Johann Sebastian Bach, Goldberg Variations; Evgeni Koroliov, piano
WKCR’s (Columbia University) Bach Festival continues through midnight tomorrow.
other day, Sonoma, Calif.
tonight in the Bay Area
They’ll be playing in Albany (Ivy Room), and I’ll be listening.
Peter Apfelbaum & Sparkler
yesterday, flying from Chicago to Oakland
Blind Lemon Jefferson, “Christmas Eve Blues,” 1928
Victoria Spivey (with Lonnie Johnson, guitar), “Christmas Morning Blues,” 1928
Bessie Smith (with Joe Smith, cornet; Charlie Green, trombone; Fletcher Henderson, piano), “At the Christmas Ball,” 1925
Leroy Carr, “Christmas In Jail—Ain’t That A Pain,” 1929
Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers (feat. Charles Brown, vocals, keyboards), “Merry Christmas, Baby,” 1947
Lowell Fulson, “Lonesome Christmas (I & II),” 1950
Sonny Boy Williamson II, “Sonny Boy’s Christmas Blues,” 1951
John Lee Hooker, “Blues For Christmas,” 1959
Two takes, decades apart.
Joe Ligon (1936-2016) and The Mighty Clouds of Joy, “I’ve Been in the Storm Too Long,” live
Tonight, at 1 a.m. (EST), one of the year’s great musical events begins: the annual Bach Festival—now in its 40th year—broadcast on WKCR-FM (Columbia University). All Bach, all the time, until midnight New Year’s Eve. Hope, beauty, inspiration: they aren’t luxuries; they’re necessities.
Johann Sebastian Bach, Mass in B minor (excerpt, “Dona nobis pacem”); Berlin Philharmonic (Ton Koopman, cond.) with RIAS Chamber Choir (Justin Doyle, chorus master), live, Berlin, 10/28/17
Johann Sebastian Bach, Cello Suite No. 6 in D major; Mischa Maisky (cello), live