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A Surge In Serge Gainsbourg’s legend

Article: A Surge In Serge Gainsbourg’s legend

Except for the time Meryl Streep played a rabbi, the coolest man with an accent on screen, as of next week, will be Serge Gainsbourg. The French composer of hypnotic jazz-pop in the 1960s is the subject of GAINSBOURG: A HEROIC LIFE, in which Eric Elmosnino plays the guy complete with all his quirks and multitalents.

Jazzy Mario Brothers

Article: Jazzy Mario Brothers

Jazz pianist Scott Bradlee and saxophonist Ben Golder-Novick, the duo behind “Eight Bits of Jam” scored an acoustic jazzy soundtrack for this 11 minute speed run (a video game and Internet subgenre in its own right) of Super Mario Brothers 3 that gives it an olde ragtime saloon vibe. Relatedly, the other bit The Internet…

Blue Notes jazz album covers come alive

Article: Blue Notes jazz album covers come alive

Hi-Fi from bante on Vimeo. Iconic Blue Notes jazz album covers come alive in Hi-Fi, a creative music video promoting the concert season at Bellavista Social Pub in Siena, Italy. Another treat for jazz fans and aficionados can be found at a Japanese website, Vintage Vanguard where one can peruse all the covers for every…

Broadway Legend Chita Rivera Launches New Album

Article: Broadway Legend Chita Rivera Launches New Album

Chita Rivera onstage at New York City’s Birdland Jazz Club – October 13, 2009.

Saxophone giant Charlie “Bird” Parker called it the “crossroads of the world.” New York City’s famed jazz club, Birdland, was just that on Tuesday for the launch of beloved Broadway star Chita Rivera’s new album, And Now I Swing.

Snap your fingers to THE CAT PIANO

Article: Snap your fingers to THE CAT PIANO

The Cat Piano from PRA on Vimeo. Winner of numerous awards and the latest from an innovative Australian studio, The People’s Republic of Animation, THE CAT PIANO is a beautifully animated short that blends Jack Kerouac-inspired beat poetry with the romantic and haunting poems of Edgar Allen Poe. It is directed by Eddie White and…

Billy Taylor: 88 Years, 88 Keys, 88 Videos

Article: Billy Taylor: 88 Years, 88 Keys, 88 Videos

Dr. Billy Taylor at the piano. Dr. Billy Taylor, who turns eighty eight on July 24th, celebrates this milestone with the posting of eighty eight videos on his website. For the past six years, Billy has been working closely with web jazz video maven Bret Primack to digitize his video archives. Bret has been posting…

Dave Weckl – Backstage at Iridium Jazz Club with the Oz Noy Trio Feat (Part 3)

Article: Dave Weckl – Backstage at Iridium Jazz Club with the Oz Noy Trio Feat (Part 3)

Dave Weckl (center) on drums with Oz Noy (L) on guitar and Will Lee (R) on bass at Iridium.

BETWEEN SETS WITH OZ NOY, DAVE WECKL AND WILL LEE

Iridium Jazz Club, just north of Times Square in New York City, plays host to some of jazz’s most established legends as well as the hottest newcomers. Recently, Iridium hosted the fantastic trio of headliners performing as the Oz Noy Trio Feat. Noy was joined by drumming legend, Dave Weckl and bass virtuoso, Will Lee for an unforgettable (and totally packed) gig at Iridium. Sundancechannel.com was lucky enough to catch up will all three musicians between sets. Click to read Part 1 with Oz Noy and Part 2 with Will Lee.

Oz Noy Trio Feat – Backstage at Iridium Jazz Club (Part 1)

Article: Oz Noy Trio Feat – Backstage at Iridium Jazz Club (Part 1)

Oz Noy on guitar, Dave Weckl on drums and Will Lee on bass at Iridium Jazz Club

BETWEEN SETS WITH OZ NOY, DAVE WECKL AND WILL LEE

Iridium Jazz Club, just north of Times Square in New York City, plays host to some of jazz’s most established legends as well as the hottest newcomers. Recently, Iridium hosted the fantastic trio of headliners performing as the Oz Noy Trio Feat. Noy is one of the most respected young guitarists on the world jazz scene and was joined by drumming legend, Dave Weckl and bass virtuoso, Will Lee for an unforgettable (and totally packed) gig at Iridium. Sundancechannel.com was lucky enough to catch up will all three musicians between sets.

