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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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Last Week’s Jazz – 12/8/14

By Sam Griffith

Well, we have this years jazz Grammy nominees. I used to enjoy the Grammy’s, the spectacle of it, but not much anymore. They do a fantastic job of recognizing jazz artists (Herbie! Maria Schneider!) and helping identify great young jazz artists (the Grammy in the schools program). But I don’t get jazz awards in general, especially at this level. Awarding someone who plays the best recorded solo? I don’t get it. Not sure there is ever a sastifying result. Plenty of other jazz news though including another jazz biopic (it seems like there is a new one every week!) and some jazz for the holidays.

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Jazz Concerts Streaming This Weekend – 12/5/14

By Sam Griffith

Here is a list of jazz concerts streaming this weekend for FREE. Notable performances include: Scott Wenholdt, James Weidman and Tad Schull. More concerts next week!

 

Friday, December 5th, 2014

7:30pm EST – James Weidman (at Smalls)

10:30pm EST – Scott Wendholt/Adam Kolker Quartet (at Smalls) (more…)

Last Weeks Jazz – 12/1/14

By Sam Griffith

‘Tis the season for Jazz books! Several new jazz books were announced or released over the holiday including works on Frank Foster, Gigi Gryce and current jazz stars. Here are some links to interesting jazz items from the past week:

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Last Week’s Jazz – 11/24/14

By Sam Griffith

Here is some interesting things that happened last week. Several (new?) bio-pics, some performances, a delightful Matt Wilson interview.

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