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Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus
Coming in November: Jazz In Detroit / Strat Concert Gallery / 46 Selden , a 5-CD/5-LP set of Charles Mingus performances, recorded in 1973.
CharlesMingus  jazz  music 
13 days ago by M.Leddy
Henry Butler (1948–2018)
He was a pianist of tremendous intensity, and a great unhurried conversationalist, with a dry sense of humor.
jazz  music  piano 
11 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Music for Father’s Day
I’ve listened to the last of my dad’s CDs: Lester Young.
family  jazz  music 
june 2018 by M.Leddy
From my dad’s CDs
And now, composer, pianist, organist, singer, and bandleader Thomas “Fats” Waller.
family  jazz  music  piano 
may 2018 by M.Leddy
Brooks Kerr (1951–2018)
Brooks Kerr, pianist and Duke Ellington scholar, has died at the age of sixty-six.
DukeEllington  jazz  piano 
may 2018 by M.Leddy
The Jazz Ambassadors
On PBS tonight, a new documentary about a U.S. State Department experiment in Cold War cultural diplomacy: The Jazz Ambassadors.
jazz  music 
may 2018 by M.Leddy
Donald Trump is not a jazz musician
Such comparisons are an insult to improvising musicians, who know what they’re doing. They may be working from a set list (of “tunes”). Or they may be engaged in collective free improvisation. Either way, they’re always working with a high degree of sympathetic understanding, attentive to and responsive to fellow players.
jazz  music  politics 
may 2018 by M.Leddy
On Duke Ellington’s birthday, a random possible discovery
It may be coincidence, but a phrase that Bubber Miley plays and repeats in a 1927 recording sure sounds like the germ of Johnny Hodges’s “Good Queen Bess.”
DukeEllington  jazz  music 
may 2018 by M.Leddy
On Duke Ellington’s birthday
“I am a musician who is a member of the American Federation of Labor, and who hopes one day to amount to something artistically.”
DukeEllington  jazz  music 
may 2018 by M.Leddy
From my dad’s CDs
My dad and I never agreed about Mel Tormé.
family  jazz  music 
april 2018 by M.Leddy
Cecil Taylor (1929–2018)
When I think of Taylor’s music, I think of words from David Bowie’s “Modern Love”: I try. I try. I recognize that a genius is at work and want to engage what’s happening. Sometimes I can.
jazz  music  piano 
april 2018 by M.Leddy
Down and up
“I’m down to the bottom of my sound, but I’m up to the clearest understanding of my life”: the singer Sylvia Syms, at the age of seventy-four, a month before her death.
jazz  music  singers 
march 2018 by M.Leddy
Maurice Peress (1930–2017)
A conductor known especially for his work with Leonard Bernstein and Duke Ellington.
DukeEllington  jazz  music 
january 2018 by M.Leddy
The GRamercy Five
Artie Shaw and company.
jazz  music 
january 2018 by M.Leddy
From Jazz Dance
If Weegee were to have made a film at a jazz dance, I think it would look much like this one.
dance  film  jazz  music  photography 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
There’s a New York Times obituary for Roswell Rudd.
jazz  music 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
A link to Francis Davis’s 1993 profile of Roswell Rudd.
jazz  music 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
Roswell Rudd (1935-2017)
Like Jaki Byard or Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Rudd played the whole history of jazz on his instrument.
jazz  music 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
The Savory Collection
Now for sale: music from “the Savory Collection,” audio engineer Bill Savory’s archive of 1935–1940 radio broadcasts by jazz musicians.
jazz  music 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
Sunny Murray (1936–2017)
I know Murray’s music mainly from my small cache of ESP-Disk LPs.
jazz  music 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
James Rushing Esq.
Still making my way through my dad’s CDs.
jazz  music  singers 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
Jon Hendricks (1921–2017)
“Dig Count Basie blow Joe’s blues away.”
jazz  music  singers 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
“Dig the gonest”
Charlie Parker and Symphony Sid.
family  jazz  music 
october 2017 by M.Leddy
a l l Gon e
The transformation of music into files ought not to mean the erasure of that music’s history.
Amazon  jazz  music  technology 
october 2017 by M.Leddy
Review: Roscoe Mitchell, Bells for the South Side
These two hours of music travel by in what feels like much less time.
jazz  music 
september 2017 by M.Leddy
“In a Sentimental Mood,” two takes
Ethan Iverson writes about Duke Ellington, Bill Evans, “In a Sentimental Mood,” and “scalar thought.”
DukeEllington  jazz  music 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
A girl with green hair
From Louis Jordan, a song that’s weirdly, hilariously relevant in 2017.
family  jazz  music 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
The Holiday version
“A Sailboat in the Moonlight” is to my ears a beautiful song, especially in the chord changes of the first three bars. But I think it takes Billie Holiday and company to make the song’s beauty felt.
