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New Trailer for Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling's La La Land; Listen to Them Sing "City of Stars"

If you're excited about Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling's upcoming film La La Land, I've got a couple of treats for you today. A new trailer has been released feature plenty of new footage from the film. I've also included another embed featuring the song "City of Stars," which is a duet sung by Stone and Gosling. I actually really like the song, and you should give it a listen.

La La Land comes from director Damien Chazelle, who previously brought us the incredible film Whiplash. I have no doubt that he's going to give audiences another amazing film with La La Land, and I'm looking forward to seeing it.

A devotee of the jazz legends Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk, Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) plays a mean piano himself and is determined to uphold the values of the old masters. His plans include opening his own club, but to
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Mike McGinnis - Art Lande - Steve Swallow at IBeam (Brooklyn, NY), March 27, 2016

Chances to hear pianist Art Lande in action in New York City are rare; with bassist Steve Swallow, even rarer (they had a band in the Bay Area in the '70s). Fortunately for New Yorkers, clarinetist/soprano saxophonist Mike McGinnis took it upon himself to bring them together for some trio concerts, and though snow in Colorado kept Lande from arriving for the originally scheduled Thursday and Friday shows, IBeam was able to accommodate them for the expected four sets by squeezing in a late set Saturday and then three sets Sunday night; I caught the first two on Sunday.

Art Lande acted as the Mc for the evening, and his humor was quickly apparent when he said that if McGinnis had not written their first number, "The Rising," specifically for Easter, we could think of bread instead. The trio had only played together for one rehearsal and the previous evening's set,
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Anniversaries: Mal Waldron Born 90 Years Ago

Malcolm Earl "Mal" Waldron was born on August 16, 1925 in New York City. His father worked for the Long Island Rail Road. Mal started taking classical piano lessons at age seven and, inspired by his love of jazz, also learned alto saxophone. He earned a B.A. in Music from Queens College, with the G.I. Bill (he'd been drafted in 1943 and served for two years, fortunately not seeing combat) paying for his tuition. He worked in jazz, blues, and R&B contexts and made his first recording in 1952 as a member of Ike Quebec's band. In '54-56 he was part of Charles Mingus's Jazz Workshop and recorded with Mingus. Waldron went out on his own as a leader at the end of 1956 with the album Mal/1 on Prestige and quickly became one of the prolific label's house pianists. The following year he added to his workload the position of Billie Holiday's accompanist,
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Trumpeter Clark Terry, Who Played in ‘Tonight Show’ Band, Dies at 94

Trumpeter Clark Terry, Who Played in ‘Tonight Show’ Band, Dies at 94
Trumpeter Clark Terry, who excelled as a leader and sideman in big bands and small combos during his seven-decade career in jazz, has died at 94.

Terry, a 2010 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, entered hospice care on Feb. 13, suffering from the effects of advanced diabetes.

“He left us peacefully, surrounded by his family, students and friends,” his wife Gwen wrote on his Facebook page Saturday.

Among the most prolific and widely admired instrumentalists in jazz, Terry led or co-led more than 80 recording dates and played on more than 900 sessions by the time of his last session in 2004.

Also proficient on flugelhorn, Terry was best known to the general public as a longtime featured soloist in the house band of NBC’s “The Tonight Show.” In 1960, he became the first African-American staff musician with the network.

Born in St. Louis, Terry began playing in high school, and he played in the U.
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Best New Jazz Album of 2014

Because explaining the glories of a project like this requires a length unsuited for a listicle, my favorite jazz album of 2014 gets an article all to itself. The rest of my list will follow later this week.

