Archive for January, 2013

By January 30, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

We just found him, and now he’s dead.

Speaking of dead like jazz, here’s one for ya … Time was, in our youthful days of getting out and about, we would have known about obscure musicians from all over the place. Other lands, other cultures and even other species didn’t seem to be a barrier when music and alcohol were available, so musical […]

Posted in: Jazz, Rock & Roll, Videos
Jazz is dead, man: another view (part one)
By January 28, 2013 8 Comments Read More →

Jazz is dead, man: another view (part one)

Just as we were getting started with the long, arduous defense of our position that jazz—and all other creative forms of American music—died sometime before 1980, we caught wind of an article from the November, 2012 issue of The Atlantic that agrees with us in principle, but takes a wildly divergent view of the mechanics […]

Posted in: Jazz, Rants
By January 26, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Jazz is dead, man: exhibit A.

Since we’ve already posted obituaries for rock & roll and country music, we’d better get down to the real business of this blogsite: jazz. As we’ve begun to prove, jazz—and every other form of American music—is dead. Just how and why will be explored at length as we move forward, but we thought it would […]

Did scientology kill country music?
By January 24, 2013 2 Comments Read More →

Did scientology kill country music?

Well, perhaps not exactly. But John Travolta did star in a particularly bad 1980 movie called “Urban Cowboy” (a follow-up to his bigger, and less-maligned, music picture, “Saturday Night Fever”), which effectively marks the closest thing we can isolate as an exact time of death for genuine country music in America. And, as everyone knows […]

By January 22, 2013 2 Comments Read More →

The day the music died?

Don McLean, in his ubiquitous 1971 megahit “American Pie”, characterized February 3, 1959 as “the day the music died”. En route to a concert via a small, chartered plane, proto pop-rockers Buddy Holly, J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and Ritchie Valens were all killed when their aircraft crashed in an Iowa field on that […]

By January 21, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Mr. Nistico, meet Mr. Nestico.

One thing that has always intrigued us, at least in a silly, coincidental sort of way, begins with the fact that many of the Count Basie band’s best 1960’s arrangements were written by Sammy Nestico. Any dweeb who ever played in his high school jazz or stage band has played a Nestico arrangement at least […]

Posted in: Jazz, Videos
By January 20, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Rock and roll is dead: a cry for help.

Every blog, commercial and otherwise, needs a first post. This site will mostly be about jazz, but as an opening volley, we’ll share a post from a loosely-related blog which promotes a website selling vaguely humorous t-shirts. The original piece was meant to sell a t-shirt imprinted with the phrase “Rock & Roll Is Dead, […]