I'm out in S.E. Kansas visiting my parents again and hoping that the rain stops before the creek running next to the house becomes a river. While in Rochester, it's now Saturday, it's just turned 11:00 pm here. So it's still Friday here and time to "Take Five":
- On April 29th, Life.com opened up a gallery of images of Duke Ellington, who was was born on that day in 1899. The seventeen images range across his career and include Duke with other jazz greats like Stan Kenton (hamming it up with Duke on CBS) and Billie Holiday.
- For you working musicians in our readership, you might want to check out MusicianWages.com, the website for working musicians. A good place to start is the clear-eyed advice about using social media and other online tools in the post A Musician's Guide to Creating An Online Presence.
- In July of 1965, FBI agents came to drummer Max Roach’s apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and began asking questions about the people he knew, his involvement in the civil rights movement and his connections to black activists. Andrew Lehrens has written an interesting article, "Jazz and the FBI: Guilty Until Proven Innocent," that throws some light, based on recently discovered archive materials, on this interview of Roach and the FBI's treatment of other jazz artists during the 1960s.
- Although it will only be of help for you who have plans to visit the UK, or want to see where the cats who play in the UK series at this year's Rochester International Jazz Festival play when they're on their side of the pond, UK jazz radio JazzFM has created a map of jazz venues in the UK (and one in Mexico...). Perhaps we might do one for around here to add it to this site?
- Way more than most of us want to know about John Coltrane's Giant Steps from the site SongTrellis: Music, Musical Know-how and Music Technology For You.
So take five and explore. Let me know what you think in the comments ....There will be five more next week.