THE BIRTHPLACE OF JAZZ

A must for any student or lover of the jazz. New Orleans is the capital of JAZZ. A new wonderful site devoted to the history of jazz is a must for any one who is headed to this “Mecca of Jazz.” New Orleans’ walking tours thru significant music creation areas are explained and they sound great! I know what I’m going to do on my next trip to this wonderful town.

Wikimedia Commons. Photo by Marie Carianna.

I just love their mission:

“The history of the city’s music, and its outsized influence in popular music everywhere, can be traced to creole cottages, parlors, churches, and street corners as well as concert halls and auditoriums,” a note on the site reads. “Some are still active; others have been transformed or demolished. A Closer Walk highlights and contextualizes these sites, to advocate for their future, to celebrate their memory, and to honor the men and women who have shared their music with us.”

BEST MUSIC FILM THIS YEAR

Bang! The Bert Berns Story is strong.

The Music is GR8! The Story compelling.

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We highly recommend it.

It’s based on the book Here Comes The Night.

As someone who remembers this era, the songs in the movie were the soundtrack of our lives. For one man to make such a large contribution to my soul in such a short time is truly remarkable. The movie made me realize how radio and jukeboxes (the new technology) were responsible for my early music upbringing.  Plus I thought of how much money I spent on jukeboxes that never made its way to Bert. There is much to enjoy and think about in this film.

Please help me repay my cultural debt to a great record man and extraordinary songwriter. GO TO SEE THIS FILM.

There will never be another Bert Berns.

Sharing My Xmas Gift of Music

Eric-DinThis Christmas I got a rare gift of music from Eric Din, singer/songwriter, founder of The Uptones. It seems he made a special recording of four songs he wrote recently titled Peace And Love And Rock And Roll part 1. He recorded the songs at Michael Rosen’s East Bay Recorders, and then he sent the EP as a gift to his Xmas list. What a great gift! Right after I got used to fact that this sounds nothing like The Uptones I loved this recording. It’s a solid rock record!! The songs are magnificent! I’ve spoken to Eric and he’s ok with me sharing one song with you.

I chose the title track. Give a listen. Gr8 guitar work! Gr8 song! Love the sentiment!

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“A Top-Notch Enjoyable Listen!”

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Here’s a listen:

EARLY ROOTS OF JAZZ

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Listen for free. This compilation of rare Jazz recordings has been “Mastered For Streaming,”  making this music headphone friendly for the first time.  The original recordings sound almost new and by eliminating the excessive noises from the original transfer from cylinder or 78 disc. This music has stood the test of time. It’s been carefully preserved from the original recordings by music lovers. The music was recorded when Jazz had just started to receive worldwide attention. These little known songs were selected as essential to the spread of Jazz as a worldwide popular genre. Because of early recording limitations these songs were recorded without a traditional drum kit, which is seems to be a requirement in all  modern jazz recordings. This compilation is an enjoyable romp thru music’s history, and a must listen for serious jazz fans.