A Taste 4 Jazz ~ A Raw Vegan Trifecta of Macadamia Nut Cheese Raw Vegan Eggplant Lasagna with Chef Dara Dubinet; Raw Vegan Ceviche Recipe with Chef AliciasGrace Topped off with Raw Mini Chocolate Cheesecake with Walnut Coconut Crust with Slow Club Cookery Accompanied by Oscar Peterson Trio – Just In Time

Hey JazzFoodies ~ Well, I am looking at today as an opportunity to be whimsical and letting your Spirit soar.  Besides I am takin’ a bit of a break from my memoir for a change of pace.  Here are 3 Rawsome recipes to bring to the party.  It fits every occasion  Now we must not forget to throw in a little decadence with a note of simply Rawsome Chocolate cheesecake, my treat.  We are about to be traversing a heavenly jazz terrain and having fun along the way.  So let’s get our kicks on swab the decks and celebrate “2day!”   Bien, Paix! JBC 8-) & <3

Macadamia Nut Cheese Raw Vegan Eggplant Lasagna

Raw Vegan Ceviche Recipe!

Here’s the recipe:

In  the Mix

5 cups shredded cauliflower (I used one large cauliflower)
1 1/2 cups fresh lime juice (7-8 large limes)
2 1/2 cups chopped cucumber
1 1/2 cups chopped roma tomatoes
1 cup chopped cilantro
3/4 cup chopped red onion

Serrano peppers to taste (you can also use other peppers like jalapeño or habanero)
Salt and pepper to taste

Optional: Hot sauce (mine is Huichol Hot Sauce)

Serve alone, stuffed in bell peppers, or with tostadas.

You can obviously modify the recipe depending on what you like; I personally always read recipes as suggestions and alter them to my needs.

Raw Vegan Mini Chocolate Cheesecake with Coconut Walnut Crust

Mini Raw Chocolate Cheesecake

Mini Raw Chocolate Cheesecake

Author Notes: I could, if properly motivated, carefully craft some sort of elaborate origin story for this cake, but it would be a filthy lie. The truth is simple. I wanted raw cheesecake, the ingredients were on hand and…cake happened.   More specifically raw vegan chocolate cheesecake with coconut walnut crust. – Slow Club Cookery

 Serves 2

Date-Walnut Crust

  • 5medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/4cup raw flaked coconut
  • 1/4cup raw walnuts
  • 1/4tablespoon sea salt

Process dates, flaked coconut, walnuts and salt in food processor until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Using your fingertips, press crust into the bottom and sides of mini (4″) springform pan. Set aside.

Walnut-Cashew Filling

  • 1/2cup raw cashews
  • 1/2cup raw walnuts + water for soaking
  • 3tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2tablespoons raw agave syrup (can also use maple syrup, not raw)
  • 1/2teaspoon sea salt
  • 2tablespoons softened raw coconut oil
  • 1tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • 1/2teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Combine cashews and walnuts, cover with water and soak for 1-3 hours.
  2. Drain soaked nuts and place them in the bowl of a food processor. Add lemon juice, agave, salt, coconut oil, cacao powder and vanilla extract. Process until completely smooth.
  3. Scrape filling into springform pan and smooth with a spatula. Place in the freezer for at least an hour.

Pop chilled cake out of springform pan and serve. Can be made several days ahead of time and kept chilled until serving.

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Yin and Yang (or, How We Resonate)

Jazzybeatchick:

For Free Write Friday, Here is a beautiful way of expressing Jazz in terms of conversation with each other and living in  a harmonious world! Beautifully written by Rachel Mankowitz Freshly Pressed…Peace Out! 8-) & <3

 

Originally posted on rachelmankowitz:

 

Some people resonate with each other, not because they are objectively the same but because they complement each other in interesting ways. We often talk about yin and yang, where two people create a whole circle, but I tend to think more of melody and harmony. It’s not a circle with no holes, it’s a song that resonates and echoes.

Cricket and Butterfly are not a perfect match. First of all, they look too much alike. They have the same color hair, both white with apricot markings in mostly the same places. And they both bark, at different pitches, but not in a harmony of beautiful sound; they are not a choir, they are a cacophony of noise. They are not the same height, but also not opposites, like big and small or fat and skinny. They are just small and smaller. They don’t fill all of the possible…

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The Sound I felt ~ 3 EZ PZ Listening Tips for Self Discovery featuring Peter Bernstein – Dual Nature with a Sneak Peek at “Jazz on the Brain”

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“We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”  ~ e.e. cummings

It is said that the eyes are the windows to the soul.  I believe that listening in the portal to who you truly are.  Here are a few tips to connect with what lies deep within to reveal who you are.  It gives us a sense of joy and exhilaration as well as a sense of peace.  Listening is oftentimes referred to as hearing.  But hearing is just recognizing sound waves, listening is hearing with intent.  Paying attention to the words, the emotions, the message and most of all the meaning it gives to you.  Here are a few key elements to consider when listening…

Anime Ariel Adult Listening

Anime Ariel Adult Listening

No Judgment Please…

Are you sure the news you listened to on the TV is exactly what was actually being said?   How much information was diluted or distorted or filtered by your own experience?

In order to listen experientially with an open mind  you have a mindfulness meditative focus on what is actually being said ~ to be in that moment completely.   We must tune out interpretative listening because it stains and distorts  our understanding of the true meaning of the message. It is when as Michael Singer refers to “our roommate” in our brain is distracting and alluding us from listening to what is being said now.   This will allow us to be totally present and will lead to a deeper communication through all of our sensibilities.

Keeping culturally attuned diversity in mind…

Diverse cultural communication may create barriers to communication but the beauty of jazz or music can transcend and overcome that barrier with a visceral knowledge and we develop a respect for all differences that reside in the “Soul” of  our universe.

Listen to what is not being said… the breaths  or space between the notes or words…

The art of listening intently or deliberately allows us to become  awakened to verbal and non-verbal cues, inflections, emphasis, and our joy and sorrow. It becomes a  part of the intuitive learning through observing and responding to is not being said and the physicality of the body language between yourself and others.

Jazz provides a cultivating spiritual perspective which embraces all of life and death that can transform our compassion and wellbeing of those who are suffering.  It has taught me to appreciate the real person inside of each of us and is the essence of  the true human being that is always present that has been distorted by physical and emotional states that may cloud our ability to know what is really going on.

Let’s take a look at Jazz on the Brain to learn about brain waves and music on the brain Have a wonderful weekend!  Peace and Love out!  JBC 8-) & <3

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The Sound I felt ~ A Terror is More Certain . . .by Bob Kaufman featuring Gil Fuller & Monterey Jazz Festival – Angel City Blues – Feat. Dizzy Gillespie

Forty years ago today, large sections of South Los Angeles went up in flames. The violence and looting came to be known as the Watts riots. The chaos was a precursor to the urban unrest other cities would soon experience. In a few moments, we’ll hear from a man who continues to activism that sprang from the 1965 riots, but, first, some history. ~ Adolfo Guzman Lopez, Reporter for KPCC

It has been fifty years when the first time I felt terror in August of 1965 when the Watts riots broke out and the Tsunami of hate, violence, fear which through the veil of animosity lay the remains of life.  The 19” television in our family room seemed to have drowned out the music and replaced it with noise.  Bob Kaufman’s A Terror is More Certain… and Angel City Blues acoustically recounts the story, beginning light and deliberate to an absolute terror filled frenzy of destruction and loss.  What do you feel and hear?  Peace & Out!  JBC 8-) & <3

A Terror is More Certain . . .

By Bob Kaufman

A terror is more certain than all the rare desirable popular songs I
know, than even now when all of my myths have become . . . , & walk
around in black shiny galoshes & carry dirty laundry to & fro, & read
great books & don’t know criminals intimately, & publish fat books of
the month & have wifeys that are lousy in bed & never realize how
bad my writing is because i am poor & symbolize myself.

A certain desirable is more terror to me than all that’s rare. How
come they don’t give an academic award to all the movie stars that
die? they’re still acting, ain’t they? even if they are dead, it should
not be held against them, after all they still have the public on their
side, how would you like to be a dead movie star & have people sit-
ting on your grave?

A rare me is more certain than desirable, that’s all the terror, there
are too many basketball players in this world & too much progress
in the burial industry, lets have old fashioned funerals & stand
around & forgive & borrow wet handkerchiefs, & sneak out for
drinks & help load the guy into the wagon, & feel sad & make a
date with the widow & believe we don’t see all of the people sink-
ing into the subways going to basketball games & designing baby
sitters at Madison Square Garden.

A certain me is desirable, what is so rare as air in a Poem, why can’t
i write a foreign movie like all the other boys my age, I confess to all
the crimes committed during the month of April, but not to save
my own neck, which is adjustable, & telescopes into any size noose,
I’m doing it to save Gertrude Stein’s reputation, who is secretly
flying model airplanes for the underground railroad stern gang of
oz, & is the favorite in all the bouts . . . not officially opened yet
Holland tunnel is the one who writes untrue phone numbers.

A desirable poem is more rare than rare, & terror is certain, who
wants to be a poet & work a twenty four hour shift, they never ask
you first, who wants to listen to the radiator play string quartets all
night. I want to be allowed not to be, suppose a man wants to
swing on the kiddie swings, should people be allowed to stab him
with queer looks & drag him off to bed & its no fun on top of a
lady when her hair is full of shiny little machines & your a**
reflected in that television screen, who wants to be a poet if you
f**k on t.v. & all those cowboys watching.

Bob Kaufman, “A Terror is More Certain . . .” from Cranial Guitar. Copyright © 1996 by Eileen Kaufman. Reprinted by permission of Coffee House Press. http://www.coffeehousepress.org

Source: Cranial Guitar (Coffee House Press, 1996)

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A Taste of Jazz ~ The Mack Vegan Ratatouille featuring The Jazz In Paris Project – Tu Es

Moïse Kisling, Pâquerette, Picasso and behind them Marie Vassilieff at the café La Rotonde, August 1916

Moïse Kisling, Pâquerette, Picasso and behind them Marie Vassilieff at the café La Rotonde, August 1916

Hey JazzFoodie Fans, I just finished a fabulous read entitled, Harlem in Montmartre by William Shack.  Shack gives a fascinating look at this extraordinary cultural moment when African American musicians left the discrimination and racism they experienced in American culture to pursue a life and their art in bohemian Europe.  This was a dynamic community of African American jazz musicians and artists who were free to create a vibrant musical scene introducing jazz to the French. The Harlem Renaissance was thriving across the Atlantic however the entertainers in Montmartre became the epicenter of the Parisian scene.  It made a fascinating contribution to jazz culture that thrived for two decades until the occupation of the city by German troops on June 18, 1940.   Shack features and highlights some of the principal players that shaped the jazz scene in Montmartre folks like Josephine Baker, Sidney Bechet, and Bricktop. Shack, an anthropologist took a closer look at the musicians’ experiences, the settings in which they performed, and the response of French audiences.

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 “Jazz is like a banana—it has to be consumed on the spot,”  ~ Sartre

With that theme in mind, I absolutely love this recipe of Ratatouille and the video is a fun way to present it along with the recipe.  Peace & Love Out!  JBC Bon Appétit!

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 Piperade Sauce:

1 Onion chopped

2 carrots chopped

2 stalks of celery chopped

1 Tbs. butter and olive oil

1 Tbs. garlic minced

1 ea. yellow, red Fabiano peppers seeded and veins removed and chopped

2 chili peppers chopped

20 oz. can of crushed tomatoes

1 Tsp. Italian seasoning (if want totally French way Herbs de Provence)

6 leaves of fresh Basil

Salt and Pepper to taste

Sliced vegetables for Topping:

2 Yellow squash

2  zucchini

Japanese eggplant

6 Roma tomatoes

I use a Mandolin to ensure that all of the veggies are evenly sliced (1/16”) with the exception of the Roma tomatoes I slice them with a serrated knife.

Seasoning Oil

2-4 Tbs. Olive Oil with thyme leaves, crushed garlic (1 tbs.) and salt and pepper

Drizzle on top as seen in the video

 

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The Sound I Felt ~ A Jazz Contemplation on Selma50 featuring Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln – “Freedom Day”

“Jazz speaks for life,” King said. “The blues tell the story of life’s difficulties — and, if you think for a moment, you realize that they take the hardest realities of life and put them into music, only to come out with some new hope or sense of triumph. This is triumphant music.”

U Can't Turn This Around

U Can’t Turn This Around

Jazz reflects American pop music style and it’s Culture that radiates throughout the world. Jazz culture has dropped into every aspect of our lives.  It represents more than its origin, it represents a sense of freedom in choice and style that touches all of our sensibilities and humanness.  In recognition of Selma50 and Civil and Human Rights, consider this have you ever had someone say something so hurtful and untrue or given you a look of disgust or hatred because of who you are that you wanted to throw?  I was five years old when my father moved our family from our loft apartment on Riverside Drive with a doorman on the Upper West Side of New York City to an eleven room palacious home in the Wilshire District of Los Angeles.  It was a culture shock to say the least, however, I didn’t know the first thing about race or colorism or Light Girls.  The folks that came all dressed to the nines, women wearing in their casual chic jeans and bejeweled tops to sleek classic cuts and make up like pancake and red lips; and the men in their cool slacks and turtleneck sweaters looked crisp and clean on the buzzing streets of New York City.  Los Angeles was spread out and the clothes although had the same style imparted a Western laid back flare of Miles’ Cool jazz and sultry garden parties and barbeques.

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Facing Freedom-politics-heroines-of-civil-rights-movement-Joann-Gibson-Robinson-vivian-malone-jones-Ella-Baker

My consciousness raising came about in all places elementary school.  Where I was approached and asked: Where I lived?  What my parents did? And oh yeah, the big one What are you?  I had light brown hair with a lot of blonde highlights and my complexion was what was called “Olive”.  I always thought olives were green or black.  You see, when I would go with my father to rehearsals and recording sessions it was like the United Nations.  In the jazz world everyone was welcome.  But then the rumblings began.  Starting off as slight rumbling and the question turned into a loud roar.  Skin color symbolized who and what you were.  Interracial slurs were swirling about.  The air became suffocating.  Now when I look at today and remember back then, only the words have changed…for the worse.  Racism, Women’s issues, Gender Issues, there is always some kind of issue.  Bottom line I want to change the channel.  The cultural insecurities and identities have been called into question and are returning back to the cultural rage that haunted us back then.  We need to Feung Shui the cultural situation and seek a consciousness of We Are Who We Are.  God and the Universe made us that way.  No more trying to bleach or excise what we cannot change.  It is time to look back and learn from our past mistakes and stop reinventing issues that tear us and our lives apart.

