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Help me to discover jazz!

OK, I guess I am somewhat embarrassed to admit I have just been introduced to jazz, a genre of music I have never been interested in or listened to before. It was like an explosion of pleasure went off in my head and I discovered that I love it and want to right the wrongs that I have done to myself. [more inside]
posted by 543DoublePlay on Jun 2, 2008 - 59 answers

What's the best way to get rid of these tickets?

I've got tickets to the Sonoma Jazz Festival that I can't use. Have any tips on getting ride of them? [more inside]
posted by jaybeans on May 22, 2008 - 3 answers

No more tinny synthesizers!

I'm for looking non-karaoke instrumentals to sing over, preferably free. Ideally someone just playing an acoustic guitar or piano with no vocals, limited frills and high recording quality, either jazzy standards or pop. It's actually pretty hard to find all three at once on youtube and other such sites, so I thought I'd give Mefi a shot. Somebody must have a collection...any ideas?
posted by StrikeTheViol on May 17, 2008 - 5 answers

It begilns to tell 'round midnight...

Give me recommendations for vocal versions of Round Midnight. [more inside]
posted by Phire on Apr 15, 2008 - 13 answers

Trying To Find Evidence Of The Wendy's Jazz Cap

I'm looking for a photo of a Wendy's Jazz Cap, or even just first-hand recollections of them. These were apparently some type of multicolored painter's cap sold at Wendy's establishments in the late 80's(possibly 1988ish). There seems to be no trace of their existence online. Phone calls to the Wendy's Customer Service hotline have come back with a "try eBay" response. A few good but ultimately fruitless tries to track one down can be found on the comments to my blog. Any information, photos, or recollections would be very much appreciated.
posted by extraface on Feb 28, 2008 - 13 answers

I'm looking for Livingstone. My name is Stanley.

Dark Continent music: I have this archetype in my head of lounge/jazz/big band music from the 40s and 50s that drew upon stereotypes of african adventure. Exotica definitely. Please help me find some! [more inside]
posted by Large Marge on Feb 12, 2008 - 11 answers

Jazz-Experts: Please help me find great Jazz music in movies!

So, let's just assume I got an internship for this small radio station and I want to start a segment introducing listeners to great Jazz music in movies - can be both specifically written/performed for the particular movie or a song/track that existed previously and was used prominently in the movie. [more inside]
posted by waldlaeufer on Jan 27, 2008 - 17 answers

Seattle jazz group recommendations: Sax in the Rain?

Seattle area jazz/swing bands (for a wedding reception)? Google offers a big-ass list. But you have thoughtful, intelligent recommendations. Please to hope me?
posted by fatllama on Jan 7, 2008 - 2 answers

Looking for specific Lambert Hendricks and Ross lyrics

We're about to purchase the Lambert, Hendricks and Ross CD "Sing a Song of Basie", but need to know if John Hendricks lyrics are included in the remastered CD liner notes.
We know that they were there with the original vinyl, but online retailers are annoyingly vague about the CD.
Does anyone have this CD? Could you let me know?
posted by iTristan on Jan 6, 2008 - 3 answers

jazz recommendations

JazzMe. I want to like jazz more but feel quickly overwhelmed by the genre so I'd like your recommendations, particularly for the albums you come back to time and again, the ones you listen to because you love, not because you feel you ought to. So far Kind of Blue is the only thing that's really stuck, not that I'm trying to find another KoB, just your favorites. [more inside]
posted by 6550 on Jan 1, 2008 - 55 answers

Is this bit of jazz famous or just a movie score?

Is this piece of music, used in the film 'Forget Paris', just incidental music or a well known piece of jazz? If it is well known, what is it? http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=O29IITBox2c (starts around 2:53) [mild expletive warning for the clip] I bought the soundtrack, composed by Marc Shaiman, and it's not on there.
posted by Ulleskelf on Dec 28, 2007 - 6 answers

Jazz Lair

I want to transform my room into a jazz lair! [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Dec 18, 2007 - 18 answers

Remember Name that Tune? Here's the Itunes version. Only without prizes or a host in an ugly sportscoat

Help me identify the LAST unknown songs on my Itunes. Mostly jazz, some blues and one or two pop songs. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Dec 11, 2007 - 18 answers

Who's like Brubeck who isn't Brubeck?

As happens about once a year, my dear boy has lately been stuck hard on Dave Brubeck. I love Time Out as much as he does, but I’m getting a little burned out. What other artists of albums might he enjoy? [more inside]
posted by mostlymartha on Dec 10, 2007 - 42 answers

Who's on the cover of Wayne Shorter's Speak No Evil?

Who is the woman in the foreground on the cover of Wayne Shorter's Speak No Evil? [more inside]
posted by No-sword on Dec 5, 2007 - 5 answers

Seeking some easily available jazz recommendations, but kind of specific.

Jazz-heads - help me fill out my Xmas wish-list. Especially seeking those with rec's for (say) quartets to octets featuring Baritone Sax, Trombone, and/or strong and prominent rhythm sections. [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones on Dec 2, 2007 - 17 answers

jazz & audiences

When did jazz audiences start sitting down? [more inside]
posted by dydecker on Nov 10, 2007 - 13 answers

Which Wind Instrument Requres the Least Amount of Lung-Power?

Hi, folks! I'd just like to ask, out of curiosity, which wind instruments (especially brass) require the least effort and wind. I'm thinking of taking up something, but proper breathing is not my strong suit and I'm looking for something less taxing to build it up on. Any help with this query will be most appreciated!
posted by Buddy-Rey on Oct 10, 2007 - 22 answers

Help me identify a mystery radio station near Seattle/Victoria/Vancouver.

Help me identify a great French-language radio station I heard broadcasting near Seattle, WA, or Victoria or Vancouver, BC. [more inside]
posted by Mid on Sep 29, 2007 - 7 answers

All-Ages Nightlife in SF?

All-ages venues in SF for Sunday and Monday nights -- what are our options? Give me whatever you've got. [more inside]
posted by rossination on Sep 15, 2007 - 6 answers

Music to

What other artists do a good job picking up the Steely Dan style? [more inside]
posted by hodyoaten on Sep 14, 2007 - 14 answers

Jazz tunes ending on weird chords?

Music theoriticians! Why do a lot of bebop tunes end on an incongruous chord? [more inside]
posted by toastchee on Sep 13, 2007 - 8 answers

NYC Virgin

New York for a virgin? [more inside]
posted by brautigan on Sep 9, 2007 - 25 answers

Joe Pass Transcription

Where can I find a transcription of Take Love Easy by Joe Pass and Ella Fitzgerald? [more inside]
posted by winterhat on Aug 26, 2007 - 0 answers

Where can I download old jazz for my MP3 player?

Where can I download early jazz songs? 1900-1930s? I've seen a site that has a number of them in RealAudio, but I'd prefer something I can easily load on my iPod. I am hoping that many of these are in The Public Domain. Still, I'd pay.
posted by tcv on Aug 12, 2007 - 12 answers

Can someone point me to the Bebop Jazz?

Needed: Recommendations for any and all Bebop Jazz artists, or links to sites that actually tell you which tracks/songs by which artists are Bebop. [more inside]
posted by Phyltre on Jul 25, 2007 - 15 answers

Jazzy electronic music recommendations?

Jazzy electronic music recommendations? I'm thinking of Squarepusher, some Tortoise, etc. [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint on Jul 24, 2007 - 49 answers

Recent jazz standards?

What are the recent jazz standards? Prototypically, jazz standards are from the '40s—let's guess the median is somewhere around 1945 and the standard deviation is 15 years—but the canon is certainly not closed, as shown by, say, 'Birdland' (1977). What else has become really widely known and played, in that time frame or since? Please cite a few performers to justify your claim. Bonus points if they're in different styles or decades.
posted by eritain on Jul 21, 2007 - 12 answers

Forgotten saxaphone shlock jazz hit from the disco era

Earworm: Please identify the song title and artist responsible for a soaring, saxophone driven instrumental hit popular on FM radio sometime in the 1978-1981 time frame. My best guess is this hit rode on the coattails of "Feels So Good". Unlike that happy hit, the song I am seeking had a more dramatic, soaring crescendo, ideal for sailing boats or, well, sailing boats.
posted by tomharpel on Jul 19, 2007 - 12 answers

Help me identify this amazing sound?

I was in Amsterdam this Monday and Tuesday. Early tuesday morning I walked past a group of buskers who were playing music which changed my life. I've never heard anything like it. They looked to me to be maybe Turkish, somewhere eurasian. Two guys were keeping up a simple 2 - chord rhythm on accordions, whilst the lead guy was blasting his soul into a clarinet, playing a kind of desperate, breathy, technical jazz / polka kind of sound. It was awesome. Anyone seen these guys? Anyone know what kind of music I might have heard? Thanks in advance...
posted by sann1657 on Jun 14, 2007 - 18 answers

Jazz on the Flute?

My niece, a freshman in high school, is interested in playing jazz on her flute and in convincing her teacher that there is a role for the flute in the school's jazz ensemble. I'd like to get some really good C.D.s of jazz flautists for her enjoyment and to enlighten the teacher, so I am turning to MeFi for help. Please help me find C.D.s of good jazz played on the flute. (No need to mention Bolling's Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio; we already know about that one.)
posted by pasici on Jun 11, 2007 - 28 answers

Wanted: Jazz New Releases

I am looking for an effortless way of listening to new jazz releases. Pandora was quite good, but it doesn't work in Europe anymore. Some clever radio show might be enough, as long as they play a lot of music and don't speak too much (bbc).
posted by mitocan on Jun 8, 2007 - 6 answers

What can we rumba to?

