The year was 1988. Most people were still buying LPs, though CDs were starting to eat up more and more space in record stores. Jazz sections were fairly thin on older recording from the ’50s. Most record companies were struggling to make money in limited space with new releases, and CD catalogues were in their infancy. Though the analog-to-digital conversion process hadn’t kicked into high gear yet, CDs clearly were the future. Into this digital dawn came Let’s Get Lost—a black-and-white documentary on Chet Baker directed by photographer Bruce Weber. Everyone who saw it was affected by the humid portrait of the romantic but tortured trumpeter. Suddenly, a generation of young East Coast fans new to the music were exposed to West Coast jazz and all of its tattered charms. Not long after the film came out and began generating interest, Baker CDs came rushing into print.
If you’ve never seen Let’s Get Lost, here’s your chance. It’s easy to forget how influential the film was and how it re-ignited interest in Los Angeles jazz in the ’50s… – See more at:
Weekly Test – what contrafacts were they?:
Last week’s mystery tunes, and their sources, were:
- Bird of Paradise (Charlie Parker) derived from All The Things You Are
- Rhythm-a-ning(Thelonious Monk) I Got Rhythm
- Dig (Jackie Mc Lean) Sweet Georgia Brown
- Quicksilver (Horace Silver) Lover Come Back To Me
- Westwood Walk (Gerry Mulligan) Fine and Dandy
How did you go??
Have you tried playing them now you know where they’ve come from?
For next week, put your mind to work on:
- Ko Ko (Charlie Parker) derived from
- Evidence (Thelonious Monk)
- Parisienne Thoroughfare (Bud Powell)
- Groovin’ High (Dizzy Gillespie)
- Cotton Tail (Duke Ellington)
More next week!…..
Expressions of Interest for Wangaratta Jazz Festival
Last year 15 jammers performed at various venues on the fringes of the festival. We had a great time and also managed to get to a few of the international acts. Please e-mail me on email@example.com if you wish to be involved this year and indicate if you are willing to share accommodation.
“Standing Tall” has a new gig in September. It will be on September 28th (Yes, Grand Final Night!) at Ruby’s Music Room on the corner of Bennett’s Lane and Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.
The gig will comprise 3 thirty minute sets from 8.30 to 11pm (Ruby’s likes 30 minute breaks so that people can mingle at the bar).
“Standing Tall” is an exciting new band that plays the kind of jazz popular in the 60′s and 70′s when it was toying with funk and latin rhythms – think Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, The Crusaders, Eddie Harris and Joe Zawinul. Led by bassist Stan van Hooft and propelled by percussionist Dean Constable, it features Yassin Eltahir on guitar, Julian Driscoll on trumpet, and Laurie Savage on hot R’n'B saxophone. Driving jazz and funky grooves are guaranteed.
Ruby’s is a wonderful room – a long way from the sticky carpet of the Brunswick Hotel – where people actually listen to the music with close attention.
See you there!
thank you all for the support you have given to my band, “Standing Tall” during its recent gigs. I have made a recording of our last performance, selected four of the best tunes, and posted them on facebook. You can have a listen at
Hope you enjoy them. I will let you know when we have a new gig coming up.
Three ways of getting free music discussed – Sky.FM and Jazzonthe Tube have been covered before, but Pandora is a relative new comer, and probably the pick of them.
This is a streaming service with a difference – you get to create your own “radio station” and then give each track the thumbs up or the thumbs down – the more you do it, the more refined will the selections of music become. I particularly like tracking down the potted bio’s with each artist. Just type Pandora into Google and you will find the site. Advertisement free.
Pro’s: Good selection of music, clever approach to fine tuning your selections. You can set up several different stations, then pick your music depending on your mood.
Con’s: theoretically, you could refine the selection of music to the point where you never hear anything new.
Sky.FM A wide range of preset channels – I tend to stick with Piano Jazz, and whilst every fourth track seems to be Erroll Garner, there is a lot of interesting stuff I have never heard before.
Pro’s Seems to use up less bandwidth than Pandora and will run in the background of most programmes
Con’s Annoying ads every so often asking you to upgrade to Premium
http://www.JazzontheTube.com This one sends a Youtube clip to your e-mail every day. So you get to delete the ones you don’t want, play the others mostly once, and store a few so that you can click on them again only to discover that they have been taken off Youtube…
Pros: Actually some really good material every now and then, and the video, whilst generally scratchy, is kinda fun.
Cons: Gunks up your mailbox a bit.
“I Should Care” – a new album from Anna Gilkison. Available for pre-sale now!
Log onto www.annagilkison.com to order your copy today!
I have yet to see/hear ANY big band (local or otherwise) feature a sax section that does a “Supersax” chorus entirely from memory . . . and it’s no fluke, if you want to go further and check out their take on Four. This band is uniformly good across all sections! And they seem to be enjoying their work at the same time? Don’t miss it!
the Youtube link is http://youtu.be/IbDx1qvbtDA
Some quite rare Bill Harris trombone from about 9 minutes in is an added bonus . . .
I can’t believe it’s true until I’ve watched the whole thing myself. It starts with a duet between Charlie Parker and Coleman Hawkins (which we’ve seen before). Then to pile riches on riches Lester Young pulls up a chair and as if that weren’t enough Harry Edison and Ella Fitzgerald get on the bandstand. To round things out Flip Philips smokes on tenor and Hank Jones, Ray Brown, and Buddy Rich hold down the rhythm section. Can it get any better?
Jazz on the Tube
P.S. Please share Jazz on the Tube with your friends and colleagues. If they like jazz, they’re going to love this.
From Noel: Call me old-fashioned, but I consider this to be possibly the most meaningful presentation of the blues I have ever seen or heard. Everybody playing or singing their own story, and all in the ensemble groove.
Listen to Billie Holiday at http://www.jazzonthetube.com/page/8.html