Cause and effect may be a natural law; although I will admit before you, Dear Reader: It is often an elusive mystery to me. Nevertheless, I keep thinking; (it aint illegal, yet.) As New Orleans' September song echos transitions of climate and weather, we can now gaze upon the beginning of the end of Summer 2009. With the 4th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the 8th anniversary of the attacks on the the World Trade Center and Pentagon now also history, I will conduct these postings into another territory of Danny Barker's unique insights into the Jazz life.
For the next several weeks we will examine just how it came to be that Danny's life led him, on March 15th, 1977, to make a bold statement to the Xavier students such as this: “You could be in your office building, doing your job... doing your work and, get blasted.”
“And you hear... in this music.”
Mr. Barker's swing is deep and devastating throughout this one particular lecture and I intend to present most of the material edited and contextualized for you. In subsequent weeks, we will follow Danny's thought patterns on the relationship of: Islam and African-Americans, and Be-bop (or Modern music,) and Jazz musical innovation i.e. “a revolution in music” vs. preservation of a cultural heritage, and... armed revolutionary conflict.
As presented by Mr. Barker, our delight will be a special helping of the thing most needed, Jazz music.
“They...” the first of which – Dizzy Gillespie, whom you will hear by going to my Main Page
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