Folks that were regular faces in our living room in Los Angeles were Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Harry Belafonte, Lonetta McKee, Denise Nicholas and her father was a close friend of my father, Lena Horne, Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody, but one of our most frequent guests were Abby Lincoln and Max Roach you couln’t have a better cast of characters.  I selected Max Roach – Freedom Day because this brings back such fond memories of getting to know them as extraordinary common folks who love to laugh, and enjoy life irrespective of what was going on in the streets and the marches.  They embodied what freedom meant and for a mixed little girl like me it made it even harder to go to school and keep that momentum going because of what was going on in the hearts and minds of those that feared our gathering to enjoy each other’s company was a threat to American Life.  What do you hear?  What sounds do you feel?  Peace & Love Out!  JBC 8-) & <3

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Inside the Improv Practice ~ RiffShot ~ 5 EZ PZ Ways to Trust Yourself in Times of Trouble featuring Gil Fuller & Monterey Jazz Festival – Things Are Here – Feat. Dizzy Gillespie

Iridium Jazz Club Courtesy of Elements of Jazz dot com

Iridium Jazz Club Courtesy of Elements of Jazz dot com

Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement. ~ Golda Meir

I have been feeling out of sorts and part of the reason is that I have taken my trust in myself and the writing process for granted. I know that it has been my lifetime dream to write, however, I must remind myself that the Writing Life ain’t all flowers and candy.  I noticed that I began to feel down, like the feeling one gets after being at a live jazz performance and you are on the way home and the excitement begins to evaporate into a memory. Creating and finishing different parts of my projects has become a crazy ride. It is exciting and intense at times. However, the one thing that I have learned from those sessions, like rehearsal and recording sessions, it is possible to experience both sides of creating and finishing within the same moment.  There has to be a rest stop that will allow you to savor and to commit it to memory.  But once done, an insidious feeling has a tendency to take me into a “junkie-addicted high” which is not the true feeling of that moment.  That kind of high is judgmental and euphoric which hey who doesn’t want to feel “high”.  But the type of feeling I am talking about is a sense of accomplishment a sense of really understanding and embracing the process.  The key is it can be replicated without any pharmaceutical or mystical inducements.  I was lucky to have that experience when I was eleven years old at the rehearsal of Things Are Here and watching and experiencing both my father, the musicians and Dizzy.  The snap below is the actual recording session that I attended in 1965 when they were rehearsing and recording this song.

MJFO rehearsal 1965

It is important to give yourself time to meditate and marinate in the emotions and experiences that are running through me in that moment.  When I thought that I should not feel that way or my friends would talk about wandering to the dark side and they would begin to have doubts and question their abilities it felt strange, uncomfortable, and alienating.  I would feel that way about folks that would hurl disgusted and discriminatory looks at me for being different.  The 60’s was no joke when it came to being able to cut those thoughts with a knife.  The whole experience can be quite exhausting.

Confidence is not to be confused with arrogance, although when taken overboard it can come across that way.  Instead, think of confidence as the juice to jazz your thinking, feeling, and doing in more powerful ways.  Rather than second guess yourself every step of the way, or chopping yourself down to size … put a cork in your fear, while uncorking your possibilities. ~ J.D. Meier, Author Getting Results the Agile Way  

After any expenditure of energy, there is always a lull or a low point. Lulls can drain your creative inflow and deplete your energy if you choose to. When I feel a lull about to drop into the scene, I get up and either sit and meditate, or I take a break and go for a walk or maybe brew some tea or look at a magazine and sometimes I will go to the easel and start painting whatever comes to mind.  If I could still play, I would pick up my guitar.  You know what will reinforce your sense of well being.  Make the most of it.

 

Through improvisation, jazz teaches you about yourself. And through swing, it teaches you that other people are individuals too. It teaches you how to coordinate with them. ~ Wynton Marsalis 

This is when building my improv practice is so important.  My father told me when I was ten years old that I was too sensitive.  I thought that there was something wrong with me. I felt powerless, and that was when my childhood friends chimed in and introduced me about having dark thoughts and loosing trust and faith in myself had tried to take residence.  But I was simple-minded and an eternal optimist.  It never stuck with me, I even tried to find out what suffering meant when Carly Simon sang it, and what it meant to be All By MYSELF damn that hurt.

Self doubt has a way of getting under a person’s skin. For me when those thoughts presented themselves I would break out into hives and the discomfort of it caused me to find ways to CENTER myself and BREATHE.  It was not an easy process.  I can remember being up all night and beginning to worry that my father would find out.

So let’s skip all the “Let’s get down on ourselves, blah blah blah”.  The secret to building an Improv Practice is to begin by Trusting yourself. 

  1. Setting the Rhythm

If  negative thoughts are filling your mind that are stemming from past experiences or comments from others, staying present and taking deep breaths is key to being able to reset yourself and set up a new rhythm to focus on the positive.  Play your favorite song and dance.  Mindfulness meditating may help. I love walking meditations out in nature where I pay attention to the water, the flowers and the details and the rhythm of my surroundings.

  1. Create your Melodic improv

If you find that voices of what Singer from Untethered Soul refers to as Roommate in your head or from a super critical friend or parent that are becoming way too loud now it is time to pump up the volume with either drown them out with your own Victory song or favorite chants or mantras.

  1. Take 5 for a Rhythmic Rest

If you are feeling overwhelmed take 5 and step away from what you are working on and change the pace by thinking of something that you are very good at or a creative visualization.  Do something with your hands, draw, knit, crochet, a game on your phone, whatever changes the pace.

  1. Creating Your Melodic Invention

It’s play time.  It is important to eat and stay hydrated, get plenty of rest and get some exercise.  It is important to come up with a wellness routine and to keep a positive environment and attitude.  I like to remind myself that I have a roof, plenty of food and everything I need.  I like to keep a gratitude journal that I like to put my favorite recipes, poems, things I like and pictures that just make me feel good.

  1. Develop your personality and self expression.

Improv is important to strengthen you from the inside out.  You can also reach out and help others by encouraging and supporting them in their dreams or just to lend an ear.  Since my folks have passed on, I have not been very successful with finding folks that appreciate kindness and who mistake it is a weakness or an opportunity to express their opinions and discontentment with their own life.  I have also realized that it really depends on the relationship that you develop with yourself with respect to trust.  If you cannot rely and count on the positive things in your life like, God, the Universe, Life, i.e., then you have not experienced and balanced the good and the bad aspects of every situation in your life.  We cannot be constantly in love without experiencing the pain of being hurt.  This is another reason I am moving back to San Francisco.  Times are hard now and being comfortable with yourself will help you through these times.

It is important to not dwell on any negative subject to long.  Keeping a positive attitude may sound daunting and sometimes some folks need a lot of convincing.  I can remember speaking with someone who was considerably younger than I am and they looked at me like I was crazy when I asked them what makes them happy.  I told them that being able to come up with an answer on the spot has always been rather difficult because I had to really think about it. It comes from developing an inner trust that shows up when we need it the most.  Friends and family can disappoint because we must realize that although we are all on this journey together, we are experiencing events based on our own stories.   When I learned to separate people pleasing answers from answers from my heart the answer was neither right nor wrong.  Building an Improv Practice has been a lot of fun and but the great thing is it can be easily changed to suit the circumstance and the individual that is involved in that moment.  Peace and Love Out!  JBC  8-) & <3.

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A Taste of Jazz ~ It’s Party Time ~ Doing the Big EZ PZ N’awlin’s theme for Any Occasion featuring John Legend – Ordinary People

Archive Photo_ A good playlist will enhance any tailgating experience

Jazz music is the language blend of the sounds and rhythms of culture and style like the people of New Orleans who have created their own language. It is a mixture of French, Native Indian, African American, and English.  Its tone, lilt, and slang are indigenous to the city and reflecting its ethnic history and tradition. New Orleans is part of the deep south, but you won’t find much of a stereotypical southern drawl; in fact, there are several distinctive dialects. One of the most surprising dialect is the Brooklyn(ese) style heard in the 9th Ward of the City, Irish Channel, and the Chalmette sections of New Orleans. Little or no French is spoken by the majority of folks in New Orleans, but common parlance isn’t without French influence. Aside from having everyday words and expressions that aren’t used elsewhere in the States, New Orleanians throughout the city give meaning to and pronounce certain words their own way.

So depending upon whether you are doing a football, soccer, b’day, movie night or just want to get the gang together, here are some suggestions for darn good sammich that is a mashup of N’awlin’s Muffuletta and the heralded Po’Boy

 

Muffuletta Po-boy

 Makes 6 servings

1 long loaf French bread

1/8 pound each ham and salami, sliced thin (I use Italian salami, cappocolo, mortadella, and pepperoni)

1/4 pound Mozzarella or Swiss or provolone cheese

1/4 pound Cheddar cheese

1/2 small red onion, sliced thin

1 large Kosher-style pickle, sliced thin

3 whole green onions

1/2 small bell pepper in thin strips

1-1/2 c Kick A** Olive Salad ** (recipe below)

Spread the cut sides of each half of bread with equal amounts of the olive salad and oil, about 1 1/2 cups per side. Arrange the mozzarella over the olive salad on the bottom piece of bread and top with the. Then arrange the layer of meats, i.e. Genoa or hard salami, cappocolo, mortadella (or I use Oscar Meyer’s Bacon Bologna, and pepperoni  to cover the olive salad. Arrange the provolone on the top piece of bread, completely covering the meat layer, and place on top of the bottom half to make a sandwich.

Tightly wrap the sandwich in aluminum foil and bake until sandwich is heated through and cheeses have melted, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool you can refrigerate to ready to serve.

To serve, unwrap the sandwich and slice into portions.

**Kick A** Olive Salad:
1 quart large pimiento-stuffed large green olives, drained and slightly crushed

1 1/2 cups large Greek black olives, drained and pitted

1 1/2 cups extra virgin olive oil

1 1/2 cups vegetable oil

1 cup pickled cauliflower, drained

1/4 bunch celery, sliced diagonally

2 medium crots, peeled and thinly sliced diagonally

1/2 cup pepperoncini, drained and chopped coarsely

1/3 cup cocktail onions, drained

1/4 cup small capers, drained

8 cloves garlic, minced

1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon celery seeds

Combine all ingredients in a large nonreactive bowl and mix well. Place in a nonreactive jar (preferably glass) and store tightly covered in the refrigerator. Salad should be made at least 24 hours before using and only improves with age, can keep for up to 2 months in the refrigerator.

As for the décor, it depends on where you are, if you are tailgating then you can decorate the table with team colors or colors that you choose to create your theme.  Just remember its how you imprint your style.  G4It!  Peace and Love Out!  JBC 8-) & <3

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The Sound I felt ~ Bringing Bebop into your life by Changing the Beat can Transform an Ordinary to Extraordinary Life featuring Sweet Synergy Suite with Jazz Icon Charles McPherson

DIZZY GILLESPIE . TROMPETTISTE AMERICAIN . JAZZ . SWING IN DEAUVILLE . 20 JUILLET 1991 . Courtesy Wikipedia

DIZZY GILLESPIE . TROMPETTISTE AMERICAIN . JAZZ . SWING IN DEAUVILLE . 20 JUILLET 1991 . Courtesy Wikipedia

“To live is to be musical, starting with the blood dancing in your veins. Everything living has a rhythm. Do you feel your music?” ~ ― Michael Jackson

Changes” in the jazz world refers to “a series of chords or the harmonic structure of a melody”.  Life through a metaphorical lens refers to changes with respect to the choices that we make to create and structure our lives acoustically, visually and more importantly rhythmically.  When I woke up this morning and realized changes are the only constant in my life.  Accepting the fact that these changes big or small have varying effects depending upon whether I feel them as opposed to seeing or hearing them because it transforms my perception and flexibility with respect to the total experience.  It is important to develop a willingness to continue running and playing with these the elements of changes so that it affects how it feels to be fully human and alive.  I am trying to remain calm when life seems to be spinning out of control with the media constantly bombarding me with terrorist’s attacks, child abuse, crime, global warming, the cost of living going above and beyond my financial means and living with breast cancer’s vestiges and assortment of complications.  These daily trials and tribulations cause stress making the experience very torturous and quite uncomfortable.  Yes, I understand that there are good days and bad days, but, what I am learning is that I create little changes or riffs in my physical state through rhythm.  That’s is where the beat comes in.  The step it up or slow it down to reset myself to find a way of stemming and accepting the things in my  life that I have no control over.  So, yes dancing in the dark or playing something that intentionally changes the tempo is where to begin.  The results change my life course.  I am no longer afraid.  I have faith that whatever comes into my life, I will breathe and catch my breath so that I can tap into my soul and find the rhythm for me to live, love and expand.  Today I selected Sweet Synergy Suite with Jazz Icon Charles McPherson as an example of how rhythm can reinforce accepting and the actualization of living a fully liminal life.  Check it out!   It has a greater impact when you can actually be at the performance.  But, it takes me back to when my parents took us to see a Broadway play or watching the black and white classic movie starring Audrey Hepburn, Rita Hayworth, or Dorothy Dandridge.

“Sweet Synergy Suite”- Promo

Sweet Synergy Suite incorporates Afro-Cuban, Latin and Be-bop Jazz rhythms and compositions while expressing the array of human emotions.  Composed by jazz legend, Charles McPherson, the piece will feature a line up of some of San Diego’s most stellar jazz musicians, including Mr. McPherson himself. World class music and San Diego’s finest dancers will share the stage for this unforgettable event. Also on the bill,  the world premiere of a 8 Duets,. Set to Eight Duets, Op.39 by Reinhold Gliere performed by internationally renowned violinist Paivikki Nykter and cellist Cecilia Kim.

