NPR jazz http://kplu.org en Thelonious Monk and Art Blakey: 24 years of telepathy http://kplu.org/post/thelonious-monk-and-art-blakey-24-years-telepathy Wednesday is the birthday anniversary of pianist and composer Thelonious Monk. Thursday is the birthday anniversary of drummer Art Blakey. The two were born two years and one day apart: Monk in 1917, Blakey in 1919. The two are among the most influential musicians in jazz history, and — appropriately, somehow — were close colleagues throughout their careers. In fact, Blakey played on Monk's first three recording sessions as a bandleader.<p>This video is the best YouTube clip I could find of Monk and Blakey together; it's from a 1971 all-star world tour. Thu, 11 Oct 2012 03:39:44 +0000 6678 at http://kplu.org Thelonious Monk and Art Blakey: 24 years of telepathy Sure the job market's tough, but jazz is also a liberal arts education http://kplu.org/post/sure-job-markets-tough-jazz-also-liberal-arts-education For conservatory-trained jazz musicians, it's a scary job market out there. Saxophonist Dave Liebman, an NEA Jazz Master and veteran statesman, paints a bleak picture:<p><blockquote><p>In the current world of jazz education, the situation vis a vis graduating more and more of the most equipped musicians in history (every year more so) in stark contrast to the scarcity of paid performance and recording opportunities has assumed epic disproportion. To deny this would be like ignoring global warming. Wed, 26 Sep 2012 22:12:27 +0000 6491 at http://kplu.org Sure the job market's tough, but jazz is also a liberal arts education