Putting Pen to Paper.
Don't Be Afraid of Melody
As a music undergraduate at Mills College, a large part of my education there focused on the works of Darius Milhaud, John Cage, Henry Cowell, and Lou Harrison. Milhaud had been a professor there and Dave Brubeck...
"You know, Stan Kenton can stand in front of a thousand fiddles and a thousand brass and make a dramatic gesture and every studio arranger can nod his head and say, "Oh, yes, that's done like this. But Duke merely lifts his finger, three horns make a sound, and I don't know what it is!"
Sound as Memory
Sound, photographs, stories, movement, scent: each can embody or trigger a memory which, in itself, tells a story. Just as you can identify a player by their tone, or hear ( more like “feel” in this case) the difference between the Basie band or Ellington’s, sound is a powerful conveyor of history and meanings.
Moments in Jazz.
An audio collection of jazz moments. A year that defines an artist, or a significant concert or recording, reflecting on the impact that that event had on the musician and on Jazz. (Created for the "Jazz with Bob Parlocha" radio program.)