Category Archives: Jazz

Cafe Au Go Go

“The Cafe Au Go Go was a Greenwich Village night club located in the basement of the New Andy Warhol Garrick Theatre building in the late 1960s, and located at 152 Bleecker Street in Manhattan, New York City. The club … Continue reading

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Lost John Coltrane Recording From 1963 Will Be Released at Last

On March 6, 1963, John Coltrane and his quartet recorded at the Rudy Van Gelder Studio in New Jersey. The session was never released — until now. “If you heard the John Coltrane Quartet live in the early-to-mid-1960s, you were … Continue reading

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Fire Music: a history of the free jazz revolution

“One default reaction to the musical form called ‘free jazz’ — Ornette Coleman’s phrase for this improvised, experimental style of jazz — has long been that it’s ‘not music.’ This concise but cogent documentary directed by Tom Surgal is crammed … Continue reading

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The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire (2021), The History of Jazz (2021) – Ted Gioia

“A few days ago, the revised and expanded edition of my book The Jazz Standards was published by Oxford University Press. I’ve never had more fun writing a book than in creating this guide to the jazz repertoire—which covers 267 … Continue reading

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Poetry Readings/Reading Poetry in the San Francisco Bay Area; Poems in Street, Coffeehouse, and Print—The Mid-1960s; The Language in Trouble—The Late 1960s, etc.

Beatniks on parade 1958. “Part I. In 1958, in Richmond, across the bay from San Francisco, I was in the twelfth grade. In Mrs. Weatherby’s English class, a history of literature, the mandatory play was Hamlet. We had come to … Continue reading

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Saint John Coltrane: The San Francisco Church Built On A Love Supreme

“Little of San Francisco today is as it was half a century ago. But at the corner of Turk Boulevard and Lyon Street stands a true survivor: the Church of St. John Coltrane. Though officially founded in 1971, the roots … Continue reading

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I Called Him Morgan – Kasper Collin (2016)

“I Called Him Morgan is a 2016 Swedish produced documentary film written and directed by Kasper Collin which gives an account of the life of and relation between jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan and his common-law wife Helen Morgan, later responsible … Continue reading

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The Pursuit of Freedom: The New Wave, Jazz and Modernism

Jeanne Moreau and Miles Davis “In the late 1950s and early 1960s, cinema and jazz were at the forefront of an artistic revolution – one of improvisation, immediacy and invention. Both were born around the turn of the century, came … Continue reading

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Gene Ammons / Sonny Stitt – Boss Tenors: Straight Ahead From Chicago August 1961

“Tenor saxophonists Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt co-led a small group in 1950, and this follow-up, taped in the studio in 1961, finds the two picking up where they left off. The highlight of the date is the jointly written … Continue reading

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Sun Ra ‎– The Eternal Myth Revealed Vol.1

“… The Eternal Myth Revealed is a 14 disc docu-biography of Ra’s life and career, from his birth in 1914 up to 1959. In addition to his own music, it includes music he was influenced by, and a lot of … Continue reading

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