Saturday, August 27, 2011

Pot o' Gold: A Vintage Black and White

A Vintage Black and White Movie
The first week of middle school on Phoenix means temps over 100 degrees!!!  And, to top it off, can you believe the AC was out for 3 days??!!???

     Thank goodness there was a copy of and old (1941) black and white movie starring James Stewart, Paulette Goddard, and bandleader Horace Heidt and His Thirty Musical Knights in the classroom.  The movie, "Pot O' Gold," seemed interesting even though it was near the bottom of the bin at the used records store. 
     It was a nice and pleasant way to ease back to school and gave students an opportunity to study: a musical, literary components in music, and probably most importantly gave them an opportunity to view a movie in black and white, which more than a few had actually never seen before.  After discussing characters, plot/storyline, conflict and climax, and then resolution and conclusion, the ad hoc lesson seemed corny, quaint, and rather nice.  Heidt and his ensemble should be remembered for recording the music The Dwarfs Marching Song (Heigh-Ho! Heigh-Ho!) from the film, Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs.  He should also be given credit for the story concept, because he actually aired a radio show called Pot o' Gold.

Monday, May 30, 2011

A Virtual Desktop/Website Radio Player


Just thought you would like to view a quick and easy way to add radio to your 2.0 site... or if you want music on your desktop, this is a nice option.

Here is a very interesting virtual radio player.  RadioTuna is simple, easy, and enables programming a multitude of genre.
blog music player

This widget has a few selections from 'Jazz in film/film on Jazz' standards as previously mentioned on earlier blog entries.


stay tuned for a few major announcements during summer '11

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Clint Eastwood, Robert Flack, (Fin)

If you remember, Roberta Flack began her professional career recording for Atlantic Records without much success, at least not until one of her earliest recordings, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (1969), was included on the soundtrack to Clint Eastwood’s directorial debut Play Misty for Me.  The song became a #1 hit back in 1972.  I do remember the song, but have to admit I was not a real Clint Eastwood fan... but I was only 15 years old!

You could say the rest is history, but that would be an understatement.

If ever there was a must have recommendation, this CD would have to be one to consider.  Here is a quick description:  Produced as a companion piece to our best-selling 25th Anniversary set, there is no duplication here. For our 30th anniversary we look back at our greatest releases over the last five years. And being most prolific film music record label in the world, that meant we had over 250 soundtracks to choose from! 

A few months ago I ran across a government site of interest.  For those who did not know the Library of Congress catalogs Jazz/Film  It is worth the visit.

Hope all is well and all remember Jazz in film/film on Jazz for important findings.


Monday, February 14, 2011

Grammy Life: Esperanza's quick clip and Herbie...


If "Jazz in film/film on Jazz" has a future, try to pay very close attention to the musical efforts and offerings of Esperanza Spaulding, Best New Artist (who beat out Justin Beiber) at the 2010 Grammy Awards.

Hancock has returned to the awards after winning the prestigious Album of the Year at the 2009 Grammy Awards with his tribute to Joni Mitchell on River.  Yes, Herbie Hancock was able to earn a win for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for Imagine from The Imagine ProjectAdd to that a win for Best Improvised Jazz Solo on the classic, A Change Is Gonna Come.    

Guess it's time for more "Jazz in film/film on Jazz" and we could only hope their upcoming material is a solid.

'til we Jazz again!


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Quincy Jones Video with NEA Jazz Masters


Even though Jazz... film... movies is still Under Construction, a nice interview with Quincy Jones via the National Endowment for the Arts seemed appropriate as a filler...
NEA Audio & Video: Conversations with NEA Jazz Masters

Be Back Soon!


Sunday, March 7, 2010

Return to 1st Blog Review...

When "Jazz... film... movies..." entered the blogosphere, it included comments for "Jazz in film/film on Jazz" and asked readers to toss a post and view Improvisation. This DVD, which was basically a collection of unfinished footage, was to be released as a 1950 sequel to Jammin' the Blues from 1944.  Laser Swing Productions and Eagle Eye Media reissued the Norman Granz and Gjon Mili collaborations with the original release being nominated for the Oscar for Best Short Film at that year's awards.

Improvisation includes not only timeless performances, short additional interviews from various Jazz legends, but has Nat Hentoff narrating a portrait of Norman Granz.  

Granz, who some call the Jazz impresario, brought the public his Jazz At The Philharmonic concerts.  After several mid-40s JATP concerts in LA, he began producing concert tours, which featured a stellar lineup of Swing and Bop musicians. The historic performances featured racially integrated bands, and Granz insisted the musicians perform for integrated audiences as some have said, "long before the major civil rights breakthroughs of subsequent decades."

Sunday, February 14, 2010

My Funny Valentine Day


Is there a more appropriate way to express LOVE than "Jazz in film/film on Jazz" pod clips featuring various homemade performances of My Funny Valentine?  Can you believe My Funny Valentine is a show tune from the 1937 Rogers and Hart musical Babes in Arms, appearing on over 1300 albums performed by over 600 artists!

Check 'em out!


And Chris Botti featuring Sting on the classic tune.

See if you can count the number of time this songs has been featured in "Jazz in film/film on Jazz" and let me know.