The caricatures aren’t subtle, and what was inclusive perhaps fifty-five years ago might seem narrow in our more diverse society . . . but the message remains true. Before the Freedom Riders and the lunch-counter heroes, there was Hot Lips Page in Artie Shaw’s brass section — and (a story only readers of Richard M. Sudhalter’s LOST CHORDS know) Bobby Hackett gave Lips a place in his band, too. And then there’s that Eddie Condon fellow, breaking color lines in 1929 . . . but here we can celebrate Benny, Teddy, Lionel, and Gene, runnin’ wild for freedom and tolerance:
Thanks, once again, to 1964Mbrooks, who’s got rhythm as well as taste — his other postings on YouTube are worth your attention.
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Tagged Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Bobby Hackett, civil rights, diversity, Eddie Condon, Gene Krupa, Hot Lips Page, Jazz Lives, Lionel Hampton, Michael Steinman, Teddy Wilson, tolerance, YouTube
Thanks to Jon-Erik Kellso (who embodies the truths of Louis Armstrong and Ruby Braff) for pointing us to this July 2000 Boston University public radio program where Ruby — with questions from Christopher Lydon — explains what Louis gave us. And — just in passing — there’s some beautiful music and surprising insights: ruby-braff-on-louis-armstrong
Every day’s a holiday with music like this.
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Tagged Christopher Lydon, Jazz Lives, Jon-Erik Kellso, Louis Armstrong, Michael Steinman, Ruby Braff, WBUR
I wrote recently in praise of the Teddy Wilson School for Pianists. Chris Dawson is a wonderful embodiment of that tradition — with his own special touches. Here he plays Cole Porter’s EV’RYTHING I LOVE . . . music that lives up to its title. Delicacy, strength, gentleness, melodic and harmonic subtleties all blossom forth here:
I would contribute to the Chris Dawson School for Pianists — in the name of the best, most enlightening kind of higher education — watch this and see if you don’t agree!
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Tagged Chris Dawson, Chris Dawson School for Pianists, improvisation, jazz, Jazz Lives, Michael Steinman, solo piano, subtleties, subtlety, Teddy Wilson