Strike up the Bland: Jazz Is as Popular as It Deserves to Be

Musicians are always talking about, Why isn't jazz popular? But [jazz] musicians today are completely devoid of charisma. People never really liked the music in the first place. So now you have musicians who are proficient at playing their instruments, and really, really smart, and know a lot about music, and people sit there and it's … Continue reading Strike up the Bland: Jazz Is as Popular as It Deserves to Be

5 for Friday: 5 Classic Versions of “April in Paris”

It's still April, so I'm taking a look at some of the standout versions of Vernon Duke's "April in Paris" (AIP hereon), a standard that has always put a (groan) spring in my step this time of year. In chronological order... 1. Charlie Parker from Charlie Parker with Strings, Mercury MC-C-101, 1950 To paraphrase Jon Lovitz … Continue reading 5 for Friday: 5 Classic Versions of “April in Paris”

Ben Sidran’s Talking Jazz project

Updated on 4/18/18: In the list at the bottom, I added links to the few of the interviews that are available on YouTube. Also, here's a link to a playlist of Talking Jazz Singles, which are 3-4 minute clips of many of the interviews. About a year ago, I stumbled upon a collection of interviews on Apple Music … Continue reading Ben Sidran’s Talking Jazz project

New Blue Note Film Coming Up: Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes

I wasn't planning another post for this weekend, but then I found out about this new film, and I am sending this out as an "emergency post": Just after I finished the post on great jazz movies, I learned about this, and it looks like it might be another for the list: Blue Note Records: Beyond … Continue reading New Blue Note Film Coming Up: Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes

5 for Friday: 5 Great Jazz Musicians Born in Boston

I'm going to try this feature out and see if I like it. Every Friday at 5pm, I'll post a list of five...things. For the first one, I've assembled a list of five all-time greats born in the Boston area. The list includes: two members of the Duke Ellington Orchestra, two of the greatest drummers … Continue reading 5 for Friday: 5 Great Jazz Musicians Born in Boston

Things Weren’t What They Used to Be

In 1962,  many very talented, young jazz artists were beginning to make their voices heard on the scene. Consider the following, along with the age they turned that year: Tony Williams, 17 Bobby Hutcherson, 21 Chick Corea, 21 Freddie Hubbard, 24 Lee Morgan, 24 McCoy Tyner, 24 Joe Henderson, 25 A staggering array of talent, but … Continue reading Things Weren’t What They Used to Be