Saturday, January 01, 2011


New Year 2011 brings wishes your life will be

. . . joyful with family and friends

. . . happy, healthy and prosperous

. . . filled with smiles, laughter and love

Remembering Billy Taylor, appreciated as a pianist, educator, composer and Jazz advocate who died December 29, 2010.

For more about him please visit: Thanks to jazzvideoguy for sharing this video of Billy Taylor in a solo piano performance:

New Years Eve we often hear various renditions of this standard tune many will remember as a “Sing along…” with Mitch Miller, who also passed away this year. Here’s Mitch and his “gang” with this old and probably rare recording of “Auld Lang Syne” preceded by “Annie Laurie.”


  1. Love the jazz!!!!!!!!!!! And I do recall singing along with Mitch!!!!

    Hope all is well with you!!!! Don't forget that Tuesday OSU plays in the Sugar Bowl.

    Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!

  2. I use to love 'Sing Along with Mitch'....good memories. Happy Happy New Year JoAnn....many blessings to you in 2011. ~Joy

  3. And a VERY VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU, My Dear! May it be all you hope for, and more!

    And...RIP Billy Taylor and Mitch Miller.

  4. My last act before conking out last night was watching and listening to this Billy Taylor YouTube and marveling at how smooth he was. I noticed, too, that he hummed very softly as he played. Martha Argerich, the Argentinian concert pianist, hums like that, too. The music captures their whole being, not just their hands.

    Sing along with Mitch? Sure did! Happy New Year to you....and thanks for this wonderful post!

  5. And a happy New Year to you too - a day late.

  6. Nice . . . some wonderful old music. And thx. for your post on my blog. As a former middle manager myself, I take the position that middle mgmt. has always been underappreciated!

    But seriously, I think the more global the job market gets, the more competitive it gets. I don't see any way around that. But I also don't think it's necessarily bad. As I say, life shouldn't be easy. It should be interesting!

  7. Wishing you a very happy and healthy New Year.

    May your year be filled with all the things you love and enjoy!

  8. Hi joared, just wanted to pop by and wish you a Happy and Very Joyful New Year - rich in health and happiness! -- and music too.