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Birthday of Gerry Mulligan April 6, & Billie Holiday April 7

April 6th, 2021
  • Billie Holiday

    Billie Holiday born on this date April 7 in 1915 as Eleanora Fagan and later called Lady Day, sings this song God Bless the Child for you.

  • Gerry Mulligan film credits
    Gerry Mulligan homepage via

  • Chet Baker
    and Gerry Mulligan

  • Sandy & Gerry Mulligan
    Dennis lived with prominent jazz musician Gerry Mulligan from 1965 until they split up in 1974. (Via Sandy Dennis wiki)

  • RIP Milford Graves – Pioneering Jazz Drummer and Polymath

    February 13th, 2021

  • (Milford Graves, Dojo dance)

    Wiki

    Milford Graves (August 20, 1941 – February 12, 2021) was an American jazz drummer, percussionist, Professor Emeritus of Music,[4][5] researcher/inventor,[6][7] visual artist/sculptor,[8][9][10][11] gardener/herbalist,[12] [13] and martial artist.[14][15] Graves is noteworthy for his early avant-garde contributions in the 1960s with Paul Bley, Albert Ayler, and the New York Art Quartet, and is considered to be a free jazz pioneer, liberating percussion from its timekeeping role. The composer and saxophonist John Zorn referred to Graves as “basically a 20th-century shaman.

    Artforum Obit

    Only two weeks ago did “Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal,” a major exhibition of his work at the Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art, draw to a close after a five-month run.

    Pioneering Drummer and Polymath dies at 79

  • Milford Graves a Mind Body deal

    As a young drummer, Milford performed at John Coltrane’s funeral and led successful Latin music combos, drawing on his Afro-Caribbean roots. When he was barely old enough to vote, his life had taken off in a half-dozen different directions that led to revolutions in music, activism, medicine, botany, and even martial arts. He led the charge in bringing the drums out from the back of the bandstand, to a position equal with the “melodic” instruments. An anchor in the New York Art Quartet with Amiri Baraka, he was also active in the collective-bargaining movement of the Jazz Composers Guild. At the same time, he began his training as a cardiac technician with zeal; he invented a martial art form called Yara based on the movements of the Praying Mantis, boxing, West African ritual dance, and Lindy Hop; and he had an abiding interest in botany and herbology, inherited from his grandmother. By the time he began his nearly 40-year career at Bennington College, as a professor of music and holistic medicine, his fecund intellect had begun to explore radical connections between rhythm and the universe: in music, in movement, in healing, in the subatomic, in the activity of the heart and other organs.

    Chick Corea, Jazz Keyboardist and Innovator, Dies at 79

    February 11th, 2021
  • Chick Corea Jazz Fusion Keyboard died (LA times obit)

    Rolling Stones obit

    Chick Corea wiki

  • American jazz-fusion pianist Chick Corea, Rome, Italy, 1992. (Photo by Luciano Viti/Getty Images)

    Chick Corea dead Cancer

    Legendary Jazz Keyboardist Chick Corea Dies of ‘Rare Form of Cancer’ at 79
    “My mission has always been to bring the joy of creating anywhere I could, and to have done so with all the artists that I admire so dearly — this has been the richness of my life,” he said before his death

    “No Sun in Venice” “Venus Institute” – Adieu Robert Hossein + RIP Joan Micklin Silver

    January 3rd, 2021
  • French actor and director Robert Hossein dies aged 93 (Euro Weekly obit)


    (No Sun in Venice – 1957 directed by Roger Vadim. )
    Robert Hossein wiki

    Robert Hossein died of COVID-19, on 31 December 2020, one day after his 93rd birthday.

  • Milt Jackson was born on January 1. 1923.
    Bags Groove Milt Jackson (previous post – listen to the Golden Striker, another composition by John Lewis for the film “No Sun in Venice”)

  • Robert Hossein and Audrey Tatou

    Robert Hossein filmography

  • Joan Micklin Silver,‘Crossing Delancey’ Director, Dies at 85

    Joan Micklin Silver also directed “Hester Street” and “Chilly Scenes of Winter”.

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    (John Heard and Mary Beth Hurt, or Mrs Paul Schrader)
    Chilly Scenes of Winter (based on Anne Beattie’s Novel)

  • Film Comment article, Stronger Together

    Joan Micklin Silver portrays working women in stories of independence and solidarity that quietly defy convention

  • Goodbye, Jazz Icon Annie Ross

    July 22nd, 2020
  • Independent/UK obit

    Annie Ross death: Acclaimed jazz singer and actor dies aged 89
    London-born musician and nightclub owner left an indelible mark on jazz music

    Vocalese trio formed by jazz vocalists (from left to right) Annie Ross, Dave Lambert and Jon Hendricks during a photo shoot for DownBeat magazine shot near First National Bank Building in Chicago, published on 17th September 1959.


    The original recording of her song “Twisted” was used in the introduction to the 1997 Woody Allen film Deconstructing Harry.

