John Doll

John Doll

Photos of Elisabeth Welker grace the liner notes of Peter Welker’s new CD "Paradise is Awfully Nice." In a tribute to his mother, he writes: "You were an inspiration your e…
Cy Coleman is known as a "permanent jewel in Broadway’s musical crown." His songs have graced several Broadway musicals such as ‘Sweet Charity,’ ‘The Will Rogers Follies,’ …
If you walked into a room, closed your eyes, and listened Davis Weiss’ debut CD, "Breathing Room," you’d think that you were getting a small dose of Blue Note heaven. You c…
On Aaron Aranita’s new release, "One Day," Hawai’i is very much in the forefront even when his lyrics stray to other lands. Aranita’s music is easy-going and laid-back. For…
The soundtrack to the Fernando Trueba film, "Calle 54," is like a fantasy twelve course feast in which each of the courses are served up one after the other. The luxurious …
It is hit or miss with Benjie Porecki’s latest CD, "The Rest of My Life." Porecki clearly is a talented keyboardist who leaps between organ and piano on this outing. While …
Richard Davis’ curiously titled "Homage to Diversity" is a beautiful and melodious sequence of tunes that are rooted in the blues, bebop, gospel, classical and swing. The d…
In the 1960s, San Francisco’s KQED produced an innovative thirty-minute jazz program hosted by local music critic, Ralph J. Gleason. The "Jazz Casual" shows featured a vari…
In the 1960s, San Francisco Chronicle music critic, Ralph J. Gleason, hosted a thirty minute program entitled "Jazz Casual" for National Educational Television (the precurs…
In a way free jazz can be imagined as the study of chaos and nonlinear mathematics. It can be visualized as a rising column of smoke breaking into wild swirls or a dripping…