I am looking forward through my windshield and not seeing  life through my rearview mirror.  I have a whole new energy that is allowing my memoir to take form giving me an immense sense of fulfillment and sense of satisfaction.  Improvisation is definitely part of the mix.  That it is better to write according to my temperament rather than worrying about things that are not in my control.  I have to find what works for me in each moment and letting the past serve as a key to unlock the mystery.  That allows me to feel so alive and energized. But I still keep hearing my father’s voice telling me that “I am too sensitive”  and that it is some grand defect, then I hear the song he wrote for me and the tempo changes and now all I can hear and feel is now you’ve got it, that’s what I’m talking about!  Change is life’s mainstay. Perfection, fear and change cannot take center stage at the same time. So, this past week I embraced change. Life has become way more fun, open and accepting imperfections because they are part of the program.  Of course the discomfort creeps in particularly a fear of sailing into uncharted waters, now it serves as a gentle reminder evoking me to be creative and changing the beat. Letting go of disappointments and how things were, no matter how fractured things may seem, is not an easy task. It takes a ginormous amount of energy and courage to let go because it is an inside job. But it instills grace. Grace to forgive myself and others, to let go of ideas of who I am or should be and how I think things and others should be. Surrendering and replacing my old negative thoughts with hope, love and freedom. Change happens whether I choose to be a part or not. This has been the most exhilarating week.  So bring on the past memories.  Either way I am blessed. I have battened down the hatches in preparation for the Tsunami that is approaching! Kind words and prayers are welcome.  I have reserved Saturdays for resetting and altering the tempo of my personal space, thoughts are constantly floating through my mind preparing me for what Joel Osteen calls “Your Season”  and with that comes a process that we all must get though with a sense of timing and rhythm that will prepare you for the life you want.  Peace & Love Out!  JBC 8–) & <3

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The Sound I felt ~ Jazz Ain’t Nothin’ but A “4” letter Word featuring Jazz Explorers ~ “Village Of Origin”

The Original Creole Orchestra 1912

The Original Creole Orchestra 1912

“If the truth was really known about the origins of Jazz, it would certainly never be mentioned in polite society.” ~ Clay Smith a trombonist wrote in Etude (September, 1924)

The word and concept of ‘Jazz‘ probably comes from a Creole or perhaps African origin, but exact connections have never been proven. According to A Passion for Jazz   Jazz aka JAS,  JASS,  JAZ,  JASCZ  or just plain JAZZ has been villainized, amoralized, dehumanized, sexualized was considered to come from an extremely low origin, that referred to copulation before it was ever associated to the Arts, i.e.,  music, dancing, and nonsense phrases like “all that Jazz”.  “The vulgar word was in general currency in dance halls thirty years or more ago” (Clay Smith, Etude 9/24). “According to Raven I. McDavid Sr. of Greenville, S.C., the 1919 announcement of the first ‘Jazz band’ to play in Columbia, where he was then serving in the state legislature, inspired feelings of terror among the local Baptists such as what might have been aroused by a personal appearance of Yahweh. Until that time ‘Jazz’ had never been heard in the Palmetto States except as a verb meaning to copulate” (H. L. Mencken, The American Language Raven I. McDavid Jr. 1963). “She never stepped out of line once in all the years we been teamed up. I can’t sell her on jazzing the chump now” (William Lindsay Gresham, Nightmare Alley 1946).”

William Lindsay Gresham, Nightmare Alley 1946

William Lindsay Gresham, Nightmare Alley 1946

Jazz has contributed the uniqueness and quirkiness of self-expression and style.  In the sixties when I was a teenager, jazz became my refuge, because it was trés cool to be different, odd, imaginative and well just plain different.  Back then, being unusual and finding creative ways to solve problems was called “being resourceful”.  Today, it is the art of improvisation.

 Monk’s Epistrophy became my mantra my manifesto when fighting the war to be hip and finding solace in the counterculture that I could easily blend in with.  I didn’t have imaginary friends, I had imaginary scenarios.  There was no way I could do the “Hippie” thing although I did defect and do the vegetarian-vegan thing until it began to interfere with going to rehearsals and live recording gigs with my father.  Let’s get a closer look at one of the jazz legends I used as a model of modern living and a fortress against all the civil rights carnage and bloodshed that was staining the streets of Los Angeles.

 Monk had a unique improvisational style and made numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire, including “Epistrophy“, “‘Round Midnight“, “Blue Monk”, “Straight, No Chaser” and “Well, You Needn’t“. Monk is the second-most recorded jazz composer wrote about 70. His compositions and improvisations are full of dissonant harmonies and angular melodic twists, and are consistent with Monk’s unorthodox approach to the piano, which combined a highly percussive attack with abrupt, dramatic use of silences and hesitations. Since this was not a style universally appreciated poet and jazz critic Philip Larkin dismissed Monk as ‘the elephant on the keyboard’. Monk’s manner was idiosyncratic. Visually, he was renowned for his distinctive style in suits, hats and sunglasses. He was also noted for the fact that at times, while the other musicians in the band continued playing, he would stop, stand up from the keyboard and dance for a few moments before returning to the piano. He is one of five jazz musicians to have been featured on the cover of Time.

Jazz introduced a distinctive musical expression into American culture at the turn of the 20th Century.  The presence of jazz became expansive, universal, and prolific. It became the most influential approach to music for all time.  Jazz blends diverse contexts by capturing sounds and rhythms transforming them into spontaneous and synchronistic styles that infuse harmonic manipulations and maelstrom rhythms that are featured in solo and group performances.  Jazz is an acoustic metaphor of life’s challenges or riffs.  Our emotions  love, fear, anger, sorrow and joy create a canvas upon which we live.  Life’s challenges (riffs) are:  abandonment, arrogance, inferiority, rejection and shame.  Personal transformation allows us to overcome these riffs.  Jazz is a way of dealing with life’s challenges especially through featured solo performances.  The formula for a good life is harmony; being able to maintain and live truthfully; showing up and sharing a sense of well-being and interconnectedness with others.

 Finally having faith and trusting that these riffs are merely a part of living.  For me the biggest riff has always been abandonment beginning when I was just a little chick.  It filled the spectrum of being alone, judged and dependent upon everything and one outside of me.  Jazz taught me what being in the world and not of it truly means.  Joseph Campbell wrote: “The privilege of a lifetime is to be who you are”.  Growing up in a jazz filled environment enabled me to see life from a different perspective.  I initially saw and felt it when dad was composing and arranging songs.  I also witnessed it at rehearsals and live performances on stage.  I discovered that I experienced it when I am reading and writing prose and making collages.  I had to keep it as a secret because the fear that dad would abandon me became overwhelming.  It took many years for me to develop the courage to be me.

So now let’s take a closer look at jazz as an acoustic metaphor of life.  The jazz ensemble/orchestra is an acoustic canvas of what I would describe as the ‘good life’. The difference between an ensemble and a classical symphony orchestra is that jazz ensemble/orchestras feature a solo performance that imparts their own style of imagination and creativity and still maintains the harmonic integrity and rhythm of the original melody.   Through receptive sensitivity the soloist features their self-expressive performances to the audience. The complex harmony is only possible through playing from a collective score that inspires free musical expression and interacting with one another.  The musicians are playing without obstacles or conflict creating a sense of harmony and free style that benefits the greater good of all.  There is a sense of self-actualization through a loss of self in the song. The achievement in this case, the song, acts as an internal and interactive transformation between the musicians and the audience. That’s jazz as metaphor and the meaning of the ‘good life’ where the privilege of a lifetime is indeed to be who you are. How about you!  What shade is your life? How do you express yourself?  Peace & Love Out! JBC 8-) & <3

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A Taste of Jazz ~ EZ PZ Shrimp Étouffée featuring Willie Nelson – “Bright Lights Big City”

Shrimp-Etouffee-Juniper Berries image courtesy of drterrywillard,com

Shrimp-Etouffee-Juniper Berries image courtesy of drterrywillard,com

Hey JazzFoodies, Mardi Gras is just around the corner!  Creole Cuisine is a contemporary genre of food that was basted in century old, traditional, authentic New Orleans cuisine favorites.  Shrimp Étouffée  is a dish prepared with the Creole traditional, ancestral counterparts that are rich in flavor, history and culture!  This family recipe is simple and filled with a passion for the Creole culture and its cuisine with a keen interest in preserving that culture and its rich culinary history; combined with a commitment to the tradition of the culture’s culinary excellence that is reflected in this recipe that is unsurpassed and gratifying to even the most discriminating palettes!

I selected “Bright Lights Big City” to let you get an acoustic taste of how jazz has and will always be a cross genre sound that is a part of the American Cultural experience.  This recipe is a favorite at Mardi Gras especially Fat Tuesday.  however, in my family it is just a good and savory favorite recipe best served any time you feel like it!  A favorite for summertime dining and family gatherings.  Of course it would be complete with spirits to your liking and you guessed it Jazz.  Wynton Marsalis, Coltrane, Miles, Freddie, Dizzy or Monk will really set the place on fire.  Or for a little romance how about Ella or Sarah, Cleo Lane Shirley Horn, whatever suits your fancy.  Enjoy!  Bon Appétite!  Peace & Love Out!  JBC 8-) & <3

Shrimp Étouffée

2 Tbsp Creole Seasoning (my fav is Morton & Bassett)

4 Tbsp Unsalted Butter

1/2 Cup Onion, Finely Chopped

1/4 Cup Celery, Finely Chopped

1/4 Cup Bell Pepper, Finely Chopped

1/4 Cup Flour

3/4 Cup fresh Tomatoes, diced

1 1/2 Cups Shrimp Stock*  Recipe below #1)

4 Tbsp Minced Garlic

I bundle of Fresh Thyme

2 tsp Homemade Worcestershire Sauce

1 tsp Hot Sauce (my favs are Franks or Louisiana Gold)

1/2 Cup Green Onions, thinly sliced

3 Tbsp minced Fresh Cilantro

2 lb Jumbo Shrimp (Raw peeled and cleaned or deveined save the shells for the stock*)

3 Tbsp Unsalted Butter

Sea Salt & Ground Black Pepper to your taste

4 cups Boiled Rice

Let’s start with the Shrimp stock

Take the shells and tails that you removed from shrimp (set aside the cleaned shrimp with 1 tbsp Creole spice)

1/2 Cup chopped white onion

1/4 Cup chopped celery

4 Garlic Cloves

sliced whole lemon

2 Fresh Bay Leaves

5 Sprigs Fresh Thyme

1 tsp. Black Peppercorns

Add all ingredients to a 2 qt. saucepan. Cover this with 6 c. cold water. Bring almost to a boil, reduce the heat to a low simmer. Simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour. Strain.  Reserve for recipe below and store the rest in fridge or you can freeze it for future recipes.

Now we are ready for the Étouffée:

 Melt the butter in a large cast iron skillet, add the onions, garlic, bell pepper, and celery and thyme, sauté until translucent. Whisk in the flour to make the roux, stirring constantly, about 3-5 minutes. Add the remaining Creole Seasoning. Add a little amount of the shrimp stock, stir well to a paste consistency, then slowly add the remaining stock 1 ½ c whisking constantly. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer. Adjust adding stock to make it to the consistency of a gravy.

Add the tomatoes, Worcestershire, and hot sauce, a pinch of salt, black pepper, and Cayenne. Simmer for 20-30 minutes.

Add the shrimp and cilantro simmer until the shrimp are cooked through. Stir in the 3 pats of butter, and adjust the seasonings to your taste.

 Serve over boiled white long grain rice and garnish with chopped scallions (green onions).  Bon appétit…Peace Out!

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The Sound I felt ~ The Big Riff ~ Facing Reality and Bringing Who You Really Are to Life featuring Herbie Hancock’s – Maiden Voyage

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“Before, things had to look a certain way for me. In order to experience joy, I had to win: I had to be the best at what I did. If not, there was no joy. Now, that has changed, and you know what left with that? The suffering. That doesn’t mean that I no longer have goals or projects: it just means that my fulfillment no longer depends on their outcome. Now, I put all of my passion into creating and exploring my pursuits, but if something doesn’t turn out as planned, I no longer suffer.” Isha Judd

Wait a minute…that was me for most of my life! Folks would probably describe me as a late bloomer.  I hated that term.  Living in a world where fourteen year olds are winning The Voice or Master Chef Junior I felt as though I had been wasting my life.  So, I had to step back and breathe and take a good look at what was really going on.  I grew up in the 60s, yes, that means I am at the age that when I was fourteen was ancient!  Ah Oh.  But I had to gently remind myself that it is the journey that matters, not the destination…. When I was growing up it was a time in America where everything and anything was being challenged, civil rights, women’s rights, cultural transformation from the 50’s and the Depression Era, technology was in its infancy, so I spent most of my time doing things with my father and hanging in the Jazz world.  It was a departure from the racial tension and discomfort of the times.  The Hippies were the counterculture that questioned life and departed from the ideals that prevailed in their parents’ generation.  So, all things considered, had I not gone through what I did, I would not be who I am today.

Movies of the 60s

Today, putting all of my passion into creating and bringing my pursuits into the light is something that I have to do on a moment to moment basis. Originally my spinney senses believed that it was going to be hard and tedious. I have been mindlessly following my ego around and as a result abandoned all hopes of realizing and actualizing my true creative and imaginative self. The self-criticism and being hard on myself made my life miserable and quite frustrating. I believe that I am a Jazz literary artist and my instruments are words, Improvisation, compassion, and imagination.   Mindfulness  meditation is a way to clear my path to self expression ~ the greatest form of improvisation,  Now I focus on “being” rather than “having”. Living in this moment to its fullest extent instead of a mere object of my desire,. Everything becomes so clear and stands on its own. Desires are my dreams. I realize that what makes it so mysteriously majestic is that I can remain detached from  the dream and at the same time attached to feeling and sensations that reside in that moment. In order for improvisation to truly happen, I must to be engaged, and letting go of any attachment of how things “should” look or “be”. This is what brings me so much joy. In this moment I am transformed into this incredible energy of joy because I realize that improvisation is the ultimate art of self-expression. That is my rainbow within, Joy in its purest sense. Letting go and letting the Divine set me free.  How about you?  Where do you find your energy and passion from within?  Peace  & Love Out!  JBC 8-) & <3

Have a look at Improvisation: The Ultimate Art of Self-ExpressionPaul Horn at MUM

The foundation of MUM’s Creative Musical Arts program is the profound connection between music, consciousness, and creativity. This provides a holistic, innovative approach to musicianship that allows each student to develop his/her unique artistic voice.@ http://www.mum.edu/music

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The Sound I felt ~ Improvisation on a Jazz Literary Canvas ~ Apology Of Genius by Mina Loy Featuring David Sanborn – Tin Tin Deo

Courtesy of by Federico Bebber - Emotion

Courtesy of by Federico Bebber – Emotion

Jazz music should be inclusive. Smooth jazz to me rules out a certain kind of drama and a certain tension that I think all music needs. Especially jazz music, since improvising is one of the cornerstones of what jazz is. And when you smooth it out, you take all the drama out of it.  ~ David Sanborn

According to Wordsworth poetry is a matter of mood and inspiration. Poetry evokes feelings from the poet. The source of poetry is the feeling garnered from the heart.  It is not the ideas of the intellect. A poet cannot write under pressure. To wit poetry flows out of the heart in a natural and confluent manner. Deep emotion is the basic condition and element of poetry; powerful feelings and emotions are fundamental for a flow of rhythm, spontaneity and utterances from the soul.

