Tag Archives: Jazz

Video of the Week #344: New Orleans Jazz


Tuba Skinny. Early on (about the 0:37 mark) there’s a couple dancing in the background. Pure joy.

Creative Juice #243

Creative Juice #243

12 articles to marvel over:

April is Jazz Appreciation Month


And what better way to celebrate than to listen to some great jazz music.

Dick Cavett interviewing Oscar Peterson:

The Robert Glasper Trio:

The great Ella Fitzgerald scatting:

John Batiste:

Bobby McFerrin and Chick Corea:

Miles Davis (and is it my imagination or is that Carlos Santana playing guitar?):

Andrea Motis, Joan Chamorro Quintet, and Scott Hamilton:

Duke Ellington:

Ahmad Jamal:

Dave Brubeck:

The Swingle Singers


In 1963, around the time the Beatles became popular in the United States, I began listening to the radio, and occasionally I’d hear a jazzy vocal arrangement of a Bach piece, like this one:

In Paris in 1962, a musician named Ward Swingle assembled a group of fine vocalists who sang lush arrangements of Baroque repertoire with no or minimal instrumentation, often just a drum set and string bass, using jazz techniques such as syncopated rhythms and scatting. When I was in my high school chorus, we sang one of their arrangements, maybe this one:

Bach, Sleepers Awake:

I recently googled The Swingle Singers and discovered that they are still performing and recording. The makeup of the group has changed, with new singers auditioning every time a vacancy occurred. Here are some of their more recent work.

Piazzolla’s Libertango:

Beatles’ Blackbird/ I Will:

Ciao, Bella, ciao is an Italian song that was featured in a Korean movie, Han Gong Ju:


Mozart: Rondo Alla Turca:

William Tell Overture:

Peter Gunn theme music:

Mozart Symphony No. 40: