That, upon his death in 1977, jazz composer Paul Desmond left the rights to royalties for his performances and compositions, including "Take Five", to the American Red Cross, which has since received combined royalties of approximately $100,000 per year en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tak…
:In January 1960, white jazz pianist Dave Brubeck canceled a twenty-five-date tour of colleges and universities across the American South after twenty-two schools had refused to allow his black bassist, Eugene Wright, to perform. He also canceled a tv show where they didn't want to show him. amacad.org/publication/da…
Louis Armstrong, an influential jazz figure, didn't receive formal musical training until he was arrested for firing a pistol at age 11. In there, the music teacher, Peter Davis, taught him how to play the bugle and cornet. In retrospect, Louis said that was when "me and music got married." history.com/news/9-things…
During the last few months for jazz legend John Coltrane’s death, he would take the sax out of his mouth during performances and start beating his chest, chanting, yodeling, and screaming. Sometimes Coltrane felt like even his sax couldn’t truly express what he wanted to say. jazzwise.com/other/articl…
Acid jazz song "The Edge" is the main sample for the song "The Next Episode" (thanks GTA 4!) youtu.be/6pG_3jZxzlo
Today I learned of the Nazi Propaganda Jazz and Swing Band. Although Jazz was seen as rebellious, propaganda minister Goebbels understood its popularity in the world and allowed Propaganda Music to be broadcast to the UK and US. About 25% of all British listeners had at some point heard the programs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Frank Zappa's 'Jazz from Hell' an entirely instrumental album had an RIAA warning label on it for being explicit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaz…
Though "Time Out" is often cited as the first Jazz album to sell one million copies, Herbie Hancock's "Head Hunters" and Weather Reports "Heavy Weather" were certified platinum twenty years before "Time Out." rateyourmusic.com/list/Ri…
In the 1950s, jazz musician Charlie Parker played on an early plastic saxophone called the Grafton. Today, the vast majority of student clarinets from professional manufacturers are actually made of ABS Resin, not wood blog.pbone.co.uk/the-prob…
Cartoon character Betty Boop was a complete visual and vocal copy of singer/actress Helen Kane, AKA the "Boop Boop a Doop girl." Kane sued over theft of her image but lost when it was discovered she had copied her own act from a Harlem jazz singer, Baby Esther. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
Today I learned of Henry Grimes, a jazz bassist who disappeared in 1970 and was presumed dead. He was found by a social worker in 2002, destitute and with no bass. After people loaned him instruments and money, he made a remarkable comeback, eventually winning a lifetime achievement award in 2016. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
The father of The Police drummer Stewart Copeland was Miles Copeland Jr, a jazz musician and CIA spy who helped plan the Battle of Normandy and overthrow the Prime Minister of Iran. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
Ryan Gosling learned jazz piano for La La Land and all of the piano scenes in the movie were played by him variety.com/2017/film/in-…
Charlie Parker, the great jazz saxophonist associated with NYC, lived in Los Angeles for a couple of years in the mid-40's, bringing bebop to Angelenos lamag.com/culturefiles/wh…
Back in 2010, a man named Jon McLoone ran 15 million computer simulation of the game Hangman and found out that the most difficult word for that program to guess is "Jazz". blog.wolfram.com/2010/08/…
H. Jon Benjamin (Archer, Bob's Burgers) released and performed on an experimental jazz album despite expressing a distaste for jazz and not knowing how to play any instruments. It's titled 'Well I Should Have... *learned to play the piano'. news.avclub.com/exclusive…
Vocal jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald was born with perfect pitch so precise that the band musicians she worked with would tune their instruments to her voice. npr.org/2010/03/29/125170…
Scatman John grew up with a severe stutter. This led him to jazz scat and, in turn, one of the most popular songs of the 90s. youtube.com/watch?v=a6zci…
Today I learned of a band called Tout-Γ -Coup Jazz. Tout-Γ -Coup's guitarist Thomas Sankara became the President of Burkina Faso in 1983 before being killed in a military coup organised by the singer of Tout-Γ -Coup. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tou…
Famous jazz pianist Fats Waller was kidnapped by gangsters for three days in Chicago in 1926. He was the "surprise guest" at Al Capone's birthday party. He was later found very drunk, extremely tired, and had earned thousands of dollars in cash from Capone and other party-goers as tips. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat…
Jazz legend Charles Mingus once published a manual to toilet-train cats charlesmingus.com/mingus/…
The first words spoken in a film were β€œwait a minute, you ain’t heard nothin’ yet” in the 1927 film The Jazz Singer theguardian.com/film/2017…
The Weather Channel released a Smooth Jazz CD based on the music played during its local weather segments; the CD topped Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz charts (2007) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Jazz legend Louis Armstrong loved laxatives. In fact, he printed cards which bore a picture of him sitting on a toiletβ€”as viewed through a keyholeβ€”with the slogan "Satch says, 'Leave it all behind ya!'" phoenixnewtimes.com/news/…
Rats prefer jazz to classical music, when on drugs classicfm.com/music-news/…
The nursery rhyme "A-Tisket A-Tasket" was popularized by Ella Fitzgerald as a jazz standard jazziz.com/short-history-…
