Happy Birthday to the piano player famous for his residence at 821 sixth ave.
Hall’s Moment: http://ow.ly/1ahKz
The most famous site for “Live” Jazz turns 75 on February, 23rd. Max Gordon opened the The Village Vanguard in 1935 and has continued to headline some of the finest in Jazz. The week of Feb. 23rd.-28th. they will celebrate their 75th. anniversary with Joe Lovano’s “Us Five” band. Tickets
An unprecedented, behind-the-scenes look at jazz legends In the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, Pannonica de Koenigswarter, known as Nica, was a constant and benevolent presence on the thriving New York jazz scene. Known as the Jazz Baroness (she was born into the wealthy Rothschild family and later married a French aristocrat) she befriended such giants as Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Barry Harris, Art Blakey, Miles Davis, Bud Powell, and many more. She inspired over twenty jazz compositions, bailed musicians out of jail, and even acted as a booking agent.
She also collected wishes. Over the course of a decade, Koenigswarter asked three hundred musicians what their three wishes in life were, jotting them all down in a notebook. At the same time she took hundreds of candid photographs, saving them all. In Three Wishes, Koenigswarter’s forays into the psyches and lives of these legendary jazz artists are made available in America for the first time.
This is without a doubt one of the best books on jazz ever written. Gary Giddins and Scott DeVeaux have achieved a monumental feat by creating a history of jazz that will appeal to academicians and aficionados alike. Thoroughly researched and carefully documented, yet written in an entertaining and enjoyable narrative style, this is truly a book for jazz lovers of all backgrounds. By telling the story of jazz in its full cultural, musical, political, social, economic, and historical context, Giddins and DeVeaux have given us one hell of a kick-ass book! (David Baker, Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Jazz Department, Indiana University )
James X. Young ‘s Jazz Loft. A look into the private jam session of the 50’s, jamming at the loft. Two CD set featuring Zoot Sims, Don Ellis, Dave McKenna, Steve Swallow, Mose Allison, Pepper Adams, Jimmy Raney, Jim Hall, and Brookmeyer and Teddy Charles. Includes a comprehensive booklet with photographs by Mr. Young. The perfect gift for any jazz fan.
John Coltrane’s 5 CD boxed set titled “Side Steps” 24 bit re-mastering, 72 page booklet of some incredible photographs and features Coltrane playing as a sideman with some of the legends of jazz, Sonny Rollins, Gene Ammons, Todd Dameron, and Red Garland. These Prestige recordings are fantastic.
Several important jazz articles on the web with their links. Soupy Sales and his jazz gigs , NY Times “Bird Lives” article and Historic Newport Jazz Festival recordings now on-line.
What is going on in one of the most beautiful cities in the United States? Could it be a revival of classic Jazz? Following are just a sampling of the “jazz going’s on” that can be found in Miami.