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today’s birthday: Charlie Parker (1920) (listen to “Summertime”)


Charlie Parker (1920)

Charlie “Bird” Parker was an American saxophonist and composer. Along with trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, Parker was a leader of the bop movement in jazz. His brilliant improvisations were noted for their power and beauty. Sadly, his heroin addiction was legendary as well. He had a drug-induced nervous breakdown in 1946 and saw his cabaret card—which allowed him to play in New York clubs—revoked by the police in 1951. When he died four years later, at age 34, how old did the coroner think he was? More… Discuss

Charlie Parker – Summertime (Jazz Instrumental)

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make music part of your life series: Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington – Mood Indigo


“Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an “inventive” cornet and trumpet player, Armstrong was a foundational influence in jazz, shifting the focus of the music from collective improvisation to solo performance. With his instantly recognizable deep and distinctive gravelly voice, Armstrong was also an influential singer, demonstrating great dexterity as an improviser, bending the lyrics and melody of a song for expressive purposes. He was also greatly skilled at scat singing.”
-Wikipedia

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Erroll Garner – They can’t take that away from me (From the “Concert by the sea” – album)


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Erroll GarnerThey can’t take that away from me

From the “Concert by the sea” – album.

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Why DUKE ELLINGTON Today?


Duke Ellington (1899)

Duke Ellington was an American jazz musician and composer. Among his best-known short works are “Mood Indigo,” “Solitude,” and “Sophisticated Lady.” He also wrote jazz works of complex orchestration for concert presentation and composed religious music, including three sacred concerts. Ellington toured Europe extensively, appeared in numerous jazz festivals and several films, and made hundreds of recordings. In 1969, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. What was his real name? More… Discuss

Track List:
1. “Stompy Jones” (Duke Ellington) 0.00
2. “Just Squeeze Me” (Fats Waller, Clarence Williams) 
6:41
3. “Big Shoe” (Jimmy Hamilton) 11:20
4. “Going Up” (D. Ellington)  16:58
5.”Just a Memory” (Lew Brown, Buddy DeSylva, Ray Henderson21:48
6. “Let’s Fall in Love” (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) 27:43
7. “Ruint” (Mercer Ellington, Johnny Hodges34:32
8. “Bend One” (Hodges) 37:07
9. “You Need to Rock” (Hodges) 40:07

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Blue Skies (gypsy jazz) – Gonzalo Bergara Quartet with Leah Z on vocals – Steve’s Live Music


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Gypsy Jazz with the right balance of vocals and hot instrumentals, and above all rock steady driving rhythm. Thanks to Charlie and Steve for bringing this group through Atlanta.

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All That Jazz ” Everything Old Is New Again “


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Cover of "All That Jazz"

Cover of All That Jazz

 

All That Jazz ” Everything Old Is New Again “

 

All That Jazz 
Erzsébet Földi & Ann Reinking
” Everything Old Is New Again ” Peter Allen

 

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Great Performances: Wynton Marsalis – Johann Hummel Trumpet Concerto In Eb Major



As controversial as he is popular, Wynton Learson Marsalis is one of the most prominent jazz musicians of the modern era and is also a well-known instrumentalist in classical music.
Currently the Musical Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center Wynton Marsalis has received many awards for his musical proficiency. These awards run the gambit of Grammys to a controversial awarding of the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his three and half hour jazz oratorio CD box set Blood on the Fields, the first jazz album to win this award. Born in a musically oriented family in the New Orleans jazz scene at a young age Wynton was exposed to many legendary jazz musicians. Some of these musicians were Al Hirt, who gave Wynton his first trumpet when he was 6 years of age and Danny Barker, a legendary jazz banjoist who lead the Fairview Baptist Church band which Wynton was playing in when he was eight.
Wynton was very active musically during high school and was a member in many New Orleans musical organizations such as the N.O. symphony brass quintet, the N.O. community concert band, N.O. youth orchestra, N.O. symphony and a popular local funk band called the Creators.
In 1978 he had a two-year stay at the Juilliard School of Music before joining the Jazz Messengers to study under master drummer and bandleader, Art Blakey. Not long after that he toured with the Herbie Hancock quartet before forming his own band. After many concerts and workshops Wynton rekindled widespread interest in an art form that had been largely abandoned. He has invested his creative energy and status in being an advocate for a relatively small era in the history of jazz. His advocacy in this area has garnered much controversy for his “classicist” view of jazz history considering post-1965 avant-garde playing to be outside of jazz and 1970s fusion to be barren.
This viewpoint was promoted strongly in Ken Burns‘ documentary Jazz; a documentary Wynton was artistic director and co-producer. However despite his controversial views few disagree that his musical abilities in both jazz and classical music are high impressive and worthy of the high praise it often receives.

