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How easy is it to learn a new instrument?

How hard is it, as a (relatively) long-time musician, to pick up new instruments? (more specifically, as a guitarist moving to other areas) [more inside]
posted by invitapriore on Nov 20, 2006 - 11 answers

Music like Primal Scream's 'MBV Arkestra'?

Is anyone making music like Primal Scream's 'MBV Arkestra'? [more inside]
posted by ZaphodB on Nov 16, 2006 - 9 answers

"Ee-pa-ro"? What does that mean?

A question about lyrics in "Birdland" by Weather Report. [more inside]
posted by concrete on Nov 8, 2006 - 11 answers

Live Music in Chicago

Where can I hear some decent live jazz/blues in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by wintermute2_0 on Nov 4, 2006 - 10 answers

Ou est le jazz?

FrenchJazzFilter: I'm looking for some soft, sultry french jazz (vocal) music. [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle on Sep 9, 2006 - 19 answers

Brazil Travel Help

I have a friend that will be traveling in Brazil from Sept. 28 until Oct. 24. I have been helping her gather information for her trip and realized that AskMefi would be a great resource (particularly from people living or recently traveling in Brazil). She is a jazz pianist/composer/vocalist from the US who will visiting San Paulo, Rio De Janeiro and Aracaju/Salvador. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! [more inside]
posted by garypratt on Aug 27, 2006 - 5 answers

Little Big Band Music

Big band music is like the speed metal of jazz. But I'm more into the stripped down sound of "normal" jazz bands, that would have maybe one trumpet, one clarinet, etc... Could anyone recommend some intense big band music that's crammed into a "little band" format?
posted by parallax7d on Aug 26, 2006 - 12 answers

Where was this article about female jazz sisngers?

Help me find this magazine article. Sometime in the last couple of years there was a critical review of contemporary female jazz singers in which some of the more successful singers (e.g., Diana Krall I think) were unfavorably compared to lesser known singers. Article might have been in the New Yorker or the Atlantic, but I'm not sure.
posted by Jackson on Aug 19, 2006 - 3 answers

Unicode doesn't have a character for the squealing of a saxophone

Help me identify a sub-genre of Jazz. When I was abroad, I stopped by a cafe one night to find a five-piece jazz band playing some fantastic music. The only problem is that I have no idea what to call it, and so no idea where to find it at home. [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart on Jul 3, 2006 - 32 answers

Looking for new things to do in NYC

NYCfilter: I'm heading up to the Big Apple this weekend as I got a free plane ticket for my birthday and was looking for a few different things to do since I've been there a few times before. I'm interested in finding out about three things: a unique dining experience, something to do on the 4th, and a great jazz club. [more inside]
posted by Gaiwan on Jun 27, 2006 - 28 answers

slit your wrists muzak... not really.

Jazz Noir [more inside]
posted by Unregistered User on Jun 23, 2006 - 12 answers

I need cheap, hot Sax.

Years ago, when I needed money badly, I sold my beautiful Selmer tenor sax...I went into another branch of the arts, but lately I've been fooling around with a friend's horn, and I'm really enjoying playing. I don't intend to do anything but amuse myself and maybe play with some like-minded buddies - mostly traditional jazz, some soul horn section type stuff, but definitely no Smooth Jazz or Wailing Rock. The problem is I can't really justify the big bucks replacing my Selmer would cost...and I'm spoiled, of course, by the horn I once owned. Any advice for tenor horns under $1,000 - new or used? How about $2,000? I know the proof is still in the playing and trying, but I'd love some help getting started. thanks!
posted by soulbarn on Apr 9, 2006 - 7 answers

How can a kid teach herself jazz piano?

