Jazz Goes To College

Mon 29 Apr 2013 - Filed under: Jazz — Christian
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On our recent post in honor of Jazz Appreciation Month, someone left a comment saying he was at college in the ’50s and that jazz was only for beatniks. Sure beatniks dug jazz, but so did the guys above, and they’re goatee and sandal-free.

The photo is from the 1960 yearbook of Lehigh University, and the album the students are listening to is this:


Of course some would say Brubeck ain’t jazz, but that’s another story.

You can see the rest of the yearbook here. I scoured the pages hoping to see a dapper young Bruce Boyer, but no luck. — CC

Jazz Appreciation Month: Jazz On Campus Album Covers

Mon 22 Apr 2013 - Filed under: Jazz — Christian
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April is Jazz Appreciation Month. If you’d forgotten, here’s an easy way to remember.

In its honor, here’s a gallery of album covers from the Ivy heyday, when jazz was king of the campus. — CC (Continue)


It Might As Well Be Spring

Fri 22 Mar 2013 - Filed under: Jazz — Christian
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Last night on the quiz show “Jeopardy!” there was a jazz category. The contestants left it for last and then failed to answer a single question. America’s classical music, indeed.

On New Year’s Eve I made a resolution to work on my jazz piano chops. It’s the only resolution I’ve kept through March. My girlfriend made the same resolution, so I’ve been rewatching Ken Burns’ documentary with her. Check it out if you haven’t seen it.

Now I’m not suggesting you need to be like me and Bruce, Richard, Charlie and Alan and get hep to the jive. But really, why be an ickaroo any longer? — CC

What do you think of jazz?


Hollywood Style: Before The Golf Swing, The Other Kind Of Swing

Wed 6 Mar 2013 - Filed under: Film,Jazz — Christian
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Last night I was sitting around with the girlfriend pulling up videos on YouTube and trying to explain the difference between swing, jump blues and rockabilly. I went looking for a band I knew from San Francisco and stumbled across a blast from my past: Two recently uploaded clips about an independent movie called “Swing” I worked on over a decade ago.

It was my 15 minutes of Hollywood fame, minus the fame. (Continue)


Merry Christmas From Ivy Style

Sat 22 Dec 2012 - Filed under: Jazz — Christian
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Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown. — CC

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