9/30/21 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY:Branford Marsalis Quartet – Giant Steps (1988)

Branford Marsalis born August 26, 1960 is a saxophonist, composer and a bandleader. While primarily known for his work in jazz as the leader of the Branford Marsalis Quartet, he also performs frequently as a soloist with classical ensembles and has led the group Buckshot LeFonque.  Continue reading

8/29/21 O&A NYC SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ:Grover Washington Jr. – Newport Jazz Festival

Grover Washington Jr.  was a jazz-funk, soul-jazz saxophonist. Along with Wes Montgomery and George Benson, he is considered by many to be one of the founders of the smooth jazz genre. He wrote some of his material and later became an arranger and producer. Continue reading

6/23/21 O&A NYC LOCKDOWN LEARNING: Jack Johnson (1970)- With Music by Miles Davis

Jack Johnson is a 1970 American documentary film directed by Jimmy Jacobs about the American boxer Jack Johnson (1878–1946). Continue reading

4/16/21 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Night Creature- An Ailey/Ellington Masterwork

Ailey All Access presents the online encore of Alvin Ailey’s Night Creature. This classic work is a perfect fusion of Ailey’s buoyant choreography and Duke Ellington’s sparkling music. Continue reading

3/23/21 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Kaori Kobayashi – Nothing Gonna Change My Love for You

Kobayashi was born on October 20, 1981 in the Kanagawa Prefecture. Her father was a photographer and her mother, a piano teacher. Beginning at a very young age, Kobayashi learned to play the piano. When she was 13 years old she joined a brass band and started to play the flute.  Continue reading

3/9/21 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Marian Anderson Lincoln Memorial Concert- Voice of Freedom American Experience PBS

Marian Anderson stepped up to a microphone placed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and stared out at a crowd of more than 75,000 people. She had been barred from performing at Constitutional Hall, but thanks to clever advocacy by Walter White of the NAACP and the aid of high-powered allies like Eleanor Roosevelt, the concert was now set to make history. Continue reading

2/16/21 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Grover Washington – Mister Magic Live

Mister Magic is the fourth album by jazz saxophonist Grover Washington Jr., released in February 1975. The album topped both the soul and jazz albums chart and peaked at number ten on the pop chart. Continue reading

2/14/21 O&A NYC SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ CONCERT: Soundies: Jazz And Jive (1940s)

Soundies were an early form of music video. Developed prior to television, they played on 16mm film projectors that were viewed on small screens like a video jukebox and captured some of the top artists of the day. Continue reading

2/13/21 O&A NYC ITS SATURDAY: Frances Davis- Her Story (Life Before & After Miles)

Frances Taylor Davis shares her life history as a pioneering dancer with Katherine Dunham Dance Company, her marriage to Miles Davis and renewal after as a survivor. Continue reading

2/4/21 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY BLACK HISTORY MONTH: George Benson – Give Me The Night

Give Me the Night is a song recorded by Jazz and R&B musician George Benson, which he released from his 1980 studio album of same title. It was written and composed by Heatwave’s keyboard player Rod Temperton and produced by Quincy Jones. Continue reading