The best album ever made by Duke Ellington—which is to say, one of the best albums in jazz—is also one of his least-known. It attracted scant attention upon its release, in 1951, and no particular acclaim when reissued on CD in 2004, after decades in out-of-print limbo.
In 1953, shortly after he had turned twenty-one, Charles Mingus seized the opportunity of a lifetime and joined the orchestra of his idol and inspiration, Duke Ellington.
This was recorded off ABC-TV in Australia in the eighties - they had a "jazz weekend" with various ABC celebrities of the time introducing different shows. This concert is curious - no audience, although Duke presents the pieces as if there is. Beautiful playing though.
The fruitful collaboration between Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington is widely known to have brought us such classics as "Take The 'A' Train," "Chelsea Bridge" and "Isfahan." But behind the music, Strayhorn's life and identity were complex.
Available on iTunes : http://smarturl.it/pianobarSUBSCRIBE HERE : http://bit.ly/10VoH4l Tracklisting belowwith the participation of http://www.classicandjazz.net/ 01 - 00:00 - Georgia On My Mind - Ray Charles02 - 03:38 - At Last - Etta James03 - 06:38 - My Baby Just Cares for Me - Nina Simone04 -
We’re moving back in time, before the mp3 player and the CD. We’re going back to the analog age, a moment when the shellac (and later vinyl) record reigned supreme. The month is June 1937. And the short film you’re watching is “Record Making with Duke Ellington and His Orchestra.
In 1938, Ella Fitzgerald sang her first big hit, "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," for a national audience on CBS Radio.
On a sunny July morning in 1966, two of the 20th century’s greatest artists–Duke Ellington and Joan Miró–met in the medieval village of St. Paul de Vence in the south of France.
If you want to make video essays, there’s no better film to study than Orson Welles’ 1973 masterpiece, F for Fake. There are a million lessons to take away from it, but today, let’s see what it has to teach us about structure. NO SPOILERS. For educational purposes only. You can donate to
This documentary made by BBC goes through the history of Jazz/Swing music. From the early start in the beginning of the 20th century through the big band era up to Frank Sinatra and the Swing revival taking place since the 80s.
In today’s culture of hyperbole, born of desperate attempts to be noticed amid the Niagara of Internet and other outpourings, the label “genius” is affixed promiscuously to evanescent popular entertainers, fungible corporate chief executives and other perishable phenomena.
Classical tune 'In a sentimental mood' performed by outstanding Duke Ellington and John Coltrane (1962)
In 1963, Duke Ellington and his orchestra participated in a State Department "jazz diplomacy" tour of the Middle East. Inspired by the experience, Ellington and composer Billy Strayhorn wrote a collection of songs called The Far East Suite.
Gene Norman, a music promoter, nightclub owner and record producer who helped bring some of the most renowned jazz artists of midcentury to the West Coast and, through his independent record label, to the world, died on Nov. 2 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 93.
Robert F. Smith, the private equity titan who was named the richest African-American man by Forbes last year after making a fortune in software, also has a quirky musical side. He owns one of Elton John’s old pianos.
There comes a point in every national election year when I reach total saturation and have to tune it all out to stay sane—the nonstop streams of vitriol, the spectacles of electoral dysfunction, the ads, the ads, the ads. I’m sure I’m not alone in this.
This is what happened when 2 guys with horns made a spontaneous decision to set up and play the Star Wars theme in front of John Williams' house on 7/11/2016! With the high part played by 13 yr. old trumpeter, Bryce Hayashi, and the lower flugelhorn part played by his mentor, Michael Miller ("Mickl
“When they study our civilization two thousand years from now, there will only be three things that Americans will be known for: the Constitution, baseball and jazz music. They’re the three most beautiful things Americans have ever created.” — Gerald Early talking to Ken Burns.
Alice Barker was a chorus line dancer during the Harlem Renaissance of the the 1930s and 40s. She danced at clubs such as The Apollo, Cotton Club, The Zanzibar Club, and on Broadway—with legends including Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. Although she danced in numerous mov
The section of Upper Manhattan known as Sugar Hill, poised on a bluff overlooking the Harlem Plain and distinguished by graceful rowhouses and elegant apartment buildings, achieved renown in the 1930s and 1940s, when it was home to prominent African-Amer
Jazz has a zombie problem. Musicians who’ve been dead for decades continue to stalk the commercial landscape, grabbing listeners new to the genre before they can make a connection with the music as it exists in the present day.
Nina Simone sings "My Baby Just Cares For Me" and other Jazz & Blues hits. An outstanding moment with Nina Simone, featuring some of her best work.The sound has been digitally re-mastered to produce probably the finest sound quality ever!http://amzn.to/1fBelqRhttp://bit.ly/1d4DlfMhttp://bit.ly/PG2V0
Miles Davis always had plenty to say about himself, his music and music in general, and especially jazz. Unlike many others it was almost always worth hearing… • A legend is an old man with a cane known for what he used to do. I’m stil doing it.
The "Eternal Sunshine" director goes home to make this endlessly inventive, jazz-infused (and tragic) love story In the decade since Michel Gondry teamed up with Charlie Kaufman to make “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” — one of the most beloved films of our young century — the French
I have compiled 21 of my favorite quotes to remember when times are tough. Sometimes we need a few reminders that we aren’t the only ones who have gone through hard times, that no ones an exception and that we can get through it with a little bit of positive thinking, hope and hard work.
The cumbersome and often unwieldy baritone saxophone has long been relegated to the position of a shadowy stepchild to its more grandiloquent brothers, the tenor and alto saxophones, in jazz music.
Frank Sinatra - Christmas Songs (full album)Download here: http://smarturl.it/Christmas5000:00:00 - Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!00:02:36 - The First Noël00:05:21 - Winter Wonderland00:06:44 - Jingle Bells00:09:22 - Ave Maria00:12:47 - I'll Be Home for Christmas00:16:00 - O Little Town of
For many people jazz is an acquired taste. Like your first sip of beer or coffee growing up, jazz may not immediately suit your tastes. But after awhile you start to savor the richness of the rhythms, the textures, the dissonance and the gracefulness that is jazz.
In the 1960s, you could turn on the television and see Duke Ellington on the Ed Sullivan Show. Or Miles Davis on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Jazz was in the mainstream cultural rotation back then.
The Best Of - Miles DAVIS [Tracklisting]01 - 00:00 - So What02 - 09:21 - Ascenseur pour l'échaffaud03 - 12:04 - Summertime04 - 15:22 - Blue in Green05 - 21:01 - Bird of Paradise06 - 24:21 - Boplicity07 - 27:14 - Embreacable You08 - 31:03 - Flamenco Scetches09 - 40:29 - Freddie Freeloader10 - 50:09
UPDATED: You can now hear this essay read by the actress Constance Wu in Modern Love: The Podcast. Look for the “play” button below or subscribe on iTunes or Google Play Music. WHEN Miles and I decided to live together, I asked him if his mother, Terry, would be upset.
Known by many names — the “Mother of the Blues”, the “Songbird of the South”, the “Gold-Neck Woman of the Blues” — one thing is for sure, Rainey had pipes. After her talent was discovered by Paramount in 1923, she was among the first generation of blues singers to be recorded.