Here are the titles and brief descriptions for four video lectures I have been working hard on for the past couple of months that will be part of The Jazz Cruise
1. OLD BLUE EYES IN THE RAIN: FRANK SINATRA
From “High Society” to the “Concerts of the Americas,” great (and some rare) footage of the Chairman of the Board in film, on the concert stage, and in the recording studio.
2. GOD BLESS THE CHILD: BILLIE HOLIDAY
Not generally known, but Lady Day was actually deeply influenced artistically by both Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong. Transcending the pain and struggles of her brief life, Billie Holiday very quickly found her own swinging way of defining the art of the jazz song drenched in the blues.
3. SUPER FRIENDS: COUNT, PRESIDENT & RIDDLER
Both Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday owed a profound musical debt to the President of the Tenor Saxophone, Lester Young, and they both benefited immeasurably from other supremely gifted collaborators such as Count Basie, Teddy Wilson,The Dorsey Brothers, Nelson Riddle, Jimmy Van Heusen, Gordon Jenkins, Mal Waldron, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Charlie Shavers et al.
4. THE CRY OF JAZZ
All about telling your own story in your way. Nobody touched any more hearts in the living history of jazz than the uniquely penetrating lyricism of Sinatra and Holiday, who have helped to irrevocably define the art of the ballad for generations of singers and instrumentalists from Roy Eldridge to Chet Baker and Miles Davis, from Tony Bennett to Etta Jones and Shirley Horn.
Read the interview with Todd Barkan “Behind the Instruments” by Eric Nemeyer for the Jazz Cruise
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