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Archive for July, 2015


GUNTHER SCHULLER : MASTER OF ALL HE SURVEYED

I hate the overuse of the word “genius,” but in GUNTHER SCHULLER‘s case it was a natural fit.  We lost him in 2015.  Herewith some highlights of our time together.

The dailies, television, radio, all got it right.  The music communities, classicists, jazz, conductor, french horn, composer, mentor, sire of two musicians, drummer George and bassist Edward are all here to testify as to his greatness, that other overused encomium.

Schuller and John Lewis coined the phrase “Third Stream” to define the combining of jazz and classical music.  No matter what they called it, it didn’t work.  It was neither fish nor foul.

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LATIN JAZZ LIVES! AT JALC : A VENT

For those of you who eschew the existence of the genre of Latin Jazz –more on that short list later– your blogster visited a tribute to Tito Puente and Machito by the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra arranged and conducted by their bassist Carlos Henriquez.  Conspicuous by his absence even in the back of the trumpet section was JALC music director Wynton Marsalis.

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SINATRA CELEBRATED IN VEGAS PART 2; OCTOBER 3, 2015 @ UNLV

FRANK SINATRA II : SINATRA IN HOLLYWOOD + GUESTS

What do Jane Russell and Eleanor Roosevelt have in common?  Read on.

FRANK SINATRA turns 100 on Dec. 15, 2015.  To commemorate the event UNLV has already presented the first of two lec-dems in April of some videos of him from Las Vegas and events around the world compiled by Prof. Arnold Jay Smith.

The first lecture in April 2015 was filled with videos reflecting his time with and love for the Big Bands of Harry James, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Quincy Jones, Nelson Riddle, Billy May and Don Costa.  This time we make one stop only, from the Chairman of the Board’s Hollywood movie and television career.

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