Tonight, on a whim, I decided to check out a show at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center called Art of the Jazz Soloist.
Jazz frankly intrigues me – and I think it's because I don't really understand it. Like... At. All. That being said, no other music genre has a way of moving me the way that it does. Its emotional charge is impossible to resist.
The film showed solo performances from the likes of John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker, just to name a few. These performances, mostly taped in Europe from the 50s–70s, were never before made available to an American audience. Until now.
And can you believe that the show was FREE?? I'm all about free these days. Check out part two (also free) of the series on April 13, The Great Jazz Singers. It will feature Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Ella Fitzgerald, among others.
Get more details about the show here.
And so, I leave you with some old Coltrane covers (how fantastic is that Cannonball & Coltrane one??), and one of my favorite songs that he recorded in 1962, featuring Mr. Ellington, here.
You're welcome. :)