Thursday, January 23, 2020

For George, Twenty Years Later

Twenty years gone from this place, and yet you've never left me. You were my grandparents, yet I knew you and Mary like I've known few others. You opened windows in my mind that I'm still walking through. Here's to you and Mary, wherever you are tonight. Your ol' kid still loves you. And always will.
-Daniel
January 23, 2020


Monday, January 20, 2020

GTownsound Reunion, Gastonia, NC, January 18, 2020

GTownsound Reunion
Counts
Image
Gastonia, NC
January 18, 2020
All photos copyright 2020 Daniel Coston














-Daniel
January 20, 2020

Bridging Musical Worlds Photos, Charlotte, NC, January 19, 2020

Bridging Musical Worlds
Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church
Charlotte, NC
January 19, 2020
All photos copyright 2020 Daniel Coston






























And complete photos here-

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-Daniel
January 20, 2020

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Jazz Arts Photos, Charlotte, NC, January 17, 2020

Jazz Arts
Stage Door
Charlotte, NC
January 17, 2020
All photos copyright 2020 Daniel Coston


-Daniel
January 17, 2020

David Cook Photos, Charlotte, NC, January 17, 2020

David Cook
McGlohon Theater
Charlotte, NC
January 17, 2020
All photos copyright 2020 Daniel Coston


-Daniel
January 19, 2020

Complete GTownsound Photos, Gastonia, NC, January 19, 2020

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Edited photos coming soon,
-Daniel
January 19, 2020

The Last Couple Of Days

Friday, photos of Jazz Arts at the Stage Door, and David Cook at the McGlohon Theater. Saturday, photos of a 75th birthday party, and the GTownsound reunion in Gastonia. Worked on photos for an NBC piece on Charles Jones, and more. Today, the Neverending Tour stops at the MLK Bridging Musical Worlds concert at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. Share the moment, and live while we are here. See you there, and see you on the road.
-Daniel
January 19, 2020

Today Show Photos On Charles Jones

Today show piece on Charles Jones. The inset photo is one I took of Charles nine years ago at a Levine Museum Of The New South event. Safe travels, Charles.


-Daniel
January 19, 2020

RIP David Olney

David Olney
Charlotte, NC
September 22, 2018
All photos copyright 2018 Daniel Coston


-Daniel
January 19, 2020

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Some thoughts on Steve Martin Caro, RIP, singer for the Left Banke.

Much like the band that he fronted, Steve Martin Caro was a comet that burned quickly across in the sky, and then spent much of his travels moving through the darkness, as many of us remain blinded and amazed by his brightest moments. The original span of that group, the Left Banke, was three years, made up of musicians that were in their teens for much of those days. It is somewhat of a miracle that their first single, “Walk Away Renee” exists at all. Thankfully it does, an enduring testament to a group of people that loved and fought each other with equal measure, yet created a body of work that speaks to them, and for them better than they could ever verbalise.

When the spirit moved him, Steve knew no boundaries. He and bandmate George Cameron co-wrote the first two songs that the band recorded, “I Haven’t Got The Nerve” and “I’ve Got Something On My Mind”, laying down the template that fellow bandmember and writer Mike Brown would take further. He co-wrote with Brown on some of the band’s best songs. That’s Steve on drums on “Goodbye Holly”, bass on “Bryant Hotel”. He played guitar, marimba, any instrument that he got his hands on. All with one of the best voices of the 1960s, a sound that melded with one of the era’s best harmony vocalists, Tom Finn. A sound that never left him, even when he spent decades retreating from the world. 

I never got to meet the man born Carmelo Esteban Martin Caro. For those of us around the Left Banke orbit, Steve was a Godot-like figure. Always discussed, but never to arrive. I made many attempts to reach him through his precious few longtime friends. Perhaps I was never supposed to meet him. Perhaps he had said everything there was to say. Be it those transcendent first two Left Banke albums, or those precious few recordings from the 1970s on. Some of which has been heard, some of which hasn’t. I hope that it all is heard, someday. Sooner or later, the passing conversations fade away, and we are left with a life’s work. And through that prism, the music of Steve and the Left Banke lives forever. 

To Steve, I say, safe travels. And thank you. To Mike, George, and Tom Feher, who now welcome Steve to the great highway, I say, continued travels. Just close your eyes, and they will be there. 



-Daniel Coston
January 16, 2020

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Carolina Calling Show

And so it goes. My show at the Earl Scruggs Center has now closed. My sincere thanks to the Center staff for creating an amazing experience. This show is available for touring shows, so please send me an email if you know anyone that would b interested. Thank you again, and see you on the road.
-Daniel
January 7, 2020

Bechtler Museum 10th Anniversary Photos, Charlotte, NC, January 3, 2020

Bechtler Museum
10th Anniversary Jazz Night
Charlotte, NC
January 3, 2020
All photos copyright 2019 Daniel Coston







-Daniel
January 7, 2020