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October 13th: Today In Music History

Jazz pianist Art Tatum (1909-1956) was said to be so good that even such classical virtuosos as Vladimir Horowitz and Sergei Rachmaninoff came to see him play. Born in Toledo, Ohio, in 1909, Tatum, though legally blind and largely self-taught, became known as one of...
The Farming Long Game

The Farming Long Game

My main focus as Executive Chef of The Labrie Group is trying to develop relationships with local farms. It’s interesting, because I assumed moving to the Seacoast, in the economic hub of New Hampshire, that it would be far easier than it was up North for me during my...

October 12th: Today In Music History

Considered one of the top jazz drummers of the early days, Tubby Hall (real name: Alfred) was born in Sellers, Louisiana, on this day in 1895. He joined Sugar Johnny’s Creole Orchestra in 1917 before going off to serve in the Army during World War I. Hall later played...

October 11th: Today In Music History

Born in Pittsburgh on this day in 1919, the great drummer/bandleader Art Blakey earned his place on many lists of the top jazz drummers ever (this list has the “polyrhythmic percussion powerhouse” at #1). As the longtime leader of The Jazz Messengers, Blakey also left...

October 10th: Today In Music History

Monk. Thelonious Monk. Born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, in 1917, the legendary pianist and composer was “one of the prime creators — the creator, he said — of modern jazz, i.e., bebop, alongside Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, in the early 1940s, most famously...