Following Coltrane's "Giant Steps"

Article: Following Coltrane's "Giant Steps"

A very cool video note-by-note visualization that follows along with John Coltrane’s seminal jazz recording “Giant Steps” from the 1959 album of the same name. Relatedly, here’s the song played by a Japanese robot in a moment which will later be cited as the origin of the Great Robot Rebellion. [Via]

Jeremy Pelt – Backstage at Iridium Jazz Club

Article: Jeremy Pelt – Backstage at Iridium Jazz Club

Jeremy Pelt plays the music of Herbie Hancock center stage at Iridium

BETWEEN SETS WITH JEREMY PELT:

Iridium Jazz Club, just north of Times Square in New York City, plays host to some of jazz’s most established legends as well as the hottest newcomers. In our continuing interview series, BACKSTAGE AT IRIDIUM, sundancechannel.com is proud to introduce you to the dynamic young trumpet master, Jeremy Pelt. We sat down with Jeremy during Iridium’s recent series of concerts saluting Herbie Hancock.

Read more of the interview with Jeremy Pelt…

Allan Holdsworth – Backstage at Iridium Jazz Club (Part 2)

Article: Allan Holdsworth – Backstage at Iridium Jazz Club (Part 2)

Guitarist Allan Holdsworth onstage at Iridium with Chad Wackerman on drums

BETWEEN SETS WITH ALLAN HOLDSWORTH (PART 2):

Sundancechannel.com caught a few minutes to chat with legendary British guitarist, Allan Holdsworth after a fierce concert at Iridium Jazz Club in New York City. Be sure to check out Part 1 of our conversation with Holdsworth if you missed it.

Read Part 2 inside.

Wu-Tang is for the designer

Article: Wu-Tang is for the designer

Designer Logan Walters redirects his “mild OCD” (his words) tendencies into something awesome: Walters has begun re-creating new covers for all 21 Wu-Tang albums with a nod and fist pound to the Blue Note jazz art style. The result is a surprising but fantastic mash up. Side note: My headline pays homage to an infamous…

Jazz history in iTunes U

Article: Jazz history in iTunes U

I’ve been using the iTunes Music Store pretty much since the day it launched, but I’ve never really spent any time poking around iTunes U, the section of the store devoted to podcasts, videotaped lectures, and other content from universities, museums, and similar institutions. Participants include the Museum of Modern Art, the Tate Modern, the…

Allan Holdsworth – Backstage at Iridium Jazz Club (Part 1)

Article: Allan Holdsworth – Backstage at Iridium Jazz Club (Part 1)

Allan Holdsworth onstage at Iridium Jazz Club NYC April 25 BETWEEN SETS WITH ALLAN HOLDSWORTH (PART 1): Just three blocks north of Times Square in Manhattan, you’ll find the world-famous Iridium Jazz Club (51st Street and Broadway). Featuring a perfect blend of the top established names in jazz and the most talented up and coming…

Arturo Sandoval – Backstage at Iridium Jazz Club (Part 2)

Article: Arturo Sandoval – Backstage at Iridium Jazz Club (Part 2)

ARTURO SANDOVAL SHAKING THINGS UP ON PERCUSSION BETWEEN SETS WITH ARTURO SANDOVAL (PART 2): Sundancechannel.com caught up with the legendary Cuban-born trumpeter, composer, pianist, percussionist and, yes, scatter (!) between shows at the world-famous Iridium Jazz Club just north of Times Square in New York City this past Saturday night. Be sure to read Part…

Arturo Sandoval – Backstage at Iridium Jazz Club

Article: Arturo Sandoval – Backstage at Iridium Jazz Club

ARTURO SANDOVAL ONSTAGE AT IRIDIUM APRIL 18, 2009 BETWEEN SETS WITH ARTURO SANDOVAL: The world-famous Iridium Jazz Club, located just north of Times Square at 51st Street and Broadway in Manhattan, plays host to some of the top names in jazz from around the world – as well as some of the brightest new faces…