NPR jazz

NPR jazz
8:39 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Thelonious Monk and Art Blakey: 24 years of telepathy

Cover art to the 1957 recording Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk.
Atlantic Records

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 10:10 am

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.

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NPR jazz
3:12 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Sure the job market's tough, but jazz is also a liberal arts education

David Liebman.
Naoki Hayashi Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 9:17 am

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:

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. Serious educators are and should be concerned.

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