Far from dead (I thought of the thread posted a few weeks back concerning its demise) today, April 30, is International Jazz Day. Herbie Hancock has spearheaded this international campaign with UNESCO to "build bridges of dialogue and understanding between all cultures and societies" through the proliferation and celebration of jazz music. Their webpage has more info on the day's significance and scheduled events around the world.
Now, I dig all that, but I always love an excuse to jam. Why not post your favorite jams (or any good ones you can find) to the thread in celebration? Or even info, in general, on the topic?
I actually only discovered today was IJD listening to Newark's (New Jersey) WBGO radio station this morning (you can find them streaming online or through iTunes Jazz radio.) I believe Hancock will be joined by Wynton Marsalis and some other notables in New Orleans' Congo square at 8am this morning (huh?) - guess it's how they do it in New Orleans, though it may just be to make the Good Morning America gig.
Norah is always welcome...
Rounding out "the ladies" here's my favorite Diana Krall number -
Grant Green - Barney Kessel - Kenny Burrell jamming on Blue Mist from Ronnie Scott's jazz club in London in 1969.
This clip is available on "Legends of Jazz Guitar, Vol. 2"
Evidently, the first "jazz" record ever recorded -
Gumbo: Part 1 of Ken Burns' renown 10 part series (all currently on Instant Watch).
Louis Armstrong and His Harlem Hot Band, filmed October 21, 1933 in Copenhagen, Denmark
Yeah, Scone. That's from a great set with I Cover The Waterfront and, my all time fave, Dinah, preceding it. Classic stuff -
Mahavishnu Orchestra jamming Awakening; Chateauvallon, France, August 23rd, 1972
More from the ladies: Who but Esperanza Spalding could cover a Betty Carter song and do it justice? -