The Musical Mime

The music is Blues in Hoss Flat by the Count Basie Orchestra. This is the same version as in the 1961 movie, “The Errand Boy” starring Jerry Lewis. The song can be found on the 1958 Basie album “Chairman of The Board” … Lewis’ pantomime is timeless.

Joey Alexander needs to be experienced!

This Indonesian lad is a musical prodigy, who at 10 can already break down a song and recompose it on the spot.  He is a reincarnation of great jazz pianists of the past, now making their way back through a kid’s body.

Count Basie Talks Pianos

What does Count Basie look for in a piano?  Back in 1980, Oscar Petersen interviewed him on the subject and the result is both informative and enjoyable.  Not just two musical giants, but two friends!

 

“Don’t play what’s there, play what’s not there.” — Miles Davis

To the left, Miles Davis according to Herbie HancockTo the right, a classic interview with Miles, In His Own Words.

Producing 78RPM Records – 1937

Before streaming or downloading … before CDs, tape cassettes, 8-tracks or reel-to-reel tapes … even before 45s, 33s or the concept of an album, there was the 78RPM record.  This was, typically, a brittle 10 inch shellac based disc that most often held a single 2 to 4 minute song on one or both sides.  Coming into popularity during the early 1900s, the 78 was pretty much the first way a person could actually bring music home and play it in their own living room, on their own ‘talking machine’.  I thought you might like to see how this great, great, great, great grandfather of today’s music delivery systems was made!

The phonograph record played a significant role in the rapid spread of jazz across America.  Even those who could not get to concerts or clubs were now able to share in the latest performances of the country’s most popular bands.  78RPM records are still available for collectors, if they can find a proper turntable with which to play them.

Wynton Marsalis, internationally acclaimed musician, composer and bandleader sat down in 1994 with 60 Minutes’ Ed Bradley, for a frank and honest discussion of his music and the origins of jazz.

Like many of today’s classically trained jazz musicians, his playing is technically almost perfect but it has been said he lacks the soul and musical empathy of many of his predecessors.  Does he?  What does he think of such accusations and some of his jazz elders?

 

Dr. Billy Taylor explains how jazz musicians improvise.  He demonstrates the technique of using the framework of melody, harmony and rhythm from the song you are playing, to compose your own music within it.

Dr. Taylor was not only one of the premier pianists in jazz, but a proponent of spreading and teaching the appreciation of “America’s Classical Music”, particularly to young people.  In fact, he coined that phrase!

 

The Carrot Trick

Linsey Pollak turns a carrot into a clarinet using an electric drill, a carrot, and a saxophone mouthpiece … then plays it, all in less than 5 minutes.  Linsey is an Australian musician, instrument maker, composer, musical director and community music facilitator.  He has recorded 31 albums and toured his solo shows around the world.

As for the carrot clarinet?  You have to see it to believe it!

It’s All About The Blues

Leave it to jazz legend Eddie Daniels to deliver a video that’s both up and educational and a bit blue at the same time.  Eddie talks primarily about the emotive and expressive side of playing a clarinet … getting in touch with your instrument.  He provides a kind of step-by-step guide for all players to begin experimenting with the blues genre and for non-musicians to better understand the subtleties of what they are hearing. From embouchure to airflow, not all clarinet playing is the same and Eddie explains why.

Bill Evans Discusses Rock Music

An interesting perspective on rock from the iconic jazz musician.  As private as Evans so often seems to be, he is quite candid in his opinion when it comes to music.  He compares and contrasts rock with jazz and, while he finds a functional place for the newer genre, Bill reveals himself to be something of a musical snob!