The world of jazz mourned the loss of American pianist Geri Allen, who died on June 12th at the age of 60. Our good friends at La Montaña Rusa, one of Spain’s best jazz podcasts, offers a program in tribute to Geri here:
Cezary Lerski lived in Los Angeles last I remember, and his label should be sainted for providing so many re-releases of classic Polish Jazz. This new series is being handled by Languidity Records, and they also do amazing work. Liza Premiyak of The Calvert Journal has more here.
Little Jimmy Scott suffered from Kallmann Syndrome, but he turned this into a benefit, developing one of jazz’s most unique voices.
This is easily the funkiest take on a jazz standard I’ve ever heard. Apparently, the Kashmere Stage Band were famous for making funky sounds which were the equivalent of the JB’s and the Bar-Kays during their peak in the 1960s. Really amazing stuff.
Jean-Baptiste Frédéric Isidor, Baron Thielemans, known to millions of fans as ‘Toots‘, passed away yesterday at the age of 94. If you were ever a fan of Sesame Street as a child, you already know his work, as the whistling you hear is his, uncredited. Rest in peace, Toots.
Electronic Beats, run by T-Mobile, posted this amazing video, and an accompanying article, on the meeting between composer John Cage and psychedelic jazz genius Sun Ra.
Source: KQED Arts, Bobby Hutcherson passed away at age 75 after a long battle with emphysema. Introduced to the Blue Note fold by veteran alto saxophonist Jackie McLean, Hutcherson quickly joined a loose confederation of creatively ambitious New York musicians inspired by the rhythmic and harmonic innovations of free jazz patriarch Ornette Coleman but dedicated […] …
A bit of Manouche music, courtesy of the legendary Django Reinhardt.
Source: Taran’s Free Jazz Hour – Main – 16/2016. Jazz Poetry Improv @Sowieso, Berlin: Anna Kaluza, as/ Niklaus Neuser, Tp/ Horst Nonnenmacher, B/ Rui, Faustino, Dr/ Taran Singh, Poetry Leo Bones: Ziv Taubenfeld, Bcl/ Shay Hassan, B/ Nir Sabag, Dr Lubatov: Simon Nabatov, P/ Gareth Lubbe, Vla, Vo Unseen Rain Solidarity: Matt Lavelle’s 12 Houses […] …
https://ia801503.us.archive.org/10/items/14TFJH2016/14TFJH2016.mp3 Taran Singh operates one of the best jazz podcasts going today. Consider subscribing to his feed, as his programs are full of classic gems and some beautiful racket.