If you need a bit of inspiration and can carve out an hour for yourself, I cannot recommend enough that you take a look at the NEA Jazz Masters 2020 Tribute. What was to have been a live event in April has been turned into a beautifully produced hour hosted by the incomparable Dee Dee Bridgewater and honoring Dorthaan Kirk, Bobby McFerrin, Roscoe Mitchell and Reggie Workman.
My friend Lilly, the Director of Programming at SFJazz, produced this online event, and she created a program full of insight, heart and connection – and amazing performances, of course. It brings me so much joy to watch my friends find creative solutions to the conundrums of the continued closures here in San Francisco and across the country. Listening to these masters of jazz – their music, their stories – brought me some much-needed inspiration.
At a time when the ugly side of human nature is too often rearing its head, it’s both refreshing and heartening to see the best of what human beings do.
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I’ll pay you back with a little jazz from the Twin Cities. Since the Jazz Festival cannot go this year, Steve Heckler has been producing weekly jazz crowdcasts on Thursday nights. Dave Graf and a new band was featured last night and they played for an hour and 35 minutes. It, also, was uplifting. Enjoy if you have the time:
Merci Maestra Sarah Hicks.
I’ve always loved Jazz and especially trumpets and saxophones. I miss Miles Davis and the International Montréal Jazz Festival. I’ve been told that the SF Jazz Festival is a neat place to go. Dee Dee Bridgewater is coming often in Québec. Your friend Lilly could even make some connections with the organizers. She might already have done it. I think it is still Alain Simard and André Ménard. There might be some competition between both events but a mutual collaboration can end up in professional partnership for a life time.
Thank you for the video. I’m off today. I brought my little Toyota (Choupette) to the garage for brakes. I’ll watch it while waiting.
I can’t agree more when you say: “At a time when the ugly side of human nature is too often rearing its head, it’s both refreshing and heartening to see the best of what human beings do.”
Canada sent some mythical Canadair hydroplanes (yellow and red lines) for fighting the fires in your area.
n.b.: the OSM replied to me -> see your pm if interested and some posts about a ms. Madeleine Careau.
Miles Davis inspirational main theme “Ascenseur pour l’échafaud (Elevator to the gallows)”.
– Louis Malle, director; 1958.
‘Madame Tavernier (Jeanne Moreau) is looking for her husband in Paris in that legendary scene’: