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The Poet and the Deep Blue Sea: In Conversation With Emay Holmes

“By the time I got into the navy I was making real songs. I was in a situation that forced a lot of blues out of me — sorrow, depression, anxiety. You wanted to sing through it, to do something to try to make sense of it.” Continue reading The Poet and the Deep Blue Sea: In Conversation With Emay Holmes

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The Fruitful Marriage of American Jazz and the Avant-garde, Part II

Gregor’s Bed Wanda Waterman The Voice Magazine, Volume 22 Issue 37 2014-09-19 “Wrapped in a battered sheepskin jacket and peering though Coke-bottle-thick eyeglasses, Sartre lectured up and down the East Coast and was the subject of adoring articles in New York newspapers and magazines. ’One is free to act,’ he told reporters, ’but one must act to be free.’ Beboppers like Dizzy Gillespie and pianist Thelonious Monk picked up on him, appropriating the Left Bank café-intellectual style—the black beret, the horn-rimmed glasses, the wee goatee.” – Lewis MacAdams What is the “Avant-garde,” Really? (continued from here) The symbiosis was a … Continue reading The Fruitful Marriage of American Jazz and the Avant-garde, Part II

The Fruitful Marriage of American Jazz and the Avante Garde, Part I

by Wanda Waterman The Voice Magazine, Volume 22 Issue 35 2014-09-05 “Late one evening, outside the Open Door in Greenwich Village, [Charlie] Parker, shuffling along in a pair of old carpet slippers, bumped into Jackie McLean. . . ’I want you to kick me in the ass, Jackie McLean, for letting me get myself in this position,’ Bird commanded, bending over … A few days later Parker borrowed McLean’s sax to make an out-of-town gig, a sax McLean had himself borrowed from a friend; Parker pawned it.” – from Birth of the Cool: Beat, Bebop, and the American Avant Garde, … Continue reading The Fruitful Marriage of American Jazz and the Avante Garde, Part I

Not Your Average Black-and-White Existentialist Road Movie

Gregor’s Bed: Nebraska by Wanda Waterman The Voice Magazine, Volume 22 Issue 33 2014-08-22 Film: Nebraska Director: Alexander Payne Writer: Bob Nelson DAVID: Hey, Dad, how about we go see Mount Rushmore? WOODROW: We don’t have time to see that! DAVID: It’s just 30 minutes off the interstate. And we’re right here. WOODROW: It’s just a bunch of rocks! – Dialogue from Nebraska Woody wants to go to Nebraska to pick up his million dollars in winnings. His family knows the “sweepstakes” he’s supposedly won is just a scheme to get people to buy magazines, but Woody is going to … Continue reading Not Your Average Black-and-White Existentialist Road Movie