Daily Archives: December 6, 2016

“SIR, COULD YOU DIRECT ME TO 35th AND CALUMET?”

Before the GPS and the smartphone, there were maps.  You can still see people unfolding them on subway platforms, although in certain cities we are told that this is a huge neon sign saying I AM A TOURIST.  PLEASE ROB ME.

But this 1946 map is gloriously different: a map of Chicago hot spots from 1914 to 1928, its co-creators the jazz scholar Paul Edward Miller and the pianist / composer Richard M. Jones.  It’s selling for $400 at New York’s Argosy Bookshop: see details here.

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Description: Map. Colored Lithograph. Measures 13.25″ x 19.25″.

Comments: This unique 1946 map of Chicago identifies the Chicago Jazz Spots from 1914 to 1928. Throughout, beautiful sketches depict famous landmarks and jazz scenes. Streets are identified and locations of jazz spots are noted. Two insets detail the establishments on 31st and State and 35th and State. The map, redrawn from the original by Paul Eduard Miller and Richard M. Jones appeared in the 1946 edition of “Esquire’s Jazz Book Year Book of the Jazz Scene”. The year book was an amazing period publication of jazz in its heyday, featuring photographs, articles, and more. Some of the articles that were included in the 1946 edition, along with this particular map, were “Thirty Years of Chicago Jazz”,Chicago Jazz History”, “Esquire’s All-American Band”, etc. The Map is in good condition with some foxing and edge wear near centerfold. Linen backed.

Thanks to Jim Eigo of Jazz Promo Services for letting us know.  Even with some foxing.  You can find him at 845-986-1677, jim@jazzpromoservices.com, and his website is http://www.jazzpromoservices.com.

May your happiness increase!

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“YESTERNOW”: SWINGING WITH THE MEDELJAZZ QUARTET

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I’d never heard of the four musicians who make up this wonderfully limber quartet, but their music happily reminds me of a time more recent than 1938 — when jazz improvisations were part of danceable pop music rather than consigned to their special box at the edge of the aesthetic universe.  The four tracks I’ve heard — and that you can also hear below — recall when the music coming out of the car radio was both new and comforting, melodic and swinging but vibrant.

Guitarist / composer Laurent Medelgi (who makes me think of Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Pat Metheny, Pat Martino — depending on how the light is coming in to the room) has assembled a cohesive jazz quartet that evokes some of the work of Chick Corea.  Now, I know that many JAZZ LIVES readers might be spooked by those modern names, preferring instead to pray for the resurrection of Charlie Christian or at least an hour of new material, but this band has its own delightful swinging momentum — on original compositions built on simple lines that take unpredictable turns.  Listen for yourself.

 

And for those who like their sensory stimulation on several levels at once, here is the Medeljazz Quartet’s little video voyage:

You can also read and hear more here.

Laurent and company have started an Indiegogo campaign to help finance a full CD: more details here.  I encourage you to look and listen: this is honest, energized creative music.

May your happiness increase!