David Brent Johnson http://kgou.org en Wade In The Water: 5 Jazz Takes On Spirituals http://kgou.org/post/wade-water-5-jazz-takes-spirituals <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJ1AL2bzmpY</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 17:34:00 +0000 David Brent Johnson 18532 at http://kgou.org Wade In The Water: 5 Jazz Takes On Spirituals Duke Ellington: Highlights Of His Twilight http://kgou.org/post/duke-ellington-highlights-his-twilight When <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15396582/duke-ellington">Duke Ellington</a> received the news that <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15396578/billy-strayhorn">Billy Strayhorn</a>, his songwriting and arranging partner of 28 years, had died, Ellington reportedly cried and told a friend, "No, I'm not all right! Nothing is going to be all right now."<p>The cancer-stricken Strayhorn passed away on May 31, 1967, and Ellington himself would follow seven years later, dying on May 24, 1974, at the age of 75. Thu, 23 May 2013 20:38:00 +0000 David Brent Johnson 6518 at http://kgou.org Duke Ellington: Highlights Of His Twilight The Women In Charge Of The Band http://kgou.org/post/women-charge-band The narrative of jazz history often credits the music as a powerful, progressive force for racial integration in American culture. But what about gender equality? On that score, jazz in its first few decades would have to be given a less than stellar grade.<p>Jazz critic George Simon embodied the belief of many when he wrote that "only God can make a tree, and only men can play good jazz." Although female singers were generally accepted and often spotlighted with the big bands, female instrumentalists found the going much more difficult. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 18:24:00 +0000 David Brent Johnson 2867 at http://kgou.org The Women In Charge Of The Band