Santiago, Chile

Why do I LOVE the blues so much? It’s the universal language of the heart. It brings people together and makes them happy. It’s full of passion, spirit, harmony, melody and rhythm.  So much RHYTHM! We spent the final week of the tour giving workshops and concerts in Santiago and around Santiago.  What a gas […]

Fortaleza, Brazil

What a piano!  It’s amazing how the possibilities open with a fine Steinway instrument at my fingertips.  We opened the concert with our new arrangement of the spiritual, “Trouble of the World.”  After hearing this arrangement, one person observed, “Now I know where John Coltrane and those guys were coming from!”  It’s true, African American […]

American Bi-National Center

Last night was an amazing experience.  We performed for students, diplomats and friends of the American Bi-National Center in Recife.  This is a place that teaches classes in English.  Of course, we saw it as the perfect opportunity to invite the Maracatou kids from Corpos Percussivos.  We were so knocked out to perform two songs […]

Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Workshops

The next couple of days I gave four workshops at the festival.  One on the blues,”The Blues is the Roots, Everything Else is the Fruits.”  We stomp/clapped, delved into the cultural and emotional roots of the blues, sang “Wade in the Water and the “What Gives You the Blues Blues.”  Once we got on instruments, […]

The Jazz Drama Program In Mississippi

The trip to Mississippi was amazing.  The photo above captures the sheer joy we felt at the culmination of the workshop performance of Nora’s Ark, the jazz musical by Clifford Carlson and me.  Judi Holifield, Director of Whole Schools Initiative, sponsored by the Mississippi Arts Commission, brought me down to University of Mississippi at Oxford, […]

White House Jazz Studio

Eli Yamin arrives at the East Gate Arriving at the White House today was a dream come true.  I was invited to participate in the launch of the White House Music Series: Jazz Studio.  It was the first ever jazz education event at the White House and we were given the run of the East […]