Universal Tonality: The Life and Music of William Parker

Interview with Cisco Bradley

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This book is a model for jazz biography (and really for a biography of any creative person.) It not only documents the striving of an individual artist, in this case, William Parker, but also the dynamic communities that are essential for the development of artists.

I strongly recommend this book for music educators, music students, and anyone who wants to get “under the hood” of what goes into making an artist who succeeds in expanding the boundaries of the art.

Anyone interested in (or nostalgic for) the stunning flowering of creative music that took place in the 1970s when, believe it or not, rents in the East Village and Soho of Manhattan were low and musician-operated venues were abundant will also love this book.

You can order Universal Tonality: The Life and Music of William Parker here

– Ken McCarthy
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Music credit: The Jazz on the Tube podcast theme song is “Mambo Inferno” performed by The Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra conducted by Bobby Sanabria from the CD ¡Que Viva Harlem!

In praise of teachers and students

On this page a short but pointed tribute from Adam Mannes to what’s below the “tip of iceberg” of what we hear on records and see in live performances and on video.

It’s called “practice” but it really understates what’s involved.

Ongoing training, study, exploration, perfecting. For serious artists, it’s a never ending process and as fans we’re the beneficiaries.

Adam is one of many educators who is making music education available around the globe at a level that was previously unimaginable.

Note BOLD: Online education is a godsend, but for children it is NOT a substitute for a caring, inspiring LIVE teacher.

Some of my favorite resources for piano (a very short list)

Adam Maness and Open Studio

Jon Cleary – New Orleans piano and culture

Dan the Composer – Unique meditations on the art of playing the piano

Rick Beato – Musician, producer, educator

Oliver Prehn – Pianist and educator

Jonny May – Jonny May shows the tricks of the trade behind a number of piano styles

Jamey Aebersold – Not strictly a piano source, but you can’t talk about jazz education without Jamey. (See our podcast interview with him.)

If you have a hankering to learn some piano and are starting from scratch, I particularly recommend Jon Cleary and Oiver Prehn for to help you break the ice. The most important thing – more important than theory, practice, good form etc. – is to put your hands on the keys and discover that when you do, interesting things can and often do happen.

– Ken McCarthy
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A little bit of Django

From the book “Swing Under the Nazis” by Mike Zwerin.

In the middle of an interview, Miles Davis looked at the camera and said: “I’m no accident.”

I think that’s true of everyone who has achieved something great in music.

A little about the early years of Django Reinhardt. His achievements were no accident either.

– Ken McCarthy
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Aurora Nealand A look at KindHumanKind

Interview with Aurora Nealand


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Follow Aurora here

auroranealand.com

facebook.com/aurora.nealand

auroranealand.bandcamp.com

louisianamusicfactory.com

The entire wide-ranging, free-wheeling conversation – unedited – complete with numerous sidebars, including some genealogical information which despite Aurora’s surprise may actually have a degree of accuracy (to be continued.)


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– Ken McCarthy
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A musical surprise and big fun

Every week we screen a ton of videos to bring you the gems.

Last week, I coincidentally stumbled on two remarkable interviews that may transform your view of popular music in the 20th century.

The two short excerpts are followed by a performance that I guarantee will be a big surprise.

The influence of jazz is everywhere…

– Ken McCarthy
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Michele Rosewoman


The Jazz on the Tube interview

Interview


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Click here for Michele Rosewoman’s web site

Reference videos from the interview

Michele Rosewoman and members of New Yor-Uba perform “The Egun and the Harvest”

Michele Rosewoman Trio perform ‘Akomado’ For Babaluaye

“Guerreros” Michele Rosewoman and New Yor-Uba at Dizzy’s Lincoln Center 10/13

New Yoruba, October, 1984 in Warsaw, Poland a year after the group’s founding

Ed Kelly exploring Monk – “Well You Needn’t

Orlando “Puntilla” Rios – “El Breve Espacio”

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

Music credit: The Jazz on the Tube podcast theme song is “Mambo Inferno” performed by The Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra conducted by Bobby Sanabria from the CD ¡Que Viva Harlem!

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