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Thomas Young - Twisted

…because it’s Friday night and I think this is one of the best versions of this song, ever! :)

Jumpin Jive - Cab Calloway and the Nicholas Brothers

From the movie “Stormy Weather" (1943) which also stars Lena Horne.

For all you young folks, Cab Calloway was the Jay Z of his time. ;)

note: I’m tagging this “Black History” because we often forget how important entertainment and popular culture is in bringing people together and changing the world. These talented people, Cab Calloway, Lena Horne, the Nicholas Brothers, and others like them didn’t have it easy. Even though they were headliners, they still were refused entry into most hotels because of the color of their skin.

Here’s a little something to help you get through the rest of your Monday…

Duke Jordan - Night In Tunisia (DJ Jazzy Jeff Remix)

Yes. THAT DJ Jazzy Jeff!

Monsters of Talk, Margaret Cho and Jim Short have another lively conversation with singer-songwriter-activist, Billy Bragg. This time is a discussion about tattoos, skiffle, record shops, Margaret Thatcher, and pearl snap cowboy shirts.

Nina Simone - My Baby Just Cares For Me- Special Extended Smoochtime Version


Dontcha just love Miss Nina?

Here’s something to perk up your Monday afternoon.

And now, something extraordinarily different…

The Andy Lim Trio feat. Rage Against the Machine - Killing In The Name (Jazz Version)

Herbie Hancock - Watermelon Man


Herbie Hancock explains how he composed Watermelon Man and how Mongo Santamaria influenced it. He then performs both the original 1962 and the 1973 Headhunters versions.

Here is a perfect example of how the appeal of a song grows exponentially after you learn from where it came.

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Herbie Hancock & LA Philharmonic Orchestra (with Gustavo Dudamel dir.)

Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”

There are moments when you can see Gustavo shaking his head and almost laughing as Herbie teases his way through this Gershwin classic. As the crescendo builds, Hancock keeps you hanging on, waiting for the next note. It’s breathtaking. It’s almost tantric.

Chaka Kahn  ft. Dizzy Gillespie & Herbie Hancock ~ And the Melody Still Lingers On (Night in Tunisia)

Some jazz and funk for a Sunday evening

 

Tortured Soul - “How’s Your Life”  (Java Jazz Festival)

A light, poppin tune with a depressing lyric. I’m so conflicted.