Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Charlie Parker and Coleman Hawkins "Ballade"

This performance was filmed by Norman Granz in 1950 to be used in a sequel to his 1944 jazz film "Jammin' the Blues." The film was never produced but fifteen precious minuets survived. Granz was the jazz impresario and producer who organized the first "Jazz at the Philharmonic" concert at the Philharmonic Auditorium in Los Angeles on $300.00 of borrowed money.


Charlie Parker, alto sax
Coleman Hawkins, tenor sax
Hank Jones, piano
Ray Brown, bass
Buddy Rich, drums

Monday, February 23, 2015

“Music makes one feel so romantic . . ."

“Music makes one feel so romantic - at least it always gets on one's nerves - which is the same thing nowadays.”
― Oscar Wilde

Monday night is Jazz Night at the Amsterdam Bar. Tonight's lineup features Shelley Carrol, David Zoller, Jonathan Fisher, and Andrew Griifith!

Duke Ellington's "African Flower"

Monday, February 16, 2015

“We are the music-makers . . ."

“We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams.
World-losers and world-forsakers,
Upon whom the pale moon gleams;
Yet we are the movers and shakers,
Of the world forever, it seems.”
― Arthur O'Shaughnessy

Monday is Jazz Night at the Amsterdam.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

“You may not be her first, her last, or her only."

“You may not be her first, her last, or her only. She loved before she may love again. But if she loves you now, what else matters? She's not perfect—you aren't either, and the two of you may never be perfect together but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can. She may not be thinking about you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break—her heart. So don't hurt her, don't change her, don't analyze and don't expect more than she can give. Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she's not there.”
― Bob Marley

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

"Let us have wine and woman, mirth and laughter . . ."

“Let us have wine and woman, mirth and laughter,
Sermons and soda water the day after.

Man, being reasonable, must get drunk;
The best of life is but intoxication:
Glory, the grape, love, gold, in these are sunk
The hopes of all men, and of every nation;
Without their sap, how branchless were the trunk
Of life's strange tree, so fruitful on occasion:
But to return--Get very drunk; and when
You wake with head-ache, you shall see what then.”

― George Gordon Byron, Don Juan

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

"They're professionals at this in Russia . . ."

“They're professionals at this in Russia, so no matter how many Jell-O shots or Jager shooters you might have downed at college mixers, no matter how good a drinker you might think you are, don't forget that the Russians - any Russian - can drink you under the table.”

― Anthony Bourdain, A Cook's Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines

Monday, February 02, 2015

Monday means get your jazz on

The Amsterdam Bar in Dallas, Texas--every Monday night is jazz night. Tonight it's Shelly Carroll and the electric band featuring Michael Palmer.

The music starts around 10:00 pm, but get here early if you want a table. See you there.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

"I like to have a martini . . ."

“I like to have a martini,
Two at the very most.
After three I'm under the table,
after four I'm under my host.”

― Dorothy Parker, The Collected Dorothy Parker