A Night at the Jazz Circus! - Part 2

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One thing that Jazz and Circus have in common is that—unlike way too many things that we see in our daily lives—you can't fake them. You cannot pretend you're an expert among circus or jazz artists... If you are not ... it'll show! And this authenticity may be one of the reasons why they seem so precious in this age of disposable fakeness.

Here we continue our exploration of the connections between jazz and circuls with a dolly shot of circus acts, fire eaters, mimes, jugglers and many more.

Enjoy the show, and don't forget that jazz never fails to be our safety net when we fall off the trapeze because the other guy didn't bother reaching out for us...


  • Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00
  • Rusty Bryant "Fire Eater" Prestige Records: Soul Jazz Classics (Prestige) 0:16
  • Host talks 3:30
  • Tuatara "Snakecharmer" Underworld (Sunyata) 5:08
  • Hypnotic Brass Ensemble "Hypnotic" New York City Live (Self-released) 08:04
  • Host talks 11:12
  • Mathilde Santing "Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear" Sings Randy Newman: Texas Girl & Pretty Boy (Columbia) 12:00
  • Paolo Fresu "Mämût" Mämût -Music for a Mime (Splasc(H)) 13:48
  • Host talks 20:40
  • Rez Abbasi "Jugglers" A Throw of Dice (Whirlwind) 22:36
  • Trio Grande & Matthew Bourne "L'acrobate" Un Matin Plein de Promesses (De Werf) 24:20
  • Django Bates "Tightrope" Like Life (Storyville) 28:10
  • Django Bates "Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite!" Saluting Sgt. Pepper (Edition) 29:21
  • Host talks 31:53
  • Phillip Johnston "The African Magician" The Adventures of Prince Achmed (Asynchronous) 33:05
  • James Chance "Contort Yourself" Irresistible Impulse (Tiger Style) 40:46
  • Host talks 45:07
  • Nucleus "Song for the Bearded Lady" We'll Talk About It Later (Vertigo) 46:07
  • Noel McGhie & Space Spies "Trapeze" Trapeze (Superfly) 53:21
  • Host talks 1:00:54
  • Charlie Haden "Circus '68 '69" Liberation Music Orchestra (Impulse!) 1:04:34

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