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Jazz and Baseball

The Smithsonian’s curator of American music explains how the history of two great American innovations—Jazz and baseball—are intertwined. H/T to Ricky Riccardi archivist who scanned the photos used. I especially like the one featured here — Pops with mask and smoke . . . American innovationsbaseballduke ellingtonJazzJohn Edward HasseLouis Armstrongnew orleansRicky RiccardiThe Smithsonian

George Avakian interview

An emotional highlight of the 2013 Satchmo Summerfest in New Orleans as legendary record producer George Avakian was interviewed by Louis Armstrong historians Ricky Riccardi and David Ostwald about a 9-CD boxed set of live recordings of Armstrong that Avakian produced in the 1950s. Towards the end of the interview, the 94-year-old Avakian listens to…

Arts, Rhetoric, and Swing

Wynton Marsalis waxing philosophical about jazz. Despite the sour grapes one detects aimed at Wynton, he is without doubt the most naturally articulate spokesman for jazz and one of the most insightful thinker-practitioners within music generally – ask Simon Rattle or Eric Clapton. aestheticsand Swing: The Writings of Wynton MarsalisArtsJazzJazz at Lincoln CenterMoving to Higher GroundPhilosophyRhetoricWynton…

Albert Murray (1916 – 2013)

Albert Murray, author, critic and friend to Ralph Ellison and Duke Ellington, dead at 97  . . . foe of Marxists, Freudians, academics, black nationalists and white segregationists; Like Ellison, he believed conflict was a given, that life was not a formula to be solved but a dance to be danced. Albert Murraybluesduke ellingtonmusicphilosophy and…