November 27th, 2012
Miami University's Jazz Ensemble
On Monday November 19th, I saw the Miami University Jazz Ensemble perform. Their
concert was held in Hall Auditorium and began at eight. The crowd was pretty small because the
Band's Theme Songs
Benny Goodman-"Let's Dance"
Duke Ellington- "Take the A Train" (reference to Harlem)
Louis Armstrong- "Saint Louis Blues"
Jimmy Lunceford- "Rythm is Our Business"
Tommy Dorsey- "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You"
Glenn Miller- "Moo
Reading Notes from "Plugging In"
Charlie Christian- deep blues feeling, gave electric guitar importance, "Swing to Bop",
died of tuberculosis
Bebop and Jam Sessions
evolution from swing
Minton's playhouse hosted jam sessions
Kenny Clarke- drum style c
With the advent swing.
Duke Ellington continued on his own course, didn't want to be categorized
Louis Armstrong- out of work, being sued, appeared in movies
Jimmie Lunceford- "sweet jazz", greatest showband ever
Tommy Dorsey- "sweet jazz"
John Coltrane Video Notes
"My Favorite Things" was most requested song
minimalist movement influenced him
playing was inspired by Eastern and African cultures
music was spiritual
the more spiritual enlightened he was,
Jazz Film Notes
Miles Davis and Prestige
Cliff Brown- joined quartet with Max Roach, warm and rich trumpet tone
Sarah Vaughan- harmonically sophisticated, called "sailor" then "sassy"
Art Blakey- wanted to get the audience from R&B
Horace Silver and
Bossa Nova Instrumentation and the Continuation of West Coast Jazz Notes
guitar provides underlying rythm
the guitar is present in even large ensembles
piano is also an important instrument
piano is not found in the samba
the piano is a s
The Alley and the Stage Reading Notes
Alley introduced idea of professional songwriter
whites especially Jews dominated the alley but some blacks made it
African Americans represented a political and cultural force in literature, arts, dance,
Leroy Jones Reading Notes
blues came from work songs which came from West Africa
changed the lyrics because they didn't apply to slavery
religious references taken out
drums taken out
transfer or survival of African words
syntactical or rhythmical t
Famous Stride Pianists
James P Johnson
"father of stride piano"
ring shout dances and brass bands influenced him
"Carolina shout", "Charleston"
whole tune scale-6 note scale, each note a whole step from the next
popularized it by piano rolls, Broadwa
October 16th, 2012
The Blue Wisp's Big Band Night
I attended The Blue Wisp jazz club in Cincinnati, Ohio for their "Big Band Night". The
club from the outside seemed like a thing from the past. It looks like they have not changed