What becomes a 'classic' most?
judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind.
As far as Danny Barker was concerned, it took the Louis Armstrong recordings known as the 'Hot 5' and 'Hot 7' no more than 50 years to become classics.
From 1925-1928, when Armstrong had returned to… Continue
Added by Esquizito on July 28, 2009 at 7:00am —
[From the Dept. of Corrections] There is no reference to: optisimo
, or optissimo
in the Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music. But I'm glad that I was sent there by Mr. Barker, nevertheless. My copy of Forsyth's, Orchestration needed dusting off, and still no such term to describe, the extremely high register in which Louis Armstrong enjoyed playing in. (Mr.… Continue
Added by Esquizito on July 21, 2009 at 7:00am —
Our music would not exist if it were not for the mentoring relationships that occur between the generations. It is widely referred to as, “oral tradition.” This practice has evolved throughout the many years – adopting more academic techniques. Nevertheless, it has been going on for a long time and, it will go on, in some form or fashion, as long as there are generations.
Louis Daniel Armstrong stands as this legacy's most highest students, and perhaps its most potent professor. At… Continue
Added by Esquizito on July 14, 2009 at 7:00am —
Danny Barker took pride in speaking to the Xavier Students, regarding Louis Armstrong and his impact in our history. I take pride in bringing you this excerpt (from a cassette annotated: Oct. 22th '77 Oct. 25th) Mr. Barker's emphatic attempt to sum up, for a "young lady," in a few sentences, Armstrong.
“...a slum section.” One hundred years from his life as such, we would now call… Continue
Added by Esquizito on July 7, 2009 at 7:00am —
Steal away, steal away. Steal a way to freedom.
Greetings Dear Reader; Peace be unto your house. It is beautifully alive morning in downtown Orleans Parish. It is a good thing that we have rest today as it is already 88 degrees (and feels somewhere near there in degrees of humidity,) as of 10:00 a.m.
As many of you already know, this is the date that Louis Daniel Armstrong marked as his birthday; the year he declared was 1900. Scholarship (and capitalism) has altered this… Continue
Added by Esquizito on July 4, 2009 at 10:00am —
Our examination of the Clave
and the legacy of Africa upon the history of music comes to a close as does the month of June (which has proven to be a test of stamina with days upon daze of 96 degree air temperatures.) I would like to return to the old landmark of Nouvelle Orleans.
The year was 1718; nevertheless from a tape annotated, “5/4/76” we can forever hear Mr.… Continue
Added by Esquizito on June 30, 2009 at 6:30am —
Chano Pozo was attributed, by Dizzy Gillespie in his own memoirs: To Be Or Not To Bop, this sentiment regarding the workings of what is now referred to as “Latin Jazz.” (Remember, this is Diz translating...)
Deehee no peek pani, me no peek Angli, bo peek African.
Both speak African. Danny Barker, our own keeper of memory was present and characteristically observant of this mix.…
Added by Esquizito on June 23, 2009 at 10:00am —
I am not a Musicologist; I just use my ears. I am sure that many scholars have done studies and analyses on the rhythmic patterns known as Clave.
I have not sought out these thoughts and, admittedly have not given the time necessary to read up on the subject. Nevertheless, I am a musician and have plenty to deal with in actually playing “in Clave” – and in so doing, always striving for more command and authority. It's true, “The more I get, the more I want – it seems.” Like anything else… Continue
Added by Esquizito on June 16, 2009 at 6:00am —
What is your ethnicity? Actually, the word was mispronounced by Sgt. Genovese – of the 8th precinct, N.O.P.D. - when he asked me this question, as he ran a check on me in order to, apparently, see if he could bring me in for something else, or other than riding a bicycle up the wrong way of Royal Street. Sgt. Genovese and I love each other now; I'll be much better acquainted with Chartres Street for this. Back to the question; I'm still caught off-guard by the opportunity to answer this. There… Continue
Added by Esquizito on June 9, 2009 at 6:00am —
One thing is for sure. Jelly Roll Morton will forever be attributed with the phrase: “the Spanish tinge.” He considered this quality essential to Jazz music. For a long time to come, the issue of Jazz bi-lingualism will keep the tongues flapping... and the fingers typing. The debate – if you will – regarding “Latin Jazz” will rage onward.