Allen Lowe: Mulatto Radio: Field Recordings 1-4 or: A Jew at Large in the Minstrel Diaspora (Constant Sorrow)

Allen Lowe has (at least) a double identity: jazz composer/saxophonist, and scholar of early American jazz and pop. This four-cd set combines those identities even more than usual as it contains a whopping 62 original compositions, many -- perhaps even most; I didn't do the math, but it feels that way -- inspired by the sounds and personalities of early jazz and pre-jazz (both kinds of ragtime, etc.), as detailed vividly in his accompanying notes: Bunk Johnson (we get many movements from a Bunk Johnson Suite), Bix Beiderbecke, Paul Whiteman, Ernest Hogan, James Reese Europe,
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Anniversaries: Bud Powell Born 90 Years Ago

No jazz pianist in the last 45 years has been uninfluenced by Bud Powell, because his work in the early days of bebop with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie established the prototype for the style's pianists, at least in a group setting: quicksilver, horn-like figures from the right hand, jabbing harmonies from the left that add off-kilter accents to the rhythm. (When playing solo, and sometimes on ballads in trio, Powell deployed a fuller, more lush style derived from Art Tatum, with some of his friend and mentor Thelonious Monk's style mixed in.) He left surprisingly few official documents of his collaboration with Parker and Gillespie, with most coming after the style's foundation because of two recording bans. By then he had already become a leader in his own right and had begun recording a legacy of not just great pianism but also his unique compositional style.

But even though
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Dream Team: The Semi-Mysterious Story Behind the Music of 'Twin Peaks'

Dream Team: The Semi-Mysterious Story Behind the Music of 'Twin Peaks'
"Are you kidding me, man?!" composer Angelo Badalamenti howls jokingly when Rolling Stone asks him what he thought of Twin Peaks, the TV series he scored in the early Nineties. "It was really off the wall. I thought it was either going to sink violently down the drain or, hopefully, capture the intrigue of enthusiastic people conversing by the office water cooler on a Monday morning."

12 Things We Learned from David Lynch's Talk at Bam

As it turned out, Twin Peaks was an instant hit when it premiered on April 8th,
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John Goodman on 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' the Pull of the Coen Brothers, and Needing a Break

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John Goodman has been such a staple in Coen brothers films that it's easy to forget it's been 13 years since he last appeared in one of their movies (2000's "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"). Now he's back in a small but memorable role in their latest, "Inside Llewyn Davis," in which he pops up as a colorful jazz musician who goes on an unlikely road trip with the titular aspiring folk singer (played by Oscar Isaac).

When I walked into the hotel room to interview Goodman, he told me to "park it there" on the couch while he sat in the chair by the window, and to "slap it [my recorder] there" on the table in front of him. He proceeded to talk about the backstory he created for his character, what it was like to work with Bob Dylan, and why he's taking a break from movies for a while.

Moviefone:
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Borah Bergman, December 13, 1933 – October 18, 2012

Jazz pianist Borah Bergman died the same day as David Ware, but as he was a more obscure figure known mostly to hardcore devotees of the avant-garde, the news traveled more slowly. Famous or not, his talents and imagination were prodigious, as his peers knew. John Zorn called him "one of the greatest pianists of our time," and Peter Brötzmann declared, "Borah Bergman was my favorite pianist. One of the few pianists who can work with me at all." Chris Kelsey, both a saxophonist and a critic, proclaimed him "perhaps the most technically accomplished pianist in jazz -- and if he's not at the top, then he's certainly on a short list of two."

One of the things that us critics do, of course, is make comparisons, but there were no valid comparisons for this unique player, who created a stunningly distinctive technique unlike that of any other jazz pianist by working,
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‘The Missing Person’ prefers well-delivered punch lines to scenes of explicit violence

The Missing Person

Director: Noah Buschel

Written by Noah Buschel

USA, 2010

“I’ve never had any dealings with private detectives, Mr Rosow. I’ve seen them in Bogart films, though. Was that one of those kind of jokes? Those dry, sardonic detective jokes . . .”

I knew I was going to like Noah Buschel’s The Missing Person when the opening credits rolled over a shot of a boiling coffee pot, to the gentle accompaniment of a harmonica. It reminded me of private eye Paul Newman’s sad attempts to recycle yesterday’s coffee at the beginning of Harper. Though Buschel’s droll, stylish and well-acted detective drama does have a contemporary setting, this is just one of many reminders of earlier movies about maverick investigators.

Chicago private detective John Rosow (Michael Shannon) lives in a crummy apartment, right on top of the “L”. He’s woken at 5am by a call
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