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81.

Greg Osby [electronic resource]: Solos-the Jazz Sessions

Saxophonist, composer, producer, and educator Greg Osby has made an indelible mark on contemporary jazz as a leader of his own ensembles and as a guest artist with other acclaimed jazz groups for the past 20 years. Highly regarded for his insightful and innovative approach to composition and performance, Osby has earned numerous awards and critical acclaim. In the set for Solos: the Jazz Sessions, Osby explores a range of emotional and musical states, always seeking to tie his ideas together; his long alto-lines linger in the air as he weaves new ideas beneath and over-top. A true innovator, these solos showcase an artist unadorned, free to pursue his musical alchemy.
Online
2011
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James Blood Ulmer [electronic resource]: Solos-the Jazz Sessions

James "Blood" Ulmer is one of the few guitarists to have forged a style based largely on the traditions of African-American vernacular music. Ulmer is an adherent of saxophonist/composer Ornette Coleman's vaguely defined Harmelodic theory and plays with a stuttering, vocalic attack; his jagged lines speak with the authority of a free jazz improviser and the accent of a soul-jazz tenor saxophonist. His solo guitar work is an expressive, hard-edged, loudly amplified hybrid. But Ulmer isn't limited in his musical scope. In these sessions for Solos: The Jazz Sessions, he reveals himself to be an instant inventor of repute on the flute and a memorable songwriter and blues singer with the now classic "Are you Glad to be in America?
Online
2011
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Greg Osby & John Abercrombie [electronic resource]: Solos-the Jazz Sessions

Guitarist John Abercrombie combines bop and free jazz stylistic elements with electronics utilizing phase shifters, guitar synthesizers and the good old volume pedal. What has kept his playing fresh is his refusal to be chained to these digital devices. Saxophonist, composer, producer and educator Greg Osby has made an indelible mark on contemporary jazz as a leader of his own ensembles and as a guest artist with other acclaimed jazz groups for the past 20 years. Highly regarded for his insightful and innovative approach to composition and performance, Osby is a shining beacon among the current generation of jazz musicians.
Online
2011
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Lee Konitz [electronic resource]: Solos-the Jazz Sessions

One of the most individual of all alto saxophone players, the cool-toned Lee Konitz has always had a strong musical curiosity that has led him to consistently take chances and stretch himself, usually quite successfully. This performance for Solos: The Jazz Sessions offers viewers front row seats for an intimate and unique jazz experience.
Online
2011
85.

Jazz Shots Volume 1 [electronic resource]: West Coast

Paying homage to the West coast and to some of the most important musicians who have spent a major part of their career there, this collection of live performances ranges from clubs to festivals to TV studio engagements. Artists include Art Pepper, Zoot Sims, Chet Baker, Phineas Newborn Trio, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Shelly Manne Quintet and Wes Montgomery.
Online
2008
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Steven Bernstein [electronic resource]: Solos-the Jazz Sessions

Steven Bernstein is a trumpeter/slide trumpeter, bandleader, arranger, and composer who lives outside of musical convention. His influences and collaborators include, Lou Reed, Sex Mob, Sam Rivers, Levon Helm, and Trey Anastasio. In this Solos: The Jazz Sessions performance Bernstein dedicates spontaneously improvised pieces to a variety of culture makers including Lenny Bruce, Sly Stone, Marianne Faithful and Leonard Cohen.
Online
2011
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Improvisation [electronic resource]: Jazz

This program examines frameworks in which jazz musicians improvise and looks at the interrelationship between songwriter and improviser. Courtney Pine uses his percussion-heavy "Jazz Step," based on 12-bar blues, as a jumping-off point to discuss how a small group interacts when improvising as well as matters of technique such as riffs, three-chord progressions, and blues scales. Django Bates works within a big band context to dig into the dynamics of scoring a large-scale piece where improvisation is to play a large part. When it comes to jazz, a piece isn't finished being written until it's played.
Online
2002
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Sit Down and Listen [electronic resource]: The Story of Max Roach

At the age of 12 he got his first drum set-and by 19 was the hottest drummer on the New York bebop scene. In this program, the incomparable Max Roach reflects on his lifelong career in music. Footage of the renowned musician, bandleader, composer, and professor in the studio, on tour, and behind the podium sheds light on his many talents. Additional performers include Cecil Bridgewater, Odean Pope, Tyron Brown, the all-star M'Boom Percussion Ensemble, and the Swedenborg String Quartet.
Online
1984
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Wynton Marsalis [electronic resource]: All That Jazz

