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Jazz Virtuoso Oscar Peterson Gives Dick Cavett a Dazzling Piano Lesson (1979)

Duke Ellington once called Oscar Peterson the “Maharaja of the Keyboard” for his virtuosity and ability to play any style with seeming ease, a skill he first began to learn as a classically trained child prodigy. Peterson was introduced to Bach and Beethoven by his musician father and older sister Daisy, then drilled in rigorous finger exercises and given six hours a day of practice by his teacher, Hungarian pianist Paul de Marky. “I only first really heard jazz somewhere between the age...
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Duke Ellington School Delays Naming Theater After Dave Chappelle

By Kanishka Singh(Reuters) - The Duke Ellington School of the Arts, in Northwest D.C., said it will postpone renaming its theater after Dave...
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An Introduction to the Chrysler Building, New York’s Art Deco Masterpiece, by John Malkovich (1994)

No old stuff for me, no bestial copyings of arches and columns and cornices. Me, I’m new.                — architect William Van Alen, designer of the Chrysler Building Many people claim the Chrysler Building as their favorite New York City edifice and actor John Malkovich is one such: It’s so crazy and vigorous in its execution, so breathtaking in its vision, so brilliantly eccentric. Malkovich, who’s not shy about taking potshots at the city’s “violence and filth” in the BBC documentar...
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Fun Freetime: Espresso Nutcracker (Online and In-Person - Dallas)

Dallas Black Dance Academy (DBD Academy) presents its fourth annual Espresso Nutcracker , with a new twist on a holiday tradition. The performance is jazz-influenced by the music of Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite. Co-Sponsors for the Espresso Nutcracker are Macy’s and the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture.Brought to you by: Frugal Focus
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Senator says Facebook will 'haunt a generation' and blasts Mark Zuckerberg for going sailing during whistleblower hearing

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, left, and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) Michael Macor/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images; Ken Cedeno-Pool/Getty Images Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal criticized Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday. Blumenthal said Facebook's inaction on Instagram's effect on teens will "haunt a generation." "Zuckerberg's new policy is no apologies, no admissions, no acknowledgement," he said. See more stories on Insider's business page. In...
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Superstar Violinist Nigel Kennedy Reinvents Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze”: Watch Two Dynamic Performances

Violinists don’t often make the news these days, but when one does, you can be reasonably assured either that a musical controversy is afoot, or that the violinist in question is Nigel Kennedy. This time, both of those are the case: Kennedy, as The Guardian‘s Dalya Alberge reports, “has pulled out of a concert at the Royal Albert Hall with only days to go after accusing the radio station Classic FM of preventing him from performing a Jimi Hendrix tribute.” At issue is his intent to perfo...
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Wine Bar Proposed For Historic Senator Hotel In Sacramento

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A Dazzling Octavia E. Butler Biography Explores the Sci-Fi Legend's Early Life

An author as distinctive as Science Fiction Hall of Fame member Octavia E. Butler (Kindred, The Parable of the Sower) deserves an equally distinctive biography—which is exactly why Ibi Zoboi’s Star Child: A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler is so exciting. Described as “a poignant biography in verse…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fiction, Literature, Major League Baseball, Jackie Robinson, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Langston Hughes, Harry S Truman, Zora Neale Hurston, Harry S, Parable Of The Sower, Kindred, Human Interest, Speculative Fiction, Octavia


Duke Ellington: Berlin 1959

After my post last week on 16 jazz geniuses, I predictably received a flood of emails asking why Duke Ellington was missing from my list. As I explained, while Duke was exceptional, his piano didn't change the direction of jazz nor did a school emerge that emulated his approach. But the emails did give me pause. Perhaps Duke's influence was more subliminal, I thought. That's when it came to me. Ellington's genius was beauty and greater artistic self-worth. Prior to Ellington in the late 1920s, ...
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Inspiring women in jazz, with Nikki Iles

