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.
This Yellow Dog swings. It's from the often flat-footed, St. Louis Blues (1958) -
Nat & his Trio -
There's a psychopathic cult of "purists" who denounce Cole for diverting his career from piano to vocals.
I'm not a psychopathic cult of "purists" ... but man that Cole trio was special - featuring Wesley Prince on bass and the innovative phrasings of electric guitarist Oscar Moore.
but man that Cole trio was special
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That's monster, Sev. Here's a very different performance from Morton (startling clear, too) -
Clarence Williams III plays Jelly in Giuseppe Tornatore's The Legend of 1900, a film I hadn't heard of til tonight. Found an extended version below (5 hours??). Not sure when Williams makes his appearance but it might be worth waiting for...
That Creepy Feeling cut is magnificent.
Nobody like Fats, but happened to Ada?
Probably my favorite episode from Burns' Jazz (2001), Our Language: