Duke Ellington

Jazz on Film
3:16 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Taking a Bite Out of Crime Jazz: "Anatomy of a Murder"

Jazz has found its way into Hollywood films since the early days of cinema. Big band and swing arrangements fit perfectly with the popularity of musicals, large productions and glamour that were ever-present in the films of the 1930s and 40s. However, by the time the 1950s rolled around a different kind of jazz was capturing the imagination in the country. The popularity of Bebop and Hard Bop and the birth of Cool and West Coast jazz gave filmmakers a totally different set of musical colors and textures to evoke a sense of cool, of grit, and even at times a sense of menace.

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Jazz Appreciation Month
9:58 am
Fri April 4, 2014

"When jazz and baseball were perfect"

Duke Ellington and band members playing baseball in front of their segregated motel ("Astor Motel") while touring in Florida.
Credit Charlotte Brooks, LOOK magazine / Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division

Batter up! It's Opening Day in Denver - a perfect time for this fascinating article from Smithsonian magazine. It highlights the similarities between baseball and jazz - they both involve swing - and the importance of baseball to many of the touring jazz bands. We recommend the entire article, which can be found here

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April 2013 CD of the Month
12:15 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

April 2013 CD of the Month

Duke Ellington Orchestra  The Afro-Eurasian Eclipse  Fantasy RecordsApril is an important month for public radio music stations and jazz as it is "Public Radio Music Month" and "Jazz Appreciation Month". In commemoration of these dual events, jazz89KUVO launched its own creation, "Around The World In April" taking listeners to different destinations on the globe every day to spotlight the artists and music recorded at each daily location. Moreover, we included fun facts of the region covering history, culture, festivals and cuisine.

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June 2012 CD of the Month
11:18 am
Thu January 23, 2014

June 2012 CD of the Month

Duke Ellington Legacy  "Single Petal of a Rose"  Renma Recordings

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