Jazz in the Mainstream

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 – 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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Last Week’s Jazz – 11/17/14

By Sam Griffith

Here is a run-down of some jazz-related new from the past week.

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Last Week’s Jazz – 11/3/14

By Sam Griffith

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…)

Jazz In The Mainstream: Boardwalk Empire Season 5 “Devil You Know” (plus Whiplash and Keep On Keepin’ On)

By Sam Griffith,

I’ve been tracking jazz’s presence in mainstream media (or at least attempting to), specifially on TV. I know there are lots of small instances where jazz is mentioned or showed, but I’ve attempted to just limit myself to media where jazz plays a significant role. Boardwalk Empire is a great example of a show that uses jazz in a variety of ways. I have written a series of posts starting from the first episode of season 5 that highlight Empire’s use of jazz. Today’s post will discuss a little bit of Empire, in addition to two recently released movies that feature “jazz” – Whiplash and Keep On Keepin’ On. (more…)

Jazz In The Mainstream: Boardwalk Empire Season 5 “What Jesus Said”

By Sam Griffith

Last nights episode, “What Jesus Said” provided us even more ideas about the role of music in this show, although it did not feature a lot of music. Silence was used a lot, and quite effectively. In addition to silence, we were also introduced to another significant component to early jazz/early popular music – the solo piano. (more…)

Jazz In The Mainstream: Boardwalk Empire Season 5 “The Good Listener”

By Sam Griffith

This post is a continuation of a series of posts based on the use of music in Boardwalk Empire’s final season. Empire frequently uses jazz to set moods, provide humor and serve as underscoring. In this episode, we have a little music and a lot of radio. (more…)

Jazz In the Mainstream: Boardwalk Empire Season 5 “Golden Days for Boys and Girls”

HBO DOES JAZZ RIGHT

By Sam Griffith

HBO does a lot for jazz. Two of their current shows, Treme and Boardwalk Empire have a strong jazz component. Empire’s newest season began last night, and I thought it would be interesting to dig into the music used in each episode of this final season. (more…)