Circus is like Jazz. They both require a great deal of originality and a capacity to improvise and be in the moment. They come out of a sense of urgency and self-expression since artists do not embrace them to get rich. And they both demand incredible dedication and discipline.
This week we explore the connections between these two performative art forms, focusing on jazz inspired by the circus world, composed for circus shows, or evokingin a way or anotherthe "The Greatest Show on Earth"!
Sit back, relax, enjoy the show, andlike the great Charles Mingus put it "Don't Be Afraid, the Clown's Afraid Too."
Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers "Circus" Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers (Impulse!) 0:16
Henry Threadgill's Very Very Circus "Try Some Ammonia" Too Much Sugar for a Dime (Axiom) 1:32:20
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