Steve Lehman’s new album Dialect Fluorescent ends with a song called “Mr. E,” a composition written by jazz legend Jackie McLean. But the connections run deep between Lehman and the alto saxophonist he considers a personal hero.
He broke all the rules of jazz and improvised music — and that was in the 1950s. Now 83 and idolized by musicians, the great improviser is celebrated for developing a unique language at the keyboard.
The Vortex in London is a 100-person venue which recently hosted the Vijay Iyer Trio and the BBC. It’s been an engine of economic growth for its community and is embraced by musicians. It’s all the more remarkable considering no staff are paid.
In one of his final performances, Armstrong used “Hello Dolly” to convey the joy of being alive.