In a career that ran from the 1930s into the 1980s, and included work in big bands and rock ‘n’ roll, the clarinetist, saxophonist and bandleader changed to reflect the times. Herman would have turned 100 on May 16.
Abrams ComicArts has just released Legends of the Blues, a book that contains 100 portraits of blues artists, much in the vein of Robert Crumb’s Heroes of the Blues series of books and cards. The book also includes a 14-track CD with recordings by Blind Willie McTell, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Bukka White, and others.
Check out more about this awesome-looking book, including additional preview images, over on BoingBoing.
Oh by the way, I’m DJing the finale of Midsummer Night Swing, featuring the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra and the 5th Annual Ambassador Prize Dance Contest!
New York’s most fabulous outdoor dance party – Midsummer Night Swing ― marks its 25th Anniversary season this summer by inviting New York’s iconic dance bands to bring live music to Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park, taking place Tuesdays through Saturdays, June 25—July 13.
This summer’s celebration kicks off with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, playing big band classics by Duke Ellington and others, ideal for swinging the night away. Tickets and passes go on sale May 22. Visit the more website for more details.
Read the full press release to read about this summer’s swinging 25th Anniversary.
Count Basie & His Orchestra - “Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?” from Baseball Anthems (Amazon MP3)(10 plays)
Over at The Atlantic is an interesting history piece about a never-made Stanley Kubrick film that, had it been made, would have been the part of the Venn diagram where the theme of today’s interview (World War II) and one of Fresh Air’s favorite things (No hints. Just click.) overlapped.
[I]t’s Kubrick’s interest in jazz-loving Nazis that represents his most fascinating unrealized war film. The book that Kubrick was handed, and one he considered adapting soon after wrapping Full Metal Jacket, was Swing Under the Nazis, published in 1985 and written by Mike Zwerin, a trombonist from Queens who had performed with Miles Davis and Eric Dolphy before turning to journalism.