unprecedented and highly disturbing transformation into a world of staggering sophistication.”

“This just doesn’t happen to young girls, ever.” said Dr. Leonard Heinlein, leader of the psychiatric team studying Carter. “We’re at a complete loss as to why a young lady of fifteen would abandon a world of texting, poorly applied makeup, ending every sentence with a rising inflection and thinking everything that happened before 2005 is gay, then suddenly immerse herself into the harmonically enlightened, melodically challenging, polyrhythmic juggernaut that is fusion jazz. Why? We are just scratching the surface of the teenage female brain. The answers may be decades away.” (more…)

52 Year Old Man Plunges to Death After Failing to Get Justin Bieber Song Out of His Head

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Bieber Leaper. Edward Horton Stang moments before ending it all.

Bieber Leaper. Edward Horton Stang moments before ending it all.

SILVER SPRING, MD (Sportsman’s Daily Wire Service) Edward Horton Stang, a successful insurance salesman from the Washington DC metro died Thursday afternoon after throwing himself off the top floor of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Silver Spring, Maryland. Stang, a part time musician, enjoyed playing bass in the jazz-funk group, FunkThrusters.

Stang, who was unmarried, began experiencing psychotic episodes after a visit from his 15 year old niece, Ashley last week. The high school freshman was listening to Justin Bieber’s hit single, One Less Lonely Girl, when Stang asked her if he could “hear what all the fuss is about.” The decision proved fatal for Stang as the hook of the song kept playing over and over in his head.

Stang left a note which was obtained by TSD After Dark. The contents are as follows: (more…)

The Time Traveler’s Journal: Remember the Good Old Days When Music Didn’t Have a Melody?

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

by Agent 817 – Pangea Federation

Location. Location. Location. Buy up some space in Andromeda while the prices are still affordable.

Location. Location. Location. Buy up some space in Andromeda while the prices are still affordable.

ANDROMEDA QUADRANT 1787X (Special to TSD) Being from your future – specifically 2052 – It was nice to go back to 2011 for an event called the Super Bowl which featured low brow, highly produced music and a football game played by two long gone professional football teams named the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers; part of a sports league called the NFL. Records indicate that human beings actually played in these games as opposed to the cyborgs who play in games today.

Anyway, back to the music. (more…)

Man Told All His Life “You Don’t Have to Reinvent the Wheel” Reinvents Wheel

Friday, January 7th, 2011

The Wheel Deal. Chester Slavish at work on something.

The Wheel Deal. Chester Slavish at work on something.

NOXEN, PA (Sportsman’s Daily Wire Service) Chester Slavish, an auto mechanic and part time musician has always been told by his father and grandfather that life is an endless abyss of pain and suffering, but if handled properly, could be “half decent.”

“I told him all the time ‘you don’t have to reinvent the wheel’ but he went out and reinvented the darn-blang thing,” said Robert “Bob” Slavish, 67. “You just don’t see that every day.”

The younger Slavish, 42, plays bass in an area country-rock band called Mountain Custard Genitals, but his heart is in everything automotive. (more…)

What Makes Chick Tick?

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Jazz Legend Chick Corea’s Never Ending Musical Journey

By Tom Alexander

Solo Explorations. Another one of Corea's musical journeys.

Solo Piano. Another one of Corea's musical explorations.

FORT LAUDERDALE (Special to TSD After Dark) I saw Chick Corea again for about the thirtieth time in my life I guess. Its probably more than thirty times. I’ll be honest, I lost count about five years ago. I have seen him in nearly every possible context – duos, trios, quartets, quintets, sextets, septets, and with an orchestra in Purchase, New York playing the American debut of his first piano concerto way back in 1986. I was lucky that day, as I took my dad with me. It was the only time he ever got to hear Chick. He passed away later that year. The special moment of having my two heroes in life meet face to face was one of the great memories of my life.

Acoustic. Electric. Classical. Fusion. (more…)