Thursday, April 5, 2012

Jazz Appreciation Month: Jazz in the Movies

Hallelujah (1929) -- the story of a cotton farmer, with music by Irving Berlin.  The DVD includes two musical shorts. Directed by King Vidor.
DVD Video 7079

Blues in the Night (1941) -- story about a jazz band on the road, starring Jimmy Lunceford and his orchestra.
DVD Video 7210

Cabin in the Sky (1943) -- Southern black version of "Faust" legend with music by Duke Ellington.  Features Ethel Waters, Lena Horne and Louis Armstrong.
DVD Video 7080

Stormy Weather (1943) -- includes the dance routine by the Nicholas Brothers that Fred Astaire described as the "best filmed dance sequence ever."  Also featuring Lena Horne, and the Cab Calloway big band.
DVD Video 6313

Birth of the Blues (1946) -- a story about Dixieland jazz, featuring trombonist Jack Teagarden.  The DVD includes Blue Skies (1941), with music by Irving Berlin.
DVD Video 6337

Anatomy of a Murder (1959) -- Otto Preminger film starring Jimmy Stewart, with music by Duke Ellington.
DVD Video 267

'Round Midnight (1968) -- stars saxophonist Dexter Gordon as a troubled sax player.  The film score is by Herbie Hancock.
DVD 6687

Buena Vista Social Club (1999) -- documentary about musicians in Havana
DVD Video 413

Sweet and Lowdown (2004) -- about the conflict between acoustic and electrified jazz.  Music by Dick Hyman
DVD Video 2052

These videos are available from the Educational Resources Collections.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Jazz Appreciation Month: Recent Acquisitions

ML419.C645 A5 2010

ML419.B297 Z57 2011

ML429.G696 H47 2011

ML419.J69 A3 2011

ML 422 .K35 S63 2010

The Music Collection has almost 200 biographies of jazz musicians!

Compact Discs
Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Big Band: Tales of a Courtesan
Compact Disc 18889

Stuff Smith & Stephane Grappelli: Violins No End
Compact Disc 20627
Historic pairing of two giants of jazz violin.

Miles Davis Quintet: Live in Europe, 1967 (includes a DVD)
Compact Disc 20882
First release of recordings made during this historic tour, including a live DVD.

Louis Prima
Compact Disc 20628
The greatest hits of the trumpeter/singer/arranger who had his own television show in the 1950s.

Great Jazz Legends: 40 Remarkable Recordings
Compact Disc 20746
The title says it all!

Trombone Shorty: For True
Compact Disc 20811
One of the newest jazz acts to achieve wide acclaim

Cal Tjader / Stan Getz Sextet
Compact Disc 20610
Pairing of the two saxophonists who put Latin Jazz on the map

Straight No Chaser Band: 200 Mondays
Compact Disc 20617

Keiko Matsui: The Road
Compact Disc 20615