Jazz. What is jazz? “Jazz is a growing musical force. It will keep expanding and growing for many years to come.” says Mundell Lowe. “There’s at least one element of jazz that has remained the same and that is improvisation.” says Don Friedman.
Jazz is improvisation, it is alive and will stay alive!
This blog is a testimony to the most vivid music the last century brought us.
We will offer you interviews, music and stories.
- Prez-ident's Day: Lester YoungOne of finest recorded versions of One O'Clock Jump features Count Basie at the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival. It's on the album Count Basie at Newport (Verve) and includes powerhouse solos by tenor saxophonists Lester ("Prez") Young and Illinois Jacquet, and trumpeter Roy Eldridge. Since today is President's Day in the U.S., a holiday, […]
- McEnroe, Carroll and TessaIn The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed John McEnroe for my "House Call" column (go here). We talked about growing up in Queens, why he disputed line calls the way he did and where his tempestuous nature comes from. [Photo above of John McEnroe from Jimmy Kimmel Live at YouTube] Also in the WSJ, my chat with society event-planner extrao […]
- Cherry Wainer: Funky OrganVirtually unknown in the States, Cherry Wainer was a British organist who appeared most often on German television in the 1960s as a duo with her husband, drummer Don Storer. What she lacked in time and swing she more than made up for with energy and charisma. Wainer died in 2014. Here are a few clips: Here she is playing the Peter Gunn theme... Here she is […]
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- 2017 Portland Festival Report No. 1
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- Monday Recommendation: Miguel Zenon
- Weekend Extra: Louis Stewart Wailing In Wales
- Getz, Two Gilbertos And Jobim
- What Can Humanities do for Humankind?
- NEA and NEH on the Chopping Block? (and other January stories)
- It’s Time to Break Arts Philanthropy Out of Its Silo
- The Aftermath of Ghost Ship (and other December Stories)
- The Top 10 Arts Policy Stories of 2016
- Why You Should Consider Supporting Createquity
- Everything We Know About Whether and How the Arts Improve Lives
- Election 2016 Shakes the Arts World (and Other November Stories)