Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Friday, May 7, 2010

Alvin Ailey

Alvin Ailey is a choreographer who was huge in popularizing modern dance in the American ballet scene. He also cast many African-American dancers, who often could not find work in traditional ballet companies. He based many of his works on music by blues and jazz musicians.

His ballet titled "The River" was a work of his set entirely to music by Duke Ellington.

Here's a narrative ballet by Alvin Ailey. It really gets going around 4.45. A less conceptual ballet, but very clearly a tribute to jazz.

On another note, a huge jazz center is being built in San Francisco called SFJazz.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Billie Holiday clips

Good afternoon, everyone.
Here in a couple hours I am going to be giving my presentation on Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, & Charlie Parker and their influences within Jazz Poetry. But seeing as we have already heard a couple of presentations that have mentioned Billie Holiday, I thought that I would only mention her briefly today during my presentation and instead, offer everyone some really good songs of hers that I have used during my research. I hope that you like them and I will see you all after tea! See ya soon, Drew

Monday, May 3, 2010

Satin Doll

Here are two videos of the same jazz standard, one by the writer Duke Ellington and his band, and one by the guitar legend Joe Pass. Note how Pass uses his unique playing style to make his guitar emulate the sound of the entire big band.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Ballet and Jazz

So very beautiful!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Don't forget: a jazz concert in Spooner tomorrow (Friday) at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Chicano Jazz

George Lipsitz talks about this song in terms of Chicano culture in the 1960s. This is a cover of "jazz artist Gerald Wilson's tribute to a famous Mexican bullfighter...The song and the band soon became emblematic objects of pride for the Chicano movement in Southern California."

This song is clearly a cross-cultural hybrid. This hybridity is made only more clear when viewed through the group's later work, banda music very located in a different cultural tradition.

This group illustrates the ability jazz has to cross cultural boundaries and reaffirms the music's tradition of subversion and location as an alternative to tradition Anglo-American culture.