Nikki Iles is a prominent British jazz pianist and composer, and edits the “Nikki Iles Jazz Series” for OUP, alongside a busy freelance, composing, and teaching career. We were excited to be able to talk to her about her experiences as a performer and composer, and on inspiring women in the jazz scene today. How did you come to be a jazz musician, and what music inspired you in these early years? As a teenager, I took clarinet and piano lessons at the Royal Academy of Music on Saturdays. I alway...
Tags: Books, Music, Featured, Williams, Jazz, Gender Equality, Frank Sinatra, Duke, Scorpio, Duke Ellington, Bill Evans, Maria Schneider, Oscar Peterson, Royal Academy of Music, Geri Allen, MARY LOU WILLIAMS


SWEET SOUNDS FROM SWING 46 (Part Two): DAN BLOCK, GABRIELLE STRAVELLI, MICHAEL KANAN, PAT O’LEARY (July 13, 2021)

On July 13, which was an ordinary Tuesday, late afternoon, Dan Block, tenor saxophone and clarinet; Gabrielle Stravelli, vocal; Michael Kanan, piano; Pat O’Leary, string bass, created wonderful music for all to savor. And savor we did. In my first … Continue reading →
Tags: Surprise, Wow, Bliss, Jazz, Gabrielle Stravelli, Duke Ellington, Generosities, It's All True, Jazz Titans, The Heroes Among Us, The Real Thing, The Things We Love, Jazz Lives, Michael Steinman, Ideal Places, Irreplaceable


Snapshot: Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington in 1965

Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington perform Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean a Thing” on The Ed Sullivan Show. This episode was originally telecast by CBS on March 7, 1965: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos that appear in this space each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)
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Cool Stuff: Columbia Classics Volume 2 Brings ‘Taxi Driver’, ‘The Social Network’ and More to 4K Ultra HD

Last year, Columbia Pictures released a special collection of classic movies on 4K Ultra HD in a big collectible box set. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Lawrence of Arabia, Dr. Strangelove, Gandhi, A League of Their Own, and Jerry Maguire filled out that first volume of classics from Columbia Pictures, and now a second volume is coming with six more movies. The Columbia Classics Volume 2 4K Ultra HD Collection box set will arrive this fall with Anatomy of a Murder, Oliver!, Taxi Driver, Stripes,...
Tags: Facebook, New York, Movies, Aaron Sorkin, New York City, Portugal, Bill Murray, Jane Austen, Robert De Niro, Charles Dickens, The Social Network, Dashwood, Smith, Justin Timberlake, Stripes, Dolby Vision


Bone Music: Forbidden Soviet Records Made From Used X-Ray Films

During the Cold War, the Soviet Union controlled the music recording industry and even restricted the types of music that were allowed to be played & listened to. Or they tried to anyway. Enterprising Soviet bootleggers took used x-ray films, many of them still containing images of bones and skulls, and recorded forbidden music on them, including jazz and rock & roll from the West. They called it ribs, bones, bone music, or jazz on ribs. From a 2017 article in Vice: X-rays proved to be an...
Tags: Npr, Elvis, Jason Kottke, Soviet Union, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Birdland, Stephen Coates, Masha, Sergei Khrushchev, Anya von Bremzen


From Houston to Upstate New York, here are 7 US destinations to visit to learn about Black history

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Visit Baltimore One of the first steps to combating racial injustice is learning and understanding Black history. We're highlighting great US destinations to learn about the contributions of Black Americans. From museums and cultural sites to Black-owned hotels, here's what to see and where to stay. Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamatio...
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Al Schmitt, Grammy-winning music producer, dies at 91

By Hillel Italie | Associated Press NEW YORK — Twenty-time Grammy winner Al Schmitt, whose extraordinary career as a recording engineer and producer included albums by Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and many other of the top performers of the past 60 years, has died at age 91. Schmitt’s family announced on Facebook that he died Monday, without identifying a specific cause. Schmitt lived in the Los Angeles area. A relative, who did not want to be identified, confirmed Schmitt’s death to Th...
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Oscars 2021: ‘Soul’ wins best score, ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ takes best original song

