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Jazz singer Nancy Wilson dies - The Washington Post
“Never have I gone anywhere and said, ‘Make me somebody,’ ” she said. “I came here as somebody. Consequently, you can’t turn me away from what I believe. These are the songs I like. And I’ve never recorded anything that totally wasn’t my choice.”
identity  songwriting  business  black  music  jazz  livemusic  popmusic 
10 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
of “Me and Mrs. Jones” fame passed away today. He began his career as a singer.
jazz  BilliePaul  PhillyJazzMonth  from twitter_favs
april 2016 by allaboutgeorge
Twitter / allaboutgeorge: I played upright bass in my ...
I played upright bass in my high school band, but I never played nothing like Marcus Shelby. Lawd!
jazz  oakland  from twitter
june 2013 by allaboutgeorge
George Kelly's post on Vine
Greg White on drums, Tammy Hall on piano, Marcus Shelby on bass & Terrence Brewer on guitar
Oakland  jazz  from twitter
june 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Don Pullen_Listen to the People(Bonnie's Bossa Nova) - YouTube
RT : Perfect Friday afternoon music... from the late Don Pullen. Don't forget him:
FF  jazz  samba  from twitter
october 2012 by allaboutgeorge
Kind of Blue | Feature | Oakland, Berkeley & Bay Area News & Arts Coverage
Of course, the Bay Area will never be able to rival New York, if only because of sheer density. With 7 million residents, New York can sustain countless venues that stay open late. Few people have cars. Everything is laid out specifically to generate a vibrant nightlife scene.

In the Bay Area we have sprawl, a lower population density, and a subway system that shuts down at midnight. No matter how much lip service we pay to the idea of nightlife — in any form, not just jazz — we're topographically set up to inhibit it.
jazz  music  livemusic  bayarea  nyc 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Butch Morris and Jen Shyu at Winter Jazzfest - Review -
There is an audience for jazz, you know. Off the books, it’s bigger than you think. Sometimes the culture around it feels spread out and invisible, like pollen in the air.
jazz  music  concerts  nyc 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
At 25, Turtle Island Quartet turns back to Hendrix
"Sometimes you want to take a piece and really reinvent it. But this is music that I loved as a kid, and it was holy ground to me. I didn't want to undo it, I wanted to just be it. Hendrix was layering lines on top of each other, overdubbing them into a soundscape. It was perfect for a string quartet."
classical  classicalmusic  jazz  livemusic  sanfrancisco  rock  music  songwriting  beauty 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Vijay Iyer's jazz pulls from grab bag of genres and years -
"You know, I hope that in doing so people start to accept that there are these other perspectives on [jazz], that one can actually encompass all these things and it's not about this-versus-that, or the past versus the future. That whole dynamic kind of drives me mad, because that's not ever what this music was. It wasn't ever about tradition versus modernity. It was always about one in the other, or one through the other."
jazz  music  livemusic  tradition  creativity  aesthetics 
august 2010 by allaboutgeorge
In Conversation With Vijay Iyer, Part I - Sepia Mutiny
I guess my point is that I’m not trying to force these other influences into music; I’m just being honest about who I am. I realized sometime in my early 20s that if I was going to keep making music, it had to authentically reflect me as a person, my reality and what’s happening around me.

As for how I balance it all, I think it’s mainly a matter of life being long, and me being sort of a restless person. I’ve been lucky in my life to intersect with a lot of different interesting folks, and it’s really these associations with people and their knowledge that drive the work.
jazz  music  creativity  identity  art  livemusic 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Jazz And The History Of Black Chicago : A Blog Supreme : NPR
"And if we don't keep that part of the story firmly in mind, then our history books deceive us."
jazz  from twitter
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
thoughts on supporting live music...or why most jazz clubs are small - Americana and roots music - No Depression
Which brings me to this: if collectively we don't support all of the elements...recorded music in whatever form it evolves into, live performances and what I'll call ancillary items...they will all go away. If we value music, we need to support it. We need to make an effort and a commitment to put aside the money and time and get our butts out there as well as being open to hearing new things. God only knows we (me) is behind the computer too much, in front of a screen too often or pursuing other mindless pursuits.
music  livemusic  art  attention  jazz 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Bruce Lundvall, Chairman Emeritus at Blue Note Records | Cultural Conversation by Ashley Kahn -
"When I was a kid, I was a jazz fan and a terrible saxophone player. But I was also an R&B fan—and pop-music fan to some degree. Everything about music attracted me."
music  business  jazz  classical  classicalmusic  art  livemusic 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Jazz Columns: Thelonious Monk: Ode To A Sphere — By Vijay Iyer — Jazz Articles
[...] When Monk played someone else’s music, he would recast it in this sonic language. His versions were the result of painstaking labor. Each harmony was seemingly rebuilt from scratch, chosen with care and worked over, and every ornament, filigree, run and fill carefully considered. And yet the playing was also full of risk. You can’t help but notice the liveness of it, the sense of possibility and discovery, the chances taken and the rewards reaped.

