My book, PAWS FOR THOUGHT: HOW TO UNDERSTAND WHAT YOUR CAT IS THINKING is available via mail order via catloversclub.co.uk.  By Christmas it will be in the stores.  I haven't yet received media copies of the book, but will only make them available to folks who have definite review assignments, as I'm receiving limited copies now.  In time the book will be available in the States…  

Roberta Piket is a jazz keyboardist, who Alex Skolnick turned me onto.  She has a new album, LOVE AND BEAUTY.  She's created a number of big band arrangements, and two of the album's compositions are being performed by the Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra (SWOJO).  In November, she'll be playing west coast dates.  On September 24, Roberta's work, FIVE POEMS BY NABOKOV will be performed at the 21st Century Schizoid Music series, curated by Frank Oteri at the American Music Center.    
Roberta introduced me to Don Henke, who was a great jazz writer.  Every week I received show and CD notices from Don.  He—even—helped promote Roberta, Stratospheerius, and Alex Skolnick to various jazz fans.  I recently learned that he passed on September 14 from a brief, but acute illness.  His family is taking donations—in Don Henke’s name--to the Seedling Foundation to support Arts Programs at Stivers High School in Dayton. Donations can be sent to PO Box 1858, Dayton, OH 45401-1858.
Dan Berggren has two new albums. One is a group called the Jamcrackers and the other is a solo CD, FRESH TERRITORY.  Both albums feature an excellent song about using wind power as opposed to oil.  It's got a twist on gospel lyrics, and is called “Power From Above.”  

SKOPE Magazine is looking for volunteer writers, who want to review Cds and DVDs.  The magazine's goal is to review every CD and DVD it receives, and it's now become a bimonthly publication in print and on the web.

Right now this position is UNPAID but that will not be like that forever. We just want to get the ball rolling first.

If you are interested please e-mail Mike Freedman at mfriedman@skopemagazine.com
Tell him your name, mailing address, phone number and best e-mail contact, and—also in two or three sentences—why you love music like SKOPE does!