Posts Tagged ‘jazz’

Arturo Sandoval receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Let’s be succinct about this: I am a big fan of Mr. Sandoval, so I am delighted he received this award.

Arturo Sandoval, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, on jazz helping him escape from Cuba

“What I like the most is the last part of the medal – freedom,” he said, “because I always say that ‘no freedom, no life.

Video of a Good Morning America interview with performance:

Andy Garcia starred in the movie.

Dave Brubeck, RIP

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck dead at age 91

Dave Brubeck, a jazz musician who attained pop-star acclaim with recordings such as “Take Five” and “Blue Rondo a la Turk,” died Wednesday morning at Norwalk Hospital, in Norwalk, Conn., said his longtime manager-producer-conductor Russell Gloyd.

Brubeck was one day short of his 92nd birthday. He died of heart failure, en route to “a regular treatment with his cardiologist,” said Gloyd.

Here’s a 1961 TV performance,

Sunday afternoon Thelonious

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Via Open Culture,


Sunday night Jammin’ the Blues

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

According to the YouTube caption,

Jammin’ the Blues is a 1944 short film in which several prominent jazz musicians got together for a rare filmed jam session. It featured Lester Young, Red Callender, Harry Edison, Marlowe Morris, Sid Catlett, Barney Kessel, Jo Jones, John Simmons, Illinois Jacquet, Marie Bryant, Archie Savage and Garland Finney. Barney Kessel is the only white performer in the film. He was seated in the shadows to shade his skin, and for closeups, his hands were stained with berry juice.
The movie was directed by still photographer Gjon Mili.