Saturday, October 27, 2007

WHAT IS JAZZ ?

A night after one of my Jazzmotel DJ set sessions I was thinking about Jazz .
What is Jazz ?
How Jazz influenced me and my style ....
How the people who come and listen to me are influenced by Jazz .
After that I start to think about all the musicians and the Bands I select during this sessions and I start to think about the way they had to think about Jazz .
What their were thinking during their sessions , their compositions , their recording sessions ?
That night I decide to write a mail to my friends musicians and composers to ask them to resolve my dubt,if I can call it dubt !
So I wrote em : “tell me something about Jazz , straight from your inside” .
Some of them were nearly playing , some just composing and some just chilling...
This is what they kindly wrote me ....
I think this is a great opportunity for me and for you to see what the real players think about it !




Jazz is a clever conversation among people who admire each other , even if
they haven?t met before .
The theme must be good , so they may get excited to change ideas and
improvisations about it .

Marcos Valle


Alessio hi-Simon from the Heavies-crazy Englishman-Here's my
thoughts.......
'Jazz is the teacher, funk is the preacher'.-James Blood Ulmer. That
statement says it all. Jazz is Dead?! But what is Jazz? As I sit here
in my hotel room in New York writing this, Roland Kirk comes on my ipod
randomly-It sounds so alive. In my life as a member of the Brand New
Heavies Jazz has been many things-a dance music, a way of approaching
soloing, a cheesy thing, a place of great individuality and
interaction. It's as indefinable as the origin of the word is
untraceable. Jazz has had genres where it can be named-from 'Dixieland
to Be-Bop and on.The greatest Jazz musician of the last century, Louis
Armstrong, created a starting place for a music that through the
decades has by the very nature of it's essence fused into the
undefined. It's a social music that as it met many other styles over
the decades became absorbed into them and visa versa. I personally love
fusion-Africa meets Europe in America. I'm gonna keep this short and
give some recommended listening n reading if that's o.k.
Books-Beneath The Underdog-Charles Mingus-Has e real good tip on a
great sex technique! Straight Life-Art Pepper. Has a great story of
when his wife woke him up and tells him she's booked a session with the
famous Miles Davis Rhythm section. But he's not played for a while n is
strung out-but he makes the studio and records an album-the great thing
is, you can buy the album he made n hear these guys meeting n talking
thru music right there.That stuff don't happen no more.
Tunes-
West End Blues-Louis Armstrong (1927)
Fly Town Nose Blues-Roland Kirk (Check this out on youtube)
Shit it's 5 a.m and I've got a gig tomorrow! Hi JAZZMOTEL, Seeya, Si.

Simon Bartholomew ( The Brand new Heavies )



Namaste Alessio,
At a time when Jazz is fast disappearing world-wide from our radio stations and Jazz clubs disappearing in the USA.

We celebrate the freedom principle!
We give thanks for the inspiration information passed on by the leading lights, Byrd, Miles, Dizzy, Trane and the rest.
We play and we dance, and we find peace and much love.
For like you...Music is my sanctuary and Jazz my citadel.
Bluey
( Incognito)


Jazz is the ultimate spontaneous expression.

Alan Hawkshaw ( Composer , Organist KPM & Mohawks )


Jazz is rhythm, busy yet smooth
Jazz is also a wonderful groove
Jazz never dies, doesn't tell lies
If you will listen your life can improve
Jazz is a music form that stretces out, far and wide, to underscore vibes, thoughts, feelings, and vision. It is expressive, eclectic and very special to the ears and imagination. You can be taken on a journey, or just groove, or both.

JAZZ BY JOHN MANUEL ( Ramp )


JAZZ IS A RARE ART FORM THAT LET'S A MUSICIAN EXPRESS HIS VIEWS TOWARDS HIS CRAFT.. THERE ARE MANY FORMS OF JAZZ AND EACH ONE COMPLIMENTS THE OTHER. THANK GOD FOR THE PIONEERS OF JAZZ WHO MADE IT POSSIBLE TO DEVELOP THIS GREAT MUSICAL EXPERIENCE.------------
CHEERS JOE BATAAN


Hey Alessio, good to hear from you, and glad that your gonna be a dad. We
the people of the planet must continue and combine our efforts to make the
future free for our children, anything less than that is a betrayal of our adult responsibilities.
As for Jazz, my poem "Jazzoetry" expresses my impressions and thoughts on the Art Form.
Also "Bird's Word"....
Peace In, and all the best.........
Jalal










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