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Awe

Psychologist Nicholas Humphrey has proposed that our ability to awe was biologically selected for by evolution because it imbues our lives with sense of cosmic significance that has resulted in a species that works harder not just to survive but to flourish and thrive.

Join Jason Silva every week as he freestyles his way into the complex systems of society, technology and human existence and discusses the truth and beauty of science in a form of existential jazz. New episodes every Tuesday.


Native American Beats Rock Jazz Fest

Native American drums and chants are amping up New Orleans' Jazz Fest this year. Dancers and performers in colorful feathers stomped to native beats as DJ trio A Tribe Called Red mixed the traditional with techno. (May 2)


ABBA, Duke Ellington. MIKE NEUN shows mp4

ABBA and Duke Ellington were guests on two Mike Neun CBC Vancouver TV series. Mike was the host of "IN THE ROUND" which national Canadian critics raved was "the best variety series of the season" in the summer of 1970. In the first show, world renowned jazz legend Duke Ellington dropped by for a rare casual chat and performed his classic composition "Satin Doll" with the Doug Parker house band. The series led to other Mike Neun CBC series, here introduced by singer Johnny Mathis in 1976, NEUN AT NIGHT, with ABBA performing their two massive hits, "Dancing Queen" and "Fernando." Ellington was awarded The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1966. At 76, he died of lung cancer in 1974, with over 12,000 attending the genius' funeral. Swedish pop/rockers ABBA (Agnetha, Benny, Bjorn, Anni-Afid) were one of the most commercially successful acts in pop music history, topping charts worldwide between 1972-1982, selling over 370 million records worldwide, making them one of the world's best selling artists of all time. For more ST40TV music and interview items, click on: http://www.youtube.com/user/ST40TV/videos


Duke Ellington (1943)

Duke Ellington and his orchestra playing this awesome tune in 1943.

"It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" is a 1931 composition by Duke Ellington with lyrics by Irving Mills, now accepted as a jazz standard. The music was written and arranged by Ellington in August 1931 during intermissions at Chicago's Lincoln Tavern and was first recorded by Ellington and his orchestra for Brunswick Records (Br 6265) on February 2, 1932. Ivie Anderson sang the vocal and trombonist Joe Nanton and alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges played the instrumental solos. The title was based on the oft stated credo of Ellington's former trumpeter Bubber Miley, who was dying of tuberculosis. The song became famous, Ellington wrote, "as the expression of a sentiment which prevailed among jazz musicians at the time." Probably the first song to use the phrase "swing" in the title, it introduced the term into everyday language and presaged the Swing Era by three years. The Ellington band played the song continuously over the years and recorded it numerous times, most often with trumpeter Ray Nance as vocalist.


Timmy Muldoon and the Search for the Shadoweyes Bandit


13-year-old Timmy Muldoon's home movie evolves into the Hollywood film of his dreams.

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directed by TONY YACENDA written by TONY YACENDA and DAN PERRAULT executive producers SEAN CARRIGAN, SUZANNE QUAST, and BOB CHISTE. producers TONY YACENDA, DAN PERRAULT and MIKE MCGARRY director of photography ALEX DISENHOF original music DARIEN SHULMAN

starring OWEN TEAGUE, CUBA GOODING JR., JON BERNTHAL, SEAN CARRIGAN, SUZANNE QUAST, DAN PERRAULT, KENNY JOHNSON, TALYA GINSBERG, CALLAN WILSON, ELIJAH KING ESQ, BRIAN CHRISTIANSEN, ERIC JEFFCOAT, LAUREN DUNDEE, GRANT MEASURES

production manager MIKE MCGARRY production designer ALLEN GLOVER editor ALEXANDER RYDELL first assistant director ETHAN ROSENBERG sound design and foley RONI PILLISCHER and KYLE MILLER rerecord mixer RIC SCHNUPP casting director LAMESE WILLIAMS costume designer ALMA MAGNANA colorist SEAN WELLS makeup DAISY MOLDANADO

