Today marks the anniversary of John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie's birth. Born on this date in 1917, Dizzy and his contemporaries revolutionized modern jazz and influenced generations of musicians to come. Mr. Gillespie died in 1993, but his music remains legendary.
Celebrate the memory of the "greatest soul singer of all time" with several CDs available at the Library. Solomon Burke died October 10, 2010 in Amsterdam but his amazing soulful voice will not be forgetten.
His songs "Take Me (just as I am)" or "Cry to Me" are personal favorites as is the collection "Don't Give Up on Me." If you are a fan of R&B (Burke partnered with the finest performers), his voice reaffirms there is still a place for S-O-U-L. Lower the lights and sit yourself down to hear a true master at work. Other favorites include:
Opera fans' hearts broke this week with the news of Joan Sutherland's death. She had a phenomenal vocal range, size and quality of voice that raised the standard of operatic performance. Her friend Luciano Pavarotti called Sutherland the "Voice of the Century." Her highest note was a high F-sharp and her voice remained clear and strong throughout her range.
Remember when summer lasted forever, when you would run from the front doors of your school throwing paper in the air and ripping off your uniform to reveal jean shorts and an offensive t-shirt. You would awake at the crack of dawn with boundless energy, bent on climbing every mountain and breaking at least one skateboard deck a day as you rode a 'Wavve' of immortality and invincibility straight through whatever was considered proper behavior.
Those summers almost always included a partner in crime who beyond bumming your parents out, also had a knack for getting in the most trouble and then smiling when the authorities showed up knowing that the next phrase that came out of his mouth was going to lead to deeper trouble.......enter Nathan Williams, lo-fi infamous leader of the Wavves and all around snot nosed punk who's endless summer began long ago and is continually documented in his music including his newest release, 'King Of The Beach'.
John Winston Lennon was born on October 9, 1940. Although he is no longer with us, the music of John Lennon lives on. Inspiring singers and songwriters to this day, the world continues to mourn his loss 30 years later. Google is honoring the 70th anniversary of his birth with an animated homepage.
Featuring the score by Philip Feeney, the ballet Dracula is back by popular demand, October 15 through the 24, at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The Colorado Ballet is celebrating its 50th season this year!
The Eels are at the Ogden tonight at 8pm! Everett's biography, Things the Grandchildren Should Know, chronicles his life from the delights of songwriting to the tragedies that have also touched his life.
Frontman Mark Oliver Everett, also known as E, is the son of Hugh Everett III, originator of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum theory. In the BBC documentary, Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives, Everett travels America trying to understand his distant and brilliant father who passed away in 1982.
The music of the Eels vascillates between melancholy and joy, which is one of the primary reasons I love it so.
Listening to music can make you smarter! Mathematics and music are intrinsically linked through keeping time and harmonics. Ties have also been made to learning new languages, spatial-reasoning and relating to others. What music gets your brain juices flowing?
Trey Anastasio, born Ernest Joseph Anastasio III on this date in 1964, is most famous for his involvement with the band Phish. Having written songs since Junior High, it is no surprise that he is credited with writing over 200 songs!