A kid (12) knows classical piano and has a good teacher for that, but she also wants to learn jazz. Do you have suggestions? [more inside]
posted by pracowity on Feb 22, 2006 - 16 answers

Name That Tune :: PBS ThirteenHD Promo

Name that tune please :: PBS is great, and the songs in their promos are actually just as good. Currently running is a promo that ends with the words; "Be More ~ ThirteenHD" (this is PBS Thirteen's High-Def channel which they broadcast in NYC & possibly elsewhere?). The music which accompanies it is a piece that I'd classify as sort of a Blues/Rock/Jazz instrumental. My Question: Name that tune!?! [more inside]
posted by Jhaus on Jan 31, 2006 - 2 answers

Blurred Jazz Photography

Photography question: an article in Spin in the 80s discussed a French photographer's blurred pictures of jazz musicians in motion. Very similar to Charles Peterson's photos. I wrote to the gallery then, but I have no idea who it was now. Any clues to who this was? My Spin collection has long been sold to Half-Priced Books.
posted by AArtaud on Jan 31, 2006 - 8 answers

What's the name of this French Jazz-Trip-Pop album and band?

Around 2000, there was an album released from a French band that sounded like what would happen if Kind Of Blue Miles Davis and Portishead were to meet in a dark alley and get on really well. (In fact, that's basically the description given by Other Music ages ago, when I purchased the album.) I managed to lose it within a month and it's been bothering me for the last four or five years. I remember that the cover was blue and I really liked the record and that's basically it Any help, members of the green?
posted by beaucoupkevin on Jan 27, 2006 - 32 answers

A friend gave me a poem about jazz. I left it there.

Lost Poem. This is *not* the poem I'm looking for:

A friend told me
He'd risen above jazz.
I leave him there.

- Michael s. Harper

Rather, that poem is the epigraph for a much longer poem. [more inside]
posted by bingo on Jan 15, 2006 - 4 answers

How to organise a music tour?

How to become a music promoter? [more inside]
posted by semmi on Jan 11, 2006 - 4 answers

A touch of jazz?

What are some good resources for finding out about new and interesting jazz? [more inside]
posted by box on Jan 10, 2006 - 20 answers

Mysterious Bob Dylan musical theory

In Bob Dylan's book Chronicles, Vol. 1 he describes an esoteric numerological scheme for playing guitar, saying most melodies are based on the number 2, but that he's taken it to the next level by choosing what to play based on the number 3. Can anyone explain what he is talking about? [more inside]
posted by johngoren on Dec 29, 2005 - 23 answers

Jazz cd for papa - help!

I suspect I've left this too late but I'm looking to buy a jazz cd for my father for Christmas. [more inside]
posted by ceri richard on Dec 12, 2005 - 33 answers

Recommend music that combines jazz with baroque classical.

In Nina Simone's "Love Me or Leave Me" she plays a piano solo that incorporates a bit baroque* classical piano. Makes sense, since she was trained as a classical pianist, and the effect is wonderful. Please recommend some other songs or artists that use this kind of jazz/baroque combo. * Disclaimer: I'm not a classical music expert, so I may have the terminology wrong. I welcome your corrections.
posted by Typographica on Dec 10, 2005 - 24 answers

Need help finding CD...

MusicFilter - Looking for the name of a CD of jazz remixes/reimaginings/versions of "alternative" songs. [more inside]
posted by weirdoactor on Dec 1, 2005 - 21 answers

What's some good piano driven jazz?

Really good piano driven jazz? [more inside]
posted by TurkishGolds on Nov 18, 2005 - 44 answers

Help me ID a song!

Several years ago, I got a bunch of mixtapes at a musicologist friend's moving sale. One was a mix tape of Zulu jazz/jive (think along the lines of Shanachie's Indestructible Beat of Soweto/Soweto Never Sleeps). There was no track listing--in fact, I think the tape was just titled "township music." Help me identify one of its tracks! [more inside]
posted by pullayup on Nov 15, 2005 - 3 answers

Where a good place to buy gypsy jazz albums in NYC?

Where can Adrian buy contemporary gypsy Jazz CDs in New York City? He's looking for CDs by Biréli Lagrène, Angelo Debarre and other modern guitar players who play in the style of Django Reinhardt. [more inside]
posted by jacobian on Oct 27, 2005 - 5 answers

Good vibraphone music?

