Jazz Beat 5 – Louis Armstrong In Copenhagen

Louis Armstrong appeared in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1933, and the film made then is one of the earliest records of Armstrong’s live performances. It forms an invaluable touchstone for jazz scholarship. Tom Reney explores Louis’ stage personas and samples some music from that Danish appearance.

Jack Teagarden

Steady Rockin' with Satchmo

My favorite version of the Louis Armstrong-Jack Teagarden staple “Rockin’ Chair” is from a 1957 television special seen below. Armstrong had first recorded this homespun lament by Hoagy Carmichael on December 13, 1929, with the composer in the voice of the aging father and Armstrong as the dutiful son.

Evan Christopher at Satchmo Fest

Harrison, Neville, and Butler in Springfield

I’m still buzzing from the double dose of New Orleans-in-New England that highlighted Saturday’s Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival. Performances by Donald Harrison and Henry Butler brought the one-day, twelve-hour festival to a rousing conclusion at Court Square, where an estimated 5000 people from every walk of life gathered downtown for the second annual festival.

Jazz Beat – Barney Kessel

Barney Kessel was one of the best jazz guitarists of all time. This podcast is a look at his story and his style, with some great music mixed in.

Louis Armstrong

Hailed in Copenhagen and Celebrated in New Orleans

“If you don’t love him, I don’t think you really know how to love.” Mahalia Jackson on Louis Armstrong I assume the Danes who filmed […]

Jazz Beat – Dylan At Newport

July 25th marked the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan going electric at the Newport Folk Festival. The milestone is being widely commemorated, and it follows the sale two years ago of the Fender Stratocaster he played that Sunday night. Elijah Wald’s new book, Dylan Goes Electric: Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night That Split the Sixties, tells the story more accurately and contextually than any previous renderings.

Paul Butterfield Plugs In and Dylan Follows Suit

Phenomena at Newport: the White Blues Hero and the Folk Rock Anti-Hero

Saturday marked the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan going electric at the Newport Folk Festival. The milestone is being widely commemorated, and it follows the sale two years ago of the Fender Stratocaster he played that Sunday night, July 25, 1965.

Sheila Jordan

Truth Telling at the Northampton Jazz Workshop

What a pleasure it was hearing Sheila Jordan this week at the Northampton Jazz Workshop. She’s nearly 87, which she makes no secret of, and why should she? Sheila’s a bonafide survivor: of a harsh, Depression-era childhood shuttled between her teenage mother’s digs in Detroit and her grandparents’ home…

Jazz Beat – Ornette Coleman

I didn’t see Ornette Coleman until 1971 when he played the Saturday afternoon program of the Newport Jazz Festival with his old comrades Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden, and Ed Blackwell. It was fortuitous that he shared the afternoon bill with Eubie Blake, Willie “The Lion” Smith, Freddie Hubbard, Charles Mingus, and the New York Bass Violin Choir, for that evening a riot interrupted Dionne Warwick’s performance of “What the World Needs Now” and the festival came to a crashing halt.