What Jelly was referring to is the syncopated rhythmic pattern known as the Clave
. The Spanish word meaning 'key,' there are several widely… Continue
Added by Esquizito on June 2, 2009 at 6:00am —
“The more I get, the more I want – it seems.”
It seems so with my brief study of Jelly Roll Morton. As did Mr. Barker say previously: “I'll have to take a whole chapter on Jelly Roll.” Dear reader, while I have endeavored to roll deep with Jelly's journey – but for this month of May – I have been greatly distracted by my own issues of survival. Thus will I attempt to wrap up a few loose ends and hopefully make some constructive points which seem to loom in what Mr. Barker is holding… Continue
Added by Esquizito on May 26, 2009 at 7:00am —
One definition of “class” that I have heard: doing the right thing at the right time. Danny Barker gives an account that exemplifies the defiant standard that Jelly Roll Morton upheld and, that set him apart from... everyone else.
The story takes place in the late 1930's. At this time, Jelly was a good ten years passed his career “height.” He had recorded hundreds of records – most of which were his own compositions. By this time, when Danny had been hired by Jelly to work a… Continue
Added by Esquizito on May 19, 2009 at 10:00am —
Is there such a thing as protection from one's self? Danny Barker emphatically characterized Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton as: “eager,” and “independent” and, “defiant.”
Just what was Jelly Roll Morton defying? Dear Reader, the month of May, started with the completion of Jazzfest 2009 (“present by shell”.) Here now, I will continue with a further study into the legendary New Orleans… Continue
Added by Esquizito on May 12, 2009 at 7:00am —
Regarding Art Tatum, Mr. Barker asks a simple question.
But then again... things are never so simple with Danny. Perhaps this is why he is so lovable. For the record, let me again reiterate: I never met Daniel Moses Barker. There are times when Danny... “blows my mind” - I mean, did a man like this exist?
Danny died in 1994, on the 13th of March, on the wings of Spring, in… Continue
Added by Esquizito on April 21, 2009 at 7:00am —
Mr. Barker presents an intriguing question regarding Billie Holiday: “When did the girl sleep?”
While it would have been appropriate to post this study of Billie Holiday on last Tuesday – the 94th anniversary of her birth, I decided to wait a while. I figured that the first posting of “Jazz Appreciation Month 2009” was better served by the light-heartedness of Erroll Garner. Perhaps this… Continue
Added by Esquizito on April 14, 2009 at 8:00am —
Oh......! What a beautiful city.
Jazz will rise forever.
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My Catalogue of CD's Available Thru A Locally Owned & Operated Retailer Worthy of Your Support:… Continue
Added by Esquizito on April 12, 2009 at 6:00am —
Spring has come!
On a related note, The Smithsonian Institute has declared that April is “Jazz Appreciation Month.” Of course most have heard the phrase: “The Birthplace of Jazz” (the motto was coined as a promotional slogan for French Quarter tourism and realty, a few decades back.) Well Dear Reader, I say: Jazz is still being born here in New Orleans! While I still cannot present any numbers to you, I will say it again – New Orleans is within a sho'nuff Katrina Baby Boom!… Continue
Added by Esquizito on April 7, 2009 at 8:00am —
Can you hear the message of Jazz?
Dear reader, please take a moment to consider whatever context that Danny Barker is speaking within this fragment. It's worth a replay.
What's he talking about? No right or wrong answer here – just thought. A clue of ingenuity:
Added by Esquizito on March 31, 2009 at 8:00am —
Does the Jazz man have an attitude?
Daniel Moses Barker seemed to be quite welcome at the cross-roads. His living straddled many boundaries. Keen he was to those changes that naturally took place during most of the developments in American music of 20th century. Beyond music “Historian” as the model, Danny Barker functioned as “Griot” – a keeper of memory – of the American legacy of… Continue
Added by Esquizito on March 24, 2009 at 8:00am —
What happens in the Jazz experience?
Mr. Barker seems to fall into a separate consciousness, in this excerpt, as he recounts for the students of Xavier University as to the inner workings of what went on in the collective consciousness of the so called “rebellion in music” – of which he was less a participant and, a keen observer more so. Danny played guitar on a session for pianist,… Continue
Added by Esquizito on March 17, 2009 at 8:00am —