Sunday Morning Jazz

There are experts on Jazz out there who can describe with great eloquence what you are about to listen to and why it is important. I’m not one of them. It is just good music from great performers. I’ll let the music speak for itself.


From Wikipedia

Bebop is a style of jazz developed in the early to mid-1940s in the United States, which features songs characterized by a fast tempo, complex chord progressions with rapid chord changes and numerous changes of key, instrumental virtuosity, and improvisation based on a combination of harmonic structure, the use of scales and occasional references to the melody.
Bebop developed as the younger generation of jazz musicians expanded the creative possibilities of jazz beyond the popular, dance-oriented swing style with a new “musician’s music” that was not as danceable and demanded close listening.[1] As bebop was not intended for dancing, it enabled the musicians to play at faster tempos. Bebop musicians explored advanced harmonies, complex syncopation, altered chords, extended chords, chord substitutions, asymmetrical phrasing, and intricate melodies. Bebop groups used rhythm sections in a way that expanded their role. Whereas the key ensemble of the swing era was the big band of up to fourteen pieces playing in an ensemble-based style, the classic bebop group was a small combo that consisted of saxophone (alto or tenor), trumpet, piano, guitar, double bass, and drums playing music in which the ensemble played a supportive role for soloists. Rather than play heavily arranged music, bebop musicians typically played the melody of a song (called the “head”) with the accompaniment of the rhythm section, followed by a section in which each of the performers improvised a solo, then returned to the melody at the end of the song.


31 thoughts on “Sunday Morning Jazz”

  1. Thump, thump, thump, went his foot on the floor.
    He played a few chords then he sang some more—
         “I got the Weary Blues
           And I can’t be satisfied.
           Got the Weary Blues
           And can’t be satisfied—
           I ain’t happy no mo’
           And I wish that I had died.”
    And far into the night he crooned that tune.
    The stars went out and so did the moon.
    The singer stopped playing and went to bed
    While the Weary Blues echoed through his head.
    He slept like a rock or a man that’s dead.

    [from “the weary blues” by Langston Hughes]

    from poetry foundation:

    Langston Hughes, a central poet of the Harlem renaissance, was significantly influenced by the sounds and traditions of the blues and jazz. He presented “Jazz and Communication” at a panel led by Marshall Stearns at the Newport Casino Theater during the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival.

    Hughes argues that jazz is everywhere, encompassing the blues and rock and roll. To those who would deny the connections between musical traditions, Hughes states, “Jazz is a great big sea. It washes up all kinds of fish and shells and spume and waves with a steady old beat, or off-beat.”

    Throughout the essay, Hughes cites the singers and musicians who have influenced his writing. He also notes other authors who have been “putting jazz into words,” such as Dorothy Baker, Jean Paul Sartre, and W.C. Handy. Turning to the audience, Hughes states, “Jazz is a heartbeat—its heartbeat is yours. You will tell me about its perspectives when you get ready.”


  2. raw story:

    CNN released the latest findings of the renowned Des Moines Register poll of the Iowa Caucuses.


    Former Vice President Joe Biden lead the pack, receiving 24 percent of the vote from likely caucus-goers.

    Three candidates were bunched up for second place, with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) at 16 percent while Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is at 15 percent South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigeieg at 14 percent.



  3. from des moines register:

    The field of Democratic presidential candidates is starting to settle into tiers: Joe Biden leads the pack, and Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg are in close competition for second place, a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom/CNN Iowa Poll shows.

    Twenty-four percent of Iowa’s likely Democratic caucusgoers say former vice president Biden is their first choice for president. Sanders, a Vermont senator, is the first choice for 16% of poll respondents, while Warren, a Massachusetts senator, and Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, are at 15% and 14% respectively. 

    No other candidate cracks double digits. California Sen. Kamala Harris comes closest at 7%, and other numbers within the poll indicate some underlying strengths for her.

    Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke are at 2%.

    “We’re starting to see the people who are planning to caucus start to solidify,” said J. Ann Selzer, president of the Des Moines-based Selzer & Co., which conducted the poll. “There’s a lot more commitment than we normally see this early. And some of these candidates who’ve been under the radar start to surface and compete with Joe Biden.”

    But many candidates in this historically large field are failing to break into the public consciousness in any meaningful way, she said.

    Seven candidates tally 1% support and nine earn no support. Two candidates — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Miramar, Florida, Mayor Wayne Messam — were not listed by a single poll respondent as either first or second choice for president.

    “There’s always been a question mark as to how many (candidates) can get any real traction,” Selzer said. “And we gave them every opportunity to show that they have some kind of constituency here. But there’s a fair number who, their constituency just isn’t very big.”

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  4. New rules prompt poll changes

    For the first time, the Iowa Poll accounts for new rules proposed this year by the Iowa Democratic Party that will allow Iowans to participate in a virtual caucus online or over the phone. The results of those virtual caucuses will account for 10% of the final delegate equivalents, regardless of how many people participate.

