Podcasts and Eddie Huang

There are times when I feel I’m getting too much of something. Lately, it’s been, a lot of  Eddie Huang. Everywhere I turn I see or hear him. He’s everywhere and I kinda like it.

Recently I listened to an NPR podcast called What’s Good with Stretch and Bobbito. The topics have been broader than I expected, and it’s been refreshing to listen to these guys banter with each other and conduct interviews with their guests. But, for my first listen to What’s Good was with Eddie Huang. He talked about his book “Fresh Off The Boat”, which led to the creation of a TV show of the same title. They discussed his show on Vineland, Huang’s World.

One of the ideas that Eddie Huang communicates, which really resonates with me, is the idea that you can look at a plate of food and learn about the culture of a region. I think about that when ever I cook food I think my mother and grandmother would appreciate. His shows also remind me of another truth about myself, I am first born-first generation American and that come with some built in straddling of cultures.

The Westerlies Tiny Desk Concert

I love having time to just listen to something new to me. I also love checking out familiar groups with new projects. One of the groups I like to follow is The Westerlies. I came across their NPR Tiny Desk Concerts performance from 2016. And I loved it! It’s a refreshing and inventive program, with great brass playing. Hope you agree.

The Westerlies have a bunch of other video’s to check out, just look them up

A Reminder of Why I Teach

Sometime I listen to a podcast called Snap Judgement hosted by Glynn Washington on NPR. The show melds fascinating stories with a hip-hop  backdrop. NPR_ Snap Judgment Podcast

Last week I listened to a story by Joyce Lee called “Dropping The Ball” about her experience with a former student. It gave me pause and reminded me of why I teach, why it’s important for me to be a good father. And most of all, why it’s important to listen.

Take a listen and enjoy the show.

Terence Blanchard, Tiny Desk Concert

I just like the way he plays the trumpet and performs music. Check out the podcast. Terence Blanchard, Tiny Desk Concert

Terence Blanchard is one of today's foremost jazz composers.
Terence Blanchard is one of today’s foremost jazz composers.

Set list:

  • “Soldiers”
  • “Confident Selflessness”
  • “Breathless”

Thank you once again NPR for great programing.

 

 

Clark Terry RIP

One of my favorite moments as a trumpet student was listening to Clark Terry warm up back stage before a performance. He is also responsible for helping to shape my view of music and becoming a musician. In a master class his quote to the class about improvisation was “first you must imitate, then you can innovate.” As a young musician I thought I should apply this to every facet of music in my life.

He was amazing.

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NPR’s – A Blog Supreme has a great piece about him and his career.

NPR – Clark Terry