The notion of hip has been at the heart of American counterculture since the 1940s, and it’s often included jazz as part of its soundtrack.
Jazz and dialogue from Tony Curtis' classic film about the late-night underworld of showbiz life, with film-expert James Naremore and musicologist Phil Ford.
With all the bad news one is accustomed to hearing about the state of jazz these days (as bad as being a Cubs fan, it sometimes seems)–low CD sales, clubs closing, etc.–it’s pretty safe to say that the music’s doing well on the Internet, at least. In the past, I’ve sometimes thought that the jazz […]
Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, and screwball noir in late-1940s Mexico.
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music professor Phil Ford, heard recently on our Night Lights program Jazz and Jack Kerouac, will be giving a talk this Friday (Oct. 19) on private acetate recordings that Kerouac, John Clellon Holmes, and Allen Ginsberg made in the late 1940s and early 1950s. I’ve had occasion to hear a brief bit of one of the acetates, which featured Keroauc, Holmes, and Seymour Wise doing scat/bop vocalese accompaniment…
On the Road, like many of Kerouac's other writings, celebrated and invoked the music of Charlie Parker, Lester Young, and many other jazz greats.