By Nat Hentoff
Nat Hentoff, well known jazz critic, civil liberties activist, and fearless contrarian--"I'm a Jewish atheist civil-libertarian pro-lifer"--has lived via a lot of jazz's historical past and has identified a lot of jazz's most vital figures, frequently as pal and confidant. Hentoff has been a tireless recommend for the missed elements of jazz heritage, together with forgotten sidemen and -women. This quantity contains his most sensible fresh work--short essays, lengthy interviews, and private memories. From Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong to Ornette Coleman and Quincy Jones, Hentoff brings the jazz greats to lifestyles and lines their artwork to gospel, blues, and plenty of other kinds of yankee track. on the Jazz Band Ball additionally contains Hentoff's prepared, cosmopolitan observations on quite a lot of matters. The e-book indicates how jazz and schooling are an important partnership, how loose expression is the essence of liberty, and the way social justice concerns like health and wellbeing care and robust civil rights and liberties preserve the entire arts--and all individuals of society--strong.
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Last year marked the tenth annual Essentially Ellington Competition, which has introduced more than 200,000 students to Duke since it started. And as Marsalis wrote in the accompanying material for band directors: “While the arrangements in their original form may be daunting to young musicians, the satisfaction they feel having tackled ‘the real thing’ and the sense of accomplishment . . ” I could see that satisfaction in the Latin School musicians that night—and in Headmaster Cornelia Kelley (BLS class of 1944).
I couldn’t dare to say no to this kid. I shudder to think what would have happened if I had said no. I never would have forgiven myself. I gave him all kinds of lessons I knew how to give him. I worked with him on his writing, theory and harmony. The kid stayed involved. ” The kid was Quincy Jones. On the new Chiaroscuro CD Clark Terry and the Young Titans of Jazz, recorded at the Twenty-ninth International Jazz Festival Bern in Switzerland, the band is composed of musicians (aged seventeen to fortyfour) from around the world, all of whom have been Clark’s students.
9 Ellington’s Band Is Heavenly in These “Live” Forties Recordings I now have a sense of what heaven could be like. For those of us for whom Duke Ellington is rejuvenatingly contemporary, Storyville—the legendary Danish label, a cornucopia of ageless jazz—has released The Duke Box. The 1940s Ellington Orchestra (his most exhilarating) is heard entirely in “live” performances—from dance halls (where, as Duke told me, the dancers became part of the music), nightclubs, concert halls, and radio remotes from around the country.
At the Jazz Band Ball: Sixty Years on the Jazz Scene by Nat Hentoff