05/20– 05/26: Jazz on the Tube Weekly Review

Monday, May 20, 2019

Miles Davis Week: Miles and Gil

Video link: https://jazzonthetube.com/video/miles-davis-and-gil-evans/

Miles Davis Week: ‘Round Midnight

Video link: https://jazzonthetube.com/video/round-midnight-3/

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Jazz Birthdays: Fats Waller, Bill Holman

* Fats Waller

Video link: https://jazzonthetube.com/video/honeysuckle-rose-3/

* Bill Holman

Miles Davis Week: Electric Miles “Bitches Brew”

Video link: https://jazzonthetube.com/video/bitches-brew/

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Jazz Birthdays: Sun Read more

The Afro-Quadrille

It started in Europe and made its way to the Americas via French and English colonists.

You may know it as the Square Dance.

Nothing “square” about how they did it in old Cuba, old Jamaica…or old San Francisco.

San Francisco – 1914 (no music)

Cuba – filmed 2010

Jamaica – filmed 2012

– Ken McCarthy
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A Night at the Cotton Club

You’ve heard about it.

What was the Cotton Club like in its heyday?

No need to wonder.

This is the context in which the music appeared. It was NOT concert music ala Jazz at Lincoln Center. It was part of the entertainment industry. It just so happened that the composers, arrangers and performers were geniuses.

All three of these short … Read more

Topsy – The history of jazz in one tune

Count Basie and his orchestra, recorded in NYC August 9, 1937.

Written and arranged by Eddie Durham, one of the most important and underappreciated artists in jazz and American music history.

Irish and Mexican on his father’s side, Native American and Afro-American on his mother’s, in his childhood Durham grew up wearing his hair long and braided, Native American-style.

Born … Read more

One player, multiple drums – Candido and NFamara

Nfamara Badjie Master drummer from Gambia watches Cándido Camero

Up until the middle part of the 20th century, hand drumming followed a pretty simple rule: One man, one drum (unless it was a two headed drum, tablas, or bongo drums.)

Then something changed.

What was it?

Bobby Sanabria interviews Cándido Camero, the most recorded conga player in jazz history.

October … Read more