Chocolate Jazz

So if you missed the Jammin’ Pig Concert, you have another chance for Ribs and Jazz in Nashville on July 25th.  I spotted this event on the Fisk University student radio web site.

One of the recent “polls” asked how important it is to you that musicians on stage actually are playing their instruments and not lip syncing. Creating music in a studio and on stage are very different skill sets.

After looking at the video, present your argument whether the four musicians were ever in the same room together at the same time. I will state as a fact that the keyboard guy is really playing the music you are hearing from the red keyboard (albeit maybe edited later using MIDI). The Fisk audience might be a little uncomfortable with a live performance.

The bail bond advertisement seems a bit inappropriate, but maybe that is over sensitive.

Part two if you enjoyed the first one. Put your hands together for this live performance

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6 Responses to Chocolate Jazz

  1. Art Stone says:

    When I sang in the college choir, we went on tour around the country, both up North and down to Florida. The music professor was interesting to watch. We had one item where the jazz ensemble did an instrumental routine.

    They really struggled as the point of Jazz, at least as much as I understand it – is the music is intended to be largely improvisational – playing songs which have a general outline, but most of the playing is made up “on the fly”, requiring listening to each other and watching for visual clues. White people playing “Jazz” by reading music charts is just bizarre to me. Maybe that’s why it has mostly died as a radio music format.

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      You may enjoy this bit of composing and musical improvisation being taught to Steve Allen on the Steve Allen Show of March 4, 1963 (back when Kennedy was President). The short segment also highlights the humor of both the teacher and the student. The teacher is very young and articulate Frank Zappa:

      • Art Stone says:

        Preproduction and scripting is what I dislike about late night TV as TV “grew up”. Steve seems a little uncomfortable at the start, but when Zappa doesn’t cower in fear, Steve starts to recognize a kindred spirit.

        Bringing in “the band” wasn’t particularly helpful as they basically just made noise without listening.

        Being unafraid of failure and willing to take risks is the key to success. Letterman had that back in the NBC days when nobody knew who he was. Once he moved to 11:30, the stakes became too high and the expert consultants sucked the life out of it.

      • Art Stone says:

        Frank Zappa is dead! I should pay more attention. I have a “memory” of Tom Synder interviewing him. Whether that actually happened, I’m not sure.

  2. Art Stone says:

    The second video is probably a live performance, but the closeup instrument shots are not – as the keys being pressed, strings / frets plucked have no relation to the music being played

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