Skip The Jive
Don’t count, feel! The only count I know, is Count Basie!
Dawn Hampton (via tumbition)

Louis Armstrong performs “Dinah”.  Resistant, Elegant and unmistakably American. 

A transcription of the entire interview with critic Stanley Crouch that took place on July 1, 1997. The interview was conducted by Ken Burns who used a lot of it for his documentary jazz. The Interview is very detailed (it’s 60 pages long). Crouch has some interesting points and opinions. 

Insightful essay. Hughes addresses the impact of racism and oppression and it’s relationship to black identity. 

"Popular culture tells you that schools and parents don’t know what’s going on, the police are dogs, politicians are all liars and scum, and any crime that’s not committed by the Mafia is done by the CIA."
-Stanley Crouch

A great documentary about Jazz Pianist Thelonious Monk. The documentary mostly consists of footage of Monk performing. There is also Archival footage of him touring and commentary from the musicians and people closest to him.

Thelonious Monk performing the beautiful ballad ”Pannonica” in solo piano from the album “Alone in San Francisco.  


Lee Morgan & Art Blakey


Lee Morgan & Art Blakey

One of the reasons I believe in jazz is that the oneness of man can come through the rhythm of your heart. It’s the same anyplace in the world, that heartbeat. It’s the first thing you hear when you’re born — or before you’re born — and it’s the last thing you hear.
Rest in peace, Dave Brubeck. You’re a legend. Thank you for your legacy and the gift of your sound. (via bijoubaby)


“It’s like a whole orchestra, the piano for me.”

Rest in peace, Dave Brubeck | December 6, 1920 — December 5, 2012