A Conversation with Jon Batiste: The History & Future of American Music

a jazz fact check of LA LA LAND \ Christian McBride \ Jazz Night In America

Sebastian: “Jazz, jazz (…) and it’s dying, it’s dying, Mia!”

we really need this jazz fact check about LA LA LAND!

Thelonious Monk Quartet | 1966 European Tour / Warsaw, Poland

Two years after his Time Magazine cover Thelonious Monk was in Poland, there were two concerts in Warsaw – the Polish television recorded this concert – here’s a fragment of history in 1966. The quartet also performed in France, the UK, Denmark, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden and Poland before heading to Japan.

Thelonious Monk piano
Charles Rouse tenor saxophone
Lawrence Gales double bass
Benjamin Riley drums

Hampton Hawes: So In Love

hampton hawes

Jazz is full of fascinating stories, Hampton Hawes’ life was saved by John F. Kennedy!

read more at: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/08/16/the-jazz-pianist-that-john-f-kennedy-saved.html

Hampton Hawes, piano; Red Mitchell,  bass, Chuck Thompson, drums.  Recorded June 28, 1955.

Listen to Hampton Hawes at: https://youtu.be/6OWIllmXd3k

CHARLES MINGUS: Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

Why is a post about this tune “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” performed by the Mingus Big Band driving so much (it’s not really that much) traffic to my blog? It’s not even the original song, that’s why I decided to post the original ballad composed by Charles Mingus, dedicated to saxophonist Lester Young who had died a few months before the album “Mingus Ah Um” was recorded, and named after Young’s favourite type of hat.

In a beautiful and really unforgettable melody, John Handy plays an exceptional tenor sax solo, but now it’s time to get back to the main reason of this post – the traffic to my blog – apparently the YouTube uploader of the Goodbye Pork Pie Hat‘s version by the Mingus Big Band confessed he ignored the name of the saxophone soloist and asked for help to identify him.

Two of the commenters dropped this link https://jazzyoutoo.wordpress.com/2014/11/27/the-essential-mingus-big-band-goodbye-pork-pie-hat/ as having the answer for the mystery!

That’s how I went viral! :D:D:D

John Handy – tenor saxophone Booker Ervin – tenor saxophone Shafi Hadi – tenor saxophone Horace Parlan – piano Charles Mingus – bass Dannie Richmond – drums

Lester Young


It’s all about attitude, the way you tell your stories, surprising the audience with your words, shuffling them to capture their attention!


Colorful language only for jazz musicians:
Tony Austin, Jon Batiste, Stephen Bruner, Ronald Bruner, Terri Lyne Carrington, Brandon Coleman, Cameron Graves, Sherman Irby, Ali Jackson, Maurice Jackson, Eric Lewis, Pat Mallinger, Terrace Martin, Elliot Mason, Michael Mwenso, Cameron Pfiffner, Wayne Shorter, Kamasi Washington, Willem de Koch, Miguel Zenón

JAZZ STORIES: bassist Christian McBride

Ornette Coleman joins Sonny Rollins and Roy Haines, Christian McBride is also part of history!