Esquizito's Blog Posts Tagged 'new-orleans' (69)

March 3rd, 2009

What is Jazz? For Daniel Moses Barker, Jazz was alive.


As we have heard previously, Mr. Barker stressed the relentlessness of the beat. Jazz had a strong heart.


Time brings about change. Danny Barker was smack dab in the middle of Baby Jazz's birth, life, and death - well,… Continue

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February 24th, 2009 – Carnival Day!

Everything is happening now.

Dear reader, as you no doubt know, this is a very special holiday for us. A magical time when the entire city participates in a bold experiment of collective ecstasy. A day when wild imagination is not only a given but, in many cases, a competition. In this Olympics of the Great Mystery, I uphold in this document, great revelations from the tongue of the Prophet Daniel. He apparently had to go to the blackboard for this one.…


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February 17th, 2009

I hear their voices. “Why do we even need Black History Month?”


A very potent question, indeed. Granted, Danny Barker was probing in 1976. Thirty-three years ago, lecturing to Xavier University undergraduates, and to me – my generation; indeed – the generation now leading the world. One could easily ask: In our time, now, do African-Americans (Blacks) control any of their creations in the… Continue

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February 14th, 2009 - Saint Valentine's Day!

May you find joy beyond compare, deep within the power of Love.

Here's a special message of love. Two old Cat Daddies whip it on ya'. Old Danny and Old Satchmo... teaming up. Giving you their Vibrations.


Peace & Pops,


Maison Musique, New Orleans

My Catalogue of CD's Available Thru A… Continue

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February 10th, 2009



Danny Barker was a practical man. By the year 1976, he saw clearly that the descendant's of slaves next frontier, in their quest for freedom was economic.


Mr. Barker knew his history as well. He knew that by the 1800's, the gens de colour libre of the… Continue

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February 3rd, 2009



It's not easy, if not impractical, to speculate on what Danny Barker's vision of life actually was, and how his perspectives came to be – by the time he neared the age of seventy, when these lectures took place. He is not for the faint of heart. Nevertheless, Mr. Barker is the real thing. His living highly qualified his assertions, and therefore demands attention.

Mr.… Continue

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January 27th, 2009

Everyday, I know.


In 1986 Danny Barker published his biography: A Life In Jazz (edited by Alyn Shipton.) He also co-authored a study of the New Orleans Jazz heritage, with Jack V. Buerkle, entitled: Bourbon Street Black, as well as a posthumous release: Buddy Bolden and The Last Days of Storyville – also edited by Shipton. Danny's writing is a substantial body of work that examines… Continue

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January 13th, 2009 – Danny Barker Centennial

What does 100 years of one man's life and legacy mean? America and it's music has already witnessed the centennials of three significant “Immortals.” Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Count Basie all arrived on Earth within a span of five years, just at the dawning of a new mass produced century. Their music, respectively and collectively has changed the world. Forever will their lives be represented in their work and words – their sounds and images and thoughts resonating for generations of… Continue

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October 29th, 2008

"How many holes you got in your head?"

I'm quoting the late, great, guitarist/banjoist, writer/historian, storyteller and great wit – Daniel Moses Barker. (13 January 1909–13 March 1994) If you are not hip to Danny Barker then it is my great honor and pleasure to place him in your consciousness. Indeed, my storytelling style, and motivation, is very much influenced by this man and his legacy. I never met him, but when Danny entered my consciousness just over ten years ago, as New… Continue

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Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.

I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.

My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."

Let's be audacious, my friends!

Buster Williams


Wayne Shorter Travels The Spaceways

A new album by the octogenarian saxophonist is always a big deal, but his latest — and the winner of the 2018 Jazz Critics Poll — is also just plain big: 3 discs and an 84-page graphic novel.

The 2018 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll

Over 130 critics voted on the best jazz albums of 2018 — celebrated elders dominated the top of the results, but a class of younger musicians is rising.

'Jazz Night In America' Remembers Artists We Lost In 2018

Friends of the show offer memories and music of pianist Cecil Taylor, Village Vanguard owner Lorraine Gordon, South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela and trumpeter Roy Hargrove.

Nate Chinen's Favorite Albums Of 2018

For NPR Music's jazz critic and the editorial director of WBGO, 2018 was a year that saw music — not just jazz — in the throes of a creative boom, rocketing in many directions.

The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra Performs Big Band Holiday Classics

New arrangements, old Yuletide classics. Watch the annual Jazz at Lincoln Center Big Band Holidays concert live on Wed., December 19th at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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