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Jazz Musician of the Day: James Moody

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All About Jazz is celebrating James Moody's birthday today!

For over six decades, saxophone master James Moody has serenaded lovers with his signature song Moody's Mood for Love an improvisation on the chord progressions of I'm in the Mood for Love. Moody was also Dizzy Gillespie's right hand man through much of the 1950s & 60s. Good Smithsonian site on Moody: http://blog.americanhistory.si.edu/osaycanyousee/2011/03/moody-and-dizzy-side-by-side.html

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Face the Music, Teenage Alt-Classical Ensemble

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Face the Music, an ensemble of teenagers based at the Kaufman Center, has 74 musicians — up from 8 at its inception. . . . when the conductor, Jenny Undercofler, using a pencil as a baton, leads her Face the Music ensemble through Steve Martland’s rhythmically pointed, texturally jagged “Horses of Instruction,” you realize that this is not the sort of student orchestra you may remember. It is instead an alternative-universe high school band: a new-music factory that focuses on works written in the last 50 years, with an emphasis on the new alt-classical style.

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Dangerous Minds | Good Morning Mr. Orwell: 1984 live TV experiment with Cage,Ginsberg,Dali,Paik,etc

Dangerous Minds | Good Morning Mr. Orwell: 1984 live TV experiment with Cage,Ginsberg,Dali,Paik,etc | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

On new years day 1984 25 million people (myself included) throughout the world tuned in to PBS to watch video art pioneer Nam June Paik’s pleasantly shambolic live experiment Good Morning, Mr. Orwell featuring the likes of John Cage, Allen Ginsberg, Phillip Glass, Salvador Dali, Laurie Anderson and other usual suspects.

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BBC - Music - Review of Amadou & Mariam - Folila

BBC - Music - Review of Amadou & Mariam - Folila | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Darlings of the world music scene, Amadou & Mariam are greatly loved for their willingness to experiment, and for the musical craftwork that has hallmarked their take on West African blues. The tale of how this celebrated husband-and-wife duo met at a school for blind youth in their native Mali is now common knowledge, their championship concretely emerging since their 2004 collaboration with Manu Chao, Dimanche à Bamako. Their inspirational live performances later made them part of Damon Albarn’s Africa Express project, and the collaborative Welcome to Mali album of 2008 was highly acclaimed.

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Documentary: Jimmy Smith - JazzWax

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In November 1965, organist Jimmy Smith traveled to Frankfurt, Germany, to begin a multi-city concert tour with guitarist Quentin Warren and drummer Billy Hart. Along for the ride was a West German TV camera crew, which wound up catching quite a bit of Smith's edgy personality. Watch for cameos by attorney Clarence Avant as well as fleeting appearances by engineer Rudy Van Gelder and producer Creed Taylor at the December 16, 1965 Got My Mojo Working recording session for Verve.

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Stefon Harris

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Vibraphonist-composer Stefon Harris is heralded as “one of the most important young artists in jazz" (The Los Angeles Times). He is unquestionably developing what will be a long and extraordinary career. Stefon Harris\' passionate artistry, energetic stage presence, and astonishing virtuosity have propelled him into the forefront of the current jazz scene. widely recognized and lauded by both his peers and jazz critics alike...

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UNC Press - Music from the True Vine

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Music from the True Vine
Mike Seeger's Life and Musical Journey

By Bill C. Malone
A musician, documentarian, scholar, and one of the founding members of the influential folk revival group the New Lost City Ramblers, Mike Seeger (1933-2009) spent more than fifty years collecting, performing, and commemorating the culture and folk music of white and black southerners, which he called "music from the true vine." In this fascinating biography, Bill Malone explores the life and musical contributions of folk artist Seeger, son of musicologists Charles and Ruth Crawford Seeger and brother of folksingers Pete and Peggy Seeger.

Malone argues that Seeger, while not as well known as his brother, may be more important to the history of American music through his work in identifying and giving voice to the people from whom the folk revival borrowed its songs.

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Jazz Musician of the Day: George Benson

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All About Jazz is celebrating George Benson's birthday today!

