50 Shades of Jazz ~ Mindfulness Meditations on Listening ~ RiffShots ~ The Big Picture

Jazz can be transformative and amazing.   Sometimes all it takes to have a great day is an intention to shift in your morning thinking. If you begin your day positive outlook, you’re more likely to effectively deal with the noise of daily living.  Mindfulness meditative listening will definitely improve your mood and give you a relaxed frame of mind. It has become a part of my morning ritual to prepare for life’s challenges.   When I don’t, it generally throws me off balance and out of sync with my life.  Jazz in its many splendor genres has come to the rescue on several occasions. A song like Duke Ellington’s Trumpets No End can set the tone and timbre to step into “I’m having a charmed and joyous day” you will board the A Train ready to embrace the day. So get your shades and kicks on to living the life you always have dreamed of!

Duke Ellington’s “Trumpet no end”

Mary Lou Williams Apartment in NYC

Mary Lou Williams Apartment in NYC

This picture depicts growing up in our home in Los Angeles in the 1960’s where musicians and songstresses huddled around the piano with dad having a great time and playing, improvising and the feeling of total freedom that waited outside the front door.

When I drop into a jazz suite, from the opening note bringing a flurry of emotions and expressions to the coda of the song that ends on a high note (Nina Simone’s rendition

The experience when listening to this song is elevating and the solos by clarinetist Jimmy Hamilton and Mary Lou Williams weave a tale of how the jazz process takes form and style.  This is a perfect tale of life through self-expression and technique.  Can you hear the five trumpet soloist? Can you distinguish the finer nuance of the musicians playing together and their respective  solos?  This is a rousing demonstration of jazz, when meditatively listening that opens the portal to experience life through a musicians soul.

 Duke Ellington’s Trumpet no end.” Big Band Sound

The selections in this series explores topics ~ Style and genres; improvisation; rhythm; arrangements; forms; composition and sound.  I hope that you gain a better understanding and appreciation of this truly magnificent American Artform.  What do you hear?  What do you feel?  Peace Out!  JBC 8-)

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  1. #1 by ardinspace on February 3, 2014 - 11:35 am

    Great stuff! Eager to read more of this! Thanks


    • #2 by Jazzybeatchick on February 3, 2014 - 12:08 pm

      Welcome and right back at ya! Peace Out! JBC


  2. #3 by Angeline M on February 2, 2014 - 6:47 pm

    I can see where something like this would start ones day off with verve! Love it.


    • #4 by Jazzybeatchick on February 3, 2014 - 8:09 am

      I am glad to hear that. Here’s to starting each day with words in our souls and music on our feet. Thanks for the kind comment. Peace Out JBC 8-)


  3. #5 by nobles123 on February 2, 2014 - 12:23 pm

    This is a great post!!! I think of excitement and entertainment. It makes me think of the people that are living large and I feel happiness from the music. http://loungeshowatxen.wordpress.com


    • #6 by Jazzybeatchick on February 2, 2014 - 1:43 pm

      WOW! That’s qute a response. All good though. Have a great day.


    • #7 by Jazzybeatchick on February 2, 2014 - 1:44 pm

      I always seem to smile and feel fevived when I listen to this song. Thanks for sharing…JBC8-)


  4. #8 by Let's CUT the Crap! on February 2, 2014 - 10:27 am

    The best I can say for myself is every cell in me is moving and feel a.l.i.v.e. Can you see me smile?


  5. #11 by Gede Prama on February 2, 2014 - 10:14 am

    Thank you my friend, I am proud to be able to read the writing on your article!


    • #12 by Jazzybeatchick on February 2, 2014 - 1:40 pm

      You are profoundly welcome. Right back at ya! JBC 8-)



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