Here is a list of jazz concerts streaming for free this weekend. Notable performances include: Ellis Marsalis Birthday Celebration at Lincoln Center and Jason Jackson at Smalls. Click on the link to be redirected to the website where the stream is available. (more…)
Herb Pomeroy was a Boston based trumpeter that is infrequently discussed in the history of jazz. This is not due to his performance abilities as they have been highly thought of by many musicians, including the great saxophonist Charlie Parker. It was Pomeroy’s abilities as a trumpeter that led Parker to hire him when he was performing in Boston based clubs like Storyville or the Hi-Hat. One such date in 1953 was recorded and released as the BlueNote album, “Charlie Parker Live at Storyville.”
Pomeroy’s solos on this date show a very detailed and thoughtful approach to harmony as well as a way of playing the trumpet that seemed to be in vogue at the time. His playing is frequently in the middle and low registers of the instrument, features a dark yet brassy tone, and a ‘laid-back’ approach in his time-feel. These aspects were not uncommon among trumpeters hired by Parker such as Miles Davis or Chet Baker. Of the material on “Charlie Parker Live at Storyville,” Pomeroy’s solo on the Parker blues, Now’s The Time shows the overall finesse which the former brings to these recordings.
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First off, let’s get this out of the way – I am a proud alum of DePaul University. Located on Chicago’s North Side, DePaul has established itself as an anchor of jazz education in the Midwest, and Dr. Bob Lark, who directs the Jazz Ensemble, has put the group on the national jazz map through a series of excellent recordings released over the course of the last 20 years. Over that span, the group has recorded both live and in studio with many of the greatest names in jazz, including Clark Terry, Bob Brookmeyer, Tom Harrell, Bobby Shew, Phil Woods, Slide Hampton, Jim McNeely and others. A lot of students have come and gone through DePaul’s program in that span of time, but the group’s consistent and excellent performances have never wavered. (more…)
Another case against spotify, written by a jazz musician. Not sure about his point here. The ability to make your own professional recordings, and then sell them for a huge percentage (either electronically through iTunes, or at your own concerts) means that the inspired professional musician can make plenty of money from recordings, with the added bonus of being in complete control of the music, performers, etc.. Musicians won’t make money on spotify. This is a genre-less fact. Musicians can make money by self-producing their own albums.
A list of Miles Davis albums ranked. I always liked Jazz At the Plaza the best. Not sure why it didn’t make this list, yet countless awful albums did. It seems as though some great albums are missing from this list (Live in Berlin? Anything from the Plugged Nickel? Smokin/Steamin/Workin/Relaxin?). But maybe that’s just me.
Here is a list of jazz concerts streaming this weekend for FREE. Notable performances include: Several tributes to the great vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, Dave Liebman, Scott Robinson, and Darren Barrett. (more…)
Unless you’ve been locked in a practice room shedding “26-2” for the last week, you’ve probably heard about the recent New Yorker satire piece “Sonny Rollins: In His Own Words.” The original article and various reactions to it (including Sonny’s reaction) has all blown up countless Facebook and Twitter feeds, but just in case you haven’t seen it, here’s a link to the original article and a link to Sonny’s response. (more…)
Last week, a few MORE jazz movies were announced/discussed/funded. There are links to some interesting discussions with musicians and scholars about the current state of jazz and jazz’s public reception. Also, Herbie Hancock was a guest performer with the roots on The Tonight Show. (more…)