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January 22 2014


Amiri Baraka: Ennobled by Coltrane | Radio Open Source with Christopher Lydon

Amiri Baraka‘s death prompts me to repost a conversation we had about the music of John Coltrane, which inspired Baraka and ennobled the ambitions of his Black Arts movement. “Trane was our flag,” Baraka remembered back in 2007. “We could feel what he was doing. We heard our own search and travail in the opening of ‘Giant Steps.’” http://www.radioopensource.org/amiri-baraka-ennobled-coltrane/

November 20 2013


The Flair And Flash Of Charlie Parker’s ‘Lightning’

Big jazz thinker Stanley Crouch on the wild, young mind and music of early “Bird,” Charlie Parker.


Stanley Crouch, poet, novelist, biographer and jazz and cultural critic. Author of “Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker.” Also author of “The All-American Skin Game, or Decoy of Race,” “Considering Genius: Writings on Jazz,” “The Artificial White Man,” “Notes of a Hanging Judge” and “Don’t the Moon Look Lonesome?

From Tom’s Reading List

New York Times: When Bird Was A Fledgling – “He’s worked on this book, off and on, for more than 30 years. He’s done his share of interviews. But Mr. Crouch is not about getting his knees dirty, rooting around in old tax bills and manila folders and yellowing box-office receipts. He’s about aesthetics and ideas. His book is a 365-page riff on Charlie Parker, on America in the first half of the 20th century and on black intellect and feeling. It worked for me, mostly. To settle in and listen to Mr. Crouch on Parker’s sound is to send you racing to your CD collection or Spotify app.”

Wall Street Journal: Book Review: ‘Kansas City Lightning’ by Stanley Crouch | ‘Bird’ by Chuck Haddix | ‘Celebrating Bird’ by Gary Giddins — “On March 12, 1955, Charlie Parker achieved his greatest public fame when he died at age 34, in the elegant New York hotel apartment of Baroness Pannonica de Koenigswarter (born Rothschild, “Nica” to her friends), thus provoking the first tabloid headlines of his short and turbulent life. Unlike trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, his partner in the creation of the jazz style known as bebop, Parker was rarely interviewed, and little was known about his early life. Recognition of the alto saxophonist’s brilliant artistry was largely confined to the jazz press, at home and abroad.”

NPR: Charlie Parker: ‘Bird Lives!’ Part 1 – “In Kansas City’s jazz scene, after-hours jam sessions filled the night air. After gaining a reputation as an aspiring saxophonist, a teenaged Parker joined in a jam session with top-notch players like drummer Papa Jo Jones. The session was far out of Parker’s league, leaving the hopeful musician humiliated after listeners laughed at his inchoate playing. In a rare radio interview with fellow saxophonist Paul Desmond and disc jockey John McClellan, Parker revealed that the experience sparked his intense practicing regimen, which often found him playing as much as eleven hours at a stretch.”

Read An Excerpt Of “Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker” By Stanley Crouch


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October 22 2013


The Genius Of Duke Ellington

The genius of Duke Ellington. Terry Teachout joins us on the great “Aristocrat of Jazz.”

Duke Ellington had a touch so elegant and a band so great, he raised the roof on American jazz and invited in multitudes.  From the Cotton Club to Carnegie Hall, he could set a mood indigo or set the hall hopping.  Miles Davis said all musicians should get down on their knees and thank Duke Ellington.  A new biography gets inside the music and behind the suave demeanor to the great showman and enigmatic man.  Up next On Point:  exploring Duke Ellington.

– Tom Ashbrook


Terry Teachout, critic, playwright, blogger and biographer, drama critic for The Wall Street Journal and critic-at-large of Commentary. Author of, “Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington,” “Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong” and “All in the Dances: A Brief Life of George Balanchine.” (@TerryTeachout)

From Tom’s Reading List

USA Today: ’Duke’ reveals the music behind Ellington — “Ellington wasn’t formally trained or even well-versed in classical music, so he found it difficult to write hummable tunes or structurally develop themes with any complexity. But he could meld together disparate musical fragments from his band members’ solo performances, mastering a ‘mosaic method of composition.’ While not a flagrant plagiarist, Ellington still took most of the credit.”

Dallas Morning News: Book review: ‘Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington,’ by Terry Teachout — “Teachout probes deeply into Ellington’s offstage associations. Affairs and flings long hidden from view are laid out for our inspection, as well as Ellington’s quarrels and feuds. His complex, often unconventional relationship with his family is also presented in all its quirkiness. Where other biographers have held back, often due to personal loyalty to Ellington, Teachout digs in all the deeper.”

Read An Excerpt of “Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington” By Terry Teachout


September 07 2013


Sonny Rollins in Conversation | Radio Open Source with Christopher Lydon, April, 3, 2007

July 14 2013


Commentary on the word "jazz" on Tavis Smiley Show

March 30 2013


Studio 360: Micro-documentary on Vince Gurauldi's "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

February 10 2012


July 14 2011


July 04 2011


Stan Getz con cuerdas

En 1961, de vuelta a EEUU tras una temporada en Escandinavia, el saxo tenor Stan Getz marcó su regreso dando una más que sonora campanada. Acompañado por una orquesta de cuerdas, con unas composiciones y arreglos firmados por el exquisito Eddie Sauter que dirigió la sesión, Getz nos regaló este soberbio álbum Focus que analizamos hoy.
Tags: jazz

June 27 2011


Woordvoerder van de BUMA/STEMRA aan het woord

January 09 2011


Gilles meets Herbie Hancock (Part 2)

DJ, label owner and all-round musical tastemaker Gilles Peterson meets the legendary Herbie Hancock. They go in deep on the Blue Note years, discussing the amazing records he recorded, the celebrated musicians he worked with and the culture of innovation within the Blue Note family. Great to hear that Herbie is still going strong at 70! Part 2 of 2.

Gilles meets Herbie Hancock (Part 1)

DJ, label owner and all-round musical tastemaker Gilles Peterson meets the legendary Herbie Hancock. They go in deep on the Blue Note years, discussing the amazing records he recorded, the celebrated musicians he worked with and the culture of innovation within the Blue Note family. Great to hear that Herbie is still going strong at 70! Part 1 of 2.

December 05 2010


gilles peterson winter mix

gilles-winters-hereoh-well-mix Gilles Peterson's Podcast.

September 17 2010


Soundcheck - Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis is no stranger to ambitious concepts. His latest major work presents a particularly bold task: getting orchestras to swing. He joins us to discuss his “Swing Symphony,” which gets its US premiere at the New York Philharmonic this month, and to talk about the melding of classical and jazz idioms. Plus, we ask him about his score to the silent film Louis, the new season at Jazz at Lincoln Center – and the trip to Cuba he is leading in October.
Tags: jazz

September 10 2010


New Jazz Gems: Basie to Billie

Jazz from the vaults of history. We’ve got samples of the “Savory” recordings, unearthed gems from the 1930’s. We’ll listen.

August 31 2010


Thelonious Monk: Music and Myth

From the '40s to the '70s and beyond, the myth of legendary jazz pianist Thelonious Monk nearly overshadowed the man. We speak with biographer Robin Kelley about Monk's life and music.

August 05 2010


How Mitch Miller Invented Pop Music

Music producer and sing-along man Mitch Miller died this weekend at 99. We talk about how he shaped the modern pop record and changed musical history.

July 16 2010


Maria Schneider - Always Sky Blue

Tags: jazz

July 13 2010


Jazzman - Aaron Anderson

Tags: jazz

Juju & Jordash Off Minor radio show #21

Tags: jazz techno
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