That risk lies somewhere in the dialogue between rhythm and improvisation—in the sustained buoyancy of pulse that is his signature, and in the real-time melodic invention that forms a counterpoint to it. [...]
jazz  creativity  improvisation  beauty  music  language  magazines 
december 2009 by allaboutgeorge
William Claxton, Jazz Photographer, Is Dead at 80 - Obituary (Obit) -
"When we started out, there were hardly any other photographers doing this kind of thing because there was no money in it. We started doing it because of the love of photography and the love of jazz."
jazz  photography  culture  music  love  obituaries 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The many moods of John Adams. - By Nathan Heller - Slate Magazine
"What classical music is—and what, if anything, that distinction preserves—gets even fuzzier in an age of high-concept rock and avant-garde jazz. What does a classical composer do?"
classical  classicalmusic  music  creativity  rock  jazz  aesthetics  identity 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Obituary: Hiram Bullock | Music | The Guardian
"He essentially came from a blues, funk and rock corner, and it was his ability to bring this attack to a jazz context that always seemed to be the defining factor. It was this that endeared him to artists like Gil, for instance. Although he played on countless sessions, he was a great live performer, and this is where he stood out, whether with Sanborn, Bley or Gil Evans."
music  1980s  jazz  blues  rock  obituaries 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Kieron Tyler: From Messiaen to Michael, Quincy Jones has done it all | Pop | Music
"A jazz musician can either be an artist and do progressive things or he can work on pleasing the people. I think a happy medium between the two can be reached."
jazz  music  work  creativity  aesthetics  art  quotes 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Interview: John L Walters meets jazz singer Dianne Reeves | Jazz and blues | Music
"Your voice is not your instrument. Your voice is the character that you build, your innermost feelings, the things that you want to say, and your instrument is the vehicle that you use to carry the message."
music  identity  creativity  songwriting  jazz  blues 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge | Rock vs. jazz
"A world without a 16-year-old boy screaming out the words to 'Satisfaction' in the shower would be as tedious as one without a woman listening over a glass of wine to Bill Evans' 'Very Early.'"
jazz  rock  music  songwriting  beauty  creativity  criticism 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Jazz great McPartland to unveil symphonic piece on Rachel Carson » PopMatters | News and Commentary | PopWire
“I got the idea to do this because of what people are doing to the world. All I can do is play something about it.”
environment  jazz  music  creativity 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Crazy Modern Music: Alex Ross and Ben Ratliff discuss jazz, classical, and pop. - By Ben Ratliff and Alex Ross - Slate Magazine
"The audience needs to love the experience of being in the club or in the hall, no matter who's playing. And the younger generations no longer seem to have that urge, at least not as much."
music  identity  jazz  classical  public  youth 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork Feature: Column: Puritan Blister #29
"BRYAN: You're not going to stop, are you? ROBERT: Said the inventor of smooth jazz."
pitchfork  bobdylan  fiction  jazz  humor 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Herbie Hancock Reimagines Joni Mitchell in 'River: The Joni Letters' - Fall Preview 2007 -- New York Magazine
"I'm not accustomed to paying attention to lyrics. I'm used to harmonies and melodies. I can recognize great lyrics when I hear them. But a lot of the time it's like a foreign language that I can't really translate."
songwriting  rock  jazz  music  aesthetics  writing  language  creativity 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Jazz Messenger - Haruki Murakami- Books - Review - New York Times
"Inside my head, though, I did often feel as though something like my own music was swirling around in a rich, strong surge. I wondered if it might be possible for me to transfer that music into writing. That was how my style got started."
books  fiction  japan  jazz  literature  music  writers  writing  creativity  aesthetics  identity 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork Feature: Column: Resonant Frequency #47
"Guitars can be passed around a circle; you can see everything the player is doing. They're just small pieces of wood, hiding nothing. To play a piano is to feel separated, cut off from those around you."
