Posted in Grace Notes

Grace Notes: William Graham Thomas & Billy Davis

William Graham Thomas: Graham Thomas, stellar woodwind player and a member of the Auburn Knights Orchestra from 1948 to 1951, died May 10, 2018 at…

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Listening Room Feature: Chick ‘n Miff

Lately, two musicians from different eras have caught my ear: pianist Chick Corea and trombonist Miff Mole. Though they use vastly different harmonic languages—Miff never…

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Grace Notes: Neil Everett Lawler

Everett Lawler, longtime leader of the AKAA 50s Era Band, died October 27, 2016 at the age of 90. A graduate of the Birmingham Southern…

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Posted in Where Are They Now?

Where Are They Now Feature: Khari Allen Lee

Knights alum and ace saxophonist Khari Lee is staying busy in the New Orleans jazz scene in recent gigs with Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown…

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Where Are They Now Feature: Kate Higgins

AKO Vocalist in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, Kate Higgins has enjoyed success as a voice actress, singer, and jazz pianist. Currently residing in…

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Posted in Musical Influences

Musical Influences: “The Jones Boys”

I remember it as if it was yesterday. It was the summer of 1978. I was a freshman in high school, attending Tommy Goff’s Auburn…

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Gig Tall Tales: Joe Watson

My first thoughts when recounting tales of gigs from days gone by are: Was it illegal? Can I still be charged? Did it really happen…

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