In 1980, jazz prodigy Pat Martino had to learn to play the guitar once again after an aneurysm caused him amnesia and he couldn't remember anything from his life until that point. He wouldn't even recognise his own image while looking at his old album covers. premierguitar.com/article…
American rapper Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer Prize for his 2017 album β€˜DAMN’. This marks the first time the Pulitzer Prize in Music went to someone outside the classical or jazz community. npr.org/sections/therecor…
The 9th monarch of Thailand was an accomplished jazz saxophonist en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhu…
Producer and saxophonist Terrace Martin released a jazz interpretation of Kanye West's album 808s & Heartbreak, called "808s & Sax Breaks" in 2009. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/808…
Today I learned of Django Reinhardt, a Jazz Gutiarist of the 1930's. He has been called one of the greatest musicians of the twentieth century, and he's among the first to play Jazz that featured guitar as the lead instrument. Doing it all while only having 3 fingers on his left hand due to a fire in 1928. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dja…
Jazz was invented by James Reese Europe in Harlem in the years before World War I. Europe used machine gun sound effects into his tunes and he was dead by the age of 40, murdered by his drummer janos.nyc/2015/01/20/inte…
In order 'to satisfy every European's musical taste', Ode to Joy from Beethoven's 9th Symphony, the EU anthem, has been officially adapted into other genres such as jazz, hip-hop, trance, techno, and Romani folk. All of those versions are free to listen to on the Council of Europe's page. coe.int/en/web/about-us/t…
In 2001, Honda prepared to release a car called the Fit, or in European markets, 'Fitta', unaware that in Swedish, the word translates to a vulgar term for a vagina. The slogan would have been, 'The all-new Fitta, small on the outside, big on the inside.' It was renamed the Jazz before release carlist.my/news/honda-nea…
Jack Kevorkian, a major proponent of euthanasia who assisted in the medically-induced deaths of up to 130 people released a full-length Jazz album in which he played the flute. youtu.be/opwu9BA8IUY
The best-selling solo jazz album in history was performed on a piano in bad condition, w/broken pedals, requiring hours of adjustments to make playable. The artist Keith Jarret arrived at the venue sleep deprived & in back pain. He almost canceled but didn’t bc the recording equipment was set up en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Henry Ford's intense hatred of Jazz drove him to pump tons of money into promoting country music, which was then called "old time music" and helped establish country music culture as we know it today. blacdetroit.com/BLAC-Detr…
Legendary saxophone player Lester Young not only revolutionized jazz through his unique laid-back approach, but also had a huge influence on our language today. He is said to have coined, among other expressions, "cool" to signify approval, "bread" as another word for money and "you dig?" smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
H. Jon Benjamin (the lead VA on Archer and Bob's Burgers) cannot play piano and does not care for jazz. This did not stop him from being the pianist on a jazz album. It is called "Well, I Should Have Learned How To Play Piano" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wel…
Charles Kelman, a pioneer of phacoemulsification, a modern cataract surgery method, was also a successful jazz musician, entertainer and Broadway producer. He regularly appeared on TV shows in the 70's and 80's in part to promote his surgical innovations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Vocal jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald was born with perfect pitch so precise that the band musicians she worked with would tune their instruments to her voice. npr.org/2010/03/29/125170…
Miss Piggy was based on the jazz singer Peggy Lee and was originally name Miss Piggy Lee. When Lee threatened to sue, Jim Henson changed the name to Miss Piggy. nytimes.com/2014/12/07/bo…
The youngest son of Benito Mussolini (Italian Dictator) is a Jazz Musician en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
The Turkish Embassy in DC played a vital role in desegregating Jazz scene. Two teenage sons of the ambassador would often organize events in the embassy inviting black and white artists to perform together. One of these sons went on to start Atlantic Records. wamu.org/story/19/03/18/i…
Kenny Rogers started his music career as a double bass player in a jazz trio wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenny_…
Soviet music bootleggers in the 50s and 60s would take discarded X-Ray film from hospitals and re-purpose them into improvised phonograph records containing banned music. These recordings were called "Rib Music", "Jazz on Bones", or "Roentgenizdat" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rib…
The Frasier end credits song is a full over four minutes long jazz song by Kelsey Grammer youtu.be/dQx-H2av1PM
Romano Mussolini, Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini's son, became a famous jazz pianist after learning music from playing with his father. He is one of the most famous Italian jazz musicians in history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
Stagehands mistakenly installed a malfunctioning piano for an hour-long solo Jazz performance. The musician, Keith Jarrett, had to improvise around the instrument's limitations. A recording of this concert went on to become the best selling piano album of all time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The Thai king Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died in 2016, was also an accomplished jazz saxophonist who performed alongside Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton. boingboing.net/2016/10/13…

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