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Content by tag "Louis Armstrong"

ARTICLE: OPINION

Trumpet Miming in Film: Mostly Jive

Read "Trumpet Miming in Film: Mostly Jive" reviewed by Steve Provizer

No surprise that filmmakers want to feature trumpet players in their films. After all, we are a complicated, sometimes volatile and, ahem, sexy cohort. I've written here about the odd character-illogical bent that movies show toward the species, but in this post, I'll restrict myself to analyzing how well filmmakers pull off the act of shooting ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Louis Armstrong: 7 Clips

Louis Armstrong: 7 Clips

Today is Louis Armstrong's birthday—sort of. For years, the trumpeter had said he was born on the Fourth of July. In truth, he was born on Aug. 4. For the purpose of this post, let's go with Louis's recollection and celebrate today. Here are seven clips of Armstrong singing off-beat songs in the 1960s, proof that ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Randy Weston: Music of The Earth

Read "Randy Weston: Music of The Earth" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Pianist Randy Weston has long been known to be a student of his African heritage and proud of it. Born in Brooklyn, he has lived in Africa, been involved with musicians there--he has been involved with the entirety of its culture. An expert?

“I've lived there for years, man, and I know nothing," ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Flame Keepers: National Jazz Museum in Harlem

Read "Flame Keepers: National Jazz Museum in Harlem" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

On 129th Street, in the heart of Harlem, Loren Schoenberg emerges from a crowded back room with an unusual looking recording. Aluminum discs like the one he holds, were the first instant, electrical means of recording. Invented in 1929 they were a means of allowing radio stations to record and archive live programs that could be ...

ARTICLE: HISTORY OF JAZZ

Pittsburgh Jazz: A Brief History

Read "Pittsburgh Jazz: A Brief History" reviewed by Steve Rowland

This article was first published at the Explore PA History website.

At first glance, Pittsburgh might not seem the most likely place to produce great jazz musicians. Situated on the western edge of the state, “Smoketown" was a gritty industrial city, better known for being the center of the nation's steel industry, than for ...

ARTICLE: BOOK EXCERPTS

A Conversation with Mike Mainieri

Read "A Conversation with Mike Mainieri" reviewed by Anthony Smith

The following is an excerpt from the chapter “A Conversation with Mike Mainieri" of Masters of the Vibes by Anthony Smith (Marimba Productions, 2017).

So you've been working on a new project this week?

Yes, just finishing some overdubs... it's a project I'm involved in with some friends, but I really can't ...

Margrete Grarup: Denmark's jazz secret is out

Read "Margrete Grarup: Denmark's jazz secret is out" reviewed by Chris Mosey

The Copenhagen daily newspaper Berlingske Tidende in 2015 called Margrete Grarup “the best kept secret in Danish jazz." In 2017, with two albums released in rapid succession on Storyville, that secret is out... and a star is born.

Grarup has a wonderfully rich and expressive voice. She comes to jazz via the Scandinavian ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Joe La Barbera: Experiencing Bill Evans

Read "Joe La Barbera: Experiencing Bill Evans" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

In his own unassuming way, Bill Evans changed the face of jazz piano trio forever. He made the piano a lyrical, expressive voice for the most subtle and deep emotions, and he transformed the rhythm section from a time-beating, swing-maintaining outfit into an intimate, conversational musical unit. He loved tradition. It was just his grasp of ...

Charles Mingus 95th Birthday Celebration

Read "Charles Mingus 95th Birthday Celebration" reviewed by Peter Jurew

Mingus Big Band
Jazz Standard
New York, NY
April 24, 2017

Saturday, April 22, was an unusually good day. It started, blessedly, when the president did not tweet out a series of early morning fabrications/accusations to befuddle the free world. And it could only get better from there: It was Earth Day! Scientists ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Bop Apocalypse: Jazz, Race, the Beats, and Drugs by Martin Torgoff

Read "Bop Apocalypse: Jazz, Race, the Beats, and Drugs by Martin Torgoff" reviewed by Steve Provizer

Bop Apocalypse: Jazz, Race, the Beats, and Drugs
Martin Torgoff
448 pages
ISBN: 0306824752
Da Capo Press
2017

The vilification and suppression of marijuana and narcotics in the U.S. was fueled in the 20th century by a campaign that whipped up fear of “the other"--Mexicans, Caribbean islanders, South Americans ...


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