In an excellent October, 2014 post for The Wire, Derek Walmsley writes about how jazz musicians “from the mid-1950s onwards imagined liberation through distant places and spaces.”
“Before free jazz broke through in the 1960s,” he writes, “you could read a desire for liberation unfolding in the titles jazz musicians gave their compositions from the mid-1950s onwards. In previous years, players might have dedicated a piece to a woman or a passed colleague. Now, they were naming them after newly independent nations of Africa, to underline their Afrocentric solidarity; after locations in the Far East, to flaunt a growing interest in […] Continue reading »
In honor of the late jazz photographer Lee Tanner, Jerry Jazz Musician presents a number of editions of “Master of Jazz Photography,” featuring a work by one of the photographers featured in Tanner’s book The Jazz Image.
This edition: Val Wilmer […] Continue reading »
“My music, it breathes. It’s the mysticism of sound. I’m a sound seeker, and I’m enthralled with it, by what it can do to change the molecules and uplift people. They feel something when we play. I can’t take authorship for that. I can take that I’m in service.”
- Charles Lloyd
Imagine if the world was filled with people whose life’s work was built on […] Continue reading »
Sad news this morning…The great comedian and satirist Stan Freberg, who was also successful as an actor (and voice over actor), recording artist, puppeteer, advertising creative director and radio personality, died yesterday at the age of 88. His career was filled with artistry and courage. His comic recordings were always hilarious and often biting – his mocking of Senator Joseph […] Continue reading »
It’s crackling on a radio
Sitting by a canning jar filled with fireflies
A barefoot summer, always afternoon in voluptuous-full July.
The screen door slams and flies scatter
A stick and ball routine with umpteen possibilities
Written in the DNA of the Americas
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