• In honor of the First Lady of Jazz’s 100th birthday…

  • Space Age Greetings, President Trump:

    I am reaching outwards to you from outer space, the other side of nowhere.  (It is a place we both call home).    

    I come bringing harmony in the face of the planet’s doom, which I predicted long ago, when I lived on Earth.

     

     

  • When Billie Holiday and jazz greats appeared on CBS Televisionn…a moment indelibly etched in the minds of those who honor this great woman and those who accompanied her on this date.

  • But by making this song the focus, “people…overlooked what the hell the whole album said.  We didn’t just do one tune and let it stand, we did albums and ideas, and all of those ideas were significant to us at the time we were working on them.”

  • Ella is 100
  • A Letter to President Trump, from Sun Ra
  • A Moment in Time: Studio 58, New York, December 8, 1957
  • Beyond "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised"
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Beyond “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”

You will not be able to stay home, brother
You will not be able to plug in, turn on and drop out

So begin the lyrics to Gil Scott-Heron’s most famous poem set to music, “The Revolution Will Not be Televised.”  The original version of this song – recorded and released in 1970 on Bob Thiele’s Flying Dutchman label – had Gil accompanied by bongos and congas only.  In 1971, a new and subsequently more popular version was recorded – which included a full band – and released on Pieces of a Man, Scott-Heron’s most accomplished album.  

“Revolution” has since become an anthem of sorts, and so relevant that it was used in the opening theme of this year’s season of the popular TV series

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Sunset and the Mockingbird — a film about Junior Mance

In a career spanning 70 years, the pianist Junior Mance played with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Dinah Washington, Cannonball Adderley, Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt, appearing on over 100 record albums in the process. In addition to his career as a recording artist, he taught for 23 years at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, counting Brad Mehldau and Larry Goldings among his students before retiring in 2011.

Then, in 2012, according to Sarit Work, co-producer of a documentary in the works on Mance and wife Gloria, “Junior had a stroke which led to the onset of Alzheimer’s dementia. Though his musical abilities were untouched, his gradual mental and physical decline has forced Gloria’s role as manager, wife and soulmate to take on a whole new meaning.”

The story of Mance and Gloria’s role to

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Jazz History Quiz #97

This pianist with a “categorization problem” is known primarily for his songwriting.  His songs have been recorded by the Who, Leon Russell and Bonnie Raitt, and is admired by the likes of Tom Waits, John Mayall, the Rolling Stones and Van Morrison.  He credited the songwriter Percy Mayfield, “the Poet Laureate of the Blues,” as being a major inspiration on his songwriting.  Who is he?

 

Dave Frishberg

Mose Allison

Ramsey Lewis

Phineas Newborn, Jr.

Vince Guaraldi

Tommy Flanagan

Paul Bley

 

Go to the next page for the answer!

 

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“Jazz is Dying” — the state of jazz in LA

The April 5 edition of LA Weekly features a report on the closing of many Southern California jazz clubs and institutions, despite, writes Tom Meek, “the breakout of Kamasi Washington and the West Coast Get Down to a worldwide audience, and the award-winning film La La Land, which prominently featured Los Angeles jazz and provided work both on camera and off for dozens of area jazz musicians….[which] have all helped give L.A. jazz more

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