The telegram Duke Ellington sent to Jackie Kennedy after the assassination of John F. Kennedy (via Slate)
Thirty-year-old jazz trumpeter Christian Scott (a.k.a. Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah) has garnered both praise from critics and jazz aficionados alike, combining social awareness with progressive compositions
"I don’t want to be the person who has a platform and neglects the things I see in my life and experiences."
"It doesn’t matter if I ever win another award or get to play another major jazz festival in America. I would rather not garner any of those things and speak honestly about the things that I see my people endure in this country and all over the world. It’s 2013, and a lot of this stuff needs to end. One of the projects I’m thinking of is what we’re developing a suite of music for. I’m thinking the title of that next record is going to be called The Emancipation Procrastination. So I’m not done yet.”
Happy birthday to Vijay Iyer, who turns 42 today.
Vijay Iyer Trio: Questions of Agency
For Iyer’s thoughts on the tune, as well as another take on it, go to Destination: OUT
Really, there’s nothing better than Monk playing a ballad solo
7 LPs comprise The Riverside Tenor Sessions by Thelonious Monk. This set is called the Tenor Sessions because these albums feature prominent tenor sax players like Sonny Rollins, Coleman Hawkins, John Coltrane, Johnny Griffin, Charlie Rouse and Harold Land. The LPs are listed below.
1. Brilliant Corners
2. Monk’s Music
3. Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane
4. Thelonious in Action
6. 5 by Monk by 5
7. Thelonious Monk Quartet Plus Two at the Blackhawk
Because today is Thelonious Monk’s birthday.
Today is Thelonious Monk’s birthday. This video of Monk playing Don’t Blame Me in 1966 is one of my favorite things ever. His solo ballads were achingly beautiful, drenched in the stride tradition but sounding only like Monk. He remains one of the greatest artists America ever produced.
Robin DG Kelley wrote a fantastic biography of Monk that I cannot recommend enough.