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Last Week’s Jazz – 3/2/15

By Sam Griffith

Here is the week in jazz. Ethan Iverson shares his thoughts on Whiplash (and drums) (and North Texas!), Orrin Keepnews passed away, some nice writing about Willie Ruff (who is Willie Ruff!) and some announcements about new jazz films out on DVD.

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Last Week’s Jazz – 2/23/15

By Sam Griffith

A pretty eventful week in jazz, unfortunately ending with the passing of Clark Terry. Whiplash won 3 academy awards (jazz wins!), the Village Vanguard is old, Fred Hersch has some new music and Branford answers some questions.

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Last Weeks Jazz – 2/16/15

By Sam Griffith

Some interesting jazz news from the past two weeks. Grammy winners were announced in jazz categories, several musician interviews and a trailer to “The Connection” was on the New York Times page.

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Jazz And Sports: One Play Doesn’t Define You

By Sam Griffith

In the aftermath of a devastating (or lucky) super bowl, I read a quote from Pete Carroll, the Seahawks coach, discussing the final play of the Seahawks season.

One moment doesn’t define you. The journey does.

-Pete Carroll

This particular quote struck home, especially with regards to jazz improvisation. This quote has some incredible validity to it…and is also not completely accurate with regards to jazz and sports. (more…)

Last Week’s Jazz – 2/2/15

By Sam Griffith

Jazz news is sometimes interesting, and always bizarre. Kenny G might have pushed for the development of the frappuccino. Everything else that happened last week seems to come from Jason Moran or Charles Lloyd.

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Last Week’s Jazz – 1/26/15

By Sam Griffith

Some interesting posts this week in jazz news. Danilo Perez is doing amazing work in his native country of Panama, a summary/review on the death of the Great American Songbook, the Nina Simone biopic premiered and robots are now playing jazz (and not just talking about it!).

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Jazz And Sports: The First Ten Plays

By Sam Griffith

Jazz and sports share a lot of common ground. Both require the performer to be instinctive and responsive to the moment. Other art forms, with perhaps the exception of acting, don’t have as many potentially destructive forces acting against the performer.  With jazz improvisation, you must concerned about the piece you’re performing, your instrumental skill level, your jazz theory level, the ability of the musicians around you and the impact of other environmental factors.
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Last Week’s Jazz – 1/19/15

By Sam Griffith

Several interesting links to last week’s jazz news. Charlie Haden’s musical spirit is still being celebrated and honored in New York. His playing is absolutely timeless; always fresh and exciting. I was fortunate to see him live several times, including one frustrating time in which one his solos was washed out by a lowing flying airplane. Cheers to Charlie Haden.

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Last Week’s Jazz – 1/5/2015

By Sam Griffith

This post is probably better titled “Last Month’s Jazz”. We have a lot to catch up here at Dizzyland and we’ll probably be spending a few days discussing everything that we’ve missed in the last month. A lot of great stuff here. Jazz musicians getting older, discussions of the year 2014 in jazz, a great Cannonball Adderley video and a heart-warming story about Mike LeDonne.

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