music  public  social  aesthestics  presence  jazz  beauty  piano 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: A Jazzman So Cool, You Want Him Frozen At His Peak
"It’s among the few movies that deal with the mysterious, complicated emotional transactions involved in the creation of pop culture — and with the ambiguous process by which performers generate desire."
beauty  cinema  jazz  music  1950s  creativity  psychology  culturalstudies 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Through the art of interpretation
"Song writing does have that enormous power to communicate things that are not being communicated elsewhere, anywhere else, but I find an enormous power in being an interpreter."
songwriting  creativity  writing  music  pop  jazz  rock  aesthetics 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge / Greener Pastures: Michael Tolkin on Robert Altman
"He told me he wanted the film to be like white jazz, a distinction he didn’t define. Watching his work after he said that, I think I understood what he meant; he’d have rhythm and swing, but no deep blues, especially no faked blues [...]"
writing  fiction  creativity  jazz  cinema  drama  improvisation 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Wrestling With Miles Davis and His Demons
“There was a lot more soul to Miles than has been previously depicted. [...] If they don’t find some light in his life, it will be just another black junkie Harlem-nights movie.”
cinema  jazz  music  creativity  nonfiction  fiction 
november 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents Two Programs of John Coltrane’s Music - New York Times
“'Naima' almost reinvented this type of tune in jazz, building on Hodges saxophone showcases like Duke Ellington’s 'Warm Valley' yet intimating something deeper, a kind of contemplative, I’ll-see-you-in-the-next-world feeling."
jazz  music  nyc  coltrane  aesthetics  ellington 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian UK: David Peschek talks to pianist Brad Mehldau
"You have the ability to make a pretty intricate narrative, to play around with time itself, like a novel does, and your memory, and your expectation of what's taking place. Monk is doing that, Wayne Shorter, Coltrane."
jazz  improvisation  music  songwriting  creativity  novels 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Playing His Own Revival
"When you make yourself a conduit for something that can't fit through the space you've given it, you might make noises to get it out, you might gyrate, you might throw up - though not on stage, you hope."
jazz  music  songwriting  improvisation  aesthetics 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
"There was not a common place where we could meet and nothing going on for us, though we were all over the Bay Area. When Viva Brazil began playing around, it brought together a community."
brazil  jazz  music  bayarea  latinamerica 
august 2005 by allaboutgeorge
The Sitayana by Nina Paley
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ramayana  mythology  india  jazz  animation 
april 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Listening to CD's With: Pat Metheny: An Idealist Reconnects With His Mentors
"Swing is kind of this quality? It exists in human interaction. In the way somebody talks and moves. I find its resonance in architecture, and literature."
jazz  music  songwriting  aesthetics 
february 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Listening to CD's With: Wayne Shorter: 'Happening,' and Meandering, a Burst at a Time
"I used to think, what the hell is music for? Like, what is law for? Is it for immediate checks and balances and controls? [...] And music, is it an aphrodisiac, a convincer, a manacle? You know, 'I gotta have my rhythm and blues. ...'"
jazz  music  songwriting 
december 2004 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: The Tender Notes Of Shirley Horn
"I've tried to keep things as level as possible through this whole thing -- I'm cool. I know what I have to do: I'm never going to give up the piano, I'm never going to stop singing till God says, 'I called your number.'"
jazz  music  songwriting 
december 2004 by allaboutgeorge
SFChron: Pushing Boundaries / Jazz singer Patricia Barber gets political on 'White World'
"My partner just thought I was ridiculously patriotic when she met me. I think patriotism now is just speaking your mind. You don't have to be strident; just speak what you feel. As far as I know, all I'm doing is exercising free speech."
jazz  music  politics  songwriting 
december 2004 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian UK: Open secret
"Everything in life was in this music: the beautiful and the ugly, the godly and ungodly. Not everybody wants to touch those places because there are things we have to forget in order to live with ourselves, and that music didn't let you have any secrets.
1960s  jazz  music  songwriting 
october 2004 by allaboutgeorge
The Village Voice: Music: Jazz: Band in My Head by Greg Tate
"Any fragment will do, what matters is that we always know who's doing the talking. This is what we mean by hiphop. Chaos in a cadence, hacking-mad hyperlinks with a big Black personality to back them up." This thrills me!
aesthetics  black  hiphop  jazz  music  songwriting 
september 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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