The Importance of Wearing Hats

Just when you thought the neighborhood had lost all its character, you meet an elderly gentleman wearing a psychedelic Muhammad Ali t-shirt and a captain’s hat. We struck up a conversation about the importance of having many hats, how picking a certain hat helps set the tone and mood for the day. He has 4 fedoras (his favorite from France, bought in Paris, 1957, for $30), six cowboy hats, three captains hats (a white one with gold trim for when he vacations in Long Island), two sombreros, a variety of scally and skull caps, and many, many others. In total 74.

Not sure about the lesson here, but I wish some people shut the fuck up about nonsense, and paid more attention to what hat they’re wearing. It might just make us all a little bit more interesting.

4 examples of hats on jazz legends.


Malcolm X

Today celebrates the birthday of Malcolm X. Music is memory. Celebrate his life, and don’t forget to walk tall. Click on pic and link to 8tracks mix, ‘Walk Tall’.


SERPENTS IN THE COLD – soundtrack on 8tracks

My soundtrack to the novel, SERPENTS IN THE COLD, is a featured mix on 8tracks. Ninety minutes of cinematic scores, melancholic jazz, and Noir-inspired electronics. I think it makes a nice audio accompaniment to the wintry and bleak crime novel written by Thomas O’Malley and me.

(click on image for the link)

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‘Serpents in the Cold’ is a crime novel about uncovering dark secrets and going against the odds for the sake of redemption. Two friends, Cal O’Brien and Dante Cooper, traverse the frozen landscape of Boston in the 1950s to solve a murder that runs a violent trail deep through the city and its many shadows.

Also check out the chain of other 8tracks mixes inspired by the novel. So many great sounds here, ranging all styles and tempos:



Autumn is for Jazz



jazz is for autumn, sophia loren – with music by Frank Wess, Dinah Washington, Bobby Timmons, Coltrane & Bags…..


A Noir Triptych: Jazz for the Genre

Elements of Noir maneuver through territories of the desperate, the melancholic, the heartbreaking and the violent. Here’s a trio of jazz mixes I made that touch the nerve and bring a soundtrack to the gritty, existential pulp — a focus here, at least in a pictorial sense, of elegant, yet damaged goods. (click on the images and give a listen)


Gracy Kelly, Elements of Noir, Spoonhead, 8tracks



dolores del rio, someone to watch over, spoonhead, 8tracks



joan crawford, somewhere in the night, spoonhead, 8tracks


Make it Yours. All-Star Bop for a New Year.

Tina Brooks, Hank Mobley, Fats Navarro, Max Roach, Clifford Brown, Art Farmer, Art Pepper, Kenny Dorham and Horace Silver. An All-Star Line-up to usher in a New Year, 2014.

Make it Yours




the essence of cool

the essence of cool – hammond jazz & soul brought to you by Spoonhead –