Appreciated as both musician and performer by millions, George Benson has always had the duel personae of expert improviser and vibrant entertainer. He has always placed his keenly discerning art in the service of a rousing good time. Rounding out his singular approach with sly, seductive rhythm and blues, he\'s earned himself an impeccable reputation as one of music\'s most enterprising and engaging stars...

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Album Stream: Cowboy Junkies The Wilderness

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Cowboy Junkies forthcoming album The Wilderness finds the delicate balance between fragility and desperation. The album's title is reminiscent of the records streaming themes: passion, substance and the meaning within truth, beauty and loneliness.
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Neil Young and Crazy Horse To Release New Album, Americana (6/5)

Neil Young and Crazy Horse To Release New Album, Americana (6/5) | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Neil Young and Crazy Horse will attempt to do what other brave souls (me included) have failed at for years, define definitively Americana.
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World's oldest choir celebrates 800 years of singing in harmony

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The Thomanerchor of Leipzig in Germany, once led by Johann Sebastian Bach, will be the focus of much celebration this yearIt has survived the Thirty Years War, the plague, and both the Nazi and Communist regimes.
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Portrait of a Scientist as a Jazz Musician

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After dance and science, we turn to the soul-feeding realm of jazz. This article will introduce a jazz-scientist, and explore parallels and commonalities between the creative worlds of jazz and science, in the context of creativity and innovation.

Rob Schneiderman came to mathematics from jazz. It was not a straight line. He spent his teens playing jazz, then moved to New York to become a professional jazz musician. In his leisure time, Rob and his friends liked to get together to discuss (what else?) Einstein, physics, and the meaning of the universe. Which took him to learning calculus on his own (literally buying books on the streets), so he could expand his understanding. From learning jazz, he understood that mastering a skill necessitates hard work and continuous practice. He applied the same zeal towards mathematics.

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LondonJazz: Mondrian and Jazz

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The Courtauld's excellent one-day conference, based around the exhibition Mondrian and Nicholson In Parallel , opened with a fascinating paper by Hans Janssen, from the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, on 'Rhythm in Nature and Art', focussing on Mondrian's art, and his interest in jazz and experimental music.

Mondrian, it emerged, was an keen attendee at cultural events and exhibition openings, in Amsterdam, Paris (in the 20s and 30s), London (1938-40) and New York (1940-44) and was much more sociable and gregarious than his somewhat severe paintings and buttoned-up outward appearance would suggest.

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The world's oldest record shop: on the vinyl frontier since 1894

The world's oldest record shop: on the vinyl frontier since 1894 | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Spillers Records in Cardiff has served music lovers for nearly 120 years, but competition from the internet makes its future far from certain.
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Che-Che-Che-Che-Che-Che-Cherry Bomb: Women Rockers in the Seventies at the Amoeblog

Che-Che-Che-Che-Che-Che-Cherry Bomb: Women Rockers in the Seventies at the Amoeblog | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

In honor of Women's History Month I have gone back and dug up some of my all time favorite female rockers from the seventies via the series of music videos above & below. An obviously subjective list; it is based on both quality of artist and availability of corresponding YouTube video clips on said artist. Including both all female bands and female fronted bands these videos are culled from sometime in the decade of the '70's and range from hard rock to punk rock. Topping this list of artists/videos is the pitch perfect Runaways timeless hit "Cherry Bomb" from a show during a 1977 tour of Japan.

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Old music: The Left Banke – Desiree

Brian Wilson wasn't the only symphonic pop genius at work in the US in 1967. The Left Banke were pioneers of what's come to be called baroque rock. The dominant instrument, on their first album at least, was the harpsichord of Michael Brown, the teen prodigy who was their main songwriter. The album's centrepieces were two extraordinary singles: the lush, lovelorn Walk Away Renee (later covered by the Four Tops) and its follow-up, Pretty Ballerina, as strange and insinuating a single as you like (and also the wimpiest – "her hair so brilliant that it hurt my eyes"? Really? You need a better ophthalmologist. And still Alice Cooper covered it – but then it does have an odd and sinister minor-key undertow).

