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New Orleans–The Birthplace of an American Original–p2

posted by Robert Gelinas

Buddy Bolden was a little crazy. New Orleans was a disaster waiting to happen. The Big Easy was anything but easy, though it was very unique setting of pain diversity, and depth. Many say that Buddy Bolden was the father […]

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New Orleans–The Birthplace of an American Original–p1

posted by Robert Gelinas

"Jazz evolved hand in glove with American culture…it is essentially an African-American musical phenomenon that evolved out of the unique historical, cultural, and social currents of eighteenth- and ninteenth-century New Orleans. The factors that underlie its emergence are many, but […]

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Better question…Who is “IT?”

posted by Robert Gelinas

In light of the last post on “What is IT?” Perhaps a better question is, “Who is IT?” Grammy award winner, Wynton Marsalis tells this story about “IT“ “Now, my younger brother Ellis couldn’t understand all this fuss about jazz. […]

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What is “IT?”

posted by Robert Gelinas

Just the other night I was part of a group. Young and old. Rich and poor. Black, Latino & white. Farmer types and Hip-Hop. I was at a local jazz club. What is IT about jazz that produces this kind […]

Convergent Community

posted by Robert Gelinas

Ensemble "A unit of complementary parts that contribute to a single effect. From the French meaning ‘together.’ From the Latin, meaning ‘at the same time.’" (dictionary.com) In jazz one needs an ensemble. What about theology?

Free At Last?

posted by Robert Gelinas

Essential reading for the Jazz Theolgian. This book is for anyone who wants to see a master Jazz Theologian at work. Carl Ellis is the President of Project Joseph (www.projectjoseph.org) and seeks to bring reformation and renewal to the church. […]

Kind Of Blue (part 3b)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Here’s a sample of "So What," the first track off of Miles Davis’ landmark jazz album, Kind Of Blue. What differences do you hear between Ellington & Davis?

Kind Of Blue (part 3a)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Here’s an example of jazz, pre-Kind Of Blue… Duke Ellington–I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good. What do you think?

What is Kenny G missing?

posted by Robert Gelinas

"Kenny G is an acoustic musician who plays the soprano saxophone, the instrument identified with Sidney Bechet and John Coltrane, two of the icons of jazz history." (Jazz 101, John Szwed, p21) I don’t think that Kenny G is a […]

Kenny G–Jazz, Classical or something else?

posted by Robert Gelinas

Kenny G. He’s played with Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole, Aretha and Grover Washington Jr. He holds the world record for the longest note ever played on a saxaphone…over 45 minutes! But is Kenny G jazz, classical or something else? Why […]

Moments

posted by Robert Gelinas

"Emily, a young woman in Thornton Wilder’s play "Our Town"…dies in child birth, but is granted a unique experience: the Stage manager allows her to return from death and live one more day of her life with her family. Although […]

Jazz Theology in Black and White

posted by Robert Gelinas

To talk about jazz is to talk about race and race relations in America. Jazz initially arose out of the pain of America’s original sin of slavery. Inspite of its’ emergence from such conditions, it proved to be convergent. Even […]

Jazz Theology 101–Classical vs. Jazz

posted by Robert Gelinas

Classical music–Formal music performed as written, able to be reproduced. The skill of the musician is measured by one’s ability to imitate the original. Jazz music–Dynamic music, unable to be reproduced. The skill of the musician is measured by one’s […]

“I See You”

posted by Robert Gelinas

It is said that in parts of Africa, "hello" is replaced with "Sawu bona." Translated, "I see you." The reply is, "Sikhona." Translated, "I am here." One author writes, "The order of the exchange is important: until you see me, […]

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