OK ... OK ... it's Sunday, but I have a good excuse. However, I don't want to short change you, so away we go--this time it's Take Five Sunday ....
- As a former Chicagoan, I have a special place in my thoughts for Studs Terkel, a truly remarkable human being who was an essential part of that great city's character. In 1992, Studs appeared on Marion McPartland's Piano Jazz radio program on NPR.
- "Hey, that cat is soooo out" ... Jazz has always had its own lingo. AllAboutJazz.com has started to collect some of this word jazz. Also check out Boing Boing's post awhile back on a lexicon of jazz hipster talk "Vout" that Slim Gaillard (heard on Kerouac's On the Road) put together.
- Thelonious Monk plays Lulu's Back In Town for the Norwegians in 1966 on YouTube, with Charlie Rouse (tenor sax), Larry Gales (bass), and Ben Riley (drums).
- Larry Blumenfeld writes the blog ListenGood, another ArtsJournal blog, which looks at the "crisis in New Orleans; the struggles of a musical culture to survive. Live music in New York and elsewhere. Life-affirming sounds caught in performance, on recordings, and anywhere else I find them." As a new father, Larry's not writing as much as before, but it's worth a look.
- In 1995, Dr. Billy Taylor did a 4-part series of lectures on What is Jazz? at the Kennedy Center. The files are .au files. Try clicking on them and give them time to download.
So take five and explore. Let me know what you think in the comments ....There will be five more next week.