‘It’s like a language’ – Stan Getz

“It’s like a language. You learn the alphabet, which are the scales. You learn sentences, which are the chords. And then you talk extemporaneously with the horn. It’s a wonderful thing to speak extemporaneously, which is something I’ve never gotten the hang of. But musically I love to talk just off the top of my head. And that’s what jazz music is all about.”

Stan Getz

The Jazz Photography by William P.Gottlieb

Just this morning I ran into the collection of Jazz Photography by William P.Gottlieb in the Library Of Congress’s Flickr-stream. As I wrote in an earlier post I’m a sucker for photography like this and this is truly a wonderful find.

From the album description:

Gottlieb was both a notable jazz journalist and a self-taught photographer who captured the personalities of jazz musicians and told their stories with his camera and typewriter. His portraits depict such prominent musicians and personalities as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk, Ella Fitzgerald, and many more.

It’s a collection of overall 1601 images and is full of iconic and famous images. I like how images like these open a door into another time and world and almost send one into this era. It is Jazz history in images.

According to the album description the first 219 pictures were included in Gottlieb’s book The Golden Age Of Jazz. I used to have a large print of this image of Dizzy Gillespie in a slightly different crop on my wall for a long time.

Jazz Quotes

Matt Mullenweg:

I think it’s a shame that there is no good, definitive collection of notable quotes by everyone’s favorite musicians. So I’ve begun collecting quotes from different books I have and from across the internet.

As I was running through my collected quotes the last night I ran into Jazz-Quotes maintained by WordPress founder and saxophone player (at least I think so) Matt Mullenweg. It is really a great collection of quotes.

A Session To Remember

It’s rare enough of an occasion that someone like Joe Lovano performs around here, let alone shows up on the Jam Session. So rare, that I almost forgot that I had my camera with me. In fact the whole trio with Lars Danielsson and Jukkis Uotila sat-in.


After their stunning performance on the main-stage earlier that evening it was particular great hearing them in this smaller place. I guess this is already now legendary night to remember.

On Blue Mitchell

In the last few episodes of Jazz Insights host Gordon Vernick profiled Jazz trumpet player Blue Mitchell. I had been vaguely familiar with Blue Mitchell, but these episodes really brought him back to my attention. Talking about someone who really knows how to play beautiful clear lines.

Prior I have listened to his playing mainly on his many recordings as a sideman, mostly with Horace Silver I guess, but don’t think to have heard any of his solo recordings before. So shame on me, but I am intrigued by the clarity and beauty of his lines.

The podcast is a series of three episodes in total and is absolutely worth to listen to:

‘Something About Blue’

I did some further searching and found the 10min feature Something About Blue in which record producer Orrin Keepnews talks about Blue Mitchell and about the production of the 1959 recording Blue Soul(Spotify link) on Riverside records. The title track is a beautiful example of the clarity that I enjoy.

Jazz Dispute

The video Jazz Dispute by Jeremiah McDonald is with it’s 8 years probably almost historic in internet-years. I watched for the first time few years ago and for some reason it came to my mind again the other day. It hasn’t lost any of it’s original appeal and I thought I could share here.