PortFolio Weekly

Port Folio Weekly




Interviews with Claire Lynch, Arlo Guthrie, Bonnie Rideout, Noel Paul Stookey, Hal Ketchum, Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls, Lonnie Liston Smith, Clarence Clemons, Jane Monheit, General Norman Johnson, Kathy Mattea, Christine Lavin, Bill Staines, Cheryl Bentyne, Dianne Reeves, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger of The Mammals, Chris Leslie of Fairport Convention, Carrie Newcomer, Vince Gill, Peter Rowan, Jerry Douglas, Steve Bassett, Gove Scrivenor, Michael McDonald, Mike Seeger, Dave Mallett, Peter Frampton, Kathleen Grace, Christian McBride, Marvin Hamlisch, Randy Brecker, Livingston Taylor and more; plus reviews, political commentary and other articles published in 2007.

- 2006 -

"A Sleighful of Box Sets"
December 19, 2006
Reviews of four new box sets:
Frank Sinatra Vegas, The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong,
If You Got to Ask, You Ain't Got It
by Fats Waller, and the expanded Johnny Cash at San Quentin.

"Intersections and Surprises, but No Regrets"
December 12, 2006
Jim Newsom's Top 10 most-listened-to CDs of 2006.

"Plain Honest Musicianship"
December 12, 2006
An interview with pianist/teacher/bandleader Pat Curtis.

"Deck the Halls with Christmas Music"
December 12, 2006
A roundup of new holiday music releases.

"The Who Rocks Again"
December 12, 2006
A review of The Who's Endless Wire.

"Return of the Norfolk Sound"
December 12, 2006
A review of Back to the City, Vol. II by the Friends in Music.

December 12, 2006
Reviews of Dave Valentin's Come Fly With Me, Gently Weeps by ukemaster Jake Shimabukuro
and Sonny Please by Sonny Rollins.

"Politics, Music and Nostalgia
December 5, 2006
Jim Newsom discusses books he's read this year.

"Saxophonic Samplings"
November 21, 2006
A review of two jazz box sets: John Coltrane - Fearless Leader
and Sonny Stitt - Stitt's Bits.

"Dawg-Gone Good"
November 7, 2006
An interview with mandolin master David Grisman.

"John Corbett Pursues His Passion"
November 7, 2006
A review of John Corbett.

"Cinderella on the Radio"
November 7, 2006
NPR radio talk show host Diane Rehm comes to Norfolk.

"Waylon Done It His Way"
October 31, 2006
A review of the 4-disc Waylon Jennings box set, Nashville Rebel.

"Joy and Inspiration"
October 24, 2006
An interview with young jazz singer Erin Bode.

"The Microsoft of New Music"
October 24, 2006
An interview with clarinetist Evan Ziporyn of the Bang on a Can All-Stars.

"The Voice of Freedom"
October 17, 2006
An interview with Richie Havens.

"Finding Humor in the Headlines"
October 10, 2006
An interview with Elaina Newport of the political satire troupe, The Capitol Steps.

"Popstar Jazzman"
October 10, 2006
An interview with George Benson.

"Back from the Holler"
October 3, 2006
An interview with folksinger Mitch Barrett.

"Blind Faith's Mythic Moment"
October 3, 2006
A review of the Blind Faith DVD, London Hyde Park 1969 as Steve Winwood comes to town.

"Jazz on Granby Goes on Hiatus"
October 3, 2006
An interview with jazz impresario Blake Cullen.

"Flying High with The Byrds"
September 26, 2006
Chris Hillman talks about the new Byrds box set, There is a Season.

"Poco's Grand Revival"
September 19, 2006
An interview with Rusty Young of Poco.

"Consequence of Fusion"
September 19, 2006
Guitarist Al Di Meola kicks off a world tour in Norfolk.

"A Dream Comes True in Suffolk"
September 12, 2006
Suffolk High School is transformed into the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts.

"Granby Goes Country"
September 12, 2006
George Jones comes to Norfolk for a benefit concert.

"Getting to the Heart of the Matter"
September 12, 2006
Reviews of Maria Muldaur's Heart of Mine and Adieu False Heart by
Linda Ronstadt and Ann Savoy.

"In the Hot Seats"
September 12, 2006
The best of the fall arts season in the seven cities of Hampton Roads Virginia.

"The Way It Could Have Been"
September 5, 2006
On the fifth anniversary of the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks, Jim Newsom envisions history
as it could have been if the president had made different choices.

"Mud Slide Slim in 'Nor-Fork' "
August 29, 2006
A review of James Taylor's concert at the Ted Constant Center in Norfolk.

"Singin' Away the Blues"
August 29, 2006
A review of Ann Hampton Callaway's CD, Blues in the Night.

"Legendary Musical Signatures"
August 22, 2006
A look at the first batch of releases in the Sony/Legacy Signature Series:
Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Rosemary Clooney and Sarah Vaughan.

"Confronting a Constitutional Crisis"
August 15, 2006
Thirty two years after Richard Nixon resigned the presidency, a new constitutional crisis arises
as another president believes himself to be above the law.

"James Taylor Takes the Ted"
August 15, 2006
James Taylor comes to Norfolk.

"Brotherly Love"
August 8, 2006
Reviews of Sneakin' Up Behind You: The Very Best of the Brecker Brothers
and Some Skunk Funk by Randy Brecker w/Michael Brecker.

"Singing That Jazz!"
August 1, 2006
Reviews of John Pizzarelli's Dear Mr. Sinatra and Innocent of Nothing by Marilyn Scott.

"The Show Goes On"
July 25, 2006
Bruce Hornsby talks with Jim about his life, his career and his new box set,
Intersections (1985-2005).

"Best of the Seven Cities"
July 18, 2006
Jim's contributions to the annual "Best Of" issue.

"Take 5 with Michael Lille"
July 4, 2006
A brief conversation with singer/songwriter Michael Lille.

"Johnny Cash Comes Over for Dinner"
June 27, 2006
A review of Johnny Cash's Personal File.

"Boogalooing Behind the Levee"
June 20, 2006
An interview with Tommy Malone of the Subdudes.

June 20, 2006
A review of The Phat Pack by Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band.

"Keeping Secrets"
June 13, 2006
The Bush administration's secrecy and personal privacy.

"Bigger Than Country"
June 13, 2006
A review of Taking the Long Way by the Dixie Chicks.

"Jeffersonian Principles"
June 13, 2006
Reviews of The Worst of Jefferson Airplane and Keep on Truckin': The Very Best of Hot Tuna.

June 13, 2006
A review of Heart Beat by Robert Jospe & Inner Rhythm.

"Moody's Mood for Jazz"
May 30, 2006
An interview with legendary jazzman James Moody.

May 30, 2006
A review of the Yellowjackets CD, Twenty Five.

"Natalie MacMaster and the Power of Music"
May 23, 2006
An interview with Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster

"How Paul Simon Got His Groove Back"
May 23, 2006
A review of Paul Simon's Surprise.

May 23, 2006
Reviews of The Essential Herbie Hancock and Brian Bromberg's Wood II.

"2006 Summer Music Calendar"
May 23, 2006
Highlights of the summer concert season.

"Mining the Lode of Life"
May 16, 2006
An interview with singer/songwriter Loudon Wainwright III.

"Truth and Love"
May 16, 2006
Reflections on the life of The Rev. William Sloane Coffin.

"Stephen Stills: A Different Man"
May 9, 2006
An interview with rock legend Stephen Stills.

"Connecting Head, Heart and Feet"
May 9, 2006
An interview with Arturo O'Farrill, music director of the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra.

"The Soul Truth and Nothing But"
May 9,2006
Shemekia Copeland and the Ruth Brown Blues Festival.

"Springsteen's Hootenanny"
May 9, 2006
A review of Bruce Springsteen's We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions.

"No Strings Attached"
May 2, 2006
An interview with guitarist David Russell.

"Crossing Bridges with Mark O'Connor"
May 2, 2006
An interview with violinist/composer Mark O'Connor.

"Wynton Blows into Town"
April 25, 2006
Wynton Marsalis brings the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra to the Virginia Arts Festival.

"Tanglefoot Crosses the Border"
April 25, 2006
An interview with guitarist Steve Ritchie of Tanglefoot.

"The Duhks Fly in from Up North"
April 25, 2006
An interview with Leonard Podolak of the Canadian folk band, The Duhks.

"Southern Hip, Southern Cool"
April 18, 2006
David Anthony Wright talks about comedian Dave Gardner and his one-man play,
Rejoice Dear Hearts: An Evening with Brother Dave Gardner.

"A Wake-up Call on Immigration"
April 18, 2006
Musings on immigration reform.

"Real Country"
April 18, 2006
A review of The Essential George Jones.

"Father and Son"
April 11, 2006
A column about the Iraq War, its roots in George W. Bush's Vietnam-era experience
and his need to prove himself worthy to his father.

"This is Jazz?"
April 11, 2006
Reviews of Cassandra Wilson's thunderbird and Erin Bode's Over and Over.

April 11, 2006
Reviews of Wrapped in a Dream by Spyro Gyra, Cityscape by David "Fathead" Newman
and Dances, Prayers & Meditations for Peace by Nestor Torres.

"Go-to Guy"
April 11, 2006
A "Portrait of the Artist" on jazz bassist Jimmy Masters.

"Bringing People New Information"
April 4, 2006
An interview with jazz singer Kurt Elling.

"The New Patti Austin"
April 4, 2006
An interview with jazz vocalist Patti Austin.

"Adventurous Jazzman"
April 4, 2006
An interview with jazz guitarist John Abercrombie.

"The Queen's Finest"
April 4, 2006
An interview with Owen Rees, director of the Queen's College Choir.

"Spring Arts Preview"
April 4, 2006
Previews of upcoming arts events in the seven cities of southeastern Virginia.

March 28, 2006
Reviews of Michel Camilo's Rhapsody in Blue, Bob Mintzer Big Band's Old School: New School
and Concrete Jungle: The Music of Bob Marley by Monty Alexander.