Wedding Music Filter: My fiancee and I are taking rumba lessons and we need to pick music for our first dance. Would "paper moon" played by our three-piece jazz band work? Any other rumba-able song suggestions? [more inside]
posted by JPDD on Jun 6, 2007 - 9 answers

Recommendations for a n00b Django Reinhardt fan?

If you like Django Reinhardt, what/whom else would you like?
posted by xmutex on Jun 4, 2007 - 31 answers

What's the name of this Miles Davis album?

Which Miles Davis album begins with a riff of Westminster Quarters? [more inside]
posted by kuppajava on May 14, 2007 - 2 answers

Did Ellington ever play East Carrollton PA?

Looking for a Duke Ellington recording for my uncle. Unfortunately, he is not able to provide many details. Googling has gotten me nowhere; Ellington's oeuvre is vast, it seems... [more inside]
posted by bricoleur on May 5, 2007 - 7 answers

Paris Jazz?

Where are the best places to hear jazz in Paris? [more inside]
posted by timeistight on May 1, 2007 - 8 answers

Be my Yoko Kanno!

I love the music from Cowboy Bebop, what else should I listen to? [more inside]
posted by njb on Apr 1, 2007 - 10 answers

Great experimental music?

Avant Jazz filter: Hey all. I'm looking to expand my collection of avant-garde jazz (or just experimental music in general). Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by papakwanz on Mar 5, 2007 - 54 answers

playlist for my party

having a party in japan, need suggestions for the music. so far will be mostly a mix of jazz (old freddy hubbard, miles, lee morgan) and some more obscure funk from japan. i want to set up my ipod so i can just leave it running. just give me a brief few lines of what you might include for a spring party for a mixed group. (this 2 weeks a question is killing me )
posted by edtut on Feb 25, 2007 - 5 answers

Sweet Sounds for the Stressed and Cloistered

Music-for-studying-for-the-@#%#-bar-exam-filter: Please help me balm the pain of preparing for this miserable test by recommending excellent music that's either wholely instrumental or not in English. [more inside]
posted by palmcorder_yajna on Feb 18, 2007 - 38 answers

HELP ME PICK A NEW GUITAR

I need serious help picking an electric guitar. Why do I want to buy a new one? See... [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Feb 15, 2007 - 21 answers

What blues/jazz songs to teach my EFL class?

[SchoolOfRockFilter] I'm teaching an EFL class of four high school students in rural Taiwan. There's a reading on music history about early African-American musical idioms (blues, gospel, ragtime, early jazz). It's TERRIBLY dull reading, especially considering names like Duke Ellington and Ma Rainey mean absolutely nothing to them. To liven it up a bit, I'd like to make a mix CD with 5-6 songs, print up the lyrics, and teach them that. What songs would you suggest? [more inside]
posted by alidarbac on Feb 4, 2007 - 10 answers

What's that song?

What's that song? It's jangly and jazzy. [more inside]
posted by LoriFLA on Feb 3, 2007 - 8 answers

I just gotta be MEEE!!!! Oh, but wait, who am I?

Hello there Bay Area worker bees... care to help a girl trying to reinvent herself (yet again)? I need to find my niche here, but I feel a little lost sometimes. If I pour my heart out, can you share your local insights with me & maybe point me in some good new directions? I thank you profusely in advance for your help. There is much, much... [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Jan 17, 2007 - 19 answers

I got rhythm, I got musi--well, not quite.

I've got an audition for a vocal jazz group tomorrow afternoon and I need a alto-friendly jazz standard to sing. [more inside]
posted by thisjax on Jan 11, 2007 - 24 answers

O Holy Album

I've fallen in love with this rendition of "O Holy Night"[MP3] from last week's episode of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Now I want a whole Christmas album in that style - either already made or individual songs to make a mix. Any recommendations? I particularly like how the song is still totally recognizable and pleasant, despite having lots of soul to it and cool improvisations. Thanks!
posted by rorycberger on Dec 15, 2006 - 10 answers

Soundtrack for Secret Agent Underpants

I call it 60s orchestral jazz? Did I make this term up? If so, what is this style of music called and where can I find more of it? [more inside]
posted by mostlymartha on Dec 5, 2006 - 28 answers

Louis Armstrong music

Help me expand my paltry collection of Louis Armstrong. I have "King Oliver," "Satch Blows the Blues" and the 20th Century Masters "The Best of Louis Armstrong" (and perhaps a few other in the same vein which I cannot locate due to the general disarray in which I store music). However enticing this stuff is, it all represents sort of the big hits stuff. I would like to find some of the more obscure and personable stuff. I just saw this amazing clip at http://www.oxfordamericanmag.com/webextras.cfm. Is there similar stuff on disc with Louis in his prime?
posted by caddis on Dec 3, 2006 - 12 answers

Help me make an old meets new Jazz mix CD

Looking for great vocal jazz standards sung by NOT the most obvious Jazz singers -OR- the obvious Jazz singers doing unique or non-standard Jazzy songs. [more inside]
posted by np312 on Dec 1, 2006 - 38 answers

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