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Itzhak, The Film

Photo by Lisa-Marie-Mazzucco

An infectious smile, his focused intensity and, of course, that magnificent violin sound; there is no one quite like Itzhak Perlman. Some call Perlman the greatest living violinist. A new film documentary by director Alison Chernick called Itzhak sheds light onto this musical ambassador. Premiering in NYC this week, this independent film will be shown on public television as part of the American Masters Series on PBS in 2018.

We really get insight into this very likable, larger than life man. The film covers his travels from Israel, contracting polio at a young age, displaying stunning virtuosity on the Ed Sullivan Show when he was just 13, and moving to New York to study at Juilliard. Along the way, he captured our hearts and became a superstar in the world of classical music.

Over the years Perlman became quite the New Yorker. He lives in Babe Ruth’s old apartment off Central Park West and in turn, is a huge baseball fan. Playing the national anthem at a Mets’ game last year was a complete thrill for this guy who’s played everywhere. We get to watch him hang out with his friends, pianist Evgeny Kissin and cellist Mischa Maisky, over a Chinese dinner. Actor Alan Alda shares over a glass of wine that he too had childhood polio. Together they talk about the effects of the disease on their careers. He never seems to stop sharing his amazing gift with the world – and his master classes with young violinists are a thing to behold. Would you believe that his most requested piece is the main theme to Schindler’s List which he recorded with his friend John Williams for the award-winning movie?

Itzhak allows us to be a fly on the wall and watch one of the legendary violinists live his life, move through his career and behold the love he has for his wife and family. Aren’t we lucky?

By | 2017-11-14T00:25:33+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Contemporary Classical|Comments Off on Itzhak, The Film


Goodbye to so many we lost this past year.  And a loving thank you for all your incredible music…



By | 2017-01-18T00:38:01+00:00 January 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on FAREWELL 2016


Billboard Magazine has done all the tabulating and the results are in, the kid from Salzburg is the winner! Who would have ever believed that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart would be a top best seller for this past year? This is for 2016 NOT 1816. W.A.M. left the planet in 1792 at the young age of 36 with so many great years ahead of him. His early death was a tragedy of the first order. Yet, his genius matters more than ever. His music touches us generation after generation.

Billboard reported that the $400 boxed set of 200 CDs with every piece the man ever wrote has sold close to two million copies. Right up there Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Adele.  Hats off to Decca Records who curated this impressive release which was timed for the 225th anniversary of his death.  The collection features sixty orchestras and six hundred world class soloists along with an impressive book. They did it right.


By | 2017-01-18T00:32:28+00:00 January 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on TOP OF THE CHARTS WITH WOLFIE

Ben Fong-Torres' Profiles

I’ve been a long time fan of writer Ben Fong-Torres from his old Rolling Stone magazine days. In “Almost Famous”, Cameron Crowe’s loving portrait of a young music writer in the heyday of the 70s rock scene, captured the early days of the magazine’s talent staff. And that included Ben Fong-Torres. He stopped by and visited with me while on the air at KDFC and then did this marvelous profile for the SF Chronicle. Thanks Ben!

The original SF Chronicle article


By | 2016-11-13T18:37:21+00:00 November 13th, 2016|Press|Comments Off on Ben Fong-Torres' Profiles


I’ve just jumped on-board a new internet jazz radio station. It’s called; thejazzgroove.com Yours truly is on Monday through Friday 7PM till Midnight, stretching out with a monster library playing the likes of John Coltrane, Miles, Dave Brubeck, Joshua Redman and Diana Krall. We’ll be slipping in releases from the new faces and sounds like Joe Alterman, Eldar Djangirov and Nora Jones.
From NYC to the SF Bay Area I’ve been on some great stations. I even worked in a very cool jazz record shop once upon a time in Hartford, Ct. It’s a worldwide celebration of America’s true art form and a pure delight every time I open the mic and play some of my favorites.
Whether you’re entertaining, reading, studying or just chilling out, I’ve got some terrific laid back jazz for you on thejazzgroove.com or with our app. And, did I say NO commercials? It’s true. Jazz Tonight, come check us out.


By | 2016-11-13T18:37:02+00:00 November 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on A NEW JAZZ STATION




With Mr. Blue Note, trumpeter Chris Botti, who gigs at Blue Note jazz clubs all around the world. Chris just had the honor of opening the latest one in wine country (Napa, California). It’s pretty amazing if you’re a jazz fan having three major jazz clubs dotting the SF Bay Area. We’re getting spoiled! Chris has got a hot new band that’s heading to NYC for the holidays. They’ll be doing 56 sets at the world famous Blue Note in Greenwich Village for the 12th year in a row.


By | 2016-11-13T18:36:47+00:00 November 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on CHRIS BOTTI OPENS A NEW BLUE NOTE CLUB


Hard to believe it’s been a year already. Imagine if the Bataclan terrorist shootings had happened at the Fillmore or the Beacon Theatre? Last year’s tragedy in Paris rocked the world, especially concert goers. My music loving French friends insisted that I go visit the theater and bring along a camera while I was in Paris. They called it their September 11th.

Notes with Ray White – Bataclan, one year later from David Kiviat on Vimeo.

By | 2016-11-13T04:02:02+00:00 November 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on PARIS ATTACK ONE YEAR LATER

Happy Birthday Joni Mitchell

The Puppy and the Goddess in Berlin, 1990. That was quite a moment. Got a chance to sit down and chat with the amazing Joni Mitchell while rehearsing for Roger Waters’ massive performance of “The Wall” at the Berlin Wall. No one has laid out such intimate truth in song like Joni. On this, the week of her 73rd birthday, a couple of Joni wishes;

  1.     good health and happiness for her.
  2.     and will someone please remaster her entire catalogue. (SACD and vinyl please)


By | 2018-02-23T01:02:11+00:00 November 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Happy Birthday Joni Mitchell


In my Beach Boys’ Pendleton shirt holding my favorite album of all time; Pet Sounds (SACD edition). The timeline went something like this; Rubber Soul > Pet Sounds > Sgt. Pepper.


Throwing down the musical gauntlet 50 years ago this week with this beautiful collection of rich melodies, emotions, harmony and vision. Thank you Brian Wilson (he was just 23 years old), you changed everything. It just took the world a few years to catch-up. I used to use the beautiful “Let’s Go Away for Awhile” as my sign-off song in my early DJ years.


By | 2016-05-16T01:06:39+00:00 May 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on HIS MASTERPIECE



This is Abbey Road Studio #2. See that little window upstairs? That’s the control room where producer George Martin sat, listened and looked out as some of the greatest music in history unfolded down below.


From “Please, Please Me” to “Sgt. Pepper” Sir George and his crew of engineers rolled tape, collecting takes and helping to steer that creative force known as The Beatles. I walked down that stairway once upon a time thinking about just how important he was to the recipe. Thank you George Martin for your vision and dedication. You were one of a kind.

By | 2016-03-10T00:56:27+00:00 March 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on THE MAN WHO MADE TIMELESS MUSIC