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Video: Amadou & Mariam Team With TV on the Radio

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Malian duo Amadou & Mariam will release their new record, Folila, on April 10 in the U.S., and they have now released a video for the album cut "Wily Kataso", a collaboration with Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio.
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How indie labels changed the world

How indie labels changed the world | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
Run by mavericks with little or no business sense, independent record labels turned the music industry on its head in the 80s.

When Johnny Marr and Morrissey met for the second time in 1982 to discuss plans for their newly formed band, the pair wrote down ideas in a notebook in the singer's bedroom. One of their first decisions was that the Smiths would sign to an independent label. Although Morrissey and Marr, along with anyone in Manchester with a passing interest in contemporary music, had links with Factory, the duo placed the London-based Rough Trade at the top of their wishlist.

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Thelonious Monk in His Prime: Copenhagen, 1966

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On April 17, 1966, Thelonious Monk performed a special half-hour set for a television program in Copenhagen, Denmark. The footage captures Monk in his prime. His quartet features the classic lineup of Charlie Rouse on tenor saxophone, Larry Gales on Bass and Ben Riley on Drums. They play three songs, beginning with an 18-minute version of “Lulu’s Back in Town,” from the 1964 album It’s Monk’s Time.

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19 Musicians Share What Books They're Currently Reading

19 Musicians Share What Books They're Currently Reading | WNMC Music | Scoop.it
The heart of songwriting lies in the art of storytelling. It’s no wonder, then, that so many bands and artists emphasize the importance of reading, especially while on the road.
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Ralph Stanley in American Profile

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A nice article on Ralph Stanley serves as the cover feature on this week's edition of American Profile, a print publication distributed in many US markets via newspaper insert. Writer Richard McVey visited with Dr. Ralph at last year’s Jerusalem Ridge festival, and after presenting a thumbnail overview of his illustrious career in music, gave the last word to Stanley guitarist James Alan Shelton and the good doctor himself.

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The Beatles' 'Yellow Submarine' remastered for re-release

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The Beatles' 1968 animated move and accompanying album, Yellow Submarine, has been restored to be re-released on May 28.

The team behind the new release decided against the usual practice of using automated software to digitally clean up the film. Instead, due to the "delicate nature of the hand-drawn original artwork", the team up-dated the film frame-by-frame.

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Lucero: Women & Work

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Memphis Americana group Lucero's ninth studio album _Women & Work_ is a parachute of interwoven themes of working women, work and women and men who work and love their women.
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Jambands.com - Need We Say More? > News > 7 Walkers, Greensky Bluegrass and BoomBox Confirmed for Hoxeyville Music

Jambands.com - Need We Say More? > News > 7 Walkers, Greensky Bluegrass and BoomBox Confirmed for Hoxeyville Music | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

7 Walkers, Greensky Bluegrass and BoomBox are among the acts confirmed for the 10th annual Hoxeyville Music Festival. The summer fest will take place in Wellston, MI from August 17-19. Other acts slated to appear include: Strange Arrangement, The Macpodz, Seth Bernard & May Erlewine, Rachel Davis, Airborne or Aquatic, The Crane Wives, Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellies, The Ragbirds, among others.

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Music and More: Progressive South African Jazz- Spiritual Knowledge and Grace (Ogun Records, recorded 1979, released 2011)

Music and More: Progressive South African Jazz- Spiritual Knowledge and Grace (Ogun Records, recorded 1979, released 2011) | WNMC Music | Scoop.it

Louis Moholo-Moholo, Dudu Pukwana, Johnny Dyani with Frank Wright - Spiritual Knowledge and Grace (Ogun Records, recorded 1979, released 2011)
The Blue Notes were a great integrated jazz band who fled to Europe to escape the ravages of apartheid. In the summer of 1979, the band was scheduled to tour Holland with the first stop in Eindhoven. Consisting of Louis Moholo-Moholo on drums and vocals, Dudu Pukwana on saxophone, piano and vocals and and Johnny Dyani on bass, piano and vocals, their final member, pianist Chris McGregor wasn't able to make the gig due to transportation delays. So the group improvised and started the party without him, picking up American free jazz icon Frank Wright and having a good old fashioned blowout.

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