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Ronnie Scott's in London

Yoshi's Jazz Club in San Francisco

 

Entries from November 1, 2010 - November 30, 2010

Saturday
Nov272010

Seven for Saturday - 7 James Moody Videos

"Seven for Saturday" is a great way to see some of the legendary men and women of jazz in action.

I've known for a few weeks that saxophonist James Moody has pancreatic cancer. This news saddens me more than usual because he is the first living legend that I've ever met. There's a personal connection for me now, no matter how brief the encounter was. I remember instantly where I met him (Washington, DC's Blues Alley in 2006), what was going on, who I was with and how the interaction was (fantastic!).

His wife, Linda Moody, posted this open letter to everyone on his website earlier this month (Nov 2010):

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Wednesday
Nov242010

"I'll Be Groped For Christmas" by Roxi Copland (TSA Edition)

Two days ago, my girl Roxi let me know about a video that she had just uploaded to her site regarding an "oh so special" experience with the TSA.

I present her blog post & video to you in honor of the busiest travel day in America (usually the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day). My empathy goes out to everyone who has to be subject to all sorts of indignities because of the autocratic stylings of the TSA.

Here is Roxi's original blog post:

Those of you following me on Twitter and Facebook have probably noticed that I’m not a very big fan of the new security measures recently adopted by TSA. When faced with the abusive exercise of power, some people write editorials; others organize marches; still others participate in National Opt-Out Day. I write music, and so that’s what I did. Enjoy, and please feel free to share with your friends.

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Tuesday
Nov232010

Music Review: Josh Lawrence Jazz 3's "Roots"

Twitter has been one of the best things to happen to me. A former coworker introduced me to the service almost three years ago. Initially, it was just a vehicle for work. For almost a year, I did not really take full advantage of it outside of job related projects.

I came back to Twitter about two years ago, looking to connect with other jazz fans. Boy, did I hit pay dirt! The jazz community was jumping! It still continues to grow on Twitter, and I'm continually exposed to legions of fans and musicians that under normal circumstances I would not be privy to. 

An example of this is trumpeter, Josh Lawrence. I'm at a loss for words as to how someone this talented flew under my radar, but I am extremely grateful that Twitter put him on it. As the leader of Josh Lawrence Jazz 3, he recently released his second studio album entitled "Roots". Joining him are Ken Pendergast on bass, Mike De Castro on the drums, and Mike Cemprola on the alto sax. Like Josh, all these musicians are new to me, and I am equally grateful to hear them play. 

Let's cut to the chase without any pretense, shall we?

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Saturday
Nov202010

Seven for Saturday - 7 Charles Mingus Videos

"Seven for Saturday" is a great way to see some of the legendary men and women of jazz in action.

Charles Mingus Jr. (April 22, 1922 – January 5, 1979) was a bassist, composer, bandleader, and civil rights activist.

Mingus's compositions retained the hot and soulful feel of hard bop and drew heavily from black gospel music while sometimes drawing on elements of Third stream, free jazz, and classical music. Yet Mingus avoided categorization, forging his own brand of music that fused tradition with unique and unexplored realms of jazz.

The first video with Mr. Mingus is probably not well known. He was a part of pianist Hazel Scott's trio (the drummer was Rudy Nichols). This performance of "A Foggy Day" was on a "March of Dimes" television show from 1955:

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