Nile Rodgers – The jazzman who created the dance music of the late 70s and 80s

Sonny Rollins says: “All American music comes from jazz.”

Is that hyperbole?

Don’t be so fast to assume that.

Remember the dance music of the late 70s and 80s?

Some love it. some are snobs about it, but the reality is billions of people danced, and continue to dance, to it. It’s now recognized as classic.

Where did it come from?

It’s hard to come to any other conclusion: To a surprisingly large degree it came from the mind and ears of jazz guitarist/songwriter/arranger/producer Nile Rodger.

NOTE: Jim Eigo told me Cecil Taylor used to come to his record store to buy disco albums. Now I know understand why. You can listen this and other amazing tales from the jazz record store business here

A VERY short list of Rodger’s hits (just the tip of the iceberg.)

1. Chic – ‘Good Times’ (1979)
2. Chic – ‘Le Freak’ (1978)
3. David Bowie – ‘Let’s Dance’ (1983)
4. Diana Ross – ‘I’m Coming Out’ (1980)
5. Sister Sledge – ‘Lost in Music’ (1979)
6. Daft Punk – ‘Get Lucky’ (2013)
7. Duran Duran – ‘The Reflex’ (1984)
8. Madonna – ‘Like a Virgin’ (1984)
9. Chic – ‘I Want Your Love’ (1979)
10. B-52’s – ‘Roam’ (1989)
11. Sister Sledge – ‘We Are Family’ (1979)
12. Daft Punk – ‘Lose Yourself to Dance’ (2013)
13. Diana Ross – ‘Upside Down’ (1980)
14. Sister Sledge – ‘He’s the Greatest Dancer’ (1979)
15. Duran Duran – ‘Notorious’ (1986)
16. INXS – ‘Original Sin’ (1983)
17. Madonna – ‘Material Girl’ (1985)
18. Duran Duran – ‘The Wild Boys’ (1984)
19. Chic – ‘Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)’ (1977)
20. Grace Jones – ‘I’m Not Perfect (But I’m Perfect For You)’ (1986)
21. Carly Simon – ‘Why?’ (1982)
22. Chic – ‘Everybody Dance’ (1977)
23. Disclosure – ‘Together’ (2013)
24. Laurie Anderson – ‘Language is a Virus’ (1986)
25. Fonzi Thornton – ‘I’ll Change My Game’ (1980)

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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How to learn a tune

PAUL THOMPSON – Bassist, educator, and husband from Pittsburgh, PA. Professor of Jazz Bass at West Virginia University and Duquesne University. Adjunct instrumental music teacher at Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 Performing Arts School (PPS). Performances include recording and touring stints with trumpeter Maynard Ferguson and saxophonist Stanley Turrentine. Performance credits include Hubert Laws, Geri Allen, Michael Feinstein, Bob James, Phil Woods, Sean Jones, and Billy Porter, among others. Currently, he can be seen playing around the Pittsburgh area among the region’s rich and diverse musical community.

Click here for Paul’s website

Note: Paul talks about Monk spending an hour learning a single tune. I heard a story that some friends left Bud Powell in the early evening when he was working on “Embraceable You.” When they came back many hours later in the early hours of the morning he was still working on it!

– Ken McCarthy
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Ron Carter – 85th Birthday at Carnegie Hall – May 10th

For the Love of Ron
Ron Carter and Friends:
85th Birthday Concert Celebration

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 8 PM
Carnegie Hall
Presented by Tzedakah 4 All

Tickets

GRAMMY-winning jazz musician Ron Carter — the most recorded jazz bassist of all-time with over 2,200 individual album credits. Named one of the “10 Greatest Bassists of All-Time” by Rolling Stone

Master of Ceremonies
Lester Holt

Honored Guest & Speaker
Mikio Mori – Ambassador,
Counsul-General of Japan in
New York

NEA Jazz Masters & Speakers
Stanley Clarke
Buster Williams

Appearances by:
Golden Striker Trio
Ron Carter Foursight Quartet
Ron Carter Octet

Special Ticket Promo Code Discount
Dress Circle -10% – RLC38821
Parquet – 25% – RLC38822

Tickets

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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Jazz artists on pop hits

1. Little River Band – Reminiscing
Soloist: Bob Venier

2. Phoebe Snow – Harpo’s Blues
Soloist: (Zoot Sims backgrounds) Teddy Wilson

3. Rolling Stones – Waiting on a friend
Soloist: Sonny Rollins

4. Grover Washington Jr – Just the two of us
Soloist: Grover Washington Jr

5. Huey Lewis and the news – Small World part 2
Soloist: Stan Getz

6. Sting – Englishman in New York
Soloist: Branford Marsalis

7. Cameo – Candy
Soloist: Michael Brecker

8. Stevie Wonder – As
Soloist: Herbie Hancock

9. Billy Joel – Just the way you are
Soloist: Phil Woods

10. Steely Dan – Aja
Soloists: Wayne Shorter, Steve Gadd

These picks came from the excellent PDBass YouTube channel by bassist and educator Paul Thompson

Here is his original video

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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Bob Lawrence interviews Jamey Aebersold.

We’re pretty proud of our podcasts.

I’ll put them up next to anybody’s, but when we see great, we’ve got to acknowledge it.

Bob Lawrence pianist and educator interviews saxophonist, entrepreneur, author, educator, and jazz legend Jamey Aebersold.

References

Bob Lawrence’s Jazz Piano Skills
https://www.jazzpianoskills.com

Jamey Aebersold Jazz
https://www.jazzbooks.com

– Ken McCarthy
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