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Wednesday, December 11th

Playing, and talking, Monk.

Jason Moran (piano), Frank Lacy (trombone), Bob Stewart (tuba), Nasheet Waits (drums), et al., live, Washington, D.C., 2015

 

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Wednesday, December 3rd

sounds of Chicago

Big Maceo (AKA Major Merriweather, Big Maceo Merriweather, 1905-1953, piano), “Chicago Breakdown” (M. Merriweather), 1945

 

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Tuesday, December 3rd

sounds of New York

Cooper-Moore (piano), live, New York, 2017

 

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Monday, December 2nd

Why not begin the week with something that slows time?

James Romig (1971-), Still (2016); Ashlee Mack (piano), live, Macomb, Ill. (Western Illinois University), 2017

 

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Saturday, November 30th

like nobody else

Nina Simone (1933-2003, vocals, piano), “Wild Is the Wind” (D. Tiomkin, N. Washington), live, New York, 1964

 

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The challenge: balance. Keep it steady,
now sniffing daffodils’ aroma,
now Googling a rare sarcoma.

—Rachel Hadas (1948-), from “Love and Dread” (New Yorker, 11/18/19)

Monday, November 25th

sounds of New York

Why not begin the week with something new?

Jason Kao Hwang’s Sing House (JKH, violin, viola, compositions; Kalun Leung, trombone; Christopher Forbes, piano; Ken Filiano, bass; Andrew Drury, drums), live, New York, 9/29/19

 

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not grown to a butterfly
this late in autumn
a caterpillar

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), translated from Japanese by Makoto Ueda

Monday, November 18th

What better way to begin the week?

Thelonious Monk (1917-1982, piano), “Don’t Blame Me” (J. McHugh, D. Fields), live, Denmark,  1966

 

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Saturday, November 16th

sounds of Chicago

Andrew Hill Combo (AH [1931-2007], piano; Von Freeman [1923-2012], tenor saxophone, MCOTD Hall of Fame; Laurdine “Pat” Patrick [1929-1991], baritone saxophone; Malachi Favors [1927-2004], bass; Wilbur Campbell [1926-1999], drums), “Down Pat” (L. Patrick), 1956

 

If political races were decided by musical pedigree, the new entrant in the Democratic presidential field would be unbeatable.

Laurdine Kenneth “Pat” Patrick Jr. (November 23, 1929 – December 31, 1991) was an American jazz musician and composer. . . . known for his 40-year association with Sun Ra. His son, Deval Patrick, was governor of Massachusetts.

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Saturday, November 8th

3n

John Escreet Trio (JS, piano, compositions; John Hébert, bass; Tyshawn Sorey, drums, vibraphone), live, Amsterdam, 2014

 

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Listen carefully,
Neither the Vedas
Nor the Qur’an
Will teach you this:
Put the bit in its mouth,
The saddle on its back,
Your foot in the stirrup,
And ride your wild runaway mind
All the way to heaven.

—Kabir (15th century), translated from Hindi by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

Tuesday, November 5th

sounds of Chicago

Howlin’ Wolf (AKA Chester Burnett, 1910-1976) with Hubert Sumlin (1931-2011, guitar), et al., live, Chicago, 1971

 

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