Archive for February, 2013

A case of art imitating art.
By February 27, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

A case of art imitating art.

We love movies. Hell, we love movies almost as much as we love music. But unlike creative American forms such as jazz, rock and country, movies are no more dead or alive today than they’ve ever been, which bodes well for cinema’s future. Or sounds its death knell. Whatever. We love ’em regardless. Combining these […]

By February 26, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Individuality: a lost art, and a video

As we’ve discussed the death of individual style in American music, we’ve provided some (hopefully) demonstrative playlists to support our rants. Today, we’ll provide an audio-visual example, in the form of what we consider to be one of the great filmed performances featuring musicians from jazz’s second and third generations. This clip is from an […]

Posted in: Jazz, Rants, Videos
What’s in a name?
By February 25, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

What’s in a name?

As anyone with even a cursory knowledge of jazz is aware, many of its most famous exponents, particularly those working in the years 1940 through 1960, were users of pharmaceuticals, both legal and otherwise. The most dangerous drug typically abused in that era was heroin. While musicians had been smokers of marijuana from jazz’s earliest […]

Posted in: Jazz, Odds & Ends
News items that just kill us. Dead.
By February 21, 2013 2 Comments Read More →

News items that just kill us. Dead.

Musing away on a sunny. cold day in Michigan, we figured an aimless web search was in order. It’s amazing what one can turn up. First—and we’re filing this under the “Are You Serious? I Must Have a Closed-Head Injury!” column—news comes to us that Molly Ringwald—yes, that Molly Ringwald—is accepting payment as a jazz […]

Posted in: Blues, Jazz, Odds & Ends, Rants
Separated at birth?
By February 20, 2013 3 Comments Read More →

Separated at birth?

Your (mostly one-man) staff here at Dead Like Jazz has been seriously “afk” for a few days, mostly due to an intervention by real life. A car accident to be specific. Luckily, even agnostics like us are blessed from time to time, and we escaped with minor, but reasonably painful, injuries. That relegated us to […]

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Random Thursday musings
By February 14, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Random Thursday musings

Yesterday would have been Wardell Gray’s 92nd birthday. Why does that matter, and who the hell was he, you might ask? When I first started playing tenor saxophone back in the early 1970’s, I was oddly lucky to be turned on to Lester Young before almost any other saxophone players. Especially odd considering Young had […]

Posted in: Jazz, Odds & Ends
By February 13, 2013 2 Comments Read More →

Soupy Sales, jazz legend?

We have no idea why this popped into our consciousness today, but we thought we’d talk a bit about Soupy Sales. For those of you who are baby boomers around 60 years old, you’ll remember him for his daytime kids show on ABC, Lunch with Soupy, or perhaps from his many TV game-show appearances and […]

Posted in: Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Videos
Individuality: another swing playlist, part 2
By February 12, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Individuality: another swing playlist, part 2

Continuing our swing playlist from yesterday, here are a few more items to check out. As always, click on the song title to link to Amazon audio samples and full versions for purchase. We’ve supported our contention that the late 1930’s saw an explosion of easily discernible styles among big band soloists and individual jazz […]

Individuality: another swing playlist
By February 12, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Individuality: another swing playlist

To provide audio support for our last post, “Individuality: a lost art, part 3”, here are some more items for your listening pleasure. These tracks will give you a taste of the artists we talked about. As always, click on the song title to hear a sample at Amazon.com, or to buy the music, a […]

Individuality: a lost art, part 3.
By February 10, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Individuality: a lost art, part 3.

We threatened to continue this diatribe, and so we will. Our contention is that creative American music all seemed to die at roughly the same time around 1980. We don’t mean that it disappeared. We simply mean that genres like jazz, country and rock all stopped evolving and either became repertory, classical forms, like jazz, […]

Posted in: Jazz, Rants

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