What Time Is It?

Ron's blog on piano improv and the role of music in our lives

Dave Brubeck

A special memory of Dave Brubeck

The great jazz pianist Dave Brubeck passed away on Dec. 5, 2012 at the age of 91. Over the years I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Brubeck on several occasions and can attest to his warmth, graciousness, and enthusiasm. My experiences with him range from performing his own music for him while I was … Read More

Top 10 Reasons to Visit Fairbanks during Summer

I’m just about finished with my 2-week stint at The Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, teaching classes and playing the piano. This was my 14th year at the festival and I had a great time as always. Here are my top 10 reasons to visit Fairbanks during summer: The weather. ( OK, a little rainy this … Read More

To Clap, Or Not To Clap: That Is The Question

The issue of the appropriate time to clap during classical music concerts has reared its ugly head again. I don’t mean that the issue itself is unsightly, but that many people would just like the discussion to go away, forever. Case in point: the chief executive of the Brooklyn Philharmonic recently proclaimed that “audience members … Read More

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