Saturday, June 16, 2018

Ellison, Jazz, and WashU's Gerald Early

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

Black & Blue

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.