Grammy-winning trumpeter/composer/producer/arranger Michael Leonhart has performed/recorded with Yoko Ono, James Brown, Meryl Streep, Caetano Veloso, David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, Steely Dan and the Charles Mingus Big Band. Michael’s trumpet playing was recently featured on Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ smash hit “Uptown Funk”.
In the spirit of these renowned artists who have continually kept an eye on politics and human rights issue, Michael crafted “Ronald Rump” with his Michael Leonhart Orchestra, a form of political satire using the uniquely brazen dialogue of Donald Trump from the public domain, featuring Nelson Cline on guitar!
Joe Jackson hardly needs any introduction. We also don’t need to explain the Steely Dan affiliation, you can find an entry from 2014 in our very own search engine which makes you dig up that old vinyl or reach for a top or bottom shelf where you store your CD’s so you can listen to 11 Tracks of Whack again and again, and again as if you’re in the same room with Joe Jackson, listening in unison. And when you’re back in here, with us, you can watch this video from the current tour in Europe. Doug Yowell on drums, Graham Maby on bass. Does that guitarist on the right ring any bells? That’s Teddy. Teddy Kumpel. He told us they almost did Reeling In The Years, but didn’t in the end. He also invited us to come see them play this week in Rotterdam or Antwerp, but we alas had to kindly decline with some regret. But we’re hoping for some nice pics and maybe a little story or a Steely tune to find online. Maybe.
Remember Teddy Kumpel from way back then when this was Mizar5? He was on tour with Rickie Lee Jones, they played Scrabble when on the road. We found some of those old entries in the incomparable Internet Archive Wayback Machine and figured you might like to be Reeling In The Years with Teddy and Rickie and yes, scroll-down-for-it Joe Jackson too!
We love stories. Life is all about stories. So is music. Every composition or lyric is a story, which in turn often is surrounded or inspired by stories as well. There’s an avalanche of stories waiting to be seen and told, around the bend. Leo Sidran is a musician and producer and yes, the apple and the tree indeed, he loves telling stories too. So he decided to create Third Story, a bi-weekly podcast featuring long-form interviews with creative people of all types. We borrowed those words, by the way. And of course as soon as we saw mr. Rob Mounsey post about it on his timeline, we bookmarked it for this have-a-great-weekend Mizar6 post. Enjoy listening!
For Steely Dan fans it has been a blast so far. This year’s tour is different compared to the ones before. Different setlists. Input of the fans. Tunes they said they would not play finally showing up on setlists. Surprising guest musicians like Elliott Randall and… Larry Carlton.
Royal Scam has been my first Steely Dan album. And as such it remains my favorite. Here’s a gorgeous photo album of the New York concert last week, the Royal Scam album featuring Larry Carlton. Thanks to Randy Reichardt for maintaining his Steely fever in such a great fashion!
Hi. Once again we stumbled upon a black hole in the universe, when webhost Lycos switched keys with the new provider Strato, leaving us somewhere in between. We’re still in orbit, we’re just invisible at the moment. It’ll probably take some time before we have figured out the new admin section and we hope to have the old Mizar6 and Mizar5 stuff back up soon enough as well.
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