The ever-surprising reedman, composer, bandleader, occasional singer and trumpeter Dan Block has joined us . . . in cyberspace with his own website, Dan Block Music: http://www.danblockmusic.com/., which features his gig schedule, videos (some of which you might have seen here), reviews and press quotes, ways to buy his CDs, even contact information if you’d like to have Dan play your next party or help you become a better bass clarinetist.
Welcome, Dan! May your stats be high; may your subscribers be worldwide.
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Tagged cyberspace, Dan Block, Dan Block Music, jazz blog, Jazz Lives, Michael Steinman
I spend more than enough time in front of the computer (my neck can testify to this) but I’ve recently encountered two websites that might prove promising for jazz fanciers. One, Wolfgang’s Vault, initially awakened all my snobbery: lips that touch Black Sabbath will never touch mine. And I’m not terribly interested in Grateful Dead backstage passes. But the Vault has just opened the jazz door a crack for three performances from the 1959 Newport Jazz Festival — audio only — featuring the Basie band, Dakota Staton, and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. And more from 1959 is promised on November 17. See for yourself at http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/concerts/support/newport-jazz.html.
The other site is much more welcoming — it seems to be the official French government video site — my understanding of this is hampered by my stale rudimentary French — called INA.FR. Visit their site and search for “jazz,” about 600 videos come up. Some of them are powerfully irrelevant, and much of the “jazz” here is beyond my admittedly narrow interests. But there are live performances by Ella, Duke, Louis, Lucky Thompson, Bill Coleman, Vic Dickenson, Byas, Bechet, Hawkins, Getz, Gillespie, and long compilations from French jazz festivals — all in evocative black and white. You’ll be delighted by what this site has to offer: http://www.ina.fr/.
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Tagged Art Blakey, Bill Coleman, Black Sabbath, Coleman Hawkins, Count Basie, cyberspace, Dakota Staton, Dizzy Gillespie, Don Byas, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Grateful Dead, INA.FR, jazz blog, Jazz Lives, Louis Armstrong, Lucky Thompson, Michael Steinman, Newport Jazz Festival, Sidney Bechet, Stan Geta, Vic Dickenson, Wolfgang's Vault