What is the current state of jazz, you ask? You might ask genre-bending musician/producer/rapper Stephen Ellison, aka Flying Lotus, who also happens to be the nephew of John and Alice Coltrane. In a recent interview, Ellison lamented “it’s all gone quite stale over the past 20 years” and imagined that if Miles Davis “came back to Earth and heard a lot of these jazz cats, he’d be mad. He’d literally be mad, and he’d just go back to where he was dead at.” Given Miles’ infamous temper and disdain for the conventional, this isn’t hard to imagine at all. But whether you could call today’s jazz “elevator music” is a point I leave to others to debate.
Ah, but what is the state of digital jazz preservation? Now, that is a question I can answer, at least in some small part, by pointing you toward Jazz on the Tube. This online resource bills itself as three wonderful things in one: “a searchable database of thousands of carefully hand picked and annotated jazz videos”; “free Video-of-the-Day service”; and “up-to-date directory of jazz clubs, jazz festivals, and jazz organizations world-wide.” You’ll also find there podcasts and worldwide listings of jazz radio stations. But as its title implies, its most fulsome service offers a list of 2,000 videos from an A-Z of several hundred artists—Abbey Lincoln to Zoot Sims.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
This is the perfect opportunity to say how thankful we all are, not just today, but everyday. Each day is another amazing experience in this life, with both challenges, and deeply rewarding moments.
Thank you to all of the great fans, friends, and family that make each day possible!
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Music and Jazz legend, Bob James was inducted into the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance Hall of Fame.
The career of Bob James is long, varied and continues to evolve at every turn. From his first days in Marshall, Missouri, the music of Bob James has captivated audiences throughout the world.
“For many of his fans, Bob James is to jazz what James Brown is to R&B — the music and the musician go hand in hand.” (NPR Music) From his early years touring with Sarah Vaughan to founding smooth jazz supergroup Fourplay, U-M alumnus Bob James has explored a vast stretch of musical territory. A leading force in 1970s crossover jazz, the keyboardist, composer, and producer played an essential role on a series of hit records and has had a profound effect on the history of hip-hop music, with two of his songs among the most sampled in hip-hop history. James’s most recent album, Quartette Humaine, was recorded a month after Dave Brubeck’s death and pays tribute to the iconic pianist. His long-awaited homecoming will feature concert materials drawn from James’s extensive songbook, including tunes from his CTI Records catalog and Dave Brubeck compositions. A UMS debut.
Fourplay at Sunset Sound Studios in California…
Stay tuned for more on the upcoming 25th Anniversary album, set for release in 2015!
Join the legendary Bob James, as he is inducted into the University of Michigan’s Alumni Hall of Fame.
The awards ceremony will be from 4 pm – 6 pm at the Walgreen Drama Center at the University of Michigan, and is open to the public.
Preceding the awards ceremony will be a question & answer session with Bob James at 2 pm in room 2439.