Home Page artists close click image to close These Millennials Are Shaking Up the Jazz World If the array of fresh faces in these images surprises you, well, it shouldn’t. Jazz has always been a young person’s game. Two of the greatest innovators in the history of jazz, Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker, were both in their mid-20s when they made their breakthroughs, the ones that changed the music for all time. And most sidemen in the Big Band era were college-age. So, what makes jazz—which is hot, hot, hot these days and nights—so different in the second decade of its second century? With a nod to this youth movement, we’ve defined the start of the contemporary era as 1981, when Wynton Marsalis—the 21st-century ambassador of jazz—recorded his eponymous first album. It is important to note that both the music itself and the ways in which it’s being heard are much more open-ended than ever before. The traditional music industry has been in free fall for the entire careers of these younger players. Related: See Even More Young Jazz Musicians on the Upswing
Christmas Songs - Playlists, Lyrics, & International Christmas Music 10 Essential Albums for Starting a Jazz Collection If I’ve seen it once I’ve seen it a hundred times. Someone just getting into jazz ventures online looking for some music to start with, and is instantly inundated with about 500 different choices. Everyone has their own ideas about the best places to start a jazz music collection, and it can get overwhelming pretty quickly. I know because I was one of those neophytes. So as a public service to all you new jazz lovers out there, here’s one man’s list of recordings that are essential for any new jazz collection. This is not an attempt to chronicle the best jazz records ever. #10. To start a jazz collection with any artist other than Satchmo would be foolishness. I know that this style and sound (usually referred to as Traditional Jazz) is not for everyone, but it’s critical to hear where the music started in order to appreciate where it went. And hey, you never know, you may love it for more than its prime historical value. Buy This Album! #9. Buy This Album! #8. Buy This Album! #7. #6. #5.
Jazz | FilterMusic Music– Jazz Artists– Jazz News THE DOZENS: HIP-HOP MEETS JAZZ by Jared Pauley For well over forty years, jazz music and hip-hop music have flirted with each other on numerous occasions. When jazz artists began to experiment with sounds beyond free jazz and the avant-garde, they unknowingly helped plant one of the important seeds for hip-hop music. Hip-hop artists returned the favor in the 1980s, sampling some of the most respected music in the jazz catalogue. In the 1990s, popular hip-hop acts took jazz samples to the top of the charts while others worked directly with respected jazz musicians. This Dozens list represents a small portion of existing music but overall an attempt was made to highlight the important steps and linkages between jazz and hip-hop. Buckshot Lefonque: Breakfast @ Denny's Buckshot Lefonque (Columbia) Buy Track Recorded: 1994 Rating: 93/100 (learn more) Reviewer: Jared Pauley Bob James: Nautilus Buy Track Musicians: Bob James (keyboards), Gary King (bass), Steve Gadd (drums) Recorded: 1974 Guru: Loungin'
10 Operas You Must See in Your Lifetime | Discover.Luxury There are dozens of Operas played across the world on any given day. However, there are some Operas that are worth seeing more than others. This is our list of Operas you must see in your lifetime. Don Giovonni – A fiction between a libertine and seducer.The Magic Flute– Half fairy tale and half comedy.Le nozze di Figaro– A comedy that highlights the genius of Mozart.Carmen– All about a hero, soldier, and a gypsy seductress.Tosca– Also known as one of the most lethal Operas to date.La traviata– Based on the 1852 play by Alexandre Dumas fils.La boheme – About the love and loss of Giacomo Pucccini!Rigoletto– Verdi reached a new level in his career with this Opera.L’Orfeo– 3 makes a party with Orpheus, Euridice, and Charon.Serse– Let’s just stay that Handel is the star of the show in this one. What makes these Operas so special? There is so much rich history behind Opera shows as most were written long ago.
Birth of the Uncool: Don Cheadle's Miles Davis Biopic 'Miles Ahead' Quick: Name an adjective you associate with Miles Davis. You picked “cool,” right? Even in settings where the late trumpeter’s music is far out of mind, he pops up as a symbol of cool: Gap ads. Viewed from a certain perspective, jazz is a high-drama form: A group of musicians get together, often with only a melody and a set of chords, and then the players are expected to take turns producing fresh improvised solos on the spot. One of the strengths of Miles Ahead, Don Cheadle’s excellent new Davis biopic, is the way it rejects that approach, capturing its subject’s musical genius while still delivering a quick-paced plot. In the late 1970s, after driving hard into a psychedelic, electric direction, Davis quit music, entering a reclusive haze of debauchery, pornography, cocaine, and dissolution. Reaction to Miles Ahead has focused, sometimes critically, on the fictionalized elements of the movie. Race was never far from Davis’s mind. And both films grapple with drugs.