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Jerker Kluge’s Deep Jazz – Little Sunflower


Happy Birthday Louis: “LA Vie En Rose”


Louis Armstrong (1901)

(Video from: Сoncert of Louis Armstrong in Belgium 1959 backed by his stellar band the All-Stars, featuring Trummy Young, Peanuts Hucko, Billy Kyle, Danny Barcelona and Mort Herbert.)

Armstrong was an innovative trumpeter and singer who strongly influenced the melodic development of jazz in the 1920s. He began playing in marching, riverboat, and cabaret bands as a youth in New Orleans and later joined King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band in Chicago and the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra in New York City. Between 1925 and 1929, he made his classic Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings, which established the preeminence of the virtuoso jazz soloist. What style of singing did he popularize? More… DiscussArmstrong was an innovative trumpeter and singer who strongly influenced the melodic development of jazz in the 1920s. He began playing in marching, riverboat, and cabaret bands as a youth in New Orleans and later joined King Oliver‘s Creole Jazz Band in Chicago and the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra in New York City. Between 1925 and 1929, he made his classic Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings, which established the preeminence of the virtuoso jazz soloist. What style of singing did he popularize? More…

Louis Armstrong _ What a Wonderful World

Louis Armstrong _ What a Wonderful World

 

Today’s Birthday: May 23, 2011


Today’s Birthday: Artie Shaw (1910)

Considered one of swing’s two great clarinetists—along with his rival, Benny Goodman—Shaw was a virtuoso at his instrument. He began playing professionally as a teen before becoming leader of one of the most popular big bands of the swing era. In 1935, he performed with a string quartet that he later expanded into a more conventional dance band. He led a US Navy band during World War II and various ensembles later on, retiring in 1954. How many times was Shaw married? More… Discuss

Bye, Bye Blackbird, Oscar Peterson


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In don’t know about you, but to me the noise adds to this song…It is like an old banknote, from 1930, or like a coin from 156 A.D., it adds character, and if you let it play you ‘ll enjoy Oscar Peterson‘s – “(I Wants To Stay Here) I Love You, Porgy (“Porgy And Bess“)”.
So stay with the jazz a while longer, stop counting the seconds, and just breath deeply, if it’s last thing you do, As if is the first, and last thing you do…as if it is real, the sound of music through the fingers of Oscar Peterson,is like no other sound in the world, like a sea of waves and ripples.
 
Thanks Oscar.

 

  

 
 

 

      

Chocolat ?


une pastillle a chocolat...Et puis... une de plus.

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All the attempts made again and again by the reactionary Maire and his hires, do nothing but entice even them to try the chocolates, and become themselves customers and believers in a more colorful life, in which, not everything can turn out to be… sinful…Just human. 

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Nearer, My God, To Thee, Nearer to Thee! with I Salonisti and Mahalia Jackson


I Salonisti: Nearer, My God, To Thee,  Nearer To Thee

Lyrics: Sarah F. Adams, 1805-1848
Music: Lowell Mason, 1792-1872
        
 

Nearer, my God, to Thee,

Nearer to thee.
E’en though it be a cross,
That raiseth me
Still all my song shall be,
Nearer, my God, to thee
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer to thee.

Though like the wanderer,
The sun gone down
Darkness be over me,
My rest a stone,
Yet in my dreams I’d be,
Nearer, my God, to thee
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer to thee.

There let the way appear,
Steps unto heaven
All that Thou sendest me,
In mercy given
Angels to beckon me,
Nearer, my God, to thee
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer to thee.

Then with my waking thoughts
Bright with Thy praise
Out of my stony griefs
Bethel I’ll raise
So by my woes to be,
Nearer, my God, to thee
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer to thee.

Or if on joyful wing,
Cleaving the sky
Sun, moon, and stars forgot,
Upward I fly
Still all my song shall be,
Nearer, my God, to thee
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer to thee!

Mahalia Jackson