Esquizito's Blog – January 2009 Archive (4)

January 27th, 2009

Everyday, I know.



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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 20th, 2009 – Inauguration Day

Togetherness, I say.



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Our music has foretold the story. Our music sings of possibilities. Our music feeds us. Danny Barker held our music firmly as a force for freedom. “This music is... serious business.” He told.



Mr. Barker would routinely ask his students: “How many holes you got in your head?” Perhaps his greatest lesson is that of attention. Listen,… 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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January 6th, 2009 – Twelfth Night

“If music be the food of love, play on;

Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,

The appetite may sicken, and so die.”

- William Shakespeare



“The Green Room is smokin' and The Plaza's burnin' down;

Throw the baby out the window,

Let those joints burn down...

All because it's Carnival time!”

- Al “Carnival Time” Johnson



Some things begin at night. Some things can only happen at night. Some things are allowed only at night, and… Continue

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PHYLLIS BLANFORD
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GREGORY SIPP MOSAICS

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