Was pleasantly surprised tonight to find this panel discussion on the Library of Congress YT channel. As you can hear, my voice was damaged from my stroke, but I think the discussion about this famous Art Kane photograph shot for Esquire (sometimes referred to as A Great Day in Harlem) is worth revisiting. It was my final gig at the Library before I retired. This was recorded Aug. 29, 2019.
One of my final pre-stroke interviews from 2016 with the ever-amazing Andrew White “Everybody Loves The Sugar.”
Conversation with Andrew White Summary:
Larry Appelbaum interviews multi-instrumentalist, composer, author and publisher Andrew White, touching on the artist’s studies in classical music and jazz at Howard University, Tanglewood and the Paris Conservatory, and nearly 60 years of performing and recording with musicians from Stevie Wonder to the JFK Quintet, the 5th Dimension and Weather Report. White was known for an encyclopedic knowledge of the music of John Coltrane, and for his 840 transcriptions of Coltrane’s improvisations. Appelbaum discusses the art and practice of transcription with the artist, and the more than 2,500 self-produced recordings and publications he distributed through his company Andrew’s Music. They review the history of the Washington, D.C. jazz scene in which Andrew White was such a remarkable figure. This conversation was made possible by the Reva & David Logan Foundation, as part of the Library of Congress Jazz Scholars program.
Was sad to learn that visionary music producer Hal Willner passed today from COVID-19. Willner had worked in television for Saturday Night Live and Night Music. He also worked on soundtracks to Robert Altman films Kansas City and Short Cuts, staged live events for Edgar Allan Poe, Doc Pomus, Neil Young, Allen Ginsburg, William Burroughs and many other luminaries from the world of music, arts and letters. In jazz circles, he’s best known for various Tribute recordings including his first from 1981 based on the work of Italian composer Nina Rota from films of Frederico Fellini with everyone from Wynton and Branford Marsalis to Steve Lacy and Deborah Harry. Here is Carla Bley’s arrangement of the music from 8 1/2.
Philadelphia-born trumpeter, composer Wallace Roney died today of complications from COVID-19. I remember seeing him at d.c. space in the late 70s with his brother Antoine on tenor. He was ferocious even then. That was even before he joined Tony Williams and Art Blakey. And though his sound and concept are often linked to Miles Davis, he carved out his own sound and identity, recording more than 20 sessions as leader and more as collaborator. Here are 10 clips to show Wallace in his glory. Continue reading →
Drummer Jon Christensen passed away last week at the age of 76. He’s closely associated with ECM records, having recorded 55 sessions for them beginning with Jan Garberek’s Africa Pepperbird in 1970. I wanted to pull together some of my favorite Christensen recorded performances beginning with something from his pre-ECM days, a 1963 session with Norwegian singer Karin Krog with her original lyrics on a standard made popular in the jazz world by John Coltrane.