New Orleans has a genius for producing great food and great trumpet and cornet players. Indeed, Louis Armstrong — who Wynton Marsalis pays homage to above — wasn’t the first. There was Buddy Bolden. And Joe “King” Oliver, a mentor to Armstrong, was raised in New Orleans even if he wasn’t born there. More recently, the city produced Al Hirt and Nicolas Payton. There are many others.
But Marsalis is special, as a musician and as an ambassador of jazz. This is from the bio at his site:
Wynton was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on October 18, 1961, to Ellis and Dolores Marsalis, the second of six sons. At an early age he exhibited a superior aptitude for music and a desire to participate in American culture. At age eight Wynton performed traditional New Orleans music in the Fairview Baptist Church band led by legendary banjoist Danny Barker, and at 14 he performed with the New Orleans Philharmonic. During high school Wynton performed with the New Orleans Symphony Brass Quintet, New Orleans Community Concert Band, New Orleans Youth Orchestra, New Orleans Symphony, various jazz bands and the popular local funk band, the Creators. (Continue Reading…)
Here is the beginning of a review of a 1999 work, All Rise, which was presented at Avery Fisher Hall:
Wynton Marsalis’s tap didn’t turn off in 1999. Eight new discs bear his name, ranging from new extended jazz works to rearranged Jelly Roll Morton and Thelonious Monk; he has a seven-CD boxed set of live material; six months of the year were spent touring worldwide and playing the music of Duke Ellington. And finally, in its premiere performance on Wednesday night at Avery Fisher Hall, there was ”All Rise,” a symphonic piece commissioned by the New York Philharmonic in a collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center. (Continue Reading…)
London Metropolitan University has released a study on what types of music are best – and worst – for driving safety. Each of the ten safest songs has a tempo of 60 to 80 beats per minute which, according to the story at Business Insider, is the same as the human heart.
The story outlines which music is safest. Not surprisingly, loud and aggressive music tends to be reflected in the driving of listeners. The safest two songs are Come Away With Me by Norah Jones and Billionaire featuring Travie McCoy. See the link for the rest of the top ten.
A previous post containing a clip of Shankar on The Dick Cavett Show — in which the fact that Shankar’s daughter is Norah Jones is discussed — may have gotten the most traffic this site has even gotten. Above, Shankar plays an unnamed song with daughter Anoushka and Tanmoy Bose on tabla in Santa Cruz in 2007, according to the notes.
This morning, I posted an item about Norah Jones. Jones, I learned yesterday, is the daughter of Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar. Here is dad at work…
I had no idea that Norah Jones is the daughter of Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar. It was the most surprising thing I’ve learned since starting this blog in March.
For some reason — coincidence perhaps — the usual sources, such as Wikipedia and allmusic, tend to stay pretty close to Jones’ biography and away from commentary on her style, except in the broadest terms. Here is representative copy about her at NNDB.
In any case, she’s quietly spectacular. Here she is singing Don’t Know Y on Sesseme Street. It’s classic. At some point, I am going to compile some of the great performances by musicians on the show. They demonstrate how spectacularly talented these musicians are.
Bonnie Raitt, usually an electric slide player, shows her versatility in the clip above.
Raitt started her tour this week and has a new album, Slipstream. She last toured with Taj Mahal in 2009, but took a break during which a close friend, her parents and brother Steve — also a musician — all died.
Here are Tennessee Waltz (with Norah Jones), No Gettin Over You (with Keb Mo), the Willie Nelson tune Night Life (with B.B. King), Love Me Like a Man and Something to Talk About, her hit from a few years ago.