Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
The band's style is inspired by fado but differs substantially from that traditional Portuguese genre. For instance, Deolinda does not use Portuguese guitar as fado would dictate. Deolinda's songs and lyrics are not serious and fatalistic like classic fado: instead, they often use humor, irony and a fast, happy pace.I came across them browsing the Tube and I will definitely listen again
This is both humorous and kind of unbelievable. Michael is wonderful at what he does, I wish we could get him to do some of the sound effects imitating slide guitar players.
Notes from YouTube: The opening act of the legendary Michael Winslow's hilarious performance in Michael Winslow Live at the Improv. Known universally as the sound-effects ninja guy from Police Academy, he continued to refine his noises and impersonations long after the movies disappeared from public view. He now returns with his amazing signature Jimi Hendrix impersonation along side other incredible acts later in the show including a Led Zeppelin performance and a host of other sound-effect related gags.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
RIP Louisiana Red, may you have a peaceful journey.
From Wikipedia: Louisiana Red (born Iverson Minter, March 23, 1932, Bessemer, Alabama, United States - February 25, 2012 Hanover Germany,) was an African American blues guitarist, harmonica player, and singer, who recorded more than 50 albums. He is best known for his song "Sweet Blood Call".
With Louis Armstrong, Beiderbecke was one of the most influential jazz soloists of the 1920s. His turns on "Singin' the Blues" (1927) and "I'm Coming, Virginia" (1927), in particular, demonstrated an unusual purity of tone and a gift for improvisation. With these two recordings, especially, he helped to invent the jazz ballad style and hinted at what, in the 1950s, would become cool jazz.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Notes from YouTube: Their name suggests a teen doo wop group but this unissued gem is deep, deep soul. Bob was actually a surname - his name was Camille Bob. He is a Louisiana music legend.
From YouTube: Mick Jagger, B.B. King, Buddy Guy and more belted out the blues for President Obama in an East Room concert celebrating the rich history of the blues and its impact on American music. (Feb 21)
With violinist Stéphane Grappelli, he co-founded the Quintette du Hot Club de France, described by critic Thom Jurek as "one of the most original bands in the history of recorded jazz." Reinhardt's most popular compositions have become jazz standards, including "Minor Swing", "Daphne", "Belleville", "Djangology", "Swing '42", and "Nuages"
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Can you hear the blues in this song?
From Wikipedia: "Dimi Mint Abba (Arabic: ديمي منت آبا; 25 December 1958 – 4 June 2011) was Mauritania's most famous musician. She was born Loula Bint Siddaty Ould Abba in 1958 into a low-caste ("iggawin") family specializing in the griot tradition."
It is impossible and pointless to pick 'the best' or 'favourite' Ella tune - YouTube just helps us relish wonderful performances. These two were certainly great .....
Monday, February 20, 2012
The First Lady of Song - definitely the best voice I have ever heard. I like the ways her voice changed throughout her extensive 59 year career. I judge all others by her standards - it is so difficult to choose any favourite songs or performances. I am always willing to learn if anyone has any suggestions.
Fitzgerald had an extraordinary vocal range. A mezzo-soprano (who sang much lower than most classical contraltos), she had a range of “2 octaves and a sixth from a low D or D flat to a high B flat and possibly higher”
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
He was strongly associated with the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York City where he was a regular performer. Calloway's band featured performers including trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie and Adolphus "Doc" Cheatham, saxophonists Ben Webster and Leon "Chu" Berry, New Orleans guitar ace Danny Barker, and bassist Milt Hinton. He played co-house at the Cotton Club with Duke Ellington As a result of the success of "Minnie the Moocher," he became identified with its chorus, gaining the nickname "The Hi De Ho Man" It still makes me beam with joy now - some things are timeless.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
The standard jazz repertoire would be much the weaker without Thelonius Monks' input which include "Epistrophy", "'Round Midnight", "Blue Monk", "Straight, No Chaser" and "Well, You Needn't". He is truely a giant in any American genre and is the second most recorded jazz composer after Duke Ellington, which is particularly remarkable as Ellington composed over 1,000 songs while Monk wrote about 70. Truly a delight
Monday, February 13, 2012
Always loved Aretha's very soulful version of this great song. Really love her piano playing on some versions that I have heard over the years.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
I love every single thing Nina Simone did! Wikipedia says
Her musical style arose from a fusion of gospel and pop songs with classical music, in particular with influences from her first inspiration, Johann Sebastian Bach,and accompanied with her expressive jazz-like singing in her characteristic low tenor. She injected as much of her classical background into her music as possible to give it more depth and quality, as she felt that pop music was inferior to classical. Her intuitive grasp on the audience-performer relationship was gained from a unique background of playing piano accompaniment for church revivals and sermons regularly from the early age of six years.
Friday, February 10, 2012
Thursday, February 09, 2012
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
He was one of the most popular of the recorded Piedmont blues artists
Piedmont blues (also known as East Coast blues) refers primarily to a guitar style, the Piedmont fingerstyle, which is characterized by a fingerpicking approach in which a regular, alternating thumb bass string rhythmic pattern supports a syncopated melody using the treble strings generally picked with the fore-finger, occasionally others. The result is comparable in sound to ragtime or stride piano styles.There is some dispute (see the Wikipedia article above) whether his blindness - complete by 1928 - was caused by ulcers behind the eyes or during a confrontation with a girlfriend.
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Dexter Gordon was an American jazz tenor saxophonist and an Academy Award-nominated actor. His height was 6 feet 6 inches (198 cm), and so consequently he was also known as "Long Tall Dexter" and "Sophisticated Giant." He adapted the bebop musical language of people like Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, to the tenor saxophone. His studio and live performance career spanned over 50 years.