...performing “Overjoyed” at White House tribute to Stevie Wonder.
Jazz bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding (born 1984) won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best New Artist, making her the first jazz artist to win that award. Justin Bieber was widely favored to win.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
Max Roach was born on today’s date: January 10, 1924
He was a pioneer of bebop and is considered one of the greatest jazz drummers in history. He was educated at the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied classical percussion, and from 1972-1995 taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He created a revolutionary technique known as “melodic drumming,” and was one of the few drummers to give solo concerts. His career began in the mid-1940s, and he made dozens of recordings from 1944 through 2002. Roach died on August 16, 2007.
Beyond brilliant. Do not try this at home (YouTube clip). Who else could do this?