A look back at the best selling Jazz album of all time.

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Every music fan touches Kind of BlueIt is the best-selling jazz album of all time.Kind of Blue was recorded over two days, the first of which, March 2, 1959, was 56 years ago today. Miles Davis convened his sextet—Cannonball Adderley, Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, and Wynton Kelly—at Columbia Records’ 30th Street Studio in New York City. The first cut, “So What,” would go on to become one of the most familiar pieces of music in all of jazz. In a BBC documentary about jazz in the year 1959 (below), author Ashley Kahn likens Davis’s opening solo to a whispered confession. More than anything, Kind of Blue remains a gateway to potential jazz listeners of all ages. Some finish side two and immediately dig deeper into the rest of Davis’s catalogue. Some hear it and start exploring the various players on the record, like Bill Evans or John Coltrane (who may lead you to Thelonious Monk). Before you know it, you’re crate-digging for names like Coleman Hawkins, Wes Montgomery, Ornette Coleman, then going back toward Duke Ellington or Louis Armstrong. It just goes and goes and you’re never quite satiated, not since Kind of Blue whet your appetite.

But even if none of that happens, even if Kind of Blue is the only jazz record you ever hear or care to hear, you will have at least touched it, and you’re better off for it in the end.

50 years A Love Supreme

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Tune in today at 6PM or hear the archived version of this special anniversary celebration of John Coltrane’s masterpiece recording; A Love Supreme. Featuring excerpts from Coltrane interviews also we’ll hear from Branford Marsalis, Mos Def, Amiri Baraka and McCoy Tyner. I’ll be playing music from Branford Marsalis, Robert Glasper and Miguel Anga Diaz as well as pieces of A Love Supreme.

Jazz on a winters eve.

Stan Getz and Chet Baker Live in Stockholm February 18, 1983. I love to hear Stan Getz play his mid tempo swing and his velvety tone on the ballads. Unfortunately this engagement proved to be the winter of Getz’s discontent with Chet Baker, who was just beginning to enjoy a resurgence in popularity.

Featuring The legendary rhythm section.
Jim McNeely- piano
George Mraz- bass
Victor Lewis- drums

Track List:
1. We’ll Be Together Again
2. I’ll Remember Apri
3. Just Friends
4. My Funny Valentine
5. Sippin’ At Bells
6. Blood Count
7. Milestones
8. Airegin
9. Dear Old Stockholm
10. Line For Lyons

Celebrate International Musicians Day

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The commemoration of St. Cecilia dates back before the 14th century, but November 22nd was formally celebrated as a day to celebrate musicians everywhere around 1570.

Ironically, St. Cecilia is the patron saint of music and musicians because of the disdain she felt for the music played at her wedding celebration: “While the musical instruments sounded, she sang in her heart to the Lord alone, saying, ‘Let my heart and my body be undefiled, O Lord, that I may not be confounded'” (Ryan 318).

Raised a Christian in a noble Roman household, St. Cecilia has no desire for the wedding that has been arranged for her. On the night of the nuptials she explains her faith to her bridegroom Valerian, saying that an angel has crowns for them both if he will respect her virginity and become a Christian. Valerian then goes to Pope Urban for baptism and subsequently brings his brother into the faith.

The story continues with the martyrdom of the brothers, which is delayed by the conversion of the executioner Maximus and his men. Then the judge Almachius orders that Cecilia be scalded to death in her bath.  When this fails, he orders her beheaded. This is only partly successful, so she lives three more days, time enough to preach the faith, convert multitudes, and give her goods to the poor.