The New York Times reports that progress is being made on Don Cheadle’s film of Miles Davis. In Sunday’s edition, the Times‘ Alan Light writes that, rather than a full-fledged “cradle to grave” “biopic” in the tradition of Ray or Walk the Line, Miles Ahead will instead focus on the period from 1975 – 1980 when Miles was inactive, a period in Miles’ career Cheadle finds fascinating.
Cheadle told Light that “he had heard some recordings Davis made during this period which allowed him to “hear the engines just starting to turn…For me, when someone has been prolific for that long, and then they go quiet for five years, that’s when I go, ‘What’s that about?’ […] Continue reading »
This pianist worked with (among others) the bands of Bunny Berigan, Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman, and was Bing Crosby’s musical director at the time of Crosby’s death in 1977. Who is he? […] Continue reading »
I will be traveling for the next couple of week so postings (if any) will be sparse. Wishing everyone the best for remainder of the summer!
Hope you enjoy this documentary footage of Dexter Gordon in Montmarte, Copenhagen, 1971. Click on “continue reading” to view it.
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Lee Santa, who calls himself “simply a fan of jazz who is also a photographer” and whose life has been “heavily influenced by jazz’s sounds, structures and impressions,” recently reached out to me via email, informing me that Roundbend Press has just released his collection of photographs, A Journey Into Jazz: Anecdotes, Notes and Photos of a Jazz Fan.
Along with his entertaining introduction to the book, Santa sent me several photographs from the book — all of which I have never seen before. For example, there is Ornette Coleman at Berkeley’s Greek Theater in the turbulent year of 1968, Pharoah Sanders at the Village Gate in 1970, Sam Rivers playing outdoors (maybe at the Jazz Festival?) in Portland, 1979, and one of Mose Allison in Seattle in 1988 (about the same time I recall seeing him at a club in Portland).
Santa’s background story is very cool, and is told in his introduction and in Terry Simons’ publisher’s note, both published here. At the end of Santa’s introduction, you will find several photos […] Continue reading »
Julian “Cannonball” Adderley’s stellar career began in the era of hard bop and ended (far too soon) during the time of jazz fusion. In between, he played on some of the most prominent recordings in the history of jazz — Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue and his own Somethin’ Else among them — and ultimately became what the critic Gary Giddins described as “the patron saint of the soul-hymn movement,” a music that would reach a broad affluent audience while also keeping jazz relevant in the African-American neighborhoods. […] Continue reading »