    The poll, conducted June 2-5, sampled registered voters who plan to attend the Democratic caucuses in person, as well as those who plan to attend virtually.

    The poll asked respondents to name their first choice for president. The responses to that question have been combined in a calculation that gives 90% weight to the preferences of the in-person participants and 10% to the preferences of virtual participants, as will happen on caucus night. The margin of error for these results is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

    The rest of the results here, except where noted, use only those people who say they will caucus in person, and the margin of error is plus or minus 4.7 percentage points.

    Because the Iowa Poll’s methodology has changed, the results are not directly comparable to past Iowa Polls of this presidential field.

    Generally, though, Biden and Sanders led the pack in both the December and March Iowa Polls, as they do now.

    In December, O’Rourke was in third place, followed by Warren. In March, O’Rourke was displaced by Warren and Harris, who rose to third and fourth place.

    Buttigieg was largely unknown by likely Democratic caucusgoers in March, the first time he appeared in an Iowa Poll.

    “It’s like with the vitriol and the hatred and all the bad things people say — he seems to be coming out fresh,” said Patti Thacker, a Cedar Rapids poll respondent who says Buttigieg is her first choice for president. “He wants to get the country into a new mode and give us new hope there really is something better than what’s been happening.”

    But even though she likes Buttigieg’s youth and vision, Thacker said she’s torn. She’s also drawn to Biden, who she says is her second choice for president.

    “We need someone to sort of heal the country — to level things out and get us back on track,” she said. “I feel like he can do that on that hand.”


  5. Pat
    The interesting thing about that poll is that both Biden and Bernie are both trending downward as other candidates become better known. The real phenome is mayor Pete who is coming out of nowhere to top tier status. What it really shows is that Iowa is white liberal land. People of color need not apply. Warren is the perfect candidate and Mayor Pete is about as diverse as they want to get.
    Also bad news for Amy K.  She needs to stick it to Biden, he is sucking up the few centrist votes.

  6. I’ll say one thing, every time they ask Pete B. a question, he knocks it out of the park.
    still for ms Harris or warren.

  7. Polls, get thee hence. A pox upon thee. 
    Poll not lest ye be polled. 
    Wrong as much as right.

  8. How many polls could a pollster post if a pollster could post polls?
    (all the above is NOT a criticism of those who post polls here, they dinna hurt me  noone and can be fun to read. It’s just my considered opinion of polling.)

  9. I’m really getting soaked in this downpour of western movies. It’s like they made so many that they just run slap out of titles for them. The stranger wore a gun, bullet for a bad man. You kiddin me?

  10. Good job Jack!
    we miss you and hope things are improving for you & Mrs Jace.

  11. One of the better aspects of the film La La Land was a jazz aficianado trying to tell someone what jazz if all about:

    And then (of course) someone else needed to comment on what the film got right and wrong about Jazz.


  12. Jack…  great selection.  As much as I miss Jace, it’ll be nice to hear some other stuff on Sundays.

    I’m glad that Biden is leading in the early polls…  they are usually wrong.

  13. Since I love crossing the international divides, my favorite Kirk Douglas “westerns” is one where he plays twin brothers in Australia is The Man From Snowy River.  This has the added benefit of the poems of Banjo Patterson which not only mentions the Snowy River, but my favorite Clancy of the Overflow.

    The Man From Snowy River

    Clancy of the Overflow

    One of these years should anyone ask where I am, I hope someone will answer “Gone to Queensland”.


  14. by George, from newsweek:


    On Twitter Sunday morning, Conway recommended several psychiatric analysis books and railed against what he called Trump’s “irrational, self-defeating” behavior. The 55-year-old lawyer, whose wife has been one of the president’s staunchest defenders, has consistently pointed out oddities in Trump’s behavior that he’s claimed are evidence of the president’s psychological problems.

    His latest jabs at the president’s mental health were prompted by Trump’s weekend tirade against the “corrupt media” and “fake news,” in which he admitted that his behavior was “not at all ‘Presidential'” but said he needed to “hit back” at what he viewed as attacks.

    Conway, who frequently rebukes Trump on Twitter, shot back Sunday morning, writing, “You’re not ‘presidential’ at all, period. You’re mentally unwell. You engage in bizarre, irrational, self-defeating behavior, which prompts criticism of you, which triggers more bizarre, irrational, self-defeating behavior. You would have been fired from any other job by now.”


    He likened Trump to the head of a publicly held corporation and asked whether board members of that company would abide a CEO who behaved in the same manner as this president.

    that company would abide a CEO who behaved in the same manner as this president.

    “And if anyone has any doubt about the question, ask yourself this: If, say, a CEO of a major publicly-held company engaged in conduct remotely similar to what we’ve seen of Donald J. Trump over the past 2-1/2 years, what would happen? How long would she or he last in the job?” Conway tweeted Sunday morning.

    He continued, “At a minimum, the board of directors would demand that the CEO undergo rigorous psychological examination. But they’d probably just get a new CEO.”