  • RIP McCoy Tyner (December 11, 1938 – March 6, 2020)

    March 6th, 2020

  • McCoy Tyner (December 11, 1938 – March 6, 2020)

    McCoy Tyner Jazz Pianist dead (Rolling Stone)

    McCoy Tyner, Jazz Pianist Who Anchored John Coltrane’s Legendary Quartet, Dead at 81

    Musician’s bluesy, muscular approach made him one of the most influential pianists of the past six decades

  • Miles Davis from Louis Malle’s Elevator To The Gallows & Lee Chang Dong’s Burning

    May 26th, 2019

  • Photo via
    Louis Malle’s Elevator to the Gallows and it’s historic Miles Davis recording


  • Burning – interview with Lee Chang Dong

    MM: I want to know more about your choice of music, such as the jazz by Miles Davis. Can you comment a little bit about the pieces you have used for this film, and the reasons behind your selection?

    LCD: I needed the music in that scene to have a sense of freedom since that’s what Hae-mi’s dance is about. I wanted to use music that has this specific quality that jazz has where it feels like there’s no beginning or end. That song is called “Lift to the Scaffold,” and I like the sort of bad omen feeling that comes from that title.

    photo via

    Poetry was his last film (Lee Chang Dong previous post here)

    Last Feb at MoMa – honoring Lee Chang Dong – Cinema of Trauma.

    Happy birthday Miles Davis!
    Miles Davis and Horace Silver
    This is funny “At one time, Miles Davis was one of the highest – paid artists in jazz. He made BIG money. He invested some of this money in an electric company that supplied New York with electricity. Every time he phoned me, his opening remark was, “Have you got your lights on? Go turn your lights on.” (I think I read this from Horace Silver “s autobio)..

  • Michel Legrand recalls collaboration with Miles

  • Adieu Michel Legrand – The French New Wave Composer

    January 26th, 2019
  • photo via

    Tributes to Michel Legrand (Variety) Pour In


  • Criterion – Jacques Demy and Michel Legrand – partners in song

    Michel Legrand studied under Nadia Boulanger – see two videos from Go Between)

  • Thank you Aretha Franklin for Making us Feel, Duet with Sinatra was Her Favorite

    August 16th, 2018
  • Aretha Franlin
    (photographed by George Hurrell, 1979)

    Duet with Frank Sinatra was her favorite..

  • Read (Independent)

    Aretha Franklin: How the Queen of Soul offered to post bail for Angela Davis, saying ‘black people will be free’

  • The Passing of an Innovative Jazz Pianist & Poet Cecil Taylor – RIP

    April 5th, 2018
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    Guardian obit – Cecil Taylor was 89. (Excellent coverage)


    Cecil Taylor: a visionary pianist
    who breathed fire and life into jazz -John Fordham.

    NYtimes obit

    Cecil Taylor (March 25, 1929-2018)

    was an American pianist and poet.[1][2] Classically trained, Taylor was generally acknowledged as one of the pioneers of free jazz. His music is characterized by an extremely energetic, physical approach, producing complex improvised sounds, frequently involving tone clusters and intricate polyrhythms. His piano technique has been likened to percussion, for example described as “eighty-eight tuned drums” (referring to the number of keys on a standard piano).[3] He has also been described as “like Art Tatum with contemporary-classical leanings”

  • Rhythm is the life of space of time danced through. – Cecil Taylor.


  • (Thx to Jeff O’Connell)

  • His music meant so much to me, the dancing on the keys, the huge chordings/speeds/oceanic, then pointillist, the intensity, the uncompromising musics…

    Alan Sondheim

  • Hugh Masekela – South African Warrior Musician Left us at 78

    January 24th, 2018
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    Via

    As a warrior artist I like to feature art by other warrior artist or pieces of art that inspire warrior artists, and these two tracks by South African horn player Hugh Masekela are just that. Born April 4, 1939 music found Masekela at a young age. He took up trumpet at 14, and after quickly mastering it went on to lead several jazz ensembles. Growing up in apartheid South Africa, his music has always been a reflection and form of protest against the system that enslaved his people.

  • What Hugh Masekela meant to South Africa’s Freedom Fighter.

    Many people have paid tribute to the musical genius of Hugh Masekela, known as the father of South African jazz. But he was not just known for his musicianship. The artist, who died on Tuesday at age 78, used his public platform to speak out against apartheid and substance abuse.

  • On this day Aug 29, Birthday of Bird & Dinah W. + Sad Goodbye to Gene Wilder

    August 29th, 2016
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    Sad news – Gene Wilder passed away.

    Prison scene from Stir Crazy (youtube)

    Interview – Gene Wilder getting personal (youtube)

  • Cary Grant stopping Gene Wilder to talk about Silver Streak – (via Sheila’s Variation)

    Oh, Mr. Wilder! … Mr. Wilder!” I turned and saw Cary Grant stepping out of the taxi. My heart started pounding a little faster, but I didn’t throw up this time, as I did when I met Simone Signoret.
    Cary took his daughter to see Silver Streak.. and he saw the film again.
    Tell me something, will you?”
    “Of course.”
    “Was your film in any way inspired by North by Northwest?”
    “Absolutely! Collin Higgins, who wrote the film, loved North by Northwest. It was one of his favorites. I think he was trying to do his version of it.”
    “I thought so,” Mr. Grant said. “It never fails! You take an ordinary chap like you or me … (An ordinary chap like you or me? Didn’t he ever see a Cary Grant movie?) … put him in trouble way over his head, and then watch him try to squirm out of it. Never fails!”

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    Aug 29 – birthday of Charlie Parker and Dinah Washington
    Photo by Herman Leonard
    1949 for charlie 1955 for Dinah