Mina Loy born in England worked as a poet and visual artist in ParisFlorence, and New York City, where her beauty and outlandish behavior demonstrated at the center of several avant-garde circles. The eccentric vocabulary and syntax of Loy’s free-verse poems and their sardonic treatment of love can puzzle and offend, but no reader can question the work’s originality nor the poet’s fierce intelligence.  In the top of the 20th Century when Jazz was born as a new American cultural art form Mina repleat with swagger, style, panache challenging the upper crust society in America and dropping and become part of the scene in New York City.  Peace  & Love Out!  JBC 8-) & <3

Mina Loy Artist Courtesy of AskArt_dot_com

Mina Loy Artist Courtesy of AskArt_dot_com

Apology Of Genius

by Mina Loy

 

Ostracized as we are with God
The watchers of the civilized wastes
reverse their signals on our track

Lepers of the moon
all magically diseased
we come among you
innocent
of our luminous sores

unknowing
how perturbing lights
our spirit
on the passion of Man
until you turn on us your smooth fools’ faces
like buttocks bared in aboriginal mockeries

We are the sacerdotal clowns
who feed upon the wind and stars
and pulverous pastures of poverty

Our wills are formed
by curious disciplines
beyond your laws

You may give birth to us
or marry us
the chances of your flesh
are not our destiny —

The cuirass of the soul
still shines —
And we are unaware
if you confuse
such brief
corrosion with possession

In the raw caverns of the Increate
we forge the dusk of Chaos
to that imperious jewellery of the Universe
— the Beautiful —

While to your eyes
A delicate crop
of criminal mystic immortelles
stands to the censor’s scythe

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A Taste of Jazz ~ EZ PZ Creole Steampot featuring Keiko Matsui – Crescent Night Dream

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Hey JazzFoodies, speaking about improvisation and  variety being the spice of life…One thing I learned when I was young is that Jazz has always set the timbre of my life.  The tempo may change, the phrasing may repeat, but with music as your muse, you will always as Ralph Ellison coined it…live with music or die with noise.  I hope you dig the variety I selected today…A family fav and  poetry.

Creole Steampot

In the Mix:

 Large Shrimp de-headed, but with shells on

Old Bay Seasoning

Tony Chacheres Original Creole Seasoning (my fav is Morton and Bassett)

2 tbs. black pepper corns

2 large heads of garlic remove skin, discolored pieces and stems (or you could use 2 pkg. peeled garlic)

2 Clusters of Dungeness Crab (approx. 1 lb)
6 Large Shrimp de-headed, but with shells on
1 pkg. Andouille sausage links (chicken is my favorite) sliced on an angle
2 Fresh Corn on the Cob (or you could use cut corn on cob in 3” to 4” pieces)
5-10  little red potatoes with

Two Halves make a whole:
For Garlic Boil:  Place garlic and black peppercorns with about 2” water the stock pot (with steamer basket separated).  Bring temperature to high then lower heat to maintain a simmer for minimum of 30 minutes.  Boil red potatoes until tender about  20 minutes before  adding the steampot.  Put corn in garlic boil approximately 6 minutes.

Crab Legs: *Note:  While garlic boil is simmering,,  rinse and rest crab and shrimp with sprinkled sea salt.  Also, saute sausage until have a slight carmelized chard.

When the boil is completed, remove the potatoes and corn and place into steamer basket. with crab legs, shrimp, sausage and place basket over the garlic bath  (add more water if necessary) and heat  and 6 -10 minutes.  In a big mixing bowl add Old Bay seasoning, Creole seasoning and melted butter using a rubber spatula mix to incorporate well. Remove crab from garlic bath and add to the mixture add to mixing bowl. Toss bowl with ingredients or mix with a rubber spatula.  Transfer mixture onto a platter and serve immediately. Add more seasoning to taste.  Bon Appétit!  Now that’s Jazz..  Peace & Love Out!  JBC 8-) & <3

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The Sound I felt ~ “Timbre in the Key of Life” by Jannát Marie Featuring an Acoustic Style Lesson Susan Anders – Lullaby Of Birdland Style Work: Texture & Timbre Changes

Classical Net ~ Books About Music Courtesy of classical_dot_net

Classical Net ~ Books About Music Courtesy of classical_dot_net

Listening is the most luminous, challenging and contemplative form of art….Mark Nepo

The secret to living musically is to focus our ability to identify or discern the timbre of a voice, a guitar, noise even the sounds of daily life.  It is the same as the style of clothing that you choose to wear.  Do not be concerned with being fashionable, ‘cuz’ we are searching for the truth in our hearts and experiencing our intuitive self-expression.  We are getting a deeper understanding of life, ourselves as well as of one another.  In jazz, listening is the portal to experiencing life through:  Rhythm, style, arrangement, sound, forms, arrangement and improvisation.  Listening intentionally makes the sounds of life come true.  Hearing is the foyer to listening in the parlor, where self-analysis leads to a better understanding of yourself and others.  I had a conversation the other day and it felt as though they were not listening.  I could tell from the questions they asked.  It has become commonplace and superficial in its nature.  Your voice is not heard because of the weeds that grow out of only hearing, and not engaging.  It is a symphony of cacophony.  The sounds at the end of the day left me feeling barren and alone.  I befriended my voice in my head, only to hear how sterile and contrived it had become.  It was a conspiracy of nay-Sayers that only feel the darkness of the light.  Hard hearted they come and crowd my voice from my soul.  It is only temporary and can turn on me at any given moment.  Illusion personified by benign neglect.  Reading aloud in a language you cannot speak.   To have ears, that had become defended by the madness of society.  Rationalizing the sounds in an attempt to make sense of something it will never possess.  Here is a free verse poem I wrote about “Listening to the Life Within”.  Can you feel and hear within the Liminal spaces of our lives?

Timbre in the Key of Life

By Jannàt Marie

 

Life’s cadence moved clouds into shadows.

tonality and voicing askew.

Began as a thought.

Rhythm  assigned to scented beats.

A picture in a thousand chords

Reveals culture’s war

emerging over time “freeing” the heat

flavored emotional riffs.

Listening in a seasoning thyme

Tasting metaphors and memories

hot crusted timbre singing

a cry of desperation.

Feeling the sounds glorious sun

seeing the warm breeze of acoustic phrases

offering forgiveness

Hearing life’s rhythm in 4/4 time

senses filled with harmony

where counterpoint to point meet

at the synergy of knowing

equality of rights anoint supremely

dancing in the darkness’ minor riffs

becomes the conspiracy of

living your truth.

 

 

As a special treat I took a Voice Lesson to learn how to read my prose as a writer.  My father taught me how to sight sing, however, the Voice lessons of putting sound to your writing is quite different and yet similar in the sense of feeling the words through your ears.  Give a listen to Susan Anders as she schools us on the versatility and magic of creating your own style.   Peace & Love Out!  JBC 8-) & <3

 

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The Sound I felt ~ Improvisation on a Jazz Literary Canvas ~Self Imag(I)nation by Jannàt Marie featuring Charles Mingus – Self Portrait in Three Colors with Romare Bearden on Odessey…A Trip of Self Discovery on Canvas

Romare Bearden Odyssey - a trip of self discovery

Romare Bearden Odyssey – a trip of self discovery

Happy New Year!  Walden chronicles Thoreau‘s exploration of his capabilities and search for spiritual understanding. Thoreau recounts his personal journey of daily life  and the  obstacles that materialistic society places in the path of the person.  We all must discover our spiritual truth that lies at the end of the journey. Thoreau focuses on the quest and our compelling need to better understand life and humanness.   Walden reflects Thoreau’s spiritual growth,  and as with all of our lives, the progress of this growth is not linear.   It has peaks and valleys, periods of latency as well as of inspired perception.  So let’s begin our 2015 jazz journey with the first step and set this year on fire!  Blessings and may your year be full of grace, joy and enlightenment.  I wrote this poem last year around this time because, I consider every day as a blank canvas in life’s journey where there are no expectations, fear only that we breathe, have faith and always remembering to breathe…Peace and Love Out!  JBC 8-) & <3

Self Imag(I)nation

by Jannàt Marie

I don’t care how many masters exist.

I am curious to know if you have discovered

Who You truly are or

are you still trying to fit in and find yourself?

I am curious to know if you have felt misery or

can you hear it in our children?

Are you living in the world?

or are you of this world?

With its oppressive nexus to

make you conform when reflecting

through fine tuned ears,

Proclaiming THIS IS WHO I AM!

Are you improvising how to

thrive in the cultural inferno by

leaning in to the center of your dreams

Accepting to live in every present moment

remaining rooted in a universal love

fully aware you can consciously re-Create

the misguided missives

that originated in Cultural deceit.

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The Sound I felt ~ Running Riff Changes for Your Life in 2015 Featuring Lee Ritenour’s – “A New Day”

New Day - an original watercolor painting by Chidi Courtesy of modernartimages_dot_com

New Day – an original watercolor painting by Chidi Courtesy of modernartimages_dot_com

  “Art is the act of triggering deep memories of what it means to be fully human.”  ~ David Whyte

“Changes” according to A Passion For Jazz refers to the chords or progressions of a tune. ‘Playing’ or ‘running’ the changes means using suitable scales, etc., over each given chord of the tune. Determining the exact changes to use is a big part of preparing a tune for performance.  Metaphorically changes refer to the choices that we make to create and give structure to our lives.  I woke up this morning and realized that changes are the only constant in  life.  A willingness to continue running and playing with these changes affects how it feels to be fully human.  I am trying to remain calm when living and thriving beyond my Breast Cancer diagnosis and the complications that arise along the way.  Stress makes the experience torturous and quite unpleasant and disquieting.  Every day can change some good and some not so good.  I cannot afford to be afraid.  It is necessary for my daily improvisational practice to have faith that whatever comes into my life, I will breathe so that I can tap into my soul and find the rhythm for me to live, love and expand.  Breast Cancer is my third Game Changer not counting getting older!

I selected Lee Ritenour’s  A New Day because it reinforces and embraces the concept of accepting as well as the actualization of living a fully liminal life.  Give a listen.  When I listen intentionally it takes me back and reminds me of It’s a Wonderful Life this black and white classic captures the  paradox that seems contradictory but reveals  a truth.   Joy and sorrow are contradictory emotions but if you think about they both require passion (just like love & hate).  Gibran wrote “Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.  And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.  And how else can it be? The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.”  We all live in this paradox.  We must have sorrow to allow the grace of joy and serenity.  The change is that knowing this truth opting to accept both feelings.

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Sailing boats,Large original painting,Large abstract art,Large abstract canvas – Courtesy of etsy_dot_com

I am looking forward to seeing life through a rearview mirror.  Allowing my memoir to take form gives me an immense sense of hope, faith and forgiveness.  Improvisation facilitates changes. Learning to write according to my temperament is a heady experience.  I have found what works for me in each present moment.  It gives our sensibilities to feel alive and energized. Besides hearing the song my father wrote for me endlessly playing in the back of my mind, it reminds me of hearing my father’s voice saying you are too sensitive making me feel like it is some grand defect.  Fear pierces the veil running its course distorting and translating those words to mean, you’re not good enough, you’ll never get it.  Change is life’s mainstay. Perfection, fear and change cannot occupy the same space. So, this past week I opted for change. Life has become way more fun, open and I accept the imperfections because they are part of the process. The discomfort creeps in particularly a fear of sailing into uncharted waters.  Now it serves as a gentle reminder evoking me to be creative. Letting go of disappointments and how things were, no matter how fractured things may seem, is not an easy task. It takes a ginormous amount of energy and courage to let go because it is an inside job. It instills grace. Grace to forgive myself and others, to let go of ideas of who I am or should be and how I think things and others should be. Surrendering and replacing my old negative thoughts with hope, love and freedom. Change happens whether I choose to be a part or not. This has been the most exhilarating week.  So bring on the past memories.  Either way I am blessed. I have battened down the hatches in preparation for the Tsunami that is approaching! Kind words and prayers are welcome.  In the midst of cleaning my personal space these thoughts are floating through my mind preparing me for what Joel Osteen refers to it as “Your Season” and with that comes a process that we all must get though with a sense of timing  and rhythm that will prepare you for the life you want.

Visualizing... expressive use of movement and motion—but for the first time, they're leaving behind abstraction and rooting the visuals in real life.

Visualizing… expressive use of movement and motion—but for the first time, they’re leaving behind abstraction and rooting the visuals in real life.

P.S.  Every one of us needs to identify the things we don’t understand.  When things come up that are confusing, frustrating or you can’t figure out; that is when patience and breathing will allow the changes to manifest.   The New Year is a perfect time to make it a part of your daily improvisational practice repertoire.  Let go of old frustrations and the negative voices that are running through your mind.   Let go of the bitterness and resentment and choose to feel as though it is a new beginning.  Don’t put a question mark where God and the universe have placed a period. Trust that all is good. Trust that the universe is conspiring to working things out for the greater good. Keep breathing, believing, meditating and hoping for the future. Let go of the things and people who didn’t work out in 2014 and gear up for the new season that God and the Universe has in store for you in 2015!  Peace & Love Out!  Happy Nu Year!  JBC 8-) & <3

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The Sound I felt ~On a Poet’s Beat ~Sometime During Eternity by Lawrence Ferlinghetti featuring Joe Williams – “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?”

