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Kristofer Collins: Jack Teagarden Buries Louis Armstrong’s Oriental Strut, Mesa, NM, ca.1926

lifting the tarnished curve of his horn to papery lips, Jack
Teagarden somewhere in 1947, his heart piled up with booze
and debt, but still a suppleness to his mouth, a flash
of something dangerous in the hard set of his jaw

May 10, 2022 · 3 Comments

Video: Truth | Kamasi Washington

Directed by AG Rojas, the music video features a series of scenes that appear to have one foot rooted in everyday life, and another reaching for something beyond it.

April 9, 2022 · 2 Comments

Vimeo: Viktor on the Moon

Viktor Leth, who has never been on a date, accidentally sits down at the wrong table with the slightly older and married Rebekka. This is the start of a weird and wild night for the two of them in which Viktor learns more about life and love than most people do in a lifetime

December 26, 2021 · 3 Comments

Audio: Gil Scott-Heron | Pieces of a Man

I saw my daddy greet the mailman
And I heard the mailman say
“now don’t you take this letter to heart now Jimmy
Cause they’ve laid off nine others today”

August 7, 2021 · 1 Comment

Majid Naficy: Billie Holiday

I walk gently on the skin of the sea.
A wandering wind wraps around our bodies
And an albatross opens its wings on our shoulders.

March 9, 2021 · 1 Comment

Neil Shepard: That Sad Clapping

applause that crushes the way the singer comes back
into the song

December 31, 2020 · 5 Comments

Audio: Art Tatum | Tiger Rag

“I only play the piano, but tonight God is in the house” — Fats Waller, on Art Tatum

November 28, 2020 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: Blue Notes

I think of Fats Waller whose left hand leaped down the keys, showing the path for every jazz pianist who followed, including the great Art Tatum and the minor Billy Joel.

November 28, 2020 · 11 Comments

Video: Club des Belugas | Straight to Memphis| Brenda Boykin

In this wildly original montage, Club Des Belugas pays tribute to African American entertainers in mid-century Hollywood.

November 7, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: That’s my jazz

Milt Abel II, a world renowned pastry chef, reflects on his relationship with his late father Milton Abel Sr., a legendary Kansas City jazz musician.

September 12, 2020 · 1 Comment

Alexis Rhone Fancher: Listening to Bill Evans Play Stella By Starlight

. “I listen to Stella by Starlight and shiver deep in a nameless place.” – Gary Lemons     Side tracked, hijacked, The words unnecessary, but Each syncopated  Lyric, each … Continue reading

September 12, 2020 · 3 Comments

Audio: Gil Scott-Heron | Home Is Where the Hatred Is

Home is where the needle marks
Try to heal my broken heart

August 29, 2020 · 4 Comments

Video: Oscar Peterson | Hymn To Freedom

Live in Denmark, 1964. Oscar Peterson on Piano. Ray Brown on Bass. Ed Thigpen on Drums.

August 16, 2020 · 3 Comments

David Huddle: Villanelle for Lady Day

Billie said, “If I’m going to sing like someone
else, then I don’t need to sing at all.” Let’s
just say I was white and knew how to conform.

June 18, 2020 · 2 Comments

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