I was driving to work today and popped on the fabulous WKCR expecting to hear Phil Schaap and Bird Flight, but instead was treated to the Roy Campbell memorial broadcast. For those of you not in the know, WKCR will often preempt their radio programming when an important jazz figure passes away and play 24 or so hours of their material.
I’ve come to realize that I am an awfully late adopter of jazz music. Gowing up, jazz was always in my house. My dad is an avid jazz fan and has been since the ’50s so I grew up with the music providing a backdrop to everyday life. I heard, but I didn’t always listen when I was younger. As my tastes veered to punk rock, blues, 1st wave raggae, etc., jazz fell to the wayside.I can’t remember when my taste started to change. Listening to WKCR and asking my dad more questions about the music and its various subgenres helped. Now that I really enjoy listening to jazz I am disheartened by a reality that I am the late adopter. Many jazz inventors, icons, and lumineries have passed, leaving the music with a small but devoted number of performers and fans. I can’t help but feeling that I missed the boat.
Damn it’s been a long time. I keep meaning to get after it and blog it up, but I somehow get away from it. Locked in a deep freeze here in the northeast, I feel like a caged animal. I try to get out more than most people at the office, but the reality is sometimes you just have to stay inside. Inside time is normally a hard thing for me to handle. These last couple weeks I have been occupied with thoughts of a former creative outlet: Bull Dozer
It’s been over a year since my band, Bull Dozer, has practiced or performed. After making three records and playing countless shows all over the east coast, we just decided to hang it up. The bassist, K Beans, got married in December 2012 and my wife and I had our second kid in November 2013. Somewhere along the way we lost the stoke. Lately though, I have been getting the itch again. Song lyrics and chord progressions have been popping into my head and I feel as though I’m ready to get the band back together. The one issue with re-starting the band is that I don’t feel like being Bull Dozer anymore. I want to play with the same guys and play similar music, but I want a fresh start. Here’s hoping I can convince them to change our name/thrust when I actually put the reformation plan back in order.