“Jazz is Blues”

Welcome to my latest podcast and one which will concentrate on the foundation of Jazz, the “Blues.” The tunes the listeners will hear are still considered “Jazz” songs but more on the Bluesy side. I did this purposely to show the symphonic connection. I also feel its a great way to understand Jazz for those who have a sort of mind-block understanding it. I hope you enjoy it, I sure did, although it took me a good long time preparing it. Great stuff! I must say, it’s loaded with legendary Jazz musicians like , Dizzy Gillepsie, Coleman Hawkins, Oscar Peterson, Monk, Clark Terry, Benny Carter, Sonny Stitt, Miles, Coltraine and many more. “You have to learn the Blues before you can play Jazz.”

Note to all new readers of the Cubanology MediaBlog: All the podcasts are located in the beginning and end of the post. I suggest opening up the podcast by clicking on “Play in new window” so you can scroll through the post itself and visit the links and/or go on with your business and listen in the background. Thank you and enjoy!

1. “Blue Moon”  2. “”The Walker” From the “At the Opera House” CD Album

The music on this CD was originally released on two different LPs, both titled AT THE OPERA HOUSE. The mono version had the Los Angeles concert and half of the Chicago concert, while the stereo version had the entire Chicago concert. Both version are included here in their entirety for the first time.

Recorded live at The Civic Opera House, Chicago, Illinois on September 29, 1957 and at The Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California on October 9, 1957. Includes liner notes by Kevin Whitehead and Norman Granz.

This album features two of jazz’s greatest performers, Coleman Hawkins on saxophone and Roy Eldridge on trumpet.

Japanese exclusive remastered reissue packaged in a limited edition miniature LP sleeve. Verve. 2004………….Read More

Roy Elridge Biography:

(born Jan. 30, 1911, Pittsburgh, Pa., U.S.—died Feb. 26, 1989, Valley Stream, N.Y.) American trumpeter, one of the great creative musicians of the 1930s.

A child prodigy, Eldridge began his professional career in 1917 when, on New Year’s Eve, he played the drums in his elder brother’s band. He went to New York City in 1930 and played in the trumpet sections of bands led by Cecil Scott, Elmer Snowden, and Teddy Hill. His style was influenced by that of saxophonist Coleman Hawkins. By the time he was playing with Hill at the Savoy Ballroom in New York City’s Harlem, in 1935, Eldridge was developing into an improviser of magnificent power and invention. The following year he joined the Fletcher Henderson orchestra, then in its last days, and his recordings from that period show him to be one of the great creative musicians of the decade. He also appears on a few of the historic small-group recordings with the singer Billie Holiday, and from time to time he had bands of his own.

Eldridge’s fame suddenly flowered in 1941 when he joined Gene Krupa’s band….Learn More

3. “After Hours” From the “Sonny Side Up” CD Album  4.”One Foot In The Gutter” From the “In Orbit” CD Album.

5. “Blues for Lisa” 6. “Ron’s Blues” From the “The More I See You” CD Album

After Oscar Peterson suffered a severe stroke in the spring of 1993, it was feared that he would never again play on a professional level, but two years of intense therapy resulted in the masterful pianist returning to what sounds, on this Telarc CD, like near-prime form. For the all-star date, The More I See You, Peterson tears into seven standards and two blues and outswings all potential competitors. Altoist Benny Carter at 87 sounds like he is 47 (if Carter had retired back in 1940 he would still be a legend), and flugelhornist Clark Terry (here 74) proves to be not only (along with the remarkable 90-year-old Doc Cheatham) the finest trumpeter over 70 but one of the top brassmen of any age. The cool-toned guitarist Lorne Lofsky and drummer Lewis Nash are also strong assets while bassist Ray Brown (a year younger than Peterson at a mere 68)….Learn More

Benny Carter Biography:

For over six decades, Benny Carter has occupied a unique place in American music. As Duke Ellington once wrote: “The problem of expressing the contributions that Benny Carter has made to popular music is so tremendous it completely fazes me, so extraordinary a musician is he.”

As a soloist, Carter, along with Johnny Hodges, was the model for swing era alto saxophonists. He is nearly unique in his ability to double on trumpet, which he plays in an equally distinctive style. In addition, he is an accomplished clarinetist, and has recorded proficiently on piano and trombone. As an arranger, he helped chart the course of big band jazz, and his compositions, such as “When Lights Are Low” and “Blues In My Heart,” have become jazz standards. Carter has also made major musical contributions to the world of film and television. His musicianship and personality have won him the respect of fellow artists and audiences on every continent. ….Read More

7. “Blue in Green” 8. “Round Midnight” From “The Best of Miles and Coltraine 1955-1961” CD Album

This compilation is taken from the masterful and wondrous box set issued late in the year 2000. It is assembled with the kind of care only producers such as Bob Belden and Michael Cuscuna could muster. Featuring nine selections, it begins with the first recorded appearance of the new Miles Davis Quintet in 1955 that featured the two principals, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones. Aside from an alternate take of “Straight, No Chaser” and the inclusion of “Dear Old Stockholm” — standard enough in the quintet’s repertoire but not a signature number — the disc traces the evolution of the band through its extension into a sextet. The quintet tracks are the opening two and “Bye Bye Blackbird,” as well as “Round About Midnight.” The showcase continues on the tracks “Straight, No Chaser” and the modal masterpiece “Milestones,” both by the sextet that added Cannonball Adderley….Learn More

8. “Stolen Moments”  9. “Teenie’s Blues” From the “More Blues and the Abstract TruthCD ALBUM

10. “Crying Blues” 11. “Moanin” From the “Blues and Roots” CD Album

Here’s the Podcast. Enjoy!!

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