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Being Avant Garde: How to Pull Off the Creative Life

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Some appear to live the creative life effortlessly.

Everything appears to contribute and help define an aesthetic that reflects a life lived as art. Everything is simple, beautiful, and just right for the moment. The cover from an unwanted fashion catalog gets absentmindedly folded into a square before being tossed into the recycling bin. But ...

May 2014

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May 24

A slight chill in the air as I enter the jazz club. It is near empty, but the bartender is ready for anything. I straighten my vintage tie and count my wedge to make sure I have the starter amount for my doorman night. With the regular bassist back on stage, the ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ POETRY

Kissing Cousins: Jazz + poetry = jazz poetry

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Believe it or not there have been times when jazz and poetry intertwine. The music inspires the poetry and creates a non-mainstream style of writing... jazz poetry.

Innovations in music and poetics in the early part of the 20th century surfaced in the 1920's. The simultaneous evolution of poetry and jazz music was not ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Miles Davis’ Birth of The Cool: Origins of the Cool Jazz Movement

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Hands down the best name for a jazz album is Birth of the Cool.

It doesn't make it to The 100 Greatest Jazz Albums of All Time nor is it among the Village Voice's Ten Jazz Albums to Hear Before You Die, yet the Miles Davis album, Birth of The Cool, was a pivot ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Buddy Bolden: The insane life of the Founding Father of Jazz

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The roots of American jazz twist, turn, and spiral all the way back to the turn of the century... not this century, but the last century.

In the 20th century's first decade down in jny: New Orleans, the story is told that one could frequently hear a cornet (which is similar to a trumpet) ...

February 2012

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February 3

From one of the city's ex-burbs they had traveled specifically to the jazz club... a couple celebrating the husband's 49th birthday. When I learned of the special day, I discreetly passed back his cover charge and wished him many more. A small token that will reverberate beyond this couple and their special ...

January 2012

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January 6

The jazz club was closed during the holidays. Being ever diligent, The Doorman used the time off to reflect on his craft and create a new set of resolutions for the year having accomplished the majority of the goals I had set for the past year. My 2011 resolutions, which were handwritten ...