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

4/11/20 O&A NYC SATURDAY MORNING CONCERT: Louis Johnson’s Forces of Rhythm (Excerpts) Dance Theatre Of Harlem


Dance Theatre of Harlem mourns the loss of the great Louis Johnson. His ballet, Forces of Rhythm choreographed in 1971, became a signature piece for the Dance Theatre of Harlem Company, finding its place alongside the works of George Balanchine, Arthur Mitchell, Geoffrey Holder, and other choreographers for the fledging ballet company. 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

10/21/19 O&A NYC HOLLYWOOD MONDAY: A Zoot Suit (with a A Reet Pleat) [1942] | Dorothy Dandridge & Paul White

A Zoot Suit (for My Sunday Gal) performed by Paul White and Dorothy Dandridge  from the 30 minute short film A Zoot Suit (with a A Reet Pleat) (1942) written by Ray Gilbert and Robert O’Brien (as Bob O’Brien). 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