Terence Blanchard worked with Spike Lee on the HBO documentary “When The Levees Broke.” He also recorded his own memorial to the victims of that storm and its aftermath called “A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem For Katrina.)”
In 1915, “The ‘Jelly Roll’ Blues” was published by one Ferd Morton, a guy just about everyone knows as Jelly Roll. It was the first time somebody published a piece of jazz music, and it went to prove that a music whose very soul is improvisation can survive notation.
You can publish and not perish, in other words.
Morton’s piano playing was born of ragtime and he often played the melody with the thumb of his right hand, allowing him to play harmonies above the melody as well as below it, with his left.
Here are two recordings of the song. The first is a solo piano recording of Morton, and probably dates to 1915.
And this second recording, featuring Morton’s band ‘The Red Hot Peppers,’ dates to 1924.
Posted by Seán Collins on 1 Nov 2013
Louis Armstrong in 1946, William P. Gottlieb
All Saints Day is a time when many of us consider, with gratitude, those who have gone before us. Here’s the 1938 recording of “When The Saints…” made by Louis Armstrong or, as he calls himself, “the Reverend Satchmo.”
When The Saints Go Marching In
Recorded May 13, 1938
Track Time 2:44
Written by “Traditional”
Recorded in New York City
Louis Armstrong, trumpet, vocal; Shelton Hemphill, trumpet; J.C. Higginbotham, trombone; Rupert Cole, Charlie Holmes, alto saxophone; Bingie Madison, tenor saxophone; Luis Russell, piano; Lee Blair, guitar; Pops Foster, bass; Paul Barbarin, drums.
Originally released on Decca 2230
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Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown’s guitar and fiddle
posted by Seán Collins on 10 Sept 2013
Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown never heard a song he couldn’t sing or an instrument he wouldn’t play.
Blues, rock, jazz, country, folk, cajun, R&B — there wasn’t much music that didn’t move him to pick up an instrument and play. And those instruments were just as varied: guitar, drums, mandolin, viola, harmonica, and fiddle. He is regarded as perhaps the finest blues fiddler of the past century.
The Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist died on 10 September 2005, in Orange, Texas, where he went following Hurricane Katrina.
Here’s his recording of “Going Back to Louisiana.”
Gatemouth Brown/Going Back to Louisiana