Suggestions for good vibraphone-based jazz? [more inside]
posted by schoolgirl report on Oct 25, 2005 - 26 answers

Woody Allen's Jazz is..?

What is the kind of jazz in Woody Allen movies ? I see Allen often plays with the Preservation Hall Band and I'd like to know what kind of jazz do they play in his movies, for instance in Sleeper. Are there bands specialized in that kind of jazz ?
posted by elpapacito on Oct 25, 2005 - 17 answers


Please help me find this Parker ad billboard poster type thing. [more inside]
posted by Skyanth on Sep 11, 2005 - 2 answers

Plugged at the live nickel

What can I expect if I go to the Blue Note Jazz Club (NYC)? [more inside]
posted by furtive on Sep 1, 2005 - 8 answers

Looking for DJ/Band "Best of Both Worlds" Entertainment for Wedding in NJ (Spring 06)

So the wedding planning is in full gear and we are having trouble finding the right entertainment.. Her parents want a band, we want a dj, so we've decided on getting a DJ/MC with a Jazz trio.. Problem is, we've visited a few, but cannot settle on one because none have been perfect. Anyone have any recommendations? Wedding is in Springfield, NJ, next early spring.
posted by seinfeld on Aug 9, 2005 - 2 answers

Is the original Miles Davis version of "Miles Beyond " available on CD?

Is the original Miles Davis version of "Miles Beyond" by Marhavishu Orchestra available on CD? [more inside]
posted by richtea on Aug 8, 2005 - 3 answers

Clarinet music recommendations

I love the sound of the clarinet. I'm looking for quiet, pensive, possibly melancholic music featuring this instrument. Any genre; preferably instrumental. I'm not looking for happy big-band jazz or Poulenc's chaotic clarinet sonata, though I appreciate both. [more inside]
posted by gentle on Jul 16, 2005 - 28 answers


i'm looking for music recommendations a la the song that - shudder - was sung by jude law and the other italian guy in the "talented mr. ripley". it's a 30s-40s jazz number but upbeat, minor-key, with an italian/spanish flavor: Tu Vuo' Fa l'Americano. anyone recommend a band, artist, or album of such recordings? [older recordings would be preferable to some modern "nostalgia" recording (a la paris combo)]
posted by yonation on Jun 27, 2005 - 5 answers

Name that jazz tune

JazzFilter : help me name that song, which I can only reproduce the first few notes. [more inside]
posted by XiBe on May 28, 2005 - 7 answers

Learning Upright Bass

Suppose a fellow has an interest in learning to play an upright bass. He doesn't have any illusions about being the next Mingus or William Parker, but enjoys the sound and feel of the instrument and would get personal enjoyment out of being able to play a few things. Further suppose that this fellow has very little money to invest in this endeavor. How would he go about learning?
posted by aladfar on Apr 15, 2005 - 13 answers

WKCR format change

What is happening at WKCR? Phil Schaap is saying on air that unless they retire immediately the last $350,00 of the $750,000 debt incurred in replacing their transmitter after the 9/11 attacks that the station will change its format from predominately jazz to sports and college rock. What is the source of this controversy and what guarantees the current format if sufficient money is indeed raised during the current fund drive? [more inside]
posted by caddis on Apr 4, 2005 - 3 answers

Jazz quote?

Quotefilter: I've been introducing my girlfriend to jazz lately and half-recalled a witty quote I read once about traditional jazz vs. avant garde jazz. More inside. [more inside]
posted by Dallasfilm on Mar 23, 2005 - 5 answers

Detroit-Area Live Music

I'm wondering where one can go in the Detroit area to hear live music, specifically jazz, lounge or alt-country. If responses could provide a parking/dress code/vibe snapshot, I'd be grateful.
posted by boombot on Mar 14, 2005 - 8 answers

Jazz Quoting

Are there any books, journal articles, or magazine articles about the phenomenon of "quoting" and other allusory / referential techniques in jazz? [more inside]
posted by rkent on Mar 10, 2005 - 1 answer

Best place to see jazz in Chicago?

