Apparently, Is This Jazz? at AS220 has been nominated for best jazz night in the Providence Phoenix's Best of 2014!!! Thank you to all the great people who have performed, attended, helped out, and supported this series of mine. Clearly whatever it is that we’re all doing is working!

Please follow the link and submit your vote for us to win, to show Providence that presenting great, original jazz is important to our community and deserves this achievement. Also, look down the list and send some votes around, I know a few names on that list and they earned the accolades as much as we have.

You are allowed to vote ONCE EVERY DAY. So if you have a free few seconds please navigate to the link below and vote for ITJ to win this year’s award. We’ve had a lot of incredible local talent playing their original material on the AS220 stage and we want to show rhody that this is excatly the sort of thing this city needs!

Thanks!!!

Digging through YouTube today I found this lesser known gem featuring the guitar maestro Jim Hall. Interesting colors with the varying instrumentation, sparse at times but the essentail elements are all there, making it a cool study in how much music you can make with so few timbres. Good listen for a fine Sunday!

Notes:

from live album CD ”Hollywood & Newport 1957-1958”

00:00 01 - Gotta Dance (J.Giuffre)
02:19 02 - Four Brothers (J.Giuffre)
05:01 03 - Two Kind of Blues (J.Giuffre) 
09:46 04 - Pony Express (Western Suite) (J.Giuffre)
15:15 05 - Down Home (J.Giuffre)
20:49 06 - The Lonely Time (J.Giuffre)
24:07 07 - That’s The Way It Is (J.Giuffre)
29:39 08 - Waltz (B.Brookmeyer)
33:22 09 - Pony Express (Western Suite) (J.Giuffre)
38:02 10 - The Train And The River (J.Giuffre)

*01, 02, 03
Jimmy Giuffre (cl, ts, bs)
Jim Hall (g)
Ralph Peña (b) 
recorded Live at Stars of Jazz KABC TV Show, Hollywood,
January 7, 1957. 

*04, 05
Jimmy Giuffre (cl, ts)
Jim Hall (g)
Bob Brookmeyer (tr)
recorded Live at Stars of Jazz KABC TV Show, Hollywood,
October 27, 1958 

*06, 07, 08, 09, 10
Jimmy Giuffre (cl, ts, bs)
Jim Hall (g)
Bob Brookmeyer (tr, p) 
recorded Live at the Newport Jazz Festival, July 4, 1958.

burnedshoes:

ARAM AVAKIAN - KEEPING JAZZ’S RHYTHM WITH A SHUTTER

"My father, Aram ‘Al’ Avakian, was probably just a kid when he picked up the family camera one day and started taking pictures. I never asked him what year it was. But photography was part of his young life. So was jazz.

Those two passions came together when my uncle George, a record producer, asked my dad to be the visual sideman during now historic recording sessions for Columbia Records. From Duke Ellington to Chet Baker, Dad photographed them all. He even persuaded George, his older brother, to sign Miles Davis. And he once impersonated Harry James — in French, no less.

Some of the photos shot in the studios of Columbia Records were used on album covers, some for publicity. Columbia kept the negatives and contacts in its archives, but most of Dad’s photographs were not used, and they sat unseen in the company’s archives for decades. When Sony, which had purchased Columbia, returned them to me, I was overjoyed: Not only were they in great condition, but they also formed a rarely seen chronicle of seminal jazz artists at work and at the peak of their creative powers.

We hope to share Dad’s soulful, intimate jazz images with the public on a wide scale soon. For now, three of his Miles Davis photos are prominently displayed in the American Cool exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington. [Feb 7 - Sep 7, 2014] (Alexandra Avakian; find more info and pictures on LENS)

IMAGE INFO:
#1: Duke Ellington at Columbia Records’ recording studio on West 30th Street, 1956
#2: Miles Davis at Columbia Records, 1957
#3: Lionel Hampton, jumping during a performance at the Apollo, 1954
#4: Mahalia Jackson at Columbia, 1954
#5: Lotte Lenya took a break while working on “Mack the Knife” with Louis Armstrong, 1956
#6: Louis Armstrong at Columbia, 1955

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nprmusic:

Eric Dolphy’s landmark LP Out to Lunch! was released recorded 50 years ago today

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kx5991:

Thelonious Monk

PHOTO TAKEN AT THE JAZZ LOFT DURING REHEARSALS FOR MONKS CONCERT AT TOWN HALL.

rk2012arts:

kx5991:

Thelonious Monk

PHOTO TAKEN AT THE JAZZ LOFT DURING REHEARSALS FOR MONKS CONCERT AT TOWN HALL.

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midcenturymodernfreak:

Portraits of Jazz Legends | Photos: Eliot Elisofon - Via

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