“Soul” and “Judas and the Black Messiah” both picked up their second Oscars on Sunday when they won for best score and best original song, respectively. For “Soul,” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross won their second Oscar in the category. Joining them for his first Oscar was jazz pianist/”The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” bandleader Jon Batiste who gave an enthusiastic shout-out to the notes in a musical scale. “Man, you know what’s deep is that God gave us 12 notes,” Batiste said. “It’s the same ...
Tags: Movies, Stephen Colbert, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Frances Mcdormand, Brad Pitt, Glenn Close, Pixar, Academy Awards, Nina Simone, Black Messiah, Anthony Hopkins, Trent Reznor, Bach, Judas


20 conversation-starting coffee table books by Black authors, photographers, and artists

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Amazon; Barnes & Noble; Gilbert Espinoza/Insider A great coffee table book will look great on any table and initiate thoughtful conversations. We've compiled a list of 20 coffee table books all created by Black authors, photographers, and artists. These books feature images of everyday life, never before seen images, and capture historic events and people. Whether you're drawn to coffee table b...
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The 8 best Airbnbs in Washington, DC, from Dupont Circle to Capitol Hill

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Airbnb Visitors flock to DC for its history, iconic landmarks, top-notch restaurants, and world-class museums.Airbnbs are a safer option than hotels, and range from Victorian rowhouses to penthouses with views. We rounded up the best Airbnbs in Washington, DC, ranging from $98 to $500 per night.There's far more to Washington, DC than politics and the National Mall. Whether you're in town to see the iconi...
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Fran Lebowitz: 'I am really not a contrarian'

The writer and raconteur embodied the hip, downtown Manhattan of the 70s. Now she is winning new fans in her friend Martin Scorsese’s documentary series Pretend It’s a CityAlmost from the moment she set foot in New York more than 50 years ago, Fran Lebowitz has been part of the city’s social firmament. Like it, she has moved inexorably upmarket since she first made her name as a humorist in the 70s with a column in Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine. Back then, she hung out with the likes of photo...
Tags: New York, Television, Interview, Film, Documentary, Americas, Culture, Manhattan, Andy Warhol, Diane Von Furstenberg, Scorsese, Toni Morrison, Vanity Fair, Martin Scorsese, Charles Mingus, Robert Mapplethorpe


7 destinations to visit in the US to learn about Black history

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Visit Baltimore One of the first steps to combating racial injustice is learning and understanding Black history.We're highlighting great US destinations to learn about the contributions of Black Americans.From museums and cultural sites to Black-owned hotels, here's what to see and where to stay.February is Black History Month in the United States, marking an annual celebration of the achievements...
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What’s Entering the Public Domain in 2021: The Great Gatsby & Mrs. Dalloway, Music by Irving Berlin & Duke Ellington, Comedies by Harold Lloyd & Buster Keaton, and More

“The year 1925 was a golden moment in literary history,” writes the BBC’s Jane Ciabattari. “Ernest Hemingway’s first book, In Our Time, Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby were all published that year. As were Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans, John Dos Passos’ Manhattan Transfer, Theodore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy and Sinclair Lewis’s Arrowsmith, among others.” In that year, adds Director of Duke’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain Jenni...
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What’s Entering the Public Domain in 2021: The Great Gatsby & Mrs. Dalloway, Music by Irving Berlin & Duke Ellington, Comedies by Buster Keaton, and More

“The year 1925 was a golden moment in literary history,” writes the BBC’s Jane Ciabattari. “Ernest Hemingway’s first book, In Our Time, Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby were all published that year. As were Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans, John Dos Passos’ Manhattan Transfer, Theodore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy and Sinclair Lewis’s Arrowsmith, among others.” In that year, adds Director of Duke’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain Jenni...
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Claude Bolling obituary

