Category Archives: Jazz

A kind of blind love

In the 1990s, I was active in a volunteer group that transcribed print books and other materials into braille dots for blind readers. I spent several months learning the basic literary braille code. Then I submitted a test manuscript to … Continue reading

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Tell it like it is

On a dark cold January morning, I was riding a shuttle van to the Detroit airport parking lot after taking a red-eye flight from Seattle. The driver had tuned into a rebroadcast of Marian McPartland’s NPR program Piano Jazz. The … Continue reading

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And all that jazz

A few years ago, I took private jazz piano lessons for about 9 months. I had two goals. First, I wanted to learn to play from “fake books,” which provide only a song’s melody line and chord symbols. It’s up … Continue reading

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