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Roger Moore and Sinatra

Roger Moore and Sinatra

Roger Moore, who played a dashing secret agent in TV's The Saint and in seven James Bond films, died on May 23, 2017. He was 89. Though Roger wasn't a jazz musician and had nothing to do with music (the point of this blog), I had an opportunity to interview him for one of my Wall ...

Coltrane’s “Alabama” On TV

Coltrane’s “Alabama” On TV

Following the release of the John Coltrane Quartet’s album Live At Birdland, theband appeared on Ralph J. Gleason’s Jazz Casual program on public television. Here, Coltrane, pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones revisit “Alabama,” the high point of the Birdland album and a major musical statement about the brutality of racists who ...

Brownie Speaks Screening At The Monterey Jazz Festival on September 17

Brownie Speaks Screening At The Monterey Jazz Festival on September 17

Brownie Speaks: A Video Documentary about jazz legend Clifford Brown will be screened at the Monterey Jazz Festival on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 5:30 PM. The event, which will include a Q&A with producer/director Don Glanden, will take place at the Jazz Theater. The film has received rave reviews and numerous accolades in the jazz ...

Monterey Jazz Festival 2016 Brings The Late Thomas Chapin Full Circle

Monterey Jazz Festival 2016 Brings The Late Thomas Chapin Full Circle

The significance of performing at the Monterey Jazz Festival can not be understated. The longest-running jazz festival in the world features the best of jazz through performance and education. It hosts unparalleled world talent and legends and stands as a legacy to this musical genre, and impacts future generations of jazz musicians and afficionados alike. It ...

6 Ways To Boost Your YouTube Channel

6 Ways To Boost Your YouTube Channel

While its become controversial within the industry, there's no denying that YouTube remains one of the most important social media platforms for music. Here we go beyond the basics, and look at some more in-depth ways to promote your music and reach fans. Guest Post by Fiona Z Weib YouTube is one of the most important ...

HBO Pulls The Plug On 'Vinyl'

HBO Pulls The Plug On 'Vinyl'

You'd think that Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese and Terrance Winter producing a show about the glory days of the music industry would be a recipe for success.  It wasn't. In a surprise move, premium cable network HBO announced that it was canceling its expensive music industry drama “Vinyl."  The show, which debuted in April of last ...

Doc: History of Swing

Doc: History of Swing

Yesterday, I came across this gem, a BBC documentary that serves up a smart history of swing. It rightly dates the music's start to 1924, when Louis Armstrong joined Fletcher Henderson's band. The documentary isn't perfect—Fats Waller is missing as is Jimmie Lunceford, Chick Webb, Harry James, Stan Kenton, Charlie Barnet and others. Perhaps the biggest ...

Documentary: Jazz Organ

Documentary: Jazz Organ

Yesterday, I found a soulful documentary at YouTube from 2007 on the jazz organ directed by Jesse Fankushen. A lot of Hammond B3 cats are here—some I've never seen before on film, including Leon Spencer Jr. The documentary is a tad wordy and could have used a richer history approach, but it's wonderful just the same. ...


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