Category: Fun

Reach for the Stars!

It could be said that some poets and some jazz musicians are spacey. Now you can be spacey yourself with this marvelous free downloadable program, Stellarium. Enter your earthly coordinates and view the night (or daytime) sky as seen from your location. This “open source planetarium” allows you to be a sky pilot right in your own home, or out on the deck if you have wireless.

Hello, Lily

The most recent issue (vol. 25, no. 1) of the journal American Music contains a transcription of reminiscences recorded by Lil Hardin Armstrong about her life, and her courtship and marriage to Louis Armstrong. Since the Mudd subscribes to American Music, you can view Satchmo and Me online. A primary source at its best.

Unglaublich!

So you say, “Jazz is ok, but I’m really a fan of the Baroque, you know, Bach and all that.” Never fear! Try some of Porter Heap’s Swinging Bach (or Toccata and Fugue in d Minor) from the CD Orgel-Feuerwerk III, available from http://www.bonimusik.de. Or check out this version in the Mudd:

[CD] M385.B15 L6

Play Bach

Toccata et fugue en ré mineur (12:00)

Jacques Loussier, piano ; Christian Garros, percussion ; Pierre Michelot, double bass.

H-B, Herbie!

In keeping with Jazz Appreciation Month (see below) Herbie Hancock was conveniently born 67 years ago today. It may not surprise you to know the Mudd has 18 recordings of Mr. Hancock at the piano. But we also have quite a few recordings of his compositions interpreted by other artists.

To find CDs of Mr. Hancock the performer, try this Keyword anywhere phrase in quotation marks in LUCIA:

herbie hancock piano

To find everything,

herbie hancock

Take a Jazzer to Lunch

The Smithsonian sez: April is Jazz Appreciation Month. The next time you’re walking past a practice room and you hear some Monk or Coltrane wafting from within, knock on the door and buy that tortured soul a hot meal. Or how about listening to some jazz? Mosey on over to the library and browse the M1366’s. Here are a couple of CDs featuring our faculty:

A calling

M1366 .D36 C35

John Daniel, trumpet, flugelhorn, composer ; José Encarnación, soprano and tenor sax, clarinet, flute ; Matt Turner, cello, piano ; Steve Grismore, guitar ; Mark Urness, bass ; Dane Richeson, drums, percussion.

Smile: The Music of Marty Erickson.

M1366.E75 S65

Street Musician

If an internationally acclaimed performing artist plays a multi-million dollar instrument in a subway station and no one listens, is it any good? Read what happened when Joshua Bell participated in a stunt cooked up by the Washington Post. You can also watch the video and hear the audio.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/04/AR2007040401721.html?hpid=topnews

If this link is no longer valid, search Newspapers from Proquest for the document title “Pearls before Breakfast.”