Tag Archives: Jazz

Justin Owen and an open book

What book is Justin Owen reading? The nerd in me wants it to be a fantasy/science fiction tome. Dune? The Lord of the Rings? A Song of Ice and Fire? The snobby English major hopes the book is Don Quixote, … Continue reading

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Happy belated birthday to Satchmo

August 4 was Louis Armstrong’s 113rd birthday. Can’t believe I missed it. Here he is, keeping it really real. With an assist from Duke Ellington.

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July Fourth ramble

When it comes to July Fourth, the official birthday of the US, I’m all over the map. As people pay homage to the Founding Fathers, I’m reminded of the many slaves who sided with King George because he was offering … Continue reading

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RIP Horace Silver

Jazz composer Horace Silver died on Wednesday (June 18). RIP. Go buy an album if you’ve never heard of the guy. Try The Jody Grind.

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RIP Jimmy Scott

If you’ve never heard of Jimmy Scott, listen to the below recording of ‘The Way We Were.” Miss Streisand cries each time she hears it because Scott’s cover out duels the original. It’s not even a fair fight. RIP Mr. … Continue reading

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New Orleans Swamp Donkeys jazz up Game of Thrones theme

Always been certain jazz inspired album of famous television show themes would be a hit. Cassandra Wilson would make the Mary Tyler Moore Show introduction brand new. Imagine Sonny Rollins having a go at Hill Street Blues? The New Orleans … Continue reading

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Duke Ellington- Work Song

Jazz Fest, the New Orleans musical and food spectacle, starts this weekend. To honor all the fun we’re missing here is Duke Ellington and his band of merry gentlemen.  

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