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Beginner’s Mind Suzuki Philosophy Courtesy of jazzadvice_dot_com

“…keep retreating into our head, learning to stay in our heart is not a distraction but how we prepare the ground for living a full life. Afraid as we are that we will lose our self for getting involved, loosening the tightness of our identity is how we let our soul experience the Living Unity of Things.” ~ Mark Nepo “The Endless Practice”

Sometime During Eternity

by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Sometime during eternity

some guys show up
and one of them
who shows up real late
is a kind of carpenter
from some square-type place
like Galilee
and he starts wailing
and claiming he is hep
to who made heaven
and earth
and that the cat
who really laid it on us
is his Dad

And moreover
he adds
It’s all writ down
on some scroll-type parchments
which some henchmen
leave lying around the Dead Sea somewheres
a long time ago
and which you won’t even find
for a coupla thousand years or so
or at least for
ninteen hundred and fortyseven
of them
to be exact
and even then
nobody really believes them
or me
for that matter

You’re hot
they tell him

And they cool him

They stretch him on the Tree to cool
And everybody after that
is always making models
of this Tree
with Him hung up
and always crooning His name
and calling Him to come down
and sit in
on their combo
as if he is THE king cat
who’s got to blow
or they can’t quite make it

Only he don’t come down
from His Tree

Him just hang there
on His Tree
looking real Petered out
and real cool
and also
according to a roundup
of late world news
from the usual unreliable sources
real dead

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The Sounds I felt ~Riff Shots, Licks, Mimesis and Acoustic & Video Snaps from The Village Vanguard, Me, My Father and Ahmad Jamal circa 1969 Accompanied by Ahmad Jamal – “Frank’s Tune”

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My family and I moved back to New York in the Fall of 1969.  We lived in Jamaica Estates in Queens.  My mother said that the one thing she loved about living in New York City was the change of Seasons.  LA was was a stark contrast and a culture shock for me.  I remembered living on Riverside Drive and going to the park with all the other children and their mom’s or nanny’s.  Night life was a whole different world.  There was no comparison, the opening of the Los Angeles Music Center (an upcoming post) was a gala event in 1967.  Limousines and everyone all glammed up ~ tux’s and evening gowns that stole the show from the stars that shone that night in the sky.  Bling everywhere!  Night life in the New York Jazz scene had its own magic.  Everybody was a superstar.  The subways meant you travelled in style.  You didn’t need a limo.  Besides everyone had the chance to sit next to Dizzy or Miles or Byrd and if you knew that you were in their presence, you smiled and cocked your head to greet them.  There was no standing on ceremony.  The only ceremony was in the club.  There is something majestic about New York, snow, traffic, subways, the hot dog and pretzels stands, and I can’t forget the pervasive smell of chestnuts that were roasting signaling the holiday season was near.  We took the F train in and got out on 14th Street in the Village.

I saw the red awning blanketed with snow that glistened in the evening lights, I felt my heart skip a beat.  The Village Vangard’s grand opening on February 22, 1935, by Max Gordon. At first, it featured many forms of music  and poetry~ folk music and beat poetry, but it switched to an all-jazz format in 1957. The Village Vanguard, is a small underground club nestled in the heart of Greenwich Village and to the best of my recollection one of the hottest places in the world to hear the best jazz,  We made our way down stairs to a table that was right next to the piano.  My father ordered Jambalaya and Shrimp Étouffée with Dirty Rice.  A spotlight shown on the piano that was tucked into a corner.  I will always wonder how the heck they got this Steinway Grand Piano down a narrow flight of stairs, so narrow mind you, you have to turn sideways to descend them.  The clapping began to fill the air and  Ahmad walked out smiling and bowing as he made his way to the piano.  He gave my father a warm hug  and bowed to our table then sat down to play Snowfall, and Frank’s Tune.  These were songs my father told me they worked together on. My father said that Ahmad was like Errol Garner and Joe Henderson who had a way with the ivory that Count Basie and Duke would applaud.  What a treat to be caught up in the mindfulness and sacredness of Jazz in a well established club in the Village.  That night was so unique and as perfect  as an individual snow flake  Tom MoonNPR musical correspondent put it like this, Ahmad Jamal is one of the great Zen masters of jazz piano. He plays just what is needed and nothing more… every phrase is perfect.”  Peace Out!  JBC 8-)  <3  Happy Nu Year!  Here is a snap of M. Jamal playing at the Alhambra so you can get a feel of what it was like at the Village Vanguard back in 1969.  I hope you enjoy it.  Peace and Love Out!  JBC 8-) & <3

Happy Holidaze 2 U from the Pacific Northwest.

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The Sound I felt ~ Its Nu Year’s so Here’s Something Old, Nu and Not so Blue ~ Fully Rawsome Strawberry Shortcake! Featuring Ella Fitzgerald – You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me

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Events at Camino, Kings Cross, London – Zomato UK Courtesy of zomato_dot_com

Jazz is smooth and cool. Jazz is rage. Jazz flows like water. Jazz never seems to begin or end. Jazz isn’t methodical, but jazz isn’t messy either. Jazz is a conversation, a give and take. Jazz is the connection and communication between musicians. Jazz is abandon. ~ Nat Wolff

The one blessing that all of us have is the ability to bring from our past the warm and fuzzy memories of the holidays with our loved ones.  For the longest time I felt that I had to hold onto any memory even if it brings pain.  Cancer brought that concept to a rapid halt because when you are put to the final test of Life and Death, when you pick Life, you had better let the toxic persons and aspects go with Death.  There is not enough room in our hearts to hold onto both.  So with that happy note I give you this   Rawsome vegan strawberry shortcake recipe! The perfect dessert to make for your loved ones or even yourself! 7 layers of sweet, fluffy heaven! BE MINE?!

Ingredients for the crust:

2-3 lbs of pitted, fresh dates
1-2 cups of dried, raw mulberries
1-2 cups of raw, dried figs (white or black)
1 pinky of vanilla bean
1 tbs of cinnamon

Run all ingredients through a food processor until the mixture reaches a crust-like consistency. Push the crust into the bottom of a pie pan or a cake dish, and get ready for the next layer! If you want your cake to slice smoother, feel free to add wax paper lining on the bottom of the cake.

Add a sliced layer of strawberries onto your crust.

FullyRaw Cool Whip Ingredients:
2 cups of freshly prepared almond milk
Either 1-2 frozen bananas or a half cup of raw cashews
The meat of 2-3 young coconuts
Note: if you want the cake to be lower in fat, use the bananas instead of the cashews and replace the almond milk with coconut water.

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender like a Vitamix. Spread this FullyRaw “Cool Whip” onto your first layer of strawberries. Add a second layer of sliced strawberries on top and get ready for another layer of Cool Whip!

For your FullyRaw Strawberry Cool Whip, simply use the remaining white cool whip and blend it with a few strawberries to turn it pink! Spread this layer on top of your second layer of sliced strawberries and top it with ANOTHER layer of sliced strawberries!

Ingredients for the Strawberry Glaze:
Half to one pound of fresh strawberries
Half a cup of fresh, pitted dates

Blend the ingredients for the strawberry glaze and spread it on top! Add your final layer of sliced strawberries! Place your cake into the freezer for approximately 4 hours to harden it. When read, take it out, slice it up, and ENJOY! Share with family and friends!

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A Jazz Memory Byte~Rawsome Kale plus African Black-Eyed Pea Salad U Get The Mack Raw Hoppin’ John 2 Ring In the New Year~ Accompanied by Jazz Suite – Dream Deep

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Okay so you had a wonderful Xmas.  Now it’s time to ramp up and get ready 2 ring in the New Year in style.  Time to do a little spiritual housekeeping.  You know clearing and removing the toxicity and painful aspects from your life.  So, staying in the you are what you eat, let’s begin with one of my all time favorites.  Black-eyed peas ain’t just for Luck for the New Years!; they are delicious little white legumes that have a mild taste and smooth texture that can be enjoyed year-round. This simple, refreshing pea salad recipe makes a delicious potluck dish. I add cauliflower* and sliced avocado and chopped chives to make it a complete meal.  Don’t forget the sounds.  No worries, I will share it in the next post.  Til’ then Let’s Jam!

Ingredients

  •   2 cups defrosted black-eyed peas rinse and drain and set  aside.
  • 10 scallions, roughly chopped
  •  1 red and yellow bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped
  •  1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, chopped
  •  1 medium cucumber, seeded and finely chopped
  •  2 serrano peppers or 1 Habanero or Scotch bonnet chile, stemmed, seeded, and minced
  •  Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  •  1 Bunch of raw kale chopped finely

Dressing

  •  ¼ cup fresh lime juice (about 2½ limes, juiced)
  •  1 cup chopped parsley (I like cilantro sometimes to give it a nice kick)
  •  ¼ to ½  to  cup olive oil 1 tablespoon smooth Dijon mustard * See note below
  •  1½ teaspoons honey
  •  Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Teaspoon of Fresh Thyme to give it that Creole appeal

If you want to make it an entrée add

  • Cauliflower* with 1 tsp. turmeric  in food processor blend to the size of rice kernels or Raw Vegan couscous mix with rest of ingredients
  • Sliced avocado  as garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the lime juice and parsley. Continue whisking as you slowly drizzle in the olive oil to make a smooth dressing.
  2. Add the black-eyed peas, scallions, bell pepper, tomato (try not to transfer the tomato juice and seeds to the salad), cucumber, and minced pepper to the bowl. Season the mixture with salt and pepper and use a big spoon to toss the salad. Cover and set aside at room temperature for at least 1 hour, or refrigerate up to overnight to marinate and meld the flavors. Add raw chopped kale.  Serve chilled or at room temperature. To make this salad a main dish, add raw cauliflower* and top with avocado slices. and chopped chives for garnish.

Notes

  • Adapted from Saveur Magazine, May 2012.
  • The original recipe called for one cup canola oil, which seemed like way too much oil. I reduced the oil by half and used olive oil instead. You might be able to get away with just ⅓ cup oil.

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May da Creative Force B wit U featuring Jon Batiste and Stay Human ~ “Creative” with a Video Snap of Bill Evans on “The Creative Process and Self-Teaching”

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong”.  Joseph Chilton Pearce

Creativity and imagination are gifts from God and the Universe that were given to you before  you were dropped onto the planet.  It needs to be nurtured and cultivated.  It is a stream of thoughts that comes into our mind giving perspective and the ability to transform our lives.  It is stimulated by circumstance, challenges and necessity.  It is constantly developing and growing out of our soul’s understanding of our truths, and staying in a constant state of “now” that is what Ernest Holmes in This Thing Called You describes as the eternal mandate of nature. Be constructive or become frustrated is an equal demand. You cannot escape the conclusion that whatever this thing is which is seeking expression through everything, it can find satisfactory outlet only through constructive and life-giving creativeness.

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Courtesy of Transmodernalchemy_dot_iwarp_dot_com

The secret of alchemy is this: there is a way of manipulating matter and energy so as to produce what modern scientists call a ‘field of force.

So whether your gift is music, poetry, art, writing, blogging, photography it is something you have to do.  I am not sure whether we actually pick our gift of creativity or it is something we are born with.  It is our responsibility to find what our gift is and to share it with others.  We must answer that call and power to do good in this world.  We make choices every moment of our daily lives, some conscious some unconscious because we are following our own path no matter where it leads us.  We are not perfect.  Our culture needs us to make choices that will right the wrongs or injustices in society because we were put here to live together and in harmony.  Self expression is the highest pursuit of love.

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For me I love living in a state of wonder;  capturing Aha! moments that takes us out of proscribed comfort zones  and creating an environment that evokes our intellectual sensibilities.  My favorite ones are the ones that make us laugh, that make us feel a deep sense of purpose and especially the ones that expand our scope and imagination.  Overall It promotes wellness and heals us to transform daily life from existing to living a fully engaged and connected style where we take ownership of. I realized that living a creative life requires allowing myself to be vulnerable and open to rejection with a big possibility of being, ah, wrong.  I have found that when I start shutting down, being lulled into a state of inertia and fearing rejection for being my true self has never worked for me and was at a great cost.  Because there isn’t any truth to those thoughts and feelings. The miracle is that I am creating a reality of letting go of old thoughts, toxic people and beliefs that don’t serve me and spreading my wings to take flight. I am not my cancer, heck, I am not even the chick I was yesterday What about you?  Are you up for the challenge?  Are you willing to lean into your life and become the person you truly are?  I see it in the awesome blogs I follow, do you?

These are the lessons my father blessed me with regarding the jazz life and cultivating your unique style of self-expression.  In this short video:  Bill talks about how to deal with obstacles, and how to build one’s creative and improvisational vocabulary step-by-step.

Bill Evans – The Creative Process and SelfTeaching

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The Sound I Felt ~ Improvisation on a Jazz Literary Canvas ~ The Top Fab 5 Jazz Life Lessons to Living the Life You Want with Bob Kaufman’s “Jazz Chick” featuring Bob James & Keiko Matsui – Forever Variations

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What an incredible year of growth, expansion and mindfulness improvisation in my daily practice in 2013 has been. Here’s five fabulous thoughts from what I’ve learned from Jazz that have been the most transformative and healing experiences. I thank you for swinging by and joining me on this amazing journey.   I have continuously revisioned my branding and website because it reflects how Jazz has  evolved and immersed me into the present moment.  I love blogging and living a writer’s life. Here is one of my favorite poems by Bob Kaufman.

Jazz Chick

by Bob Kaufman

 

Music from her breast, vibrating
Soundseared into burnished velvet.
Silent hips deceiving fools.
Rivulets of trickling ecstacy
From the alabaster pools of Jazz
Where music cools hot souls.
Eyes more articulately silent
Than Medusa‘s thousand tongues.
A bridge of eyes, consenting smiles
reveal her presence singing
Of cool remembrance, happy balls
Wrapped in swinging
Jazz
Her music…
Jazz.

 

I’ve lived in Seattle Washington since 2003.  Breast Cancer has dropped some serious challenges and changes into my life.  It started in 1994 when my mother’s cancer came back with a vengeance.  I inherited the BrCa gene from my mother and I was diagnosed three years after her return of terminal cancer in 1997.  I must admit that it took up until the end of 2013 for the mist and fog covering my heart to lift from my life.  I scrambled to get my footing and find happiness and peace of mind.  After my mother’s death on Mother’s Day in 2003 my thoughts and life changed course and I had spent quite a bit of time meditating on Jazz, mindfulness improv in order to create the life I had dreamed of long ago.  I’d fallen in love with jazz and words and it became a portal to my inner strength and life that has enabled me to share my side of the moment.  As with most things in life’s journey, there are good days and bad days.  Most of all staying in the present moment and continuously adjusting to the challenges whether physical, emotional or mental to maintain balance has proven to be the most exciting and rewarding perspective anyone can have.

Here are the 5 essential lessons that I feel deepened my improvisation practice this past year…

∞      I learned that authenticity is vital

We need to embrace absolute authenticity in every aspect of our lives. It is the degree to which we are true to our own nature and spirit, despite external pressures the world seems to constantly place on us.

∞      I learned to protect and nurture mindfulness despite living in a chaotic world.

I started meditating at the tender age of eleven.  Life has taught me that in order for me to be happy; I had to adapt my thoughts to a Simplicity frame of mind.  I was living in excess, i.e.,  clothes, food, drink, events and other ‘Junk’ to the point that I no longer had space or time to enjoy life.  My plan was to simplify life and take time outs for walks, sitting by the water, reading listening to jazz, dancing and just being – a sustainable balance.

∞      Learning and developing my ability to listen intentionally to my body-mind-spirit through jazz and poetry I was able to live with compassion and patience.

I decided to take Mindfulness Meditations listening to jazz and writing instead of drinking caffeine when I got tired in the afternoons.

