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Yoga Korunta

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20 December 2005

Tuesday's Word

jazz*, by a rough definition-of-thumb, is an improvisational, Afro-American musical idiom. It makes use of elements of rhythm, melody, and harmony from Africa, and of melody and harmony from the European musical tradition. The influence of jazz, and of closely associated Afro-American idiom, and elements of jazz have permeated a good deal of our concert music as well.

*The Enjoyment of Music: An Introduction to Perceptive Listening, Joseph Machlis, Third Edition/Shorter, W.W. Norton & Company, 1970.


Blogger Gothamimage said...

Do you ever think of a Bush or Scott McClellan press conference as a form of improvisational art like Jazz?

Or is scripted, like a orchestra?

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Blogger Yoga Korunta said...

Gothamimage, Scott McClellan plans each breath. The Boy King can't be trusted to do extemporaneous speaking. One almost feels sorry for people represented by a fool who shames his own party.

Blogger Scully said...

My paternal grandfather introduced me to jazz when I was very young.

He had been in WWII in a MASH unit and played the bass cello. The guys formed a jazz trio and he said his stories were even better than Hawkeye's and Trapper John's on the show MASH.

His experience gave me a life long love of a wonderful art form.

Blogger Yoga Korunta said...

Three cheers for you, Love! My earliest memories of music are of jazz and classical.

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Hey, did I miss ennead? I need to come around more often!

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