Saturday, June 16, 2018
In the run-up to the acclaimed Gerald Early's lecture on Ellison and jazz on Wednesday, June 20 at 7pm, I highly recommend this New Yorker article. Entitled "Why Did Ralph Ellison Despise Modern Jazz?" by Richard Brody, it's a nice brief entree into the topic.
And while you're at it, take a look at the page from the National Jazz Museum in Harlem's exhibit Ralph Ellison: a Man and His Records. View the catalog of Ellison's record collection and more.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
In the prologue, the narrator references Louis Armstrong's "Black and Blue." The melancholy song's lyrics offer a bit of a preview of what's coming in the following chapters. If you've never heard the song, or would just like to take another listen, here's a video of Armstrong and his band performing it live in Berlin in 1965.