∞      I found better ways to deal with stress and painful emotions.

This year I have learned, through mindfulness, to acknowledge my ‘negative’ emotions and not react to every little upset by suppressing them or burying them.  Making different choices and to just relax and breathe!  I discovered that I can find peace even in the midst of inner storms.  My perceptions have changed and the fog of cancer has lifted.  I may not know what or where I am going, but I am confident and comfortable being back to my laid back self.

∞      I learned that consistency is a vital necessity.

I have been very devoted this year to a consistent formal mindfulness improvisation practice (using yoga and mindfulness meditation) at the same time of day (early morning). I am not just surviving I am thriving fully awakened to this phenomenal life and those who through God’s grace and beauty have sweetened my life in every step of the way of my journey.  I am now able to be a catalyst and the adventurer of this template we all call Life.

I hope my realizations and lessons are helpful to you. What has helped or hindered you this year? Share your experience and wisdom below.  Peace Out & Love Out!  JBC 8-) <3

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Licks ~ A Step Away From Them by Frank O’Hara, Acoustic Snap w/James Moody’s “Night Flight,” Memory Byte “Chocolate Caramel Nutty Treat” on a Jackson Pollock theme and In Canvas “MAD Magazine’s Million Dollar Ooops!” Presented to U on 2014 Christmas Eve

It doesn’t get any better than this…Thank God for kool words, smooth sounds and a New York State of mind vibe when Jazz is in the mix for ambiance.   I selected this poem and tune to celebrate Jazz,  poetry licks and New York City at its best ~ Christmas time.  My father wrote this arrangement of “Night Flight” for James Moody back in the 60’s and to me it typifies and captures “…that whole Beatnik, thumb poppin’, foot tappin’ tempo thru the rollin’ thunder of the subway trains and late night sleepy flights to points unknown in a starry lit night” Vibe.  What does it evoke in you?  It may not be hip hop, but it’s definitely got that big band bebop thing goin’ on.  Peace & Love Out!  JBC 8-)  <3.

A Step Away From Them

By Frank O’Hara

 

It’s my lunch hour, so I go
for a walk among the hum-colored
cabs. First, down the sidewalk
where laborers feed their dirty
glistening torsos sandwiches
and Coca-Cola, with yellow helmets
on. They protect them from falling
bricks, I guess. Then onto the
avenue where skirts are flipping
above heels and blow up over
grates. The sun is hot, but the
cabs stir up the air. I look
at bargains in wristwatches. There
are cats playing in sawdust.

On
to Times Square, where the sign
blows smoke over my head, and higher
the waterfall pours lightly. A
Negro stands in a doorway with a
toothpick, languorously agitating
A blonde chorus girl clicks: he
smiles and rubs his chin. Everything
suddenly honks: it is 12:40 of
a Thursday.

Neon in daylight is a
great pleasure, as Edwin Denby would
write, as are light bulbs in daylight.
I stop for a cheeseburger at JULIET’S
CORNER. Giulietta Maina, wife of
Federico Fellini, é bell’ attrice.
And chocolate malted. A lady in
foxes on such a day puts her poodle
in a cab.

There are several Puerto
Ricans on the avenue today, which
makes it beautiful and warm. First
Bunny died, then John Latouche,
then Jackson Pollock. But is the
earth as full of life was full, of them?
And one has eaten and one walks,
past the magazines with nudes
and the posters for BULLFIGHT and
the Manhatten Storage Warehouse,
which they’ll soon tear down. I
used to think they had the Armory
Show there.

A glass of papaya juice
and back to work. My heart is in my
pocket, it is Poems by Pierre Reverdy.

Caramel Nut Tart with Chocolate an homage to Jackson Pollock

Caramel Nut Tart with Chocolate an homage to Jackson Pollock

Memory Byte  ~ Okay JazzFoodie Fans, Thank God for A “Jackson Pollock”-esque dessert from @dashandbella: a la Google+.    What a way to end a post with Caramel Nut Tart with Chocolate

By Phyllis Grant

 

Author Notes: I call this a tart but it’s really batch of salty nutty caramel candy baked into a tart shell and drizzled with chocolate. It’s related to the Florentine cookie. It’s similar to nut brittle (though a bit softer). It’s packed with 3 cups of protein. It’s a great way to use up all of the nuts in your freezer. Any kind of nut works. Finely chopped walnuts. Pecan halves. Slivered almonds. Throw them all in.

Editor’s note: Use your favorite pie dough for the tart shell — we like this one: https://food52.com/recipes/24928-all-buttah-pie-dough (less) – Phyllis Grant

Serves 8 to 10

  • 1recipe for your favorite tart or pie dough
  • 3cups nuts (I use walnuts, pecans, slivered almonds, and pine nuts)
  • 1cup white sugar
  • 1/2cup heavy cream
  • 3tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1tablespoon good-quality vanilla extract
  • 1teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4ounces bittersweet chocolate
  1. Choose your tart pan. A 9- or 10-inch round or square with removable bottom works great. Roll out your tart dough and press into your pan. Refrigerate until needed.
  2. Heat oven to 350° F. Spread nuts out on a sheet pan, and toast in the oven until they just start to brown. This should take about 8 to 10 minutes, but keep an eye on them. Better yet, set a timer. Set nuts aside.
  3. In a deep pot, coat the sugar with a big splash of water (the liquid gives you a bit more control). Swirl (by the pot handle) over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Let it boil away for a few minutes. Once it starts to darken in patches, swirl the pan to make sure it’s caramelizing evenly. The burning sugar will smell smoky and sweet. It’s ready when it’s the shade of Grade B maple syrup. (Think the color of an old copper penny.) It will continue to darken even after you remove it from the heat and it caramelizes more in the tart shell, so err on the lighter side. Take off the heat.
  4. Immediately (and carefully) whisk the the heavy cream into the caramel. Mixing caramelized sugar with heavy cream brings about quite a reaction: The mixture will rise up, almost overflowing. And then it will start to settle back down into a calmer mash-up of sugar, curds, and whey. Whisk it and it will unite into a creamy golden syrup. Add butter and stir until completely melted. Whisk in vanilla extract and salt. Add toasted nuts and mix until evenly coated with caramel. Pour mixture into prepared tart shell and spread it out evenly. Bake until edges of the crust are light brown and the caramel/nut mixture is bubbling and a shade darker (check after 30 minutes, but it will probably take a bit more time). Remove from the oven. Allow to cool completely.
  5. Remove cooled tart from the pan. Place on a cutting board. Melt chocolate in a double boiler or in a small pot over incredibly low heat. Using a spoon, drizzle chocolate all over the tart in any pattern you desire. Place in the fridge for 20 minutes to allow the chocolate to firm up. Just know that it’s very rich — so when you’re serving, cut it into small pieces. It will keep at room temperature for a few days, or in the freezer for a few months.

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The Sounds I felt ~ Improvisation on a Jazz Literary Canvas ~ HerStory: Jazzwomen Who Made Waves ~ Broke Free featuring Jane Ira Bloom – “The Sweetest Sounds”

Gender discrimination and gender segregation have posed considerable barriers to women’s musical talent. Still, many women musicians around the world challenge traditionally held beliefs about gender and women’s social status simply by playing a certain instrument or singing a certain song.”  Smithsonian Folkways Magazine

Mother & Daughter Courtesy of Saundra Lane Galloway

Mother & Daughter Courtesy of Saundra Lane Galloway

American culture and history has brought us some of the most Phenomenal Women who have influenced, nurtured and were inspirational in my life particularly in the 1960’s when civil rights was not solely relegated to race.  Mom was my role model.  My BFF and beside the fact that she was the “best mom”; it’s because she was an educator who believed and promoted multiethnic culturalism that would also include women  in order to successfully provide the catalyst for assimilation into American Life.  That meant not to segregate but to integrate where we all would learn about diversity and to respect and appreciate one another.  The air was so emotionally charged with racism that being “mixed race” was difficult for me feel comfortable and fit in.  Welcome to my world….

Shadows _1959_ dir. by John Cassavettes. Jazz-scored film explores interracial

Shadows _1959_ dir. by John Cassavettes. Jazz-scored film explores interracial

My father, was forced to deal with racism in the jazz world, chose not to make waves by including women musicians.  It was not because of their abilities it was because he succumbed to the insuperable chauvinism and that was steeped in the jazz tradition because he felt it would’ve made the situation worse on both fronts.  Neither agenda survived!  The decade was phenomenal in terms of growing up.  I was right in the think of it and although the 60’s decade changed the face of America’s civil and cultural revolution, 1965 was “My Year of Musical Thinking” when I fell in love with Jazz, sound of words and modern art making it the most transformative and phenomenal year of my life. It is my frame of reference. It became my cultural compass where diversity was a substrate in every conceivable direction.

Mixed Media on canvas.  Photo Courtesy of Donald and Shelley Rubin

Mixed Media on canvas. Photo Courtesy of Donald and Shelley Rubin

Comments like “She’s not suppose to play like that! and “She plays like a man” were epithets that have been uttered throughout the early life of jazz when describing women musicians at the turn of the 20th Century.  Sex discrimination, segregation and tradition have been the foremost barriers that affected women’s musical talent and ability to perform. Still, many women musicians around the world continue to challenge and transform traditionally held beliefs about gender and women’s social status simply by playing the piano or guitar or performing a certain song.  Additionally, songwriting was something that also fell into the fray as well.

Bley was born in Oakland, California. Her father, a piano teacher and church choirmaster, encouraged her to sing and to learn to play the piano. After giving up the church to immerse herself in roller skating at the age of fourteen,[1] she moved to New York at seventeen and became a cigarette girl at Birdland, where she met jazz pianist Paul Bley, whom she married in 1957.[2] He encouraged her to start composing.  Courtesy of Wikipedia.

The battle of the sexes challenged the socially and culturally functioned under the assumption that men are superior to women.  Ironically this did not apply to women musicians. Those beliefs infiltrated medicine; science and the Arts & Entertainment world, respectively.  The line in the sand of equality between men and women has become smudged because those differences lost ground at the beginning of the 20th century.  In the 60’s racial and gender differences were a celebration of those differences. In some circles of society, politically correct thinking began obscuring and diminishing those differences.  Have a look at Women in Jazz circa 1930’s; I would ask that you close your eyes and deeply listen to this video clip.  Can you tell the difference?  Women played in their parlors, and women’s social teas and events.  They were never acknowledged and appreciated.  What do you think?  Peace and love Out! JBC 8-) & <3

Women in Jazz  Courtesy of Roy Gardnerra Uploaded on Aug 26, 2011 ~ 

With the women’s suffrage at its peak in the 1920s and the entrance of the flapper women began to make a statement within society and the Jazz Age was not immune to these new ideals. With women now taking part in the work force after the end of the First World War there were many more possibilities for women in terms of social life and entertainment. Ideas like equality and free sexuality were very popular during the time and women seemed to capitalize during this period. The 1920s saw the emergence of many famous women musicians including Bessie Smith. Bessie Smith also gained attention because she was not only a great singer but also an African American woman. She has grown through the ages to be one of the most well respected singers of all time. Singers such as Billie Holiday all the way to Janis Joplin are said to have been inspired by Bessie Smith. Another exception to the common stereotype of women at this time was piano player Hardin Armstrong. She was given the piano part in her husband’s big band radio performance series called Hot Five and then his next series called the Hot Seven It was not until the 1930s and 1940s that many women jazz singers, such as Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday were recognized as successful artists in the music world. Women such as pianist Billy Tipton dressed up like a man to gain acceptance into society as an artist. These women were persistent in striving to make their names known in the music industry and lead the way for many more women artists to come.

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The Sounds I felt ~ Improvisation on a Jazz Literary Canvas ~ “Poet’s Obligation” by Pablo Neruda featuring Jane Ira Bloom – Jackson Pollock

 

Main Jazz Page Courtesy of jackiewhitingdotnet

Main Jazz Page Courtesy of jackiewhitingdotnet

During the last twelve years, I’ve been drawn into yet another depth, awakened at yet another level by wonder, maturation and loss. What has become so amazing clear is developing my practice of improvisation ~ you know leaning into the moment.  I’ve managed to have kept my heart open to it all, letting it transform me from the inside out. This journey, like the so many others, has taken longer than I anticipated, and, like any artist, albeit literary, musician, visual, actor, singer, etc.  I have found the words to tell its story. Taking the song that my father placed in my heart I have: syncopated it, created harmonic intents,  ran riffs, licks and changes using every bit of imagined mosaic and tapestry that life has thrown my way.  To wit, for 2014,  I want you to grab your bags and join me as we enter the depths of the vistas and terrains that has brought and from which it was taken.  No judgments or expectations, just living life through jazz’s greatest intention…Improvisation. That’s all a literary artist ever wants. We are going to be moving to Northern California which is the next part of the journey moving closer to the sea in 2015.  So, with peace and love out!  JBC 8-) & <3  Gear Up, get your shades and kicks on, let’s begin…

Poet’s Obligation

by Pablo Neruda

 

To whoever is not listening to the sea
this Friday morning, to whoever is cooped up
in house or office, factory or woman
or street or mine or harsh prison cell;
to him I come, and, without speaking or looking,
I arrive and open the door of his prison,
and a vibration starts up, vague and insistent,
a great fragment of thunder sets in motion
the rumble of the planet and the foam,
the raucous rivers of the ocean flood,
the star vibrates swiftly in its corona,
and the sea is beating, dying and continuing.

So, drawn on by my destiny,
I ceaselessly must listen to and keep
the sea’s lamenting in my awareness,
I must feel the crash of the hard water
and gather it up in a perpetual cup
so that, wherever those in prison may be,
wherever they suffer the autumn’s castigation,
I may be there with an errant wave,
I may move, passing through windows,
and hearing me, eyes will glance upward
saying ‘How can I reach the sea?’
And I shall broadcast, saying nothing,
the starry echoes of the wave,
a breaking up of foam and quicksand,
a rustling of salt withdrawing,
the grey cry of the sea-birds on the coast.

So, through me, freedom and the sea
will make their answer to the shuttered heart.

 

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Riff Shots, Licks, Mimesis & Memory Bytes~” Blues Alley, Dizzy, Me My Ex in D.C”. featuring . Jimmy Smith – “Walk on the Wild Side” ~ Jazz Byte Creole Shrimp Gumbo with a special C/U of Dizzy Gillespie – “And Then She Stopped”

 

Dizzy Gillespie ~ This is how I remember him!  Courtesy of  http://dialogosdosubsolo.blogspot.com/

It’s mid-December 1985 when I spotted an announcement in the Washington Post that Dizzy Gillespie and his band was performing at Blues Alley in Georgetown, D.C.  Cell phones to call Dizzy were rare back then so I relied on plan B going in person.   So me, my ex and his father drove, found a great place to park, which is rare in Georgetown especially on a Saturday night back then.  To make a long story painfully short, we arrived sixty minutes early, it was a rainy and chilly evening with little cover over the cobblestone alley.  I knocked on the club door and asked the Maître D’ to give the note I hurriedly scrawled on the way to Dizzy. After a long glaring pause, the Maître D’ looked once more at the note and then back at me and in the next instant disappeared into the dark ambiance of club.  Typically when Dizzy came to L.A. for a visit or was performing, he would always come and stay with us.  He was the complete opposite of my father.  Sometimes I felt my father wanted to lock him up in the attic hidden from polite society.  But that was a losing battle because Dizzy was just like my grandfather and dad knew that he couldn’t compete with that kind of love.  I stood behind the door underneath a small awning listening to my ex and his dad saying he ain’t coming…the door gradually opened.  Where the hell are you?  I stepped out into the light and Dizzy was standing in the doorway with a big ol’ bowl of Shrimp Gumbo in bare feet, You escaped!  Girl, if you don’t get your tail in here right now, I am not sure who scares me more, your dad or my wife.  He motioned me into the foyer turning he instructed the Maître D’ to seat my ex and his father to reserved seats in front of the band stand.  It was a night to remember and if you haven’t caught on by now, I love Shrimp!  here is a family fav, this is an authentic slammin’ New Orleanian recipe here are the ingredients with instructions:  Welcome to my mixed ethnic world and Bon appétit!

Jazz Byte Authentic N’awlins bonnaroo recipe for a Slammin’ Bowl of Creole Shrimp Gumbo

The Original recipe makes 20 servings (P.S. you can plug into an app to the serving size you need)

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Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup bacon drippings

1 cup coarsely chopped celery

1 large onion, coarsely chopped

1 large green bell pepper, coarsely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 pound andouille sausage, sliced

3 quarts water

6 cubes beef bouillon

tablespoon white sugar

salt to taste

2 tablespoons hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco®), or to taste

1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning blend (such as Tony Chachere’s®), or to taste

4 bay leaves

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes

1 (6 ounce) can tomato sauce

2 teaspoons gumbo file powder

2 tablespoons bacon drippings

2 (10 ounce) packages frozen cut okra, thawed

2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

1 pound lump crabmeat

3 pounds uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons gumbo file powder

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Putting it all together:

Make a roux by whisking the flour and 3/4 cup bacon drippings together in a large, heavy saucepan over medium-low heat to form a smooth mixture. Cook the roux, whisking constantly, until it turns a rich mahogany brown color. This can take 20 to 30 minutes; watch heat carefully and whisk constantly or roux will burn. Remove from heat; continue whisking until mixture stops cooking.

Place the celery, onion, green bell pepper, and garlic into the work bowl of a food processor, and pulse until the vegetables are very finely chopped. Stir the vegetables into the roux, and mix in the sausage. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-low heat, and cook until vegetables are tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat, and set aside.

Bring the water and beef bouillon cubes to a boil in a large Dutch oven or soup pot. Stir until the bouillon cubes dissolve, and whisk the roux mixture into the boiling water. Reduce heat to a simmer, and mix in the sugar, salt, hot pepper sauce, Cajun seasoning, bay leaves, thyme, stewed tomatoes, and tomato sauce. Simmer the soup over low heat for 1 hour; mix in 2 teaspoons of file gumbo powder at the 45-minute mark.

Meanwhile, melt 2 tablespoons of bacon drippings in a skillet, and cook the okra with vinegar over medium heat for 15 minutes; remove okra with slotted spoon, and stir into the simmering gumbo. Mix in crabmeat, shrimp, and Worcestershire sauce, and simmer until flavors have blended, 45 more minutes. Just before serving, stir in 2 more teaspoons of file gumbo powder.

And now for the Pièce de résistance I give you a snap shot of Dizzy  the man that my father wrote inspired and amazing arrangements for.  There was no one in the world like him and he treated everyone the same way, DIZZY!

Happy Holidaze my JazzFanFoodies!  Peace ‘n love out!  JBC 8-) & <3

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Editors’ Picks of the Year: Notable Reads on WordPress.com

Jazzybeatchick:

An homage to the WP Bloggers who made a difference in blogosphere….Nice! & Fresh … The way all of the blogs I follow are…Inspiring! Check it w/a jazz POV Chick Corea “Windows“.

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

Our editors dove into the archives to resurface top posts published on WordPress.com this year, from personal essays to comics, and photography to fiction. Here’s a glimpse of what you published — and what the community especially loved — in 2014.

“Ever Wished That Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson Would Return to the Comics Page? Well, He Just Did,” Stephan Pastis, Pearls Before Swine

“Bill Watterson is the Bigfoot of cartooning,” writes comic artist Stephan Pastis of the legendary Calvin and Hobbes creator. This summer, Pastis collaborated — in secret — with Watterson. Their awesome idea: Watterson would silently step in and draw Pastis’ comic strip, Pearls Before Swine, for a few days, pretending to be a second grader. Pastis recounts the experience, offering a rare glimpse of Bigfoot.

“No Apology,” Mehreen Kasana

I will apologize for ISIS when every single white American apologizes for the mass incarceration of…

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Leigh Anne Tuohy, Racism, and the White Saviour Complex

Jazzybeatchick:

FreeWrite Friday ~ Interesting post. Jury still out on the “racist” “huddled” thing. Leigh AnneTuohy, clearly not a child of the 60s.  P.S.  Hear it from a Jazz POV

Dinah Washington – This Bitter Earth Peace out!   JBC 8-) <3

 

Originally posted on The Belle Jar:

Leigh Anne “That Nice Woman Sandra Bullock Played In The Blind Side” Tuohy recently posted the following picture and caption on her Facebook and Instagram accounts:

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We see what we want! It’s the gospel truth! These two were literally huddled over in a corner table nose to nose and the person with me said “I bet they are up to no good” well you know me… I walked over, told them to scoot over. After 10 seconds of dead silence I said so whats happening at this table? I get nothing.. I then explained it was my store and they should spill it… They showed me their phones and they were texting friends trying to scrape up $3.00 each for the high school basketball game! Well they left with smiles, money for popcorn and bus fare. We have to STOP judging people and assuming and pigeon holing people!…

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JazzUp Thursdays ~ The Unity of Life featuring the Ahmad Jamal Trio – “Stolen Moments” On a Poet’s Beat ~ “A Vast Confusion” by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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“Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination & charm & gaiety to life.”  ~ Plato

It is that time of year again.  Holidays have become my days to prep, pamper, and prepare myself for renewal and spiritual enrichment.  It is a way to wash away the dirt of life’s suffering like waves upon our souls to rinse the confusion of our minds and rejuvenate the ocean of our existence.  It means to Relax, Breathe and Awaken to what is happening now.  I like to consider it an #IndaMomentSpa  to reclaim the joy and beauty of life as it is.  Not over thinking to the point of being confused, lost and devoid of wisdom.  Give a listen to Stolen Moments and feel the words of Ferlinghetti bring peace, clarity and contentment.  That is the secret to living life instead of surviving until the next life happening. Mark Nepo couldn’t have said it better…To be living, growing, changing beings in a living, growing, changing Universe opens a larger, more dynamic sense of relationship, to each other and the world, as we journey through the depth and surface of life. To find our way, alone and together, is the purpose of spiritual friendship. All we can do is hold each other up in the journey of becoming who we are, while sharing our experience of the mysterious Unity of Life.  It has become words to live and breathe by.  Peace & Love Out!  JBC 8-) & <3

 A Vast Confusion

by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

 

Long long I lay in the sands

Sounds of trains in the surf
in subways of the sea
And an even greater undersound
of a vast confusion in the universe
a rumbling and a roaring
as of some enormous creature turning
under sea and earth
a billion sotto voices murmuring
a vast muttering
a swelling stuttering
in ocean’s speakers
world’s voice-box heard with ear to sand
a shocked echoing
a shocking shouting
of all life’s voices lost in night
And the tape of it
someow running backwards now
through the Moog Synthesizer of time
Chaos unscrambled
back to the first
harmonies
And the first light

 

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WordPlay Wednesday ~ Oh No They Didn’t! Jazz & the Roaring Twenties are the Mimésis of American Life Therein Lies the Riff featuring Erroll Garner – It’s All Right With Me

Bryan Ferry Orchestra in the 1920s Style

Bryan Ferry Orchestra in the 1920s Style

“They’re all desperadoes, these kids, all of them with any life in their veins; the girls as well as the boys; maybe more than the boys.”  ~  – from “Flaming Youth,” by Warner Fabian

Wat da Mimésis?  Mimésis is our effort to become “like” a person or a phenomenon that we are drawn to.  Through jazz, dance, writing ~Improvisation is the portal that opens the heart to become vulnerable and connect to all aspects of life.  Perhaps this is the deeper meaning of what Aristotle wrote in his Poetics, called Mimésis.   Jazz revolutionized America’s social and cultural world.  It began with the Roaring Twenties and transformed to become the Jazz Age.  Both challenged the American traditional roles and mores of women.  John Held, Jr. introduced flappers in his cartoons by depicting women’s role as the gentile “Gibson girl” from an earlier generation to an outright Rebel.  Women no longer were confined to the home and its traditional roles and were becoming a young “independent” woman who was often coined as a little fast and maybe even a little brazen. Flappers truly offended the older generation because women defied conventions of acceptable feminine behavior. The flapper was “modern.” Flappers did more than symbolize a revolution in fashion and mores – they completely embodied the modern spirit of the Jazz Age.

Jazz Age Mimesis Courtesy of Jazz-feverdotblogspotdotcom

Jazz Age Mimesis Courtesy of Jazz-feverdotblogspotdotcom

I remember  my 14th birthday when my grandmother took me to the Russian Tea Room in New York City after we went to see The Sound of Music starring Julie Andrews.  When we stayed at my grand rents house in Jamaica Estates, New York, where back in the 1960’s . was a gated community of well to do folks. I loved going up into the attic sitting on an old trunk and going through all grandmother’s  photo albums.  It was filled old sepia toned pictures of my grand rents.  The ones that stood out the most were the snaps of my grandmother replete in  full on Flapper style…short wavy auburn hair with a headband; flapper styled baggy sequined sleeveless dress with a fringe of wavy organdy; stylish Mary Jane shoes on her feet holding a long cigarette holder in her three-quarter length gloves covering her hands and arms to the elbow.  It was such a stark contrast to her appearance sitting across from me at the white linen covered table.

Women Saxophone Players

Women Saxophone Players

Louise Brooks the famous silent star was very much part of the Jazz Age. Her rise as a personality and as a film star was in keeping with the central phenomena of the flapper era – the worship of youth. Brooks’ exuberant social life echoed the flamboyant tenor of the times, while her social circle included the notable figures who helped define the era – such as the composer George Gershwin and the writers F. Scott Fitzgerald, Robert Benchley, H.L. Mencken and Anita Loos. Prior to her career in Hollywood, Brooks briefly appeared in such New York stage productions as the George White Scandals and Zeigfield Follies. Her tenure on stage (and later in the movies) brought her into contact with the wealthy, the artistic and the socially glamorous life of the 1920’s.  The Jazz Age is a big part of American history and is truly an Imitation of Life in all of its vulnerability, connections and engaging in all aspects of life not having to prove anything or have fears of approval, avoiding conflict or bartering which is really saying no to life.  Jazz through improvised expression says Yes accepting what ever aspect comes its way.  It seems as though jazz history like American History could only exact change through an array of people and communities, i.e. Flappers, Beatniks in the late 50’s and the Hippies in the 60’s; and Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement.  It was not a smooth evolving series of musical styles; it was derived through desperate conflicting actions, ideals, and attitudes.  When the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War dropped our nation into turmoil, a noisy minority of the boomers protested through demonstrations or non-conformist lifestyles that changed the direction of American society and culture.  So for those of you who did not live through the 1960s, or were too young to remember, Walter Cronkite called those times  as the most turbulent decade of the century. He would end the evening news by signing off with  “That’s the way it is”.   Where were you?  What was happening in your life at that time?  I was smack dab in the thick of things…Peace Out & Love Out!  JBC 8-) & <3

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Tell it slant Tuesday ~ Awakening to Jazz and the Abstract Truth featuring Erroll Garner – “How Could You Do A Thing Like That To Me”

Evening Surrealism Courtesy of crazygallerydotinfo

  Tell all the truth but tell it slant,

Success in circuit lies,
Too bright for our infirm delight
The truth’s superb surprise;

As lightning to the children eased
With explanation kind,
The truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind.  ~ Emily Dickinson

The truth is- Jazz on a page has been exclusionary and categorized by Race and Ethnicity and continues to politicize this art artform by promoting separatism and discrimination in the same manner in which America was founded.  Many jazz writers and journalists continue to write about Jazz as a form of social and economic justice for African AmericansJazz is an artform.  It is defined as a means of creative expression, as poetry, song, or a specific creative genre, as the sonnet, based on traditional structures, standards, and principles according to Webster’s New World College Dictionary.  As a writer and a Native Daughter of Jazz I really want to know what it is like to be born into jazz, because all the written words about jazz so far turns out to be quite disquieting and lies on a template of discomfort  for understanding and appreciating “Jazz”  which is characterized as vanishing, residing in a place marred by racism, chauvinism, provincial, insular and socially depraved.  However, when witnessed and seen through my innocence from the soul and inner world of jazz, it allows us to preserve something of value  and   we embrace Jazz as nothing more than a healing, inspiring, transforming and awakening acoustic artform.   More to come….Peace & Love Out!  JBC 8-) & <3

As a special treat…A short meditation on Truth

This meditation incorporates frequencies of TRUTH and facilitates a connection to your higher-self. The tones and frequencies included in this track will guide you into a state of awareness where self-realization, and awakening to higher states of knowledge can occur. Use this meditation, along with focused intention, to explore the depths of self-discovery. The use of headphones is required to achieve the full benefit of this meditation. This is only a small preview of the entire meditation. The full length meditation is 30 minutes long and a high quality 320kbps MP3 file.

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Moveable Feast Monday ~ Mardi Gras celebrates Holidaze with JUST DESSERTS! Vegan King Cake featuring Diana Krall – What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

“Each man should frame life so that at some future hour fact and his dreaming meet.”~ Victor Hugo

Okay JazzFoodies before you say that I am mixing up my Holidays, I am not!  I love to use Holiday favs year round.  I believe in wearing white (aka Winter White) after Labor Day.  Did you really think after all these years I’ve been on the planet that a simple rule that doesn’t make sense would affect me?  Not!  Jazz up your New Year with Hoppin’ John for good luck and King Cake to set the New Year off with a bit of a twist.  Love & Peace Out!  JBC 8-) & <3

In the Mix:

King Cake:
1 pack dry active yeast
1/4 cup warm water
tbsp maple syrup
2 1/2 All Purpose Flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 tbsp sugar
6 tbsp margarine
2 tbsp energ egg replacer + 1 tbsp water
1/4 cup applesauce
1/3 cup non dairy milk ( I prefer almond milk)

Vegan King Cake Filling:
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup margarine
1/2 cup finely chopped nuts
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Vegan King Cake Topping:
Vegan Butter cream

Sprinkles – green, yellow, purple or you can do the white, red, green thing or 3 of your favorite colors

Now I know it isn’t Mardi Gras, however, mom always said to live a life that is filled with celebration.  Happy Holidays!

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Birth as poetry in research

Jazzybeatchick:

 

This speaks to the secret habits of jazz living. Jazz is devoted to the life of expression because it is the tuning fork to find our way to Sacredness.  Peace & Love Out! A good read…

Originally posted on Dr Susan Crowther :

Using poetry in research and professional life as an academic in health care practice could be construed as professional suicide. Yet it is a medium that keeps me sane and allows something more deeply felt to filter through. I am in the process of writing an academic journal article about poetry use in research and thought I would air some of my early musings.

When I completed my PhD thesis the final chapter evolved around a final poem that emerged from participants words (see below). It was risky –  however it paid off. That same poem on request from faculty management is now enlarged and lives proudly framed in front of the midwifery school in the faculty buildings. When presenting poems in conferences the audience is often left in a quiet place where I have to confirm to the chair and audience – “I’m finished” so the session can end…

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FreeWrite Friday ~ 7 Signs You’ve Found Your Gift featuring Dave Brubeck – “Over The Rainbow” – live at Storyville ~ Poet’s Beat ~ “Invictus” by William Earnest Henley

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Yesterday when I was on my way home from the store I saw a rainbow.  It was the second rainbow I had ever seen in my adult life.  I saw the beginning and was not able to see the end.  The first time I saw a rainbow it was in Brooklyn New York and I was visiting my great grandfather who was Native American from the Ossining tribe.  There was a down pour of rain and we were sitting on the stoop outside of his three story townhouse on President Street.  He was reading the New York Times newspaper and I was reading from a reader that my Nana (his wife) gave me.  I stopped reading and I proclaimed that I wanted to write when I grew up.  Patting me on my head I believe you will be great at anything you love to do.  Do you want to know how I know that?  I looked up and he was pointing at the rainbow that hung in the sky like a constellation of beautiful colors.  I learned that a rainbow is a sign to follow our hearts desire and purpose.  What I have discovered on my spiritual journey is the symbolism of the rainbow sensing a direct deep connection with the Spirit.  Native Americans believe that the Spirit is gently reminding us to stay focused on our path and to have patience and faith that the Gifts of the Spirit will manifest in awesome and unexpected ways.  So I am going to embrace the gifts and the beauty of Nature and all the blessings from Heaven and the Universe has to offer.  Here are 7 signs I learned from the jazz lessons for living a fulfilling and happy life.

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do ~ Rilke

  1. It comes Naturally

You always feel its presence and you look forward to doing it every day.  You are drawn to it and when you do it you don’t care what the outcome is or have any expectations.

  1. It’s is recognized and praised by others

Your friends and family would tell you it is a talent you have.  They come to you for help or suggestions.

  1. It tests your abilities and inspires you to want to solve or perform it giving you a tremendous amount of satisfaction.

You find it exhilarating to write or paint or play the guitar, you lose track of time you feel that you are off balance if you don’t do it on a regular basis.

  1. You believe and have faith in your abilities.

Sometimes it seems frustrating but you keep going back to it in your mind until you come to a resolution and you are satisfied.

  1. It is timeless.

You never tire of doing or thinking about it.  You get excited and feel complete when you reach the place where you are connected in mind-body-soul.

  1. It integrates all aspects of who you are.

It complements every aspect of your life.  When you use your ability in more than one area of your life, you are actualized and you see the world differently.

  1. It’s Larger than Life

When you are overwhelmed you find that your ability becomes hyper-vigilant and others using their talents will join you in an effort for the benefit of all.  Musicians demonstrate this when jamming or performing on stage.  It is electric and euphoric.

 

Here is a poem that my father and mother used to read to me when I was three years old instead of a bedtime story.  I would recite and copy into my hand made journal with pictures and drawings for inspiration to be resourceful and wait through the strife and hardship that life brings.  Peace & Love Out!  JBC 8-) & <3

Invictus

by William Earnest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud,
Under the bludgeoning of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

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JazzUp Thursdays ~ O-Jazz-O War Memoir by Bob Kaufman featuring Thelonious Monk – Monk’s Dream – Take 8

Postcards from The Yellow Room Courtesy of sidsmithdotblogspotdotcom

Postcards from The Yellow Room Courtesy of sidsmithdotblogspotdotcom

 

My head is a bony guitar, strung with tongues, plucked by fingers & nails.”  ~ Bob Kaufman on  his own work

Jazz has always been forced to be political.  More so than any other American Artform.  So if we are to get a better understanding of the jazz, we will have to take a good look at what the outside world and for the longest time jazz has been at some kind of war.  It is only natural that at the tender age of eleven, I had fallen in love with jazz sound and words.  Jazz poetry is the best of both worlds for me.  There ain’t nothin’ in this world I could ask God to give me, than the gift of translating musical notes into words.  Take the shape of a life lived in full measure.  Of course, with that gift I had to face the perfect storms of life and after all that is played and done, a glorious experience and sense of timing.  The art of knowing when to..stop, start, slow it down, staccato and rests carefully placed on the canvas of life.  That knowing has left me craving peace and serenity and knowing deep down to the souls of my heart that the joy comes when we wait,  Waiting is the first born of jazz poetry.  So, I have embraced Jazz and Poetry for the month of April.  Exploring mindfulness meditations and conversations that gives the soul the full acoustic literary dose of memories, dreams, inspiration that expands and awakens the mysterious source of living the life that is waiting for us….  Today I want to take a closer look at Bob Kaufman and unleash the scores of wisdom and insight.  I paired these two because of my dad and my mom have made this all possible… Peace & Love Out!  JBC 8-) & <3

O-Jazz-O

Bob Kaufman

Where the string
At
some point,
Was umbilical jazz,
Or perhaps,
In memory,
A long lost bloody cross,
Buried in some steel cavalry.
In what time
For whom do we bleed,
Lost notes, from some jazzman’s
Broken needle.
Musical tears from lost
Eyes.
Broken drumsticks, why?
Pitter patter, boom dropping
Bombs in the middle
Of my emotions
My father’s sound
My mother’s sound,
Is love,
Is life.

Poet Jack Micheline said about Kaufman, “I found his work to be essentially improvisational, and was at its best when accompanied by a jazz musician. His technique resembled that of the surreal school of poets, ranging from a powerful, visionary lyricism of satirical, near dadaistic leanings, to the more prophetic tone that can be found in his political poems.

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WordPlay Wednesday ~ Letting go thru the Fog of Cancer featuring John Coltrane – Serenity & A Guided Meditation on the Body, Space, and Awareness with Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Courtesy of Tammy Ransdell

Courtesy of Tammy Ransdell

It is the way you play that makes it…Play like you play, play like you think, and you got it, if you are going to get it.  And whatever you get, that’s you, so that’s your story.”  ~ Count Basie

The message that Jazz continues to flow through my life is that the soul journey that all of us are on is learning how to strike a balance between being present and expressing love and service through our spiritual giftsCount Basie shared those words on “playing” which translated to “living” the fall of 1967 at the Newport Jazz festival when my father took me to  a MJF Orchestra rehearsal for their Saturday night performance.  The Count was onstage sitting at the piano, he motioned for me to come sit next to him on the bench.  I shot a look at my father smiling Go on, he’s family!  At that very moment at the tender age of thirteen feeling I am in an absolute blissful existence, I am an ocean filled with possibilities.  Jazz is a way of collaborating with other souls connecting us to a universal riff that transcends all limitations that is awakening everyone to self discovery and expression in the majesty of God’s gift to our lives. In 2000 Jazz saved my life.  My mother and I were in for the fight of our lives against Breast Cancer. I struggled to desperately to reconnect with my soul.  What had been so sacred to me was lost and I wanted to make peace with my cancer.  I had to let go of what no longer worked for me and find new ways to get back into a flow and reconnect to the journey of the sacred aspects in my life.  I would go to chemotherapy and would play Coltrane, Miles, the Count and Ella, Sarah and of course my dad’s music.  Mark Singer in The Untethered Soul” taught me to experience and allow the cancer to flow.  Don’t fight it but to breathe and accept things as they are.  I remembered that Fall day back in 1967 with Count Basie and became alive surrendering my fears  and loss to find a new current that was flowing with life.  My friends faded away because they didn’t know what to say to me.  I can’t tell you the number of times I wanted to give up.  I listened to Coltrane’s Serenity and became completely present and forgiving.  The transformational power of letting go by listening to jazz was shear Nirvana.   Joseph Campbell said it best…“You must give up the life you planned to have the life that is waiting for you.”   Peace and Love Out! JBC 8-) & <3

So chillax and breathe with this wonderful  Guided Meditation on the Body, Space, and Awareness with Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

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Tell it Slant Tuesday ~ RiffShot ~ Race Judicada… feat. Regina Carter – “Higher Ground” Special Note: Leila “Change” – A Song To Eliminate Racism

tell it slant tuesday

And if we don’t fight 
if we don’t resist 
if we don’t organize and unify and 
get the power to control our own lives 
Then we will wear 
the exaggerated look of captivity 
the stylized look of submission 
the bizarre look of suicide 
the dehumanized look of fear 
and the decomposed look of repression 
forever and ever and ever 
And there it is ~ Jayne Cortez

race rlns

There is a reason why music and poetry are timeless.  Yet the words and the thoughts reflect the times that we live in.  Sometimes you can use a lot of words when only a few would do.  Racism is a phenomenon of culture, a birth defect if you will, it gives rise to emotions that all of us wish would just fade away.    Jazz belongs to everyone.  Its beginnings were stained by society’s deference to understanding the people who played it.  It was stigmatized and was used as a device to suppress and not to liberate which is what the spirit of the sound was all about.  The sixties became the era that all things changed.  Lil Hardin Armstrong before going onto the bandstand once said “We used to look out at you all and say, ‘What are they staring at?  Why are they all here?’  That is what racism and discrimination played upon.  I believe that racism will always be around.  The only difference now, after going through years of “staring” and “tolerating”, now is the time for everyone to change that script to one the includes conversations of compassion and embracing the differences that each of us possesses.  We were born into it.  And it is not a defect.  Cultural Anthropology dictates that it is necessary to find that higher place so that Humanity will transcend our racial differences and to color beyond the lines of life that includes Black, White, Blue, Yellow and Red – to live fully on the blank canvas of Life. Here is a special treat for this holiday season…Peace & Love Out!  JBC -8) & <3

Leila “Change” – A Song To Eliminate Racism

A beautiful song I am blessed to have co-written with 2 amazing writers & souls! K.C. Porter & Francesca Richard .”Change” will be on my new CD “Soul Ascension” & is also currently available at http://www.cdbaby.com/oneness. Oneness is a not for profit organization based out of Los Angeles whose mission is to eliminate hate and racism through music. I was honored to have been chosen to come together with some of the top names in the music industry, all for the common goal of using our creative gifts to heal, uplift, inspire and unify. This is the actual multimedia slideshow that was used as a beautiful backdrop in my live performance video of this song. It features beautiful photographs, generously made available royalty free by their respective photographers whom I deeply appreciate and credit at the end of the live performance..may this song touch your hearts, and as it says…remind us all of our “commonality and our divinity” Blessings, Leila

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Moveable Feast Monday~ JUST DESSERTS! A Jazz “Rawsome Delights” Byte ~ Raw Chocolate Cheesecake by Jolinda Hackett

Movable Feast Monday

“The world is upheld by the veracity of good men: they make the earth wholesome. They who lived with them found life glad and nutritious. Life is sweet and tolerable only in our belief in such society.”  ~  Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Hey JazzFoodies here is an awesome raw vegan dessert recipe for raw double layer vanilla and chocolate cheesecake with a peanut butter topping. Use raw carob if you don’t like or can’t find raw cacao. A gourmet raw foods dessert for sure!  This gourmet raw vegan cheesecake recipe comes from the new book full of similarly delicious raw and living food recipes, Rawsome Vegan Baking, by Emily von Euw. Emily says that this raw layered cheesecake is “One of the best things I have ever put in my mouth.”  Bon Appétite!   Peace & Love Out!  JBC  8-) & <3

Raw-Chocolate-Cheesecake by Chef Jolinda Hackett

Raw-Chocolate-Cheesecake by Chef Jolinda Hackett

In the mix:

  • 1 cup (90 g) oats
  • 1 cup (175 g) pitted dates
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/4 cup (59 ml) melted coconut oil
  • 2 cups (190 g) raw cashews
  • 1 1/2 cups (263 g) pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup (85 g) liquid sweetener, any kind (optional)
  • Seeds from 1 vanilla pod
  • Water
  • 1/4 cup (30 g) cacao or carob powder
  • 3 tablespoons (48 g) raw peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons (18 g) raw chocolate recipe

 

Puttin’ it All Together:

First, prepare the crust. Pulse together the oats into flour in your food processor, and then add the dates and process until they stick together. Press into the bottom of a spring-form pan and put in the fridge.

Next, prepare the cheesecake. Blend together the banana, melted coconut oil, raw cashews, dates, liquid sweetener, and vanilla seeds until very smooth, using as little water as possible, to keep your cheesecake creamy. If you don’t want to add any water, use some extra liquid sweetener or another banana. This is your vanilla layer.

Transfer half of the vanilla batter to a bowl.

To make the chocolate layer, add the raw cacao powder or raw carob powder to the remaining batter that is still in your blender and blend until it’s well incorporated. Now spread the vanilla layer and the chocolate layer on your crust, alternating layers a few times.

Set in the freezer overnight and then drizzle with peanut butter and homemade raw chocolate the next day. Enjoy!  This is the closest thing to Heaven on Earth.  You have got to treat yourself.  Peace & Love Out!  JBC 8-) & <3

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