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

11/15/20 SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ COINCERT: Christian Scott-Christian aTunde Adjuah: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Christian aTunde Adjuah is a two-disc studio album by fellow African-American jazz artist Christian Scott released on July 31,2012 by Concord Records. Continue reading

9/28/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: New Orleans (1947) Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Woody Herman- Musical Movie

It’s the Lowdown of Wicked Old Basin Street! And the Music That Made It Wicked! A gambling hall owner relocates from New Orleans to Chicago and entertains his patrons with hot jazz by Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Woody Herman & his Orchestra, and others. Continue reading

9/22/20 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Miles Davis & Chaka Khan: Human Nature (Live in Montreux 1989)

Two infamous music artist performed together live in 1989, Miles Davis and Chaka Khan. Human Nature is cover music track done by the two icons. Continue reading

9/21/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: Hellzapoppin’ (Lindy Hop Scene In Full Color) 

Lindy hop is the granddaddy of all swing dances, a blend of African and European dance influences that is both uniquely American… and now spans the globe.  Lindy hop takes its name from the Charles Lindbergh’s flight to Paris in 1927. 

If Tango is sultry, and Ballroom dancing is aloof, lindy hop is joyful and playful.  Lindy has a grounded, flowing style that closely reflects its music — from the late 20s hot jazz to the early 40s big bands. Harlem, New York, and in particular the Savoy Ballroom (“The Home of Happy Feet”) is where the dance was developed and innovated from the 1920s onward. Based on earlier dances such as the Charleston, the Black Bottom and the Breakaway, the dance evolved and spread over the decades along with the new swing music. 

Hellzapoppin’ (In Full Color) 

And while the dance continues to evolve today, contemporary lindy hoppers still strive for that same spirit, inventiveness, and musicality of the pioneers of lindy hop like Norma Miller, Dean Collins, Frankie Manning and many more.

9/10/20 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Billie Holiday And Her All-Star Band ” Fine And Mellow ” (1957)

Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan (April 7, 1915 — July 17, 1959) was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Continue reading