Jazz Appreciation Society
In 1960, Miles Davis, along with his regular band, was booked to go on a concert tour in Western Europe as part of the ongoing, and internationally famous, “Jazz at the Philharmonic” concert series. However, at exactly that time, John Coltrane, who played tenor saxophone, was preparing to leave Davis’s quintet and form his own working group.
(Click on the picture to read the article in The New Yorker)
Quincy Jones is a music legend that knows stuff: the secret of Michael Jackson, the murderer of JFK and how to date Ivanka Trump. And that John Coltrane's Giant Steps is, in fact, 12-tone music. >>
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Crossing borders between jazz, classical and 'new' music
Muhal Richard Abrams, a pianist and composer of staunch independence and sweeping influence, has died. As a composer, Abrams worked in a billowing sprawl of settings, from solo to quartet to big band and beyond.
The jazz-ass super trio from Minneapolis has a new album and a new pianist. >>
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He played angular and slow when the fashion was for fast and sun-drenched. And a misdiagnosed bipolar condition meant he retreated into silence for the last years of his life. But now the pianist’s singular talent is finally being heard. >>
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Lists. As senseless as they are fun. In the article below you will find lists of high rated jazz albums of 2017 and earlier.
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‘Father of South African jazz’, who had career spanning more than five decades, dies aged 78
The Guardian (23.1.2018)
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Fans of the great Charlie Parker know that great chili is synonymous with the birth of bebop. It was during a 1939 jam session at Dan Wall’s Chili House in Harlem that Parker hit the upper chord improvisation that many credit as the lightning bolt moment that became bebop.