Hans Groiner (Larry Goldings in disguise) offers some new perspectives on the music of the inimitable Thelonious Monk — with a few laughs along the way.
By Don Heckman Spending yesterday at a 4th of July barbecue party with friends was a reminder of how many former New Yorkers are among our close circle. And, as so often happens at our get-togethers, most of us who made the cross country move from New York City to Los Angeles couldn’t help but… Read More Video of the Day: Dave Frishberg’s “Do You Miss New York?”
“Jazz Dispute” by Jeremiah McDonald, a film-maker and actor who identifies himself as the “Weeping Prophet,” has been going viral on YouTube since 2006. If you haven’t seen it, now’s the time. Starting with the Charlie Parker/Dizzy Gillespie recording, “Leap Frog,” McDonald creates a brilliantly mimetic, one-man musical pantomime. And in doing so he captures… Read More Video of the Day: “Jazz Dispute” by Jeremiah McDonald,the Weeping Prophet
By Don Heckman This hilarious video has been floating around YouTube in various forms lately. But the most entertaining, to me, is this one, with the narrative in French, with English subtitles. Which not only makes it more offbeat, it makes it a delightful tool, either for French language classes or for those of us… Read More Video of the Weekend: The Patty Cake Cats Rehearse
The Perpetuum Jazzile Choir from Slovenia is a superb ensemble of young singers whose repertoire reaches from jazz, pop and Swing to bossa nova, funk and gospel. They’ve toured Europe, Canada and the U.S., performing the music of Jobim, the Beatles, Van Halen, Lady Gaga and beyond, usually done in rich a cappella harmonies and… Read More Video of the Day: The Perpetuum Jazzile Choir Sings “Wave”