After the strains of holiday music have faded, I always have a hard time turning the dial back to my usual indie rockers. January requires something more unconventional to make the transition from the happy holidays to the going-back-to-school and the life-resuming-as-usual. Something like… contemporary jazz. Don’t worry! It’s not as pretentious at it sounds.
I’m a big jazz fan, whether it’s Sinatra, Buble or Armstrong. But lately, as the seasons change, I’ve found myself listening to something a little truer to the heart of jazz, the sometimes discordant and always surprising jazz of Duke Ellington and lesser knowns like Django Reinhardt. This is the jazz that inspired the American … More Harlem Nocturne: An Autumn Playlist