Showing posts with label Jazz. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jazz. Show all posts

Monday, December 17, 2018

Best of 2018

Album of the Year – Khruangbin, Con Todo El Mundo

Atlanta Sandwich of the Year - Country Ham and Brie, Recess

Coffee Shop of the Year – Snowing in Space, Charlottesville, VA

Record Store of the Year – M-Theory, San Diego, CA


Book of the Year - The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War


 YouTube Find of the Year – Beware of Mr. Baker

Kid Art of the Year – Whalein' (Inspired by 08/16/69 Soul Sacrifice)

Song of the Year – Abstractum Belladonna by Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel


Pocket Knife of the Year – A. G. Russell Carbon Fiber Mid-Lock Folder

Podcast of the Year - The Bitter Southerner Podcast

Ice Cream of the Year – Oreo Bowl, iDessert by Jean-Philippe

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Transportation of the Year – Bird Scooter (with helmet)

Gadget of the Year – Pavlok Shock Bracelet

     Chops of the Year – Rhythm Future Quartet
Grand Marshall of the Year - Dr. Victor Polizos

Outdoor Adventure of the Year – No Taste Like Home Foraging Tour Ashville, NC

Southern Thing of the Year - Hutchinson's Finest Biscuits Delivery Service

Botanical Achievement of the Year – Bumper Crop of Celeste Figs

Pastry of the Year – Palmiers at La Calavera Bakery, Decatur, GA

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Business Book of the Year - Subscribed

Atlanta Crust of the Year - Margherita In Detroit Pizza, Nina and Rafi 

ATL Street Art of the Year – Shimmering Ghosts 

Word of the Year - Tsundoku

Time Waster of the Year - History of Cartography Online Edition

Americana of the Year – Weather Vanes at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Poignancy of the Year – The Lesson of the Château de Calberte

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Flashback to the ARU Reunion

John McLaughlin and Jimmy Herring

My most Zambi experience of 2015 was the chance to be back in the scene for a day when the Aquarium Rescue Unit reunion rolled into Atlanta for a stop on their 26th Anniversary Tour.

Get a taste of the magic yourself with this audience recording from the first gig of the tour at the Ram's Head in Baltimore.  This show includes a guest appearance by guitar god John McLaughlin.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Space is the Place

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Great post from NPR on the life and legacy of Sun Ra - Act Like You Know!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Miles by Mail

The USPS gets hip tomorrow when it issues stamps honoring Miles Davis and Edith Piaf in a joint release with the French postal service.  This issue continues the groove of last year's Jazz Forever stamp.

Electric Miles fans will recognize the stamp's image as David Gahr's iconic photo from the cover of the Tribute to Jack Johnson album.  

The dedication ceremony takes place tomorrow afternoon at New York's Rubin Museum of Art.   West coast cats can celebrate the release at a June 27 commemoration concert at the Hollywood Bowl led by Herbie Hancock.

Dig it!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Jazz Forever!

Tomorrow in New Orleans the USPS will debut the new Jazz Forever Stamp designed by Paul Rogers.  The stamp, that vibes David Stone Martin (of Bird and Diz fame) and Stuart Davis, will be available soon in your local post office. 

Love the classics but need new hope?  Check out Ropeadope!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Book Bits for Travelers - Pops, A Life of Louis Armstrong

As a Generation X music fan, I admit that prior to reading Terry Teachout's Pops, A Life of Louis Armstrong, I fell into the Hello Dolly/Hot Fives and Sevens camp.

I knew Louis Armstrong as a cultural icon of the post WWII generation and, later, got hip to Armstrong the musical revolutionary of the 1920s and 30s. Teachout's story of the journey between these eras is the core of Pops, and it offers fascinating insights into Jazz, Jim Crow and perseverance.

Teachout effortlessly traverses the party vs. musicology chasm that derails many musician biographies. The reader is presented with a grounding in New Orleans Jazz and the genesis of Armstrong's musicianship free of the pedantic tone that sours me on many Jazz books. We get some insights into Armstrong the viper, but stories of road life, broken marriages and the mob never take over the narrative of Armstrong the musician.

Besides his own writings (two books and hundreds of magazine articles), Armstrong recorded thousands of hours of audio tape throughout his life, capturing his stories, remembrances and occasional rants in his own voice. Teachout takes full advantage of these recordings to flesh out the role Armstrong played in the Civil Rights movement, detail the inter workings of the music businesses, and explore the relationships Armstrong maintained with many of the luminary figures of his age.

Pops reinforces Armstrong's place as the King of Jazz, but also reveals a master of stagecraft, a humanitarian and, in his own unique way, a powerful political operative.

This is a great read for the plane and a top-notch primer on hipster vocabulary! Be sure to check out the appendix for Teachout's list of the top 30 Armstrong tracks, all available via Itunes.

Look for the paperback release on October 7, 2010.

Want more? Check out Miles: the Autobiography, Bird Lives!, Can't You Hear Me Callin, the Life of Bill Monroe, or Django: The Life and Music of a Gypsy Legend

Friday, January 15, 2010

Ride the Tide with McBride

Plenty of tickets are still available for bass master Christian McBride's show Jan. 16 in Atlanta. Can't make the gig? Check out Christian's blistering two CD live set on Ropeadope Records.