Dizzy's Club Coca Cola in New York City

Jazz Alley in Seattle

Dazzle Restaurant & Lounge in Denver

 

Ronnie Scott's in London

Yoshi's Jazz Club in San Francisco

 

Sunday
May292011

The Complete "Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser" Available For Viewing! 

Don't know what to do with yourself on a lazy and humid Sunday afternoon? Want to watch a film but don't want to leave the comfort of your home? 

Well, look what I found for you on YouTube! It's the full 90 minute documentary Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser!

" Filmmaker Bruce Ricker couldn't believe his luck. Michael and Christian Blackwood's extensive 1968 footage of the groundbreaking modern jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk, including the only footage of the very private Monk off stage, was in excellent condition.

The reels were, in Ricker's words, "just sitting there like the Dead Sea Scrolls of jazz." Ricker, as co-producer, joins director and fellow producer Charlotte Zwerin (Gimme Shelter), executive producer Clint Eastwood and others to bring these scrolls to astonishing life.

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Saturday
May282011

Seven For Saturday: RIP Gil Scott-Heron (1949-2011)

Gil Scott-HeronGil Scott-Heron's music was a integral part of the soundtrack of my childhood. I grew up at an interesting time with songs like Inner City Blues (Makes Me Wanna Holler) by Marvin Gaye and Gil Scott-Heron's The Revolution Will Not Be Televised playing persistently through HiFi speakers around North Philly.

I remember being captivated with Scott-Heron's delivery of words even though I didn't get the gist of most of what he was saying (I was between 5-6 years old when The Revolution Will Not Be Televised was originally released).

The longer that I live on this Earth, the better I discern what both Gil and Marvin were talking about in their music.

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Thursday
May262011

Musicians Picket NARAS Board of Trustees Meeting Today (video)

This is just a quick post to let you know what's going on with the protest against NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts And Sciences) eliminating 31 categories from the 2012 GRAMMY Awards.  

A demostration was held outside the Beverly Hills Hilton at Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards. NARAS was holding a Board of Trustees meeting there today (May 26th). Check out the video:

KABC-TV Video -  Reporter Jovana Lara 

 

Want to show your support but don't know how? Sign the petition here

Thank you.

Thursday
May262011

Miles Davis Remembered (1926-1991)

Miles DavisMiles Davis would have been 85 years old today.

"Widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Miles Davis was, with his musical groups, at the forefront of several major developments in jazz music, including bebopcool jazzhard bopmodal jazz, and jazz fusion.

Many well-known musicians rose to prominence as members of Davis' ensembles, including saxophonists Gerry MulliganJohn ColtraneCannonball AdderleyGeorge ColemanWayne ShorterDave LiebmanBranford Marsalis and Kenny Garrett; trombonist J. J. Johnson; pianists Horace SilverRed GarlandWynton KellyBill EvansHerbie HancockJoe ZawinulChick CoreaKeith Jarrett and Kei Akagi; guitarists John McLaughlinPete CoseyJohn Scofield and Mike Stern; bassists Paul ChambersRon CarterDave HollandMarcus Miller and Darryl Jones; and drummers Elvin JonesPhilly Joe JonesJimmy CobbTony WilliamsBilly CobhamJack DeJohnette, and Al Foster."

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