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Radio & Podcasts

Large Jazz Ensembles, Past And Present

Read "Large Jazz Ensembles, Past And Present" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This show on jazz orchestras and big bands begins and ends with Duke Ellington. In between, it includes Michael Gibbs, Count Basie, the Either/Orchestra, Chico O'Farrill, George Russell and several others. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 Duke Ellington “Moon Over Cuba" from 1941 (Classics) 01:03 Chico O'Farrill “Havana Blues" from Carambola (Milestone) 4:12 Antonio Adolfo “Milestones" from Encontros ...


Radio & Podcasts

Latin It All Hang Out

Read "Latin It All Hang Out" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

We start off season ten with neither a bang nor a whimper, but rather the sound of exotic auxiliary percussion and the screams of excitable brass. It's a show devoted to “Latin" music in its many guises, both smooth and bumptious, with looks at an early innovator in the jazz field, a couple of main stream jazzers hoping to strike it rich with the bossa nova craze, and a towering figure in big band jazz who always approached “outside" influences ...


Radio & Podcasts

Ellington Holiday: A Swinging Nutcracker + Dance Dates 1940 & '58

Read "Ellington Holiday:  A Swinging Nutcracker + Dance Dates 1940 & '58" reviewed by David Brown

Jazz up December with Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's swinging re-do of The Nutcracker Suite. Then, rev-up for the new year with two historic Ellington Orchestra dance dates: Fargo 1940 & Travis Air Force Base 1958. Put the kids to bed and put on your dancing shoes. Welcome friends and neighbors to The Jazz Continuum. Old, new, in, out... wherever the music takes us. Each week, we will explore the elements of jazz from a historical perspective. Playlist ...


Radio & Podcasts

Duke Ellington meets Bordeaux

Read "Duke Ellington meets Bordeaux" reviewed by Kristen Lee Sergeant


Jazz & Juice

Structure: Bordeaux Meets Duke Ellington

Read "Structure: Bordeaux Meets Duke Ellington" reviewed by Kristen Lee Sergeant

I'll begin with a maxim —Knowledge is Pleasure. The reward of learning (especially about music and wine) is the ability to enjoy what is studied all the more. To me, the mark of a connoisseur is not the expert ability to analyze, but being able to revel in both the nuance and totality of what makes something great. The pursuit of knowledge has hedonistic rewards. Which is to say, welcome to Jazz & Juice. The articles, videos and ...


What is Jazz?

Ghosts In The Machine, Part 1: Jazz Musicians And Popular Music

Read "Ghosts In The Machine, Part 1: Jazz Musicians And Popular Music" reviewed by Kurt Ellenberger

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 Part I: The MachinesJazz and classical musicians have long had a troubled relationship with pop music. (By “pop music," I mean all styles outside of classical and jazz--country, rock, hip-hop, rap, etc.--any style that enjoys a double-digit market share is properly called “popular," as opposed to the dismal 4-6% (combined) that is shared by jazz and classical music.) Admittedly, most of pop ...


Album Review

Duke Ellington: Uppsala 1971

Read "Uppsala 1971" reviewed by Chris Mosey

From his first visit in 1939 to a concert a few months before his death in 1973, Duke Ellington took special pleasure in visiting Sweden. He composed a “Serenade to Sweden" and wrote a new arrangement for a very Swedish pop song, “I en rod liten stuga (In a Red Little Cottage)." He also entered into a fruitful collaboration with Swedish vocalist Alice Babs. This album, recorded at a concert in the great hall of Uppsala University on ...


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