Monday, March 02, 2015

“Jazz and vodka . . ."

“Jazz and vodka, the fuel of resistance.”
― Rawi Hage, Carnival

Monday night is Jazz Night at the Amsterdam Bar.

"If you have to ask . . ."

“If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know.”
― Louis Armstrong

Monday night is Jazz Night at the Amsterdam Bar.

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