Looks like the NEA will cut the Jazz Masters program and government funding for PBS and NPR is in jeopardy. How will such cuts effect jazz? I’ll just bite off a small piece of it and focus on Boston media. There’s little jazz on TV. Public television has a small stake, carrying awards ceremonies at […]
Trying to figure out the saturation coverage of George Shearing’s recent death; coverage equal to that given over to Billy Taylor. Taylor was a creative musician, not a musical innovator, but his work as activist/mentor/educator kept his profile very high. The attention made sense. Shearing’s sheer longevity may be vaguely at play here, as is […]
I offered “Tempo de Chet: as a substitute for Lento. Others: Larghissimo=Ray CharlesAdagio= Pee Wee RussellAndante=Benny CarterModerato=Red Garland Allegro=Fats NavarroPresto=Lionel HamptonPrestissimo=Bird
Author Alan Kurtz’s thesis is: since at least the turn of the 20th century, African-American performers have been fulfilling and/or re-inforcing stereotypes of the naturally-rhythmic primitive savage-i.e., sustaining “white ethnocentric fantasies”-to advance their careers. Episodes include: Minstrelsy, the “coon song” craze, vaudeville, popular black theater (“In Dahomey,” Shuffle Along,” etc), Ellington’s “Jungle Music,” Louis Armstrong, […]
I recorded this 20 years ago, on 1/21/91 at the Willow Jazz Club in Ball Sq., Somerville. The musicians are: Raphe Malik-trumpetBrian King Nelson-saxDennis Warren-drumsLarry Roland-bass The passing of time only seems to make this material stronger. There is such fire and intelligence at work here. This tune is too long for YouTube, so I […]
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This is the second video I extracted from “Big Bands On The Edge,” a concert I produced in 1989 at the Emerson Majestic Theatre in Boston. It flashes between straight-up blues, extra-bop lines, funk and freedom. The Musicians are listed in the post below.
In 1989, I got an irresistible urge to lose a lot of money and produced a concert called “Big Bands On The Edge” at the Emerson Majestic Theatre in Boston. The bands were: the Either/Orchestra (Russ Gershon, leader), Orange Then Blue (George Schuller, leader) and Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra (Darrell Katz and Ken Schaphorst, leaders). […]
On the more-or-less 143rd anniversary of the invention of the phonograph, the right to physically publish sheet music has become largely irrelevant-especially for jazz musicians. Yet “publishing” continues to exist as an anachronistic impediment to the recording careers of musicians. The imposition of publishing into the process of making a recording is a vestige of […]
Ah, the elevation of John Lennon to sainthood. He did co-write and write some great songs. He was also occasionally a creep and often ah, not what he appeared to be. That said, my teeth are set on edge by the “where were you when Lennon died” tweets, blog posts, etc.; a ghoulish piggy-backing on […]