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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

Stephon Alexander: The Physics of Jazz

Physicist Stephon Alexander narrates how he came to understand the parallels between quantum particle theory and jazz composition.

May 24, 2020 · 1 Comment

Carolyn Gregory: Listening to John Coltrane on my Mother’s Death Day

Swirling, confident, those sax notes stretch and blow
above the drums, full of his blue notes,
fifty years ago, new as now.

May 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Two Audios: John Coltrane performs “In a Sentimental Mood” and “My Favorite Things”

Here’s a favorite from Trane with the amazing McCoy Tyner on piano: And here’s another that on a first listen sounds simple, but actually there’s a rich conversation between the … Continue reading

March 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

Doug Anderson: Trane

Gold snake muzzles down rat-eye alleys, pokes in hollows and hooch holes, gathers up the Hell-hurt passed out on bad juice or junk, noses out on the street, hubcup cymbal-ride … Continue reading

March 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: 1959 — The Year That Changed Jazz Forever

In 1959, four albums were recorded that took music in a new direction : Kind of Blue by Miles Davis; Time Out by Dave Brubeck; Mingus Ah Um by Charles … Continue reading

March 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

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