September 15: John Coltrane – Blue Train (1957)

Without reservation, Blue Train can easily be considered in and among the most important and influential entries not only of John Coltrane’s career, but of the entire genre of jazz music as well. ~Lindsay Planer (allmusic.com) “Blue Train” is the best thing that could have possibly come out of Coltrane’s first attempt at leading and composing his own group. His …

September 2: The late great Jazz legend Horace Silver was born in 1928

Jazz is not background music. You must concentrate upon it in order to get the most of it. You must absorb most of it. The harmonies within the music can relax, soothe, relax, and uplift the mind when you concentrate upon and absorb it. Jazz music stimulates the minds and uplifts the souls of those who play it was well …

August 29: The late Charlie Parker was born in 1920

You’ve got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail. ~Charlie Parker I realized by using the high notes of the chords as a melodic line, and by the right harmonic progression, I could play what I heard inside me. That’s when …

August 19: Happy 75th Birthday Ginger Baker

“They credited us with the birth of that sort of heavy metal thing. Well, if that’s the case, there should be an immediate abortion.” ~Ginger Baker If I am playing any music at all it is jazz music. ~Ginger Baker There are a lot of great drummers. But Ginger Baker is an inspiration because of a certain almost relaxing quality …

August 17: Miles Davis released Kind of Blue in 1959

“It must have been made in heaven.” – Jimmy Cobb Kind of Blue is a studio album by American jazz musician Miles Davis, released August 17, 1959, on Columbia Records in the United States. Recording sessions for the album took place at Columbia’s 30th Street Studio in New York City on March 2 and April 22, 1959. The sessions featured Davis’s ensemble sextet, which consisted of pianist Bill Evans (Wynton Kelly on one …

August 16: Bill Evans was born in 1929 (August 16, 1929 – September 15, 1980)

“My creed for art in general is that it should enrich the soul; it should teach spirituality by showing a person a portion of himself that he would not discover otherwise…a part of yourself you never knew existed.” ~Bill Evans “To the person who uses music as a medium for the expression of ideas, feelings, images, or what have you; …

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