The word "prodigy" might have been coined expressly for Wynton Marsalis, who won Grammy Awards for both jazz and classical music at the age of 22. This stylishly produced program opens at Wynton's studio in New York City, where he talks about his philosophy, his compositional methods, and his laid-back yet demanding approach to working with other musicians. Halfway through, the program shifts to his swinging hometown of New Orleans, where he reflects on his musical roots, the history of jazz, and even Jelly Roll Morton. Intimate performance footage of Wynton, his band members, and his father Ellis is included.
Online
1996
90.

Thelonious Monk [electronic resource]: Playful Keys

The musical language and highly idiosyncratic style of Thelonious Monk-so avant-garde in its day-is in many ways still considered avant-garde today. This program seeks to understand Monk's innovative music by tracing the Harlem-born jazzman's career. His childhood debut as accompanist for a touring preacher, years of searching for his own style, gradual acceptance by the public who had neglected him, eventual critical acclaim as a musical genius, and decline into mental illness are explored.
Online
1998
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Ella Fitzgerald [electronic resource]: The Singer, Not the Song

A master of swing and scat with pop/jazz crossover appeal, Ella Fitzgerald could outsing just about anyone. Her 60-year career-launched at 17 when she won an amateur singing contest at the Apollo Theater-saw her rise from a life of poverty to become an enduring icon of American music. This program, an examination of Fitzgerald's captivating music within the context of her eventful life, amply illustrates why recordings of this beloved diva continue to enchant listeners today.
Online
1998
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Dizzy Gillespie [electronic resource]: Bop and a Bent Trumpet

A pioneer of bebop and its first spin-off, Afro-Cuban jazz, Dizzy Gillespie-with his quick wit, puffed-out cheeks, and signature bent trumpet-was also a masterful showman who succeeded in making his complex music popular with his audiences. From his roots as a self-taught trombone-turned-trumpet player, to his legendary status as the cofounder of modern jazz, to his international travels as an ambassador of jazz, this program presents the dynamic music of John Birks Gillespie against the backdrop of his memorable life.
Online
1998
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Bird

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The life of legendary jazz musician Charlie "Yardbird" Parker, directed and produced by jazz fan, Clint Eastwood. The film uses actual recordings by Parker with the backgrounds removed, and accompaniment by modern musicians attuned to the Yardbird's improvisations.
Laserdisc
1989; 1988
Ivy (By Request)
95.

Mystery, Mr. Ra: Sun Ra and His Arkestra

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Sun Ra - musician, bandleader, philosopher, shaman, commune leader and cosmic messenger - performs and philosophizes. There is also a recorded commentary on Ra by Archie Shepp, another modern jazz master.
VHS
1990
Ivy (By Request)
96.

Imagine the Sound

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Interviews with and performances by four musicians influential in the evolution of free-form jazz: Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp, Paul Bley, and Bill Dixon.
Laserdisc
1989
Ivy (By Request)
97.

Vintage Television: Number 463 Your Hit Parade, II

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Four complete, unedited live kinescopes from the 1950s.
VHS
1990; 1953
Ivy (By Request)
98.

Jazz on a Summer's Day

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Jazz musical concert & video featuring Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Thelonius Monk & Chuck Berry.
VHS
1987; 1959
Ivy (By Request)
99.

Bird

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The life of legendary jazz musician Charlie "Yardbird" Parker, directed and produced by jazz fan, Clint Eastwood. The film uses actual recordings by Parker with the backgrounds removed, and accompaniment by modern musicians attuned to the Yardbird's improvisations.
VHS
1989; 1988
Ivy (By Request)
100.

David, Moffett & Ornette: "The Ornette Coleman Trio" 1966

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In the spring of 1966, Ornette Coleman wrote and recorded the soundtrack for a Living Theater project called Who's crazy?. This film is a record of the three days Ornette and his two collaborators spent in the studio making music. It is also an eloquent description of the price to be paid for freedom, not just the freedom of collective improvisation, but also the freedom to be yourself.
VHS
1988
Ivy (By Request)