5 for Friday: 5 Pairs of Jazzmen Born on the Same Day

Ah, the random things that will catch your eye when you're studying jazz history. I have found 5 pairs of jazz musicians who share the same birth date. Not just the same day, but the same year, too. Useful? Probably not. Mildly interesting? I guess that's up to the reader. One observation is that for … Continue reading 5 for Friday: 5 Pairs of Jazzmen Born on the Same Day

5 for Friday: 5 Revealing Quotes from Miles Davis’s 1962 Interview with Playboy

In 1962, Playboy magazine published its first interview, which just happened to be a conversation between jazz's biggest star and Alex Haley. It's amazing to me that we are still dealing with these same issues, nearly 60 years later. I highly recommend that you read the entire interview, as it is a fascinating window into the … Continue reading 5 for Friday: 5 Revealing Quotes from Miles Davis’s 1962 Interview with Playboy

5 for Friday: Blue Note by the Numbers – Top 5 Most Common Instruments for Session Leaders – 1500 & 4000 Series Combined (Part 3 of 3)

Pt. 1 - The 1500 Series | Pt. 2 - The 4000 Series | Pt. 3 - Both Series Combined This week's post is look at the most common instruments for session leaders of the 335 albums in the Blue Note 1500 & 4000 series. Part 3 of 3: Top 5 Instruments in the 1500 & 4000 Series Combined … Continue reading 5 for Friday: Blue Note by the Numbers – Top 5 Most Common Instruments for Session Leaders – 1500 & 4000 Series Combined (Part 3 of 3)

5 for Friday: Blue Note by the Numbers – Top 5 Most Common Instruments for Session Leaders – 4000 Series (Part 2 of 3)

Pt. 1 - The 1500 Series | Pt. 2 - The 4000 Series | Pt. 3 - Both Series Combined This week's post is look at the most common instruments for session leaders of the 238 albums in the Blue Note 4000 series. Part 2 of 3: The Top 5 Instruments in the 4000 Series 1. Tenor sax … Continue reading 5 for Friday: Blue Note by the Numbers – Top 5 Most Common Instruments for Session Leaders – 4000 Series (Part 2 of 3)

5 for Friday: Blue Note by the Numbers – Top 5 Most Common Instruments for Session Leaders – 1500 Series (Part 1 of 3)

Pt. 1 - The 1500 Series | Pt. 2 - The 4000 Series | Pt. 3 - Both Series Combined Regarding the Blue Note 1500 & 4000 series, I've always wondered which instruments were the most common for the session leaders. In other words, I knew there were lots of tenor sax and organ albums, but just how … Continue reading 5 for Friday: Blue Note by the Numbers – Top 5 Most Common Instruments for Session Leaders – 1500 Series (Part 1 of 3)

5 for Friday: The 5 Lamest Punny Titles from Blue Note

I thought I'd have a little word fun this week using Blue Note album titles. From the 1500 series through the 4000 series, Blue Note released 18 records the titles of which are puns based on the artists' first or last names. I define a "punny" album title as one which uses the artist's name, … Continue reading 5 for Friday: The 5 Lamest Punny Titles from Blue Note