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June 3, 2017

Geoffrey Smith’s Jazz Abdullah Ibrahim

One-time protégé of Duke Ellington and icon of South African jazz, Abdullah Ibrahim has been a global star for over half a century. Geoffrey Smith celebrates his career as pianist, leader, composer and political force.

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Discogs Blog Discogs Database Hits 5m Artists and 1m Labels

A few months ago we brought you news of the Discogs database hitting the 8 million releases catalogued milestone. Today we’re super excited to announce another milestone: the Discogs database holds over 5 million artists and 1 million labels! We’re making strides with our goal to create the biggest and most comprehensive music database and marketplace – but […]

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Discogs Blog Crate Minds: Meet Discogs Record Seller Andy of AndyGrayRecords

In our Crate Minds series, we put the spotlight on the people behind the Discogs accounts. Whether running a brick-and-mortar shop, selling from a storage space or from their living room, there is one thing all sellers have in common: An incredible passion for music. This week, we spoke to Discogs record seller Andy Gray of AndyGrayRecords […]

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Discogs Blog Discogs Database Hits 5m Artists and 1m Labels

A few months ago we brought you news of the Discogs database hitting the 8 million releases catalogued milestone. Today we’re super excited to announce another milestone: the Discogs database holds over 5 million artists and 1 million labels! We’re making strides with our goal to create the biggest and most comprehensive music database and marketplace – but […]

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Discogs Blog Crate Minds: Meet Discogs Record Seller Andy of AndyGrayRecords

In our Crate Minds series, we put the spotlight on the people behind the Discogs accounts. Whether running a brick-and-mortar shop, selling from a storage space or from their living room, there is one thing all sellers have in common: An incredible passion for music. This week, we spoke to Discogs record seller Andy Gray of AndyGrayRecords […]

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JazzWax Priyanka, Randy and Rahsaan

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This week in The Wall Street Journal,
I interviewed actress Priyanka Chopra, who starts in TV’s Quantico, appears as the villain in the film Baywatch and has made more than 50 films in India (go here) [photo above of Priyanka Chopra courtesy of Wikipedia].

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I also interviewed actor Barry Watson, who stars in TV’s Date My Dad, on how Eminem’s Lose Yourself helped him through cancer (go here) [photo of Barry Watson and cast courtesy of UPtv].

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Larry Elgart.
Last week, I received the following email from trumpeter Randy Brecker on working with the Elgarts [photo above of Randy courtesy of Yamaha]…

“Hey Marc. Thanks for the nice article about Larry Elgart, a sweet man and a no-nonsense guy with a lead alto sound all his own. His was the first band I worked with upon arriving in New York 1966, and the Les and Larry Elgart album Girl Watchers was my first New York record date-arranged by Bobby Scott and produced by Teo Macero. Here’s the title track where I play some fill’s and quote Ornette Coleman’s Ramblin’ in the fade!…

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“Playing with Larry brother, Les, wasn’t as easy. I did a week with him at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City and, sadly, he only pretended to play. No one ever showed up to hear us. The high point of the evening was when the famed ‘Diving Horse’ jumped into the pool behind the ballroom. Les had the band boy watch for the big moment. The kid was instructed to run back into the room yelling, ‘The horse jumped, the horse jumped!’ And no matter what we were playing, we’d go into Ray Charles’s What’d I Say to catch the people who came back in through the ballroom after watching the horse do his thing. I remember there were always great players in the band, among them Lew Tabackin, Arnie Lawrence, Jack Wilkins, Nat Pavone and more.”

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Rahsaan Roland Kirk. In 1967, director Dick Fontaine released Sound??, a 27-minute film with John Cage reading questions about sound intercut with Rahsaan Roland Kirk playing three saxophones at once at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in London. Cage and Kirk never met, but Fontaine felt both were raising similarly important issues with through provocative art. [Photo above from YouTube] Here’s the full film, with a special thanks to Jimi Mentis…

Bret primack

Making a compelling video.
Ever wonder how to create a professional-looking video? It’s not enough to press the record button of your phone. There’s interviewing, framing, editing and much more. To help out jazz artists (and anyone else who’s interested), documentary filmmaker Bret Primack has started a new blog to offer advice and tips. The site is AskAFilmmaker.com (go here). Bret says he will be posting every other day on all aspects of filmmaking and web video. Congrats Bret and good luck! Here’s Bret’s promotional video [photo above courtesy of Bret Primack]…

Oddball album cover of the week.

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Recently, I featured Liberace on the cover a 1960s album bearing the same title above. Not to be outdone, Mantovani also flashed his groovy side. Goodness, who bought this stuff? Perhaps the white turtleneck is the giveaway. Here’s Mantovani’s Leaving on a Jet Plane with an Acker Bilk-like clarinet and an accordion…

Looks like someone wisely (and humorously) sped up the thing to 45rpm…

      

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This day in music On this Day June 03, 2002

Paul McCartney, Sting,
Elton John, Brian Wilson, Cliff Richard,
Ozzy Osbourne, The Corrs, Will Young, Atomic Kitten and S Club 7 all appeared at The Queen’s Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace, London.

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