"Looking at the World Through Fresh Eyes"
March 21, 2006
An interview with singer/songwriter Janis Ian.

"Jae Sinnett Track by Track"
March 21, 2006
A review of Jae Sinnett's CD, The Sinnett Hearings.

"Curing the Addiction"
March 14, 2006
A commentary and historical analysis of America's energy policies.

"She'll Still Take You There"
March 14, 2006
An interview with legendary gospel and soul singer Mavis Staples.

"Irish Essentials"
March 14, 2006
A review of The Essential Chieftains, and a look at the Irish band's story.

"In the Soceror's Laboratory
March 14, 2006
A review of the Miles Davis box set, The Cellar Door Sessions 1970.

"Honoring the Father"
March 7, 2006
An interview with jazz singer Steve March Torme.

March 7, 2006
A review of Tom Scott's Bebop United.

February 28, 2006
Reviews of Hiromi's Spiral, Natural High by Frank Gambale
and Genuine Chestnut by Cyrus Chestnut.

"Marcia Ball's Bluesy Gumbo"
February 21, 2006
An interview with blues singer/pianist Marcia Ball.

"The High Priestess of Soul"
February 21, 2006
Reviews of three RCA/Legacy reissues by Nina Simone: Nina Simone Sings the Blues,
Silk & Soul
and Forever Young, Gifted & Black.

"Profit and Loss"
February 14, 2006
Exxon Mobil announces record profits while the national savings rate dips below zero.

"Charlottesville Jazzman"
February 14, 2006
An interview with jazz drummer Robert Jospe.

"Bluegrass Comes to the City"
February 14, 2006
An interview with bluegrass star Larry Sparks.

"Musical Referrals"
February 14, 2006
Reviews of Sunrise by jazz singer Kathleen Grace and Mudshow by singer/songwriter Krista Detor.

"Ella on a Roll"
February 14, 2006
A preview of the 9th annual Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival at Christopher Newport University.

"Pigs at the Trough"
February 7, 2006
Republican America, circa 2006, and the Bush Administration's place in history.

"Charles Darden, With Love"
February 7, 2006
An interview with jazz singer Charles Darden.

"The Fairest Flute of All"
February 7, 2006
An interview with classical flutist Gary Schocker.

"Surrealistic Gypsies"
January 31, 2006
Paul "Pazzo" Mehling talks about his band, the Hot Club of San Francisco.

"The Symphony's Big Bang"
January 31, 2006
The Virginia Symphony performs Darius Milhaud's La Creation du Monde.

"Five Years On"
January 24, 2006
Five years into the George W. Bush administration, a look at the difference had
Al Gore been declared the winner of the 2000 election.

"Lou Rawls at His Best"
January 24, 2006
Remembering Lou Rawls and his first album, Stormy Monday.

January 24, 2006
Reviews of Rock 'n Soul Part 1 by Daryl Hall & John Oates, The Best of the Guess Who,
Grant Geissman's Say That! and Ian Anderson Plays the Orchestral Jethro Tull.

"The Real Steve Gillette"
January 17, 2006
Songwriter and folksinger Steve Gillette talks about his life in music.

"What a Way to Make a Living"
January 10, 2006
An interview with folksinger/songwriter John Gorka.

"A Shot of Shearing"
January 10, 2006
Jazz on Granby presents a tribute to pianist George Shearing.

"The Mighty Mingus"
January 10, 2006
Reviews of Charles Mingus' East Coasting and Don't Be Afraid...the music of Charles Mingus
by Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.


Interviews with Ruth Brown, Ken Peplowski, Freddy Cole, Chris Brubeck, David "Fathead" Newman, Michelle Phillips, Ann Hampton Callaway, Tierney Sutton, Gary Burton, Jay Beckenstein of Spyro Gyra, John Hammond, Lucinda Williams, poet Miller Williams, Grady Tate, Dick Smothers, Stanley Jordan, Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, Roy Book Binder, Jo Dee Messina, Judy Collins and more; plus tons of CD and DVD reviews, columns and political commentary, and other articles published in 2005.


Interviews with James Galway, Michael Brecker, Dave Holland, Graeme Edge of The Moody Blues, Monica Mancini, Glenn Tilbrook, Brian Auger, Arlo Guthrie, Chicago guitarist Keith Howland, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ricky Skaggs, John Pizzarelli, Russell Ferrante of Yellowjackets, Bobby Vinton and more; plus lots of reviews, columns and other articles published in 2004.


Interviews with Maria Muldaur, Rene Marie, Bill Deal and Ammon Tharp, Keely Smith, Tommy Newsom, Sonny Rollins, Grand Funk's Don Brewer, Robert Lamm of Chicago, Noel Paul Stookey, Ravi Coltrane, Randy Brecker and more; plus CD reviews, concert reviews, book reviews and various other articles published in 2003.


Interviews with Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, jazz giant McCoy Tyner, Herbie Mann, Kevin Mahogany, Ruth Brown, Gary U. S. Bonds, Bruce Hornsby, folkie Dave Mallett and more; plus lots of reviews and other stuff published in 2002.