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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


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

Hey Pete, Let's Eat More Meat

It is important that I know the lyrics to "Hey Pete! Let's Eat More Meat" AKA "Hey Pete, Let's Eat Mo' Meat" by Dizzie Gillespie, Buster Harding and Lynn Peterson! The mysterious line can be heard twice here.
posted by Arcaz Ino on Nov 28, 2006 - 3 answers

Finding a health study online

I've read somewhere on the internets that listening to jazz or classical music during mealtimes can allay the appetite, but I can't find the study/research paper on the google. [more inside]
posted by dropkick on Nov 22, 2006 - 3 answers

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

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