BillieHoliday  jazz  music 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
Roscoe Mitchell, not fired.
jazz  music 
july 2017 by M.Leddy
Roscoe Mitchell in TNYT
“I was once in the car, listening to this radio show, and then all of a sudden this saxophone player came on and I was thinking, like: Wait, every note is different. Every articulation is different.”
jazz  music 
june 2017 by M.Leddy
Music for Father’s Day
Coleman Hawkins and His All-Star “Jam” Band.
family  jazz  music 
june 2017 by M.Leddy
Roscoe Mitchell at Mills
The composer and multi-instrumentalist Roscoe Mitchell is one of eleven Mills College faculty members slated for dismissal.
jazz  music 
june 2017 by M.Leddy
Cooper-Moore on the air
From the podcast The Checkout , “The Irrepressible Ingenuity of Cooper-Moore.”
jazz  music 
june 2017 by M.Leddy
Mongol Profile
Spoof of a 1988 Dewar’s ad with Henry Threadgill.
advertising  jazz  music 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
Mosaic Records
At a time when major labels handle the music in their vaults with indifference, or even contempt, every Mosaic release, with its extensive documentation, serves an act of cultural preservation, as if to say: these musicians and what they created will not be forgotten.
jazz  music 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
Review: Duke Ellington, An Intimate Piano Session
These sixteen recordings, all made on August 25, 1972, are a considerable addition to the body of Ellington’s work as solo pianist and accompanist.
DukeEllington  jazz  music  piano 
april 2017 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
The Times now has a photograph that is unmistakably of Big Joe Turner.
jazz  music  photography 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
Which Joe Turner?
A photograph in the New York Times: of the singer Big Joe Turner, or of the pianist Joe Turner?
jazz  music  NewYorkTimes  photography 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
Arthur Blythe (1940–2017)
Arthur Blythe’s sound on alto is immediately recognizable, a calling card printed in a bold cursive, so to speak.
jazz  music 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
Billie Holiday, 1957
Photographs of Billie Holiday by Jerry Dantzic, taken during Holiday’s week-long engagement at the Sugar Hill nightclub in Newark, New Jersey, April 1957.
BillieHoliday  jazz  music  photography 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
“E” is for Ellington
Up to “E” in my dad’s CDs. With “Melancholia” and “Reflections in D.”
DukeEllington  family  jazz  music  piano 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
Horace Parlan (1931–2017)
The New York Times has an obituary.
jazz  music  piano 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
Blossom Dearie sings
“They Say It’s Spring.”
jazz  music 
february 2017 by M.Leddy
The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble
Kahil El’Zabar, Alex Harding, Corey Wilkes.
jazz  music 
february 2017 by M.Leddy
Hamiet Bluiett needs some help
After a series of strokes and seizures, the baritone saxophonist Hamiet Bluiett needs help with his recovery. There’s a GoFundMe campaign.
jazz  music 
february 2017 by M.Leddy
Review: The Duke Box 2
I’m always in the mood for more Ellington.
DukeEllington  jazz  music 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
Alex Katz meets Lionel Hampton
I said, ‘Mustard?’ and he said, ‘Yes, please,’ and I said, ‘Wow!’
art  jazz  music 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
Christian music
That is, Charlie Christian.
jazz  music 
december 2016 by M.Leddy
... and does
Tony Bennett with Bobby Hackett, baritone ukelele; Joe Marsala, clarinet; Hal Gaylor, bass; Billy Exiner, drums.
jazz  music  singers 
november 2016 by M.Leddy
Tony Bennett has to sing
Tony Bennett, interviewed by James Isaacs, June 24, 1986: Did you have to sing? I have to sing, yes.
jazz  music  singers 
november 2016 by M.Leddy
Bob Cranshaw (1932–2016)
Cranshaw was Sonny Rollins’s bassist for more than fifty years.
jazz  music  SonnyRollins 
november 2016 by M.Leddy
Mildred Bailey sings
If you’ve never heard the verse to “Georgia on My Mind,” or if you’ve never heard the verse to “Honeysuckle Rose,” or if you’ve never heard the verse to either, or if you’ve never heard Mildred Bailey, or even if you have.
family  jazz  music 
october 2016 by M.Leddy
Rudy Van Gelder (1924–2016)
He was a giant in the world of music who happened to live and work in New Jersey.
jazz  music  NewJersey 
august 2016 by M.Leddy
Harlem 1958 interactive
From the New York Daily News, an interactive version of Art Kane’s famed photograph Harlem 1958 .
Harlem  jazz  music  photography 
august 2016 by M.Leddy
Bobby Hutcherson (1941–2016)
The New York Times has an obituary.
jazz  music 
august 2016 by M.Leddy
A find
“The Folks Who Live on the Hill” was a favorite song of my dad’s.
family  jazz  music  singers 
august 2016 by M.Leddy
On Louis Armstrong’s birthday
I think of Armstrong as a bodhisattva showing us all the way to enlightenment.
jazz  LouisArmstrong  music  photography 
august 2016 by M.Leddy
The oldest Ellingtonian?
Eve Duke, aka Eve Smith, aka Yvonne Lanauze, is still making music at the age of ninety-one.
DukeEllington  jazz  music 
june 2016 by M.Leddy
On Duke Ellington’s birthday
A 1930 photograph and “Old Man Blues.”
DukeEllington  jazz  music 
april 2016 by M.Leddy
George Frazier’s liner notes
Like something from the Salinger world.
jazz  music  Salinger 
april 2016 by M.Leddy
Trumpet futures
Lester Bowie on Clifford Brown and Miles Davis.
jazz  music 
april 2016 by M.Leddy
Duke Ellington, Rotterdam 1969
It’s clear that this band has come to play.
DukeEllington  jazz  music 
april 2016 by M.Leddy
“Lush Life” plus
Duke Ellington and the radio personality William B. Williams talk. Billy Strayhorn sings and plays.
BillyStrayhorn  DukeEllington  jazz  music  radio 
december 2015 by M.Leddy
Billy Strayhorn centenary
William Thomas Strayhorn was born on November 29, 1915.
BillyStrayhorn  DukeEllington  jazz  music 
november 2015 by M.Leddy
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