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  1. The end of The Jazz Standard in New York.

    Because reading the initial post was a strain on my old eyeballs: Almost two decades ago, Union Square Hospitality Group set out on a pioneering journey to marry authentic pit barbecue with great jazz in New York City with the opening of Blue Smoke and Jazz Standard in NYC’s Flatiron neighborhood. It is with great sadness that USHG shares that Blue Smoke Flatiron and Jazz Standard will not be reopening on 27th Street. While our physical doors may be shut, our passion to serve and entertain lives on and we are optimistic about the future and writing the next chapter of Jazz Standard. In the meantime, the club is hosting exclusive artist conversations and performances virtually. Thank you to our team members, our guests, and the city of New York for embracing Jazz Standard and supporting us throughout the years.
  2. A source for Giant Steps?

    In a 2018 interview, Quincy Jones said that the work was based on an example in Nicolas Slonimsky's Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns. Jones stated, "Everyone thinks Coltrane wrote that, he didn’t. It’s Slonimsky. That book started all the jazz guys improvising in 12-tone. Coltrane carried that book around till the pages fell off". Marchese, David (February 7, 2018). "In Conversation: Quincy Jones". Vulture.
  3. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    J Morello (d) P Woods (as) G Burton (vib) J Bunch (p) G Cherico (b). On #1,5,7 & 9, add: N Travis, E Royal, D Severinsen, C Terry (tp) B Brookmeyer, U Green, R Hixson (tb) H Phillips (tub). 1962 RCA LSP-2486; 2014 RCA (J) SICP 4257.
  4. The Jazz Foundation of America will continue its fundraising efforts on behalf of musicians affected by the pandemic with “BIRD CALLS,” on Thursday, December 10th, a livestream celebrating the centennial of saxophonist, composer, and legendary musical innovator Charlie “Yardbird” Parker. The two-hour all-star show – recorded at the Brooklyn Bowl in New York, Vibrato Grill in Los Angeles, and the New Orleans Jazz Museum observing strict health safety protocols – will benefit the JFA’s COVID-19 Musicians’ Emergency Fund , established in March to provide direct financial assistance to musicians and families affected by the pandemic to help cover basic living expenses like rent, groceries, and utility bills. BIRD CALLS - Thurs, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m. EST (Replay at 8 p.m. PST.) VIEW HERE

    You're welcome, boys!
  6. Ella's auto

    Where I come from, the phrase is "from stem to stern".
  7. Serge Chaloff - Boston 1950 - Uptown

    Yeah well, I tried. Shows you how much a Berklee education is worth.
  8. Serge Chaloff - Boston 1950 - Uptown

    I certainly hear what you hear, but the chord progressions for both songs is very similar. Stompin' follows the traditional A-A-B-A form, while Cherokee is a modified A1-A2-B-A2 progression.
  9. COVID-19 III: No Politics For Thee

    "No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear." Edmund Burke
  10. Happy 94th Lou Donaldson

    Happy Birthday, Lou! Someone here told me you might prefer this to a cake.
  11. MLB Season 2020

    That's a helluva fluke you got there!