Just where is the best place to see jazz in Chicago? My Australian father-in-law is coming for a visit to the US for the first time and is a huge jazz fan. My husband and I will be taking him to Chicago. I have never been there myself, and am looking for some suggestions. [more inside]
posted by cyniczny on Feb 28, 2005 - 13 answers


What's your favorite recording of Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess"? The whole opera, not just excerpts or selections. [more inside]
posted by rkent on Feb 18, 2005 - 3 answers

Jazz Recommendations

I've always hated jazz. Loathed it. But in the last year, it has snuck up on me. I can't stop listening to Miles Davis's Kind of Blue but am scared of his Bitches Brew. I really enjoy the melancholy and soft aspects of the former, but am certainly wanting to spend more time with the likes of the latter. What else should I listen to?
posted by xmutex on Feb 14, 2005 - 45 answers

New Jazz

I just scored a bimonthly live dj gig, the theme of which is jazz. I am pretty well grounded in the classics, and am into modern bands/peeps such as Happy Apple, D. Krall and Charlie Hunter, I was wondering what people out there suggest looking at for brand new jazz, what is exciting nowadays?
posted by edgeways on Jan 25, 2005 - 21 answers

Heading to the Big Easy

Speaking of New Orleans, I am going to Mardi Gras with some friends but would like some off-the-beaten-path suggestions for things to do. Stuff like jazz, cemeteries, unique cuisine, etc. (with no major budgetary concerns).

From my memory of MG 2000, Bourbon Street gets pretty old pretty quickly.
posted by bikergirl on Jan 25, 2005 - 4 answers

Streaming Organic Music

It's the last straw, I'm officially tapping my toes to U2's Vertigo, courtesy of Morning Comes Eccectic on KCRW, this has got to stop. My seraches for streaming MP3's has been a bust. I listen to Flaresound and SomaFM, but really would like to find some more organic music for here at work. Bossa Nova would be great. I've completely given up on streaming jazz, I can't find anything that isn't either smooth (gak!) or includes Sun Ra into the mix (beating a trombone to death with a live chicken, while perhaps having artistic merit, isn't good office music.)

Latin jazz? Be-bop? Brazillian music?

Only qualifiers. Must be 128K stream, must be web based, (I don't want traffic reports from Helsinki interrupting my Metafiltering) Anyone got any tips?
posted by Keith Talent on Nov 24, 2004 - 15 answers

Need a Free Font

I'm looking for fonts (particularly free, natch) that epitomise "traditional jazz" for a not-for-profit jazz club site that my mother volunteered me to make. Any ideas, O brainy ones? [more inside]
posted by Pericles on Sep 2, 2004 - 9 answers

Internet Jazz Radio

I'm looking for an internet radio station that plays classic jazz. Mingus, Monk, Fitzgerald, Coltrane, Davis, Armstrong, Ellington, Parker, Gillespie, etc. Any suggestions?
posted by BlueTrain on Aug 19, 2004 - 12 answers

The appeal of Miles Davis and John Coltrane

I love music. All kinds of music, from rock to disco to country to classical to jazz. I'm trying to build up my jazz collection and I've picked up some Miles Davis and John Coltrane. My question is this: I don't understand the love that many people have for electric Davis (I've listened to many of his electric works, but I'm specifically referring to A Tribute to Jack Johnson) and Coltrane's A Love Supreme. While the music (usually) isn't hard on the ears, I simply don't hear what people find so attractive about these two artists. Explain.
posted by ashbury on Jul 26, 2004 - 19 answers

Jazz Biopics

Are there good biopics about any of the jazz greats? Or movies focused on the jazz scene? I know there are a ton of documentaries, I'm interested in fictionalized, "shoot the legend" type stuff.
posted by lbergstr on Mar 3, 2004 - 11 answers

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