New Music: Jazz Recommendations

Been tuning in to KJazz 88.1FM a lot lately and, as always, ensuring to keep my favorite songs recorded for you guys.

Here are a couple I came across that you might find some liking to:

“Feeling Good” by Gene Ammons

“Let it Flow (For “Dr.J”) by Gover Washington & Jr.

My Experience at The Los Angeles Third Church Jazz Concert

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Not too long ago, I attended a jazz event in the Los Angeles area that only lend me greater appreciation for the music art form of jazz. Eric Reed on the keys backed by a number of talented musicians by name of Anthony Thung on keys, Christopher (to what I recall) on the saxophone who was absolutely amazing and gifted, and a gentlemen on the bass (unfortunately atm I can’t recall his name). The performance was phenomenal. The musicians had great chemistry, it was as if they were communicating through their instrumentals. The whole performance got the whole crowd moving and their legs tapping’ the floor. Mind you, I was literally the only asian person in the crowd, not going to lie I felt so misplaced. Leimert Park is predominantly a black community, so almost everyone else in the room was black with a few white folks. It didn’t, however, stop me from having a great time listening and watching the masters at work. I thought it was fascinating, though there was an apparent racial contrast, the music made me feel at home. It’s amazing how music can make strangers feel like they know in each other simply by the way the other person moves to the music. Definitely a memory that makes me grateful to be living in a city where the music lives.

New Series: Vocal Tips

Hi guys, so after some thought I’ve decided that I will be sharing my musical journey as a an aspiring singer with you guys here on WordPress. From books to the internet, I thought I’d invite ya’ll over for the ride in my vocal research. From tips, to new musical and biological terminology, hidden gems of legendary artists discovered on Youtube, etc.. useful stuff for other aspiring artists. As I become learn more about the technical terms of singing, I become more passionate about it. Singing really is a beautiful tool. And there are so many types of singing styles that I have yet to explore. Here is a video of Ella Fitzgerald scat singing. Most definitely out of my comfort zone, but very interesting to learn about. I hope ya’ll enjoy this video of the Ms. Fitzgerald singing some may call “gibberish”.. beautifully..

definition of scat singing: A vocal jazz style that consists of improvised nonsense syllables sung to an an improvised melody, usually over an instrumental accompaniment. This is similar to vocalese where voices replace jazz instruments with the addition of words. (music terms)

Here are some modern jazz artists, Michael Mwenso and Brianna Thomas from the Jazz Academy, singing scat:

 

❦ Happy Birthday Ella Fitzgerald ❦

Happy belated birthday to the jazz queen, Ms. Ella Fitzgerald!

 “Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” – Ella Fitzgerald 

♫ Summertime, and the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high
Oh, your daddy’s rich and your ma is good-lookin’
So hush, little baby, don’t you cry

You could purchase original here: Summertime

❦ Happy Birthday to Ledisi ❦

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Ms. Ledisi… her music brings light and warmth. So happy to have discovered her.

“I’m not focused on radio or whether I’m going to get all the audiences… all I wanted were great songs that were universal to any listener – Black, White, Green, Yellow; any kind a age difference.” – Ledisi

♪  When they look at me
What they fail to see
Is the love you got me feeling
Like I’m dancing on the ceiling
I can hardly breathe
‘Cause you’re all I need
So when they ask me why I’m smiling like a fool
I blame you ♪

 

Purchase Luther Vandross’ “My Sensitivity”:
My Sensitivity (Gets in the Way)

Purchase Ledisi’s “I Blame You” Here: I Blame You

The High Priestess of Soul

A strong female symbol within both the music industry and political realm, Miss Nina Simone left her mark as a legendary artist and political leader during the Civil Rights Movement. I would like to take a moment to dedicate this post to her, as she was one of the many who have me discover my love for music. You could read more about her biography here and buy her album here The Essential Nina Simone.