And Now, Our Jazz Moments
Text by Rebecca Gross / Audio production by Adam Kampe
Every year, our audio producers spend hours interviewing the latest class of Lou Donaldson, Lorraine Gordon, Eddie Palmieri, and Mose Allison, and hosted by jazz journalist, producer, and musicologist Mark Ruffin. Click here to view our full collection of Jazz Moments, or visit our honorees' bio pages for their individual clips.
Lou Donaldson on "Blues Walk"
Lou Donaldson opens every show with his song "Blues Walk," which was first released on his 1958 album of the same name. In this excerpt, the alto saxophonist describes how the tune defines his signature style. [00:59]
Excerpt of “Blues Walk” composed by Lou Donaldson from his album, Blues Walk, used courtesy of EMI Capitol and by permission of Sony ATV Publishing (BMI).
Lorraine Gordon and Championing Monk
It's hard to believe that there was a time when people had to be convinced of Thelonious Monk's genius. But as an early champion of the piano player, Lorraine Gordon had to use her powers of persuasion to secure him his first gig at the Village Vanguard. [1:29]
Excerpt of “Blues Five Spot” composed and performed by Thelonious Monk from Misterioso, used by courtesy of Concord Music Group and by permission of Thelonious Music Corp (BMI).
Eddie Palmieri and La Perfecta
The band La Perfecta helped redefine how Latin jazz was played. Bandleader and pianist Eddie Palmieri tells how the group came together. [00:59]
Excerpt of “Tema La Perfecta” composed and performed by Eddie Palmieri, from his album, Eddie Palmieri and His Conjunto, La Perfecta, used courtesy of FANIA music and by permission of The Palmieri Organization (BMI).
Mose Allison and His Signature Sound
In this Jazz Moment, pianist and singer Mose Allison describes how he has drawn on various jazz traditions to develop his own musical style. [00:59]
Music Credit: Excerpt of “Train” and “Saturday” written and performed by Mose Allison from the album, Back Country Suite, used courtesy of Concord Records, and used by permission of Audre Mae Music (BMI).
Audio Credit: Excerpt of Allison from an interview with Ben Sidran featured on the CD, Talking Jazz Volume 19, used courtesy of Ben Sidran.
Audio Credit: Excerpt of Mose Allison from the documentary, Ever Since I Stole the Blues, used courtesy of the film’s director, Paul Bernays.
On January 14th at 7:30 p.m., tune in to our live webcast of the 2013 NEA Jazz Masters Ceremony and Concert! The evening will feature performances by past NEA Jazz Masters such as Jimmy Cobb, Ron Carter, Kenny Barron, and Randy Weston, and will celebrate this year’s class of honorees: Lorraine Gordon, Mose Allison, Lou Donaldson, and Eddie Palmieri. Click here for more information.