Prince was here: Music photography by Deborah Feingold! VIDEO INTERVIEW

    Watch this exclusive Mr. Media interview with Deborah Feingold by clicking on the video player above! Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience full of Madonna wannabees who can study Deborah Feingold’s iconic lollipop photo of the pop princess for hours and never quite be able to duplicate that look… in the... Continue Reading →

754 Jazz pianist George Shearing remembered in 1983 Mr. Media Lost Tapes! PHONE INTERVIEW

Today's Guest: George Shearing, jazz pianist   When Sir George Shearing, the composer of “Lullabye of Birdland,” died on Valentine’s Day, 2011, we lost one of the great pianists — and gentlemen — of jazz. Born in London, in 1947 he came to the United States where he was known far and wide for his... Continue Reading →

698 Singer Stephanie Rooker plugs in Search Engine, gets way TMI! PODCAST INTERVIEW

Today's Guest: Stephanie Rooker, jazz singer, The Only Way Out Is In   Some singers have a way with a phrase or a moment that attracts listeners with instant magnetism. Stephanie Rooker is in that category. Everyone’s ear will interpret her differently, but I like the fluid rap style she brings to her style of... Continue Reading →

Kind of Blue: Miles Davis and the art of the musical masterpiece! PODCAST INTERVIEW

  One of the best magazine assignments I ever got was in the early 1980s and an editor challenged me to hang out in the Pinellas County, Florida, Medical Examiner’s Office for a week. I was just out of college and this was well beyond the scope of anything I ever previously attempted. The editor... Continue Reading →

Doc film Anita O’Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer cries out! PODCAST INTERVIEW

    What makes a documentary film appealing to you? For me, it's either a subject in which I'm already invested, of course, or one in which I'm just curious enough to give it a try. Well, I didn't know much about Anita O'Day, the jazz singer whom Robbie Cavolina and Ian McCrudden have immortalized... Continue Reading →

18 Remembering Count Basie and his orchestra!

  (Originally published October 16, 1985.) “I’ve always played happy music,” William James Basie once explained. “Music that people can tap their feet to, music that folks wanted to dance to, happy swinging music. That’s what I intend to keep on playing.” Count Basie, as he was known to millions around the world, died last... Continue Reading →

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