    Conway went on to list the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–5) that serves as a measurement of one’s mental health. He also suggested at least two books written by psychiatrists and doctors who analyze the president’s personal mental issues: Trump on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President and The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump.

    “Do yourself and the country a favor. Resign and seek the psychological treatment you so obviously need,” Conway added.

    The attorney labeled it “astonishing” the U.S. news media and the American people at large have failed to “confront the fact that we have a psychologically unwell and unfit president.” He questioned the amount of time a CEO of any U.S. corporation would be allowed to hold their position if they behaved both publicly and privately as Trump has since taking the Oval Office.

    On Friday, during the 75th anniversary of D-Day, Conway spent several hours making the case that former President Ronald Reagan is a better president than Trump. The comment was sparked by Trump’s claim he agreed with everything the late conservative icon did in office except on issues of trade.

    Conway’s lengthy and ongoing Sunday discussion of Trump’s mental health discussed how some former presidents had mental illnesses that didn’t prevent them from doing their job as in the case of forty-fifth president.

    Conway added, “Not all mental illness is created equal. Being, say, depressed is a lot different than being a malignant narcissist. Lincoln suffered from depression, but was arguably our greatest President. What’s misguided is to ignore the fact that his condition makes him unfit for office.”


  15. I imagine Kellyanne in the background hovering over his shoulder, reading as he tweets above and snickering or chortling with a snort here and there


  16. for the economists in the crowd, here’s an interesting op ed for you today in the guardian:

    Elizabeth Warren’s economic nationalism vision shows there’s a better way


    Elizabeth Warren’s new Plan for Economic Patriotism, unveiled on Tuesday, marks a stunningly ambitious version of American industrial policy.


    Industrial policy centers on a social contract between the public and business: corporations get extra resources to grow bigger and more innovative. In return, those corporations create high-paying jobs in the nation, and focus on sectors promising the greatest social returns.


    This isn’t laissez-faire economics; nor is it zero-sum economic nationalism. America’s investments in its workers and leading-edge industries wouldn’t prevent other nations from making similar investments.


    Such competition is positive-sum: if all nations’ workers became more productive, and all socially-beneficial industries grew, the world will be better for everyone.


    Warren berates American companies that “have no loyalty or allegiance” to the nation they were born in. “These ‘American’ companies show only one real loyalty: to the short-term interests of their shareholders, a third of whom are foreign investors,” she writes.


    But Warren is no zero-sum economic nationalist. She understands globalization can be a positive force if focused on improving the conditions of a nation’s workforce rather than on maximizing returns to capital. “Globalization isn’t some mysterious force whose effects are inevitable and beyond our control. No – America chose to pursue a trade policy that prioritized the interests of capital over the interests of American workers.”


    Warren proposes enlarging federal research and development, and targeting it on leading technologies. These R&D investments would be “spread across every region of the country, not focused on only a few coastal cities”. The products that emerge would be built by American workers.


  17. These proposals of Warren are actually a “back to basics” capitalism.  Actually roughly 250 years back to basics of Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations of 1776.  That “invisible hand” always did take into account David Hume’s Inquiry Concerning Human Nature of the same period.

    According to Hume, our sympathy-based sentiments can motivate us towards the pursuit of non-selfish ends, like the utility of others. For Hume, and for fellow sympathy-theorist Adam Smith, the term “sympathy” is meant to capture much more than concern for the suffering of others. Sympathy, for Hume, is a principle for the communication and sharing of sentiments, both positive and negative. In this sense, it is akin to what contemporary psychologists and philosophers callempathy. In developing this sympathy-based moral sentimentalism, Hume surpasses the divinely-implanted moral sense theory of his predecessor,Francis Hutcheson, by elaborating a naturalistic, moral psychological basis for the moral sense, in terms of the operation of sympathy.

    Without investment in the whole of workers and society, Captalism carries the seeds of its own destruction due to greed and lack of ethics.  This is definitely not Socialism which is a whole different animal as practiced in dictatorships and more akin to the various forms of social investments in most developed nations. 



  18. “Without investment in the whole of workers and society, Captalism carries the seeds of its own destruction due to greed and lack of ethics.”

    Jamie, truer words were never spoken. 

    same goes for horse racing and other sports industries. thru greed and lack of ethics they’re doing themselves in.

  19. If I knew I wasn’t making the debates I would live stream watching them with a some folks and comment on the action

  20. John Wayne with a dog

    Hondo (film) – Wikipedia
    hondo from

    Hondo is a 1953 Warnercolor 3D Western film directed by John Farrow and starring John Wayne and Geraldine Page. The screenplay is based on the July 5, 1952 Collier’s short story “The Gift of Cochise” by Louis L’Amour.





  21. Patd

    Yes I love horse racing and horses.  You can’t have those huge power house hind quarters on those tiny ankles without inviting injuries.  They have been bred to race very fast.  They have also been bred for broken legs and death.

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