Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers: Moanin’ in Brussels, 1958
This clip, which I believe is from a Brussels concert issued on DVD by Jazz Icons, is the November-December 1958 tour by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers. The band was new and had just finished recording the Blue Note album that introduced Bobby Timmons’ Moanin’ and several classic Benny Golson compositions. Golson only stayed with the band for three months and was replaced by Hank Mobley and finally Wayne Shorter. But here is an early live version of Moanin’ before it was a hit.
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In this surprising talk from TEDxCMYK, the color beige talks oatmeal, khaki, and paint swatches, and shares 6 ways we can all be less vibrant.
And we sit here eating some chicky catch and sandoozles basking in the joy that Tommy Haverford on nbcparksandrec name-dropped TED. We’ve finally made it.
(Parks and Recreation photos: NBC)
Lincoln Center lit up at night
Parc Guell, Barcelona, Spain
Sahara Desert, Morocco
Born on this day: March 6, 1923 - Jazz guitar icon Wes Montgomery (born John Leslie Montgomery in Indianapolis, IN). Happy Birthday to this virtuoso on what would have been his 91st Birthday. We love and miss you, Wes!!
photo credit: Frank Stewart
On the bus en route from Eugene, Oregon to Arcata, California, Walter Blanding shares this “Note from the Road.”
On this Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra tour, it has rained every single day at some point. It looks like today is going to bring more rain. I like the rain sometimes, but at this point, I’m ready for some sun out here on the West Coast. I know it’s coming.
I am sitting here on another 6 hour bus ride to the next city where we will perform tonight (our schedule today is the same yesterday, as it is most days when on tour) and I’m asking myself: ‘what is so important that needs to be shared with you and is worth writing about? Why do I love to play music? Why do I still enjoy touring with this band when our schedule is so demanding and difficult?’ When thinking about the events of last night as well as this past week on the road, I’m certain, my answer could be summed up in this one sentence:
The interaction, sharing, and communication that happens between the audience and the band, and between the band members as well, is a unique and profound experience worth every bit of all of the hard work and effort that goes into making the performance a reality.
It’s wonderful to talk to some people after the show and hear them say how much listening to and watching our live performances help make a difference in their lives.
Last night in Oregon, although I was a bit tired and ready to go home, I stayed behind after the show for a bit, briefly talking with some folks. There were University of Oregon students and some parents who were waiting to talk with Wynton. I observed how he stayed at the theatre to meet and greet everyone until the absolute last person has had the chance to share words with him. I have witnessed him doing this relentlessly for the past 15 years.
This is a beautiful gesture. I see how important it is to spend a little time sharing with people. It goes a long way and has a positive human impact. Whenever I feel a little tired after a show, I think about this, and it always gives me inspiration.
I also look forward to every night with a great hunger to play this music and meet the minds and souls of the 14 other band members. If you haven’t seen the band perform, I wish you could see us each night on tour.
Today, the greatest thing I can share with you is the joy of hearing Jazz music played with a freshness of sound, depth of emotion and contrast of character that animates each individual player’s sound, their solos, and in our performances in general.
So far, this has been my sunshine, and I share this with you.
Woody Shaw: On Green Dolphin Street
If Woody Shaw was underrecorded during his crucial years as a bandleader, the trove of live tapes that have surfaced have filled some of that vacuum. Check out this live version of On Green Dolphin Street and listen to how Victor Lewis’s drums are so powerful and driving, but also utterly melodic and graceful. When I was producing Woody’s group, I used to sit next to Victor’s drums and hear the band through his vantage point. Some of the most memorable times of my life in terms of live music.
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Why you need to make your own Oscar statuette:
1. To pretend you’re Jennifer Lawrence (with or without the cute fall)
2. To convince your parents moving to LA to pursue acting was worthwhile
3. ‘Cause it’s fancy and why not?!
4. You have access to a 3D printer.
5. All of the above. Find out how to 3D print your own here: http://youtu.be/gOB6YtuLKGI
What to do before (or after) you give your fake acceptance speech in the mirror: Watch our playlist of great talks on 3D printing.
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