By request, publishing my four previous Int’l. #JazzDay programs as special event pages here on this website. #JazzDayAtHome #MusicEducation #covid-19
As I had mentioned in my previous post about how International Jazz Day events were changing dramatically this year due to the coronavirus outbreak, I have decided, prior to the current main event on April 30th, I would post the prior programs here.
This is, in a sense your fault: about a week ago, when I posted my first reminder and preview of this year’s John Coltrane event, the following kept getting asked: what about the previous four?
In addition to providing all of the relevant pre-recorded audio segments I had, I would also include all of the normal introduction text as well as track listings, much I normally do for my programs on my sister site, aceofspadespdx.com.
But then I took it a step further, as I am prone to do. Since this series and in particular these programs are truly educational in nature, with no sponsorship or funding from any source, I also decided to include all of biographical and historical information on each page as well. For the 2017 program, that does mean a great deal of scrolling on your phone, but the layout is what the layout is. (That is also a three hour program with over 30 different artists, so there you have it.)
Last but not least, I have also decided to include all of the original poster downloads as well. A good friend of mine from my day job, prior to the outbreak, was amazed they were all done by the same artist, yours truly. (For the unaware, they are ALL digital illustrations, even the one you see above of Ella Fitzgerald.) Art is art is art: it can take many forms and does with this series. I utilize not just art, but science as well; I am also the webmaster and the audio engineer. It’s all the things…
Speaking of the overall listenability, I am a much better sound man now than I was back then. I was able to locate the original multitrack files I created, and using the now-seemingly primitive software I had at the time, boosted the quality of the audio somewhat. It won’t be as good as what you will hear with the John Coltrane program on the 30th, but it is definitely better than you remember.
Love to you all.
Ben “Daddy Ben Bear” Brown Jr.