From the archives: All that jazz

The beautiful slang of a remarkable hepcat-orooni; Alice Coltrane’s jazz harp; jazz in 19/4 (!) time; and the fascist jazz of World War II.

Slim Gaillard jammed with Charlie Parker, ran bootlegged whiskey in a hearse, and featured in Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. He also invented a whole slang language for real hepcats.


Alice Coltrane
[2] Meylan, France [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Alice Coltrane, John Coltrane’s wife, put out two dozen albums of jazz harp.


Jazz bandleader Don Ellis liked to use unusual time signatures in his work… including the surprisingly catchy 19/4 time.


Charlie and his Orchestra were a propaganda jazz band broadcasting out of WWII Germany.

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