Crash Course: Post-jazz Jazz

Jazz finds a great deal of its past in the present, but contemporary jazz takes us much further than viewers of Ken Burns famed documentary on the genre would suggest. Jazz is a music that’s played by men and women; instrumentalists and singers; leaders and sidemen; soloists, small groups, and big bands. In this session, explore the sounds of a music that has continued to evolve and, in the process, become a global phenomena.

Counterstream OnDemand: Post-jazz Jazz

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About Your Host
Lara Pellegrinelli received her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Harvard in 2005. Her dissertation, The Song is Who? Locating Singers on the Jazz Scene, is the first ethnography of jazz singing. Having held a visiting position as an assistant professor of music at the University of Richmond from 2005-07, she embarked on an around-the-world voyage with the University of Virginia’s Semester at Sea program in the Fall of 2007. Her writing has appeared in such publications as The New York Times, The Village Voice, Jazz Times, NewMusicBox, and the National African American Biography. She currently contributes to NPR and WNYC.

Recommended Listening
Louis Armstrong: “Potato Head Blues” from The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings (Sony)
Louis Armstrong - The Complete Hot Five & Hot Seven Recordings

Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Made in New Orleans: The Hurricane Sessions (Preservation Hall)
Preservation Hall Jazz Band - The Hurricane Sessions

Benny Goodman: “King Porter Stomp” from Stompin’ at the Savoy (Jazz Hour)
Benny Goodman - Stompin' at the Savoy

Lionel Hampton: “Rhythm, Rhythm (I Got Rhythm)” from Flyin’ Home (Lrc Ltd)
Lionel Hampton - Flyin' Home

Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra: “Live in Swing City” (Sbme Special Mkts.)
Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis - Live In Swing City- Swingin' With Duke

Charlie Parker: “I Got Rhythm”
Charlie "Bird" Parker - I Got Rhythm

Charlie Parker: Best Complete Live Performances on Savoy (Savoy Jazz)

The Heath Brothers: As We Were Saying (Concord Records)
Gregory D'Agostino - Babbitt: My Ends Are My Beginnings, Soli e Duettini, Swan Song

Jimmy Heath: Little Man, Big Band (Polygram Records)
Jimmy Heath - Little Man Big Band

Wynton Marsalis: Think of One (Wounded Bird Records)
Wynton Marsalis - Think of One...

Wynton Marsalis: Trumpet Concertos (Sony)
English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard & Wynton Marsalis - Wynton Marsalis: Trumpet Concertos

Wynton Marsalis: Live at the Village Vanguard (Sony)
Wynton Marsalis Septet - Live At the Village Vanguard

Cassandra Wilson: Jumpworld (Polygram Records)

Cassandra Wilson: Blue Light Til Dawn (Blue Note Records)
Cassandra Wilson - Blue Light 'Til Dawn

Cassandra Wilson: New Moon Daughter (Blue Note Records)
Cassandra Wilson - New Moon Daughter

Bad Plus: Suspicious Activity? (Sony)
The Bad Plus - Suspicious Activity?

Bad Plus: These Are the Vistas (Sony)
The Bad Plus - These Are the Vistas

Maria Schneider: “Cerulean Skies” from Sky Blue (ArtistShare)
Maria Schneider - Sky Blue

Cecil Taylor: Unit Structures (Blue Note Records)
Cecil Taylor - Unit Structures

Cecil Taylor: Willisau Concert (Intakt Records)

John Zorn: “A Shot in the Dark” from Naked City (Nonesuch)
John Zorn - Naked City

John Zorn: Kristalnacht (Tzadik)
Anthony Coleman, Marc Ribot & Mark Feldman - Zorn: Kristallnacht

John Zorn: Voices In The Wilderness (Tzadik)
John Zorn - Voices In the Wilderness

David Brubeck: The Real Ambassadors (Sony)
Dave Brubeck & Louis Armstrong and His Band - The Real Ambassadors

Max Roach: Freedom Now Suite (Candid Records)
Abbey Lincoln & Max Roach - We Insist! - Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite

Lionel Loueke: Karibu (Blue Note Records)
Lionel Loueke - Karibu

Further Reading:
Do the Math, the Bad Plus blog and webzine.

Giddins, Gary. Visions of Jazz: The First Century. Oxford University Press, 2000.

Mandel, Howard. Miles, Ornette, Cecil: Jazz Beyond Jazz. Routledge, 2007.

Mandel, Howard. Future Jazz. Oxford University Press, 2000.