Drumming Can Largely Improve Your Mental Health, Science Says Drums are more than just an instrument. Percussion instruments have been a part of music therapy for a long time. Science has long shown that music has a positive impact on the brain when its used in a therapeutic manner. In particular, drumming is great because it allows you to do something fun while firing up several important areas of the brain. Here are a few ways that drumming can improve your mental health: It Helps You Get More In Touch With Yourself Playing the drums can help you get more in touch with yourself. One study showed that transmitting rhythmic energy to your brain allows both cerebral hemispheres to sync up. In addition to your two hemispheres, drumming allows syncs up the frontal area and lower of the brain. All this allows you to transcend normal understanding. It Helps Reduce Stress Is there a better stress reliever than being able to hit something without hurting yourself or others? Recent studies have shown that a regular drumming program helps people reduce stress.
Music– Jazz Artists– Jazz News THE DOZENS: TWELVE LATIN JAZZ CLASSICS by Mark Lomanno Editor’s note: Pianist Mark Lommano first traveled to Cuba on a research grant, seeking to unravel the mysteries of the Cuban son. On his second trip, he came as a musician, performing at the Santiago Jazz Festival and working with Joaquin Pozo, the prominent conquero and bandleader, and the great-nephew of the legendary Chano Pozo. Back stateside, he has brought his world fusion experiences to bear on his work with The Mark Lomanno Afro-Cuban Project, as well as his continued scholarly work in the area of Latin music. Here Mark picks twelve of his favorite Latin jazz performances, some well known, others neglected gems from the music’s past. Duke Ellington: Caravan (1937) Ken Burns Jazz: Duke Ellington (Columbia/Legacy CK 61444) Buy Track Musicians: Composed by Duke Ellington & Juan Tizol Recorded: New York, May 14, 1937 Rating: 97/100 (learn more) Reviewer: Mark Lomanno Machito: Tanga Group Machito and his Orchestra Buy Track Buy Track Buy Track
A Brief History of Latin Jazz By Carlos Quintana In general terms, Latin Jazz is a musical label defined by the combination of Jazz with Latin music rhythms. Brazilian Jazz, a style that emerged from the sounds of Bossa Nova thanks to artists like Antonio Carlos Jobim and Joao Gilberto, fits this general concept. Habanera and Early Jazz Although the foundations of Latin Jazz were consolidated during the 1940s and 1950s, there is evidence about the inclusion of Afro-Cuban sounds into early Jazz. This Latin tinge was a direct reference to the influence that the Cuban Habanera, a genre that was popular in the dance halls of Cuba at the end of the 19th century, had in the making of some of the local Jazz expressions that were produced in New Orleans. continue reading below our video Play Video Along those lines, the proximity between New Orleans and Havana also allowed Cuban musicians to borrow elements from the early American Jazz. Mario Bauza and Dizzy Gillespie The Mambo Years and Beyond
Chano Pozo Born 1/7/1915, killed in a bar room fight in Harlem 12/2/48. Played with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Chico O'Farrill, Carlos "Patato" Valdes, Miguelito Valdez, and many others as well. He got his start after moving to New York in 1947 when Mario Bauza got him to play with Dizzy Gillespie, an event that changed the course of American Jazz. Chano Pozo thereby played a major role in the founding of Latin-jazz which was essentially a mixture of bebop and Cuban folk music. He gained his musical background from AfroCuban religions. Among his features with Dizzy were "Cubana Be," "Cubana Bop," "Tin Tin Deo" and "Manteca" which was later a big hit with Eddie Palmieri and Cal Tjader. Unfortunately Chano Pozo had a hot temper and he was killed in a Harlem bar a month shy of his 34th birthday Like many Cuban musicians, he was Abakwa and belonged to the Ekue Munanga Efo lodge.
Abakuá - Abakwa Abakuá members derive their culture from the Efik and Efo of the Cross River region in Nigeria, which Cubans call Carabali. They are organized in a set of over 150 potencias (lodges) located mainly in Havana, Matanzas, and Cardenas. The people of Big Qua Town in Calabar, the capital of Cross River State, Nigeria, are known as the Abakpa, the likely source for the name Abakuá. Big Qua Town is the home of the president of the Calabar Mgbe or Ékpè. The Cuban Abakuá societies have a male-only membership, their Ékpè equivalent in the Cross River State are called lodges in English, they are fraternities. There is also in Cuba an Efo cultural manifestation organized along family lines, the Brikamo, carried by the Calle family in Matanzas. In 2001, the Efik National Association in the US began to have contact with Cuban Abakuá. The Abakuá gave us the rumba, one of Cuba's principal musical traditions. (c) Copyright 2002 by Pedro Perez Sarduy Abakuá procession, 19th century Havana Bibliography Links