Back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, telephone numbers began with 2 letters. Think PEnnsylvania 6-5000, BUtterfield-8, and BEachwood 45789. This cool web site gives you young’uns a glimpse into a time when phone numbers weren’t all numerical. Click on the Search Our Database link to find historical information on these exchanges sent in by numerous contributors.
Harken back to those poetic days of yore — last week! For National Poetry Month, April 2007, the Library asked visitors to post their favorite poems. As you might expect, we got a wonderful collection.
Charles Mingus would have been 85 years old today. As you might expect, the Mudd has many recordings of him and his compositions. Search… Music recordings in LUCIA. To find recordings of Mingus playing, try “mingus bass” and also “mingus double bass” as Keyword Anywhere searches, both in quotes, of course. For all things Mingus, just type “mingus.”
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.
A mysterious one-named person, Dismuke, has created a web site of streaming RealAudio files from his (her? its?) personal collection of 78 rpm recordings. There’s no searching capability, but browsing is fun. Of particular interest in this Jazz Appreciation Month is the Popular Music of the 1920’s and 1930’s section.
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.
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
Toccata et fugue en ré mineur (12:00)
Jacques Loussier, piano ; Christian Garros, percussion ; Pierre Michelot, double bass.
Ah, Denmark. Tivoli Gardens. The Little Mermaid. Vikings. Public domain mp3s of swing music.
Oh, yes, Det Virtuelle Musikbibliotek brings you sound files to listen to and download. You can browse composers or search for someone in particular. Here’s a little Count Basie One O’Clock Jump to get you started.
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,