Leading figure in French jazz, as a pianist, composer and bandleader, who also wrote more than 100 film scoresClaude Bolling, the pianist, composer and bandleader, who has died aged 90, was a leading figure in French jazz from the early 1950s, who worked with many international stars, and celebrated the rich and complex history of jazz with his own particular brand of virtuosic enthusiasm.Bolling’s keyboard skills brought him widespread acclaim by his mid-teens, and he developed a jazz-piano sty...
Tags: Europe, Music, Film, France, World news, Jazz, Bolling, Duke Ellington, Claude Bolling, Earl Hines Teddy Wilson


Now entering the public domain: The Great Gatsby, music by Ma' Rainey and Duke Ellington, and other great works

On January 1, Public Domain Day, a fantastic trove of great works from 1921 are entering the US public domain, free for all to use, remix, and reimagine, including: F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, Buster Keaton's film Go West, the musical composition "Sweet Georgia Brown" by Ben Bernie, Maceo Pinkard, and Kenneth Casey, and my dad's favorite song "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" by Gus Kahn and Walter Donaldson. — Read the rest
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The Only Time Prince & Miles Davis Jammed Together Onstage: Watch the New Year’s Eve, 1987 Concert

A too-precious genre of internet meme has departed public figures who did not know each other in life meeting in heaven with hugs, high-fives, and wincingly earnest exchanges. These sentimental vignettes are almost too easy to parody, a kitschy version of the “what if” game, as in: what if two creative geniuses could collaborate in ways they never did before they died? What if John Lennon had formed a band with Eric Clapton—as Lennon himself had once proposed? Or what if a Jimi Hendrix/M...
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SUNDAY NIGHTS AT 326 SPRING STREET (Part Fourteen) — WE NEED SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO: SESSIONS AT THE EAR INN, featuring THE EarRegulars (2007 – the Future)

Are you ready to join me on our Sunday pilgrimage to the Shrine of Sounds, where the EarRegulars and friends gambol and inspire?  I hope so. Let us begin with music from the second set at The Ear Inn, 326 … Continue reading →
Tags: Jazz, Duke Ellington, Ben Webster, Harry Allen, Jazz Lives, Michael Steinman, Chris Flory, Danny Tobias, Jon-Erik Kellso, Matt Munisteri, Neal Miner, The Ear Inn, The EarRegulars, Johnny Hodges, Swing You Cats, Andy Farber


A NICE ASSORTMENT: BARNEY BIGARD, JOHN LEWIS, SLAM STEWART, BOBBY ROSENGARDEN, CLARK TERRY, EDDIE DANIELS, KAI WINDING, JIMMY MAXWELL, VIC DICKENSON, JOE NEWMAN (July 15, 1977)

Jazz festivals and jazz parties with a proliferation of star soloists sometimes get everyone who’s available to take a few choruses on a standard composition, which can result in brilliant interludes or dull displays.  The results are not the same … Continue reading →
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Why “The Girl from Ipanema”‘ Is a Richer & Weirder Song Than You Ever Realized

Say what you want about YouTube’s negative effects (endless soy faces, influencers, its devious and fascist-leaning algorithms) but it has offered to creators a space in which to indulge. And that’s one of the reasons I’ve been a fan of Adam Neely’s work. A jazz musician and a former student at both the Berklee College of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, his YouTube channel is a must for those with an interest in the how and why of music theory. If not for Neely’s talent and YouT...
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Ella Fitzgerald’s Lost Interview about Racism & Segregation: Recorded in 1963, It’s Never Been Heard Until Now

When Ella Fitzgerald took the stage for the first time at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, “we heard a sound so perfect” that the entire theater went silent, says dancer and choreographer Norma Miller. “You could hear a rat piss on cotton.” Fitzgerald was 17 years old, and she had already faced severe racial discrimination. “Everything was race,” says Miller, describing the de facto segregation in Harlem in the 20s and 30s. “You couldn’t go out of your zone… slavery is over, but you don’t h...
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