Naima Obaitori – In The Land of Peace – A Visual Representation

When you come to her shows you’ll definitely get a little bit of this and that…  

…and your emotions will soar from laughter to tears so you’ll never be bored, she’s got something for everyone.

Naima hails from the Windy City and her vocal versatility ranging from R&B, pop to rock and jazz have been heard from the Cotton Club in Chicago to inspirational music at the BB King’s Gospel Brunch.

As a songwriter (whose writing partner is the amazing Alex Alessandroni) Naima writes in various genres, but her heart is in Jazz.

Her jazz roots started in traditional style and her personal favorites are Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Nancy Wilson.

Currently she is working to make her jazz more “danceable” in the styles of Jill Scott, Sade and Erykah Badu.

I spent 5 minutes with Naima before a show. As one of the founders of The Jazz Gumbo Project her vision of Jazz performance is what this site is about.

 

http://www.naimajazz.com

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What Makes Jazz so Special?

AFRICAN AMERICANS, IMPROVISATION, AND “SWING” MAKE JAZZ UNIQUE!

The “Swing” that I am talking about is not the sub genre of Jazz called Swing that was the thing in the early 30’s to about 1945.

What I am writing about  is the feel of the music.

Frank Zappa said, “writing about music is like dancing about architecture.”

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Ella Fitzgerald clearly knows what Jazz is. Here is her description of “Swing.”

“Jazz is why, er–swing is–well, you sort of feel–uh–uh–I don’t know–you just swing!”(Ella Fitzgerald) 

One of my “Spaceook”  friends believes in the SILVER LINING theory of life. Every bad thing has a good side. I don’t agree. As much as I love Jazz…

And I LOVE JAZZ! I would have “wished it to the cornfield” if it meant there would never have been the horror of 400 Million Africans transformed into property. Born in the USA
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Africans took the European instruments and added their own rhythms, intervals and pitch. That pitch variation is called Blue Notes. Blue notes are outside of and between the European 12 note chromatic scale. (Think of the seven white notes and 5 black notes)

So what does the marriage of Europe and Africa in American music sound like. Here is a great example. Lets take the European orchestra concept, with all of their instruments, take the African seasoning and “structure” the improv to fit into the box. What do you get? Benny Goodman and “Sing. Sing, Sing”

Another thing that Jazz musicians do, especially in solo improvisations is to alter the tones of the notes.  Sometimes the players let the pitch fall off at its release. Sometimes they slide one pitch into another. Sometimes they bend a pitch into a note. Jazz cats also use different types of vibrato, from rapid, to slow to none at all.

Jazz  cats create a melody in the moment  that has never existed before. The big deal is that the solo has to work with the harmony and the chord being played while anticipating how the solo is going to fit in with the next chord to be played. There is no music like Jazz! Jazz was born from the need of every human to discover and express their own individual and unique humanity. Jazz has always struggled to get “out of the musical box” and that is EXACTLY why it is embraced by all races and cultures.

Namaste

 

Jazz: An Audio Novel Narrated by Toni Morrison

In the winter of 1926, when everybody everywhere sees nothing but good things ahead, Joe Trace, middle-aged door-to-door salesman of Cleopatra beauty products, shoots his teenage lover to death. At the funeral, Joe’s wife, Violet, attacks the girl’s corpse. This passionate, profound story of love and obsession brings us back and forth in time, as a narrative is assembled from the emotions, hopes, fears, and deep realities of black urban life. Jazz embraces the vibrant music and lifestyle of 1920s Harlem, an urban renaissance of opportunity and glamour. A novel of murder, hard lives, and broken dreams, Jazz sways with a lyric medley of voices and human consciousness.

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Narrated by the author, Toni Morrison, this is an intense but gratifying three hours of tape. Background jazz music enhances the feel of ’20s Harlem, a city that attracted thousands of black southerners hoping for better lives.
Joe Trace and his wife Violet were part of this migration; madly in love with each other and the idea of this urban mecca, they”traindanced into the city.” But like so many of the marriages in Morrison’s novels, this union crumbles, and the dreams for a better life fade away.
Joe finds another, a love”that made him so sad and happy he shot her just to keep the feeling going.”

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Jazz : A Film By Ken Burns

From the creator of The Civil War, Baseball and many other acclaimed documentaries comes this epic series celebrating that most American of art forms, jazz.

From its blues and ragtime roots through swing and into bebop and fusion, the growth of jazz is charted as you watch 75 interviews, more than 500 pieces of music and rare, unseen photos and footage.

Ken Burns‘s expansive 10-episode paean, Jazz, completes his trilogy on American culture, following The Civil War and Baseball films.306110_270443096378974_823271627_nJazz Film

Spanning more than 19 hours, Jazz is, of course, about a lot more than what many have called America’s classical music–especially in episodes 1 through 7. It’s here that Burns unearths precious visual images of jazz musicians and hangs historical narratives around the music with convincing authority.

Time can stand still as images float past to the sound of grainy vintage jazz, and the drama of a phonograph needle being placed on Louis Armstrong’s celestial”West End Blues” is nearly sublime.

“From its blues and ragtime roots through swing and into bebop and fusion, the growth of jazz is charted as you watch 75 interviews, more than 500 pieces of music and rare, unseen photos and footage! 10 DVDs

The film is also potent in arguing that the history of race in the 20th-century U.S. is at jazz’s heart.

But a few problems arise. First is Burns’s reliance on Wynton Marsalis as his chief musical commentator. Marsalis might be charming and musically expert, but he’s no historian. For the film to devote three of its episodes to the 1930s, one expects a bit more historical substance. Also, Jazz condenses the period of 1961 to the present into one episode, glossing over some of the music’s giant steps. Burns has said repeatedly that he didn’t know much about jazz when he began this project.27998_688916324581335_318101781_n

So perhaps Jazz, for all its glory, would better be called Jazz: What I’ve Learned Since I Started Listening (And I Haven’t Gotten Much Past 1961). For those who are already passionate about jazz, the film will stoke debate (and some derision, together with some reluctant praise). But for everyone else, it will amaze and entertain and kindle a flame for some of the greatest music ever dreamed. —Andrew Bartlett

“Spanning more than 19 hours, Jazz is, of course, about a lot more than what many have called America’s classical music.

 Burns unearths precious visual images of jazz musicians and hangs historical narratives around the music with convincing authority. 

A phonograph needle being placed on Louis Armstrong’s celestial”West End Blues” is nearly sublime.”

Click here to ad this jewel to your library. This is a MUST HAVE!