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The Jazzual Suspects - “This Beat”

I know I’ve posted this before but this tune, with it’s laid back jazz flavored hip hop and melancholy piano speaks to me in a most profound way.

It popped up on Pandora Radio the other day while I was walking though my neighborhood and the synchronicity was too much. It’s been on my mind a lot, so I’m sharing it again.

The Peddlers - Gassin’

From the album “Live’ At The Pickwick”

This makes me vary happy!

Fort Knox Five - “The Brazilian Hipster”

Something to get you moving on this fine Friday evening. B-)

I dare you to not bop your head. 

Chaka Khan - Melody Still Lingers On (at Roxy Theater, June 7, 1981)

I credit Chaka Khan for my love of jazz, funk, and be bop. Seriously, those silky smooth vocal chords of hers… wow!

Here are the players…

  • Trumpet: Randy Brecker
  • Tenor Saxophone: Michael Brecker
  • Drums: Steve Ferrone
  • Bass: Anthony Jackson
  • Percussion: Henry Gibson
  • Guitars: Hamish Stewart & David Williams
  • Backing Vocals: Lee Maiden & Mark Stevens

Man does Randy Brecker kill that trumpet! You guys know how a trumpet is played, right? You buzz into the mouth piece. There’s no reed to vibrate. That’s Becker’s lips!

Anyway, enjoy the song. :)

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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