5/24/20 O&A NYC SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ CONCERT: Miles Davis Quintet Live at Teatro dell’Arte in Milan, Italy (October 11, 1964)

 Miles Davis Quintet live at Teatro dell’Arte in Milan, Italy, October 11, 1964. Continue reading

5/20/20 O&A NYC WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY: Scrub Me Mama with a Boogie Beat (1941)- Racially Banned Cartoon

Scrub Me Mama with a Boogie Beat (1941) is the racially banned cartoon for the hit boogie-woogie popular song written by Don Raye. A bawdy, jazzy tune, the song describes a laundry woman from Harlem, New York City, whose technique is so unusual that people come from all around just to watch her scrub. Continue reading

5/17/20 O&A NYC SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ: Miles Davis – So What

So What is the first track on the 1959 album Kind of Blue by jazz artist,  Miles Davis. It is one of the best known examples of modal Jazz, set in the Dorian mode and consisting of 16 bars of D Dorian, followed by eight bars of E♭ Dorian and another eight of D Dorian. Continue reading

5/15/20 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Alvin Ailey’s For ‘Bird’ – With Love (1984)- Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

A tribute to the great jazz musician Charlie “Bird” Parker, For ‘Bird’ – With Love brings the audience back to the relaxed atmosphere of an after-hours jam session at a local jazz club. Continue reading

(Repost) 5/8/20 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: The A- Z of Dance

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A-Z of Dance shows you how to set hearts alight and clubs on fire. Shot on the streets and rooftops of sunny LA, float like an Arabesque, spin like a B-Boy, wobble like a Chicken Noodle Soup… it’s time to step up! In a very special project for i-D and Diesel, director Jacob Sutton has captured the world’s hottest dancers walking in the air in their Jogg Jeans and cut-offs.

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Lil Buck shows us the way of Memphis Jookin. Super-thighs Nicole the Pole – star of Rihanna’s Pour It Up video – takes us to a whole other level. And fresh from the Rick Owens catwalk, the Soul Step team show us how to dance to Le1f. Continue reading

3/9/20 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY/ WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Stormy Weather- Featuring Katherine Dunham And Her Dance Troupe

Stormy Weather is a 1943 film musical produced and released by 20th Century Fox. The movie is considered one of the best Hollywood musicals with an all African-American cast and serve to  showcase of some of the top African-American performers of the time. Continue reading

2/23/20 O&A NYC SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ CONCERT: Saint John Coltrane- A Love Supreme (BBC Documentary 2004)

In the film documentary Saint John Coltrane – A Love Supreme – BBC Documentary (2004) Alan Yentob examines the legend of jazz saxophonist John Coltrane whose obsession with music is matched by an equally obsessive following all over the world. Continue reading

11/22/19 O&A NYC SHALL WE DANCE FRIDAY: Diana Ross & Donald McKayle – Soulful Strut at the Hollywood Palace [3/8/69]

Diana Ross and Donald McKayle perform Soulful Strut at the Hollywood Palace March 8, 1969 

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10/28/19 O&A NYC SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ CONCERT: Fats Waller & Ada Brown – That Ain’t Right – Stormy Weather (1943)

That Ain’t Right. … is featured in the musical film Stormy Weather (1943), sung by Ada Brown and Fats Waller. Continue reading

10/20/19 O&A NYC SUNDAY AFTERNOON JAZZ: Miles Davis & Quincy Jones & The Gil Evans Orchestra (1991)

 

Miles & Quincy: Live at Montreux is a collaborative live album by  Jazz musician Miles Davis and conductor Quincy Jones. It was recorded at the 1991 Montreux Jazz Festival and released by and released by Warner Bros. Records in 1993. Continue reading