stunt coordinator BRIAN CHRISTIANSEN first a.c. FRANK MOBILIO, LOWELL MEYER, SPENCER WIDER gaffer STUART LOCK, KYLE BELL key grip RANJEET RAJAN best boy grip CHRIS BUOLOS best boy electric BRYCE LEMON sound recordist JOSH GARDNER asst. sound recordist CODY SKULLY

producers MATT CHISTE, BOB MUMA, JOAN BERG associate producers JIM CUMMINGS, KEVIN MCMANUS, MATT MCMANUS, PJ MCCABE, BRAD HENSON, DAN EASON production assistants CHAS GALLOWAY, BUD GALLOWAY

featuring ANDREW HIGGINS, DEFORREST TAYLOR, CAMERON VAN HOY, KOJO ASIEDJU, SPENCER WIDER, ERIC ROLLINS, DEAN DELRAY, NOAH BENTLEY, ASHER LINDGREN, CHANCE KELEJIAN, JUSTIN BRIGHT, CAMERON CATHEY, JOHN BARRET, AARON THOMPSON

additional music "CHECK IT" J THE S feat. G-EYES. FUNERAL KINGS MIXTAPE

special thanks ICON LA ULTRA LOUNGE. DAVID SEPARZADEH. MICHAEL PIETRZAK. JERRY BALLESTEROS. ALYSHIA OCHSE. MATT DAHAN. THE GARTER: "BEST SPOT FOR JAZZ IN VENICE"

very special thanks MIKE AND DEBBY YACENDA, BILL AND MARGARET GROH, DEBBIE AND KEN GOLDBLUM, BARBARA and JEFF NORRIS, MARK CHISTE, MICHELE CHISTE.

this film is dedicated to GREG NORRIS.


Yuri Lane: I Love Jazz

My Dad had big collection of Jazz records. He would play different records schooling about the history of the music. He used to hang with Thelonious back at the 5 spot and kicked it with a whole lot of jazz legends. He would quiz me if I could name all the different musicians. Who is that on drums? Billy Higgins Who's playing the keys? Horace Silver? Who's on trumpet? Miles He would break out his congo and jam to Tito and Art Blakey. I was influenced by this music and it made me listen to music in a whole new way. I want to give a shout out to al the living and passed away legends of jazz. I love Jazz music.


Hugh Laurie - Unchain My Heart

Hugh Laurie performs Unchain My Heart from Ocean Way Studios as part of ITV's 'From The Heart' broadcast on 13th February.

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NY Gypsy All-Stars: "Crosswind": Sxsw 2013 Showcasing Artist

A Greek bassist ducked into a little bar in New York's Alphabet City and heard the Eastern Mediterranean and Southern Balkans pouring across the packed room. The clarinet was keening and singing, and he knew every tune.

From this blown-away moment of discovery, the New York Gypsy All-Stars sprang, uniting bi-musical virtuosi raised on the lush sounds of Macedonian, Greek, Turkish, and American roots and forged in the halls of the world's best music schools. With composerly ears and a madcap relish for ill and crunky sounds, the quintet of crack musicians tears through the tollgates separating the region's interlocking roots on the long-awaited album of original pieces, Romantech (Traditional Crossroads).

"We cover all the Balkans melodically," explains classically trained, traditionally raised Macedonian clarinet wonder and band headman Ismail Lumanovski, "and we cover the world rhythmically and harmonically." Zooming with Roma-inspired zeal from swinging salsa to pulsing bhangra, the group never loses its sharp musical focus, astounding chops, and true spirit their Gypsy namesakes.

"We use lots of musical elements in our original compositions that are typically Balkan Romany in style but aren't necessarily in your face, like the 9/8 rhythm on tracks like 'NY9' or the way we use musical ornaments throughout the songs," Lumanovski muses. "But more important than that is how we use the Gypsy term in a broader sense. We are taking what the Gypsies did, traveling from India to the Balkans and on to Western Europe and putting together the best musical ideas from every nation along the way. We're open to the world, and we just take everything we like and make it one."

The All Stars come by this impulse and skill naturally. It's a rare thing, even in music-rich Southeastern Europe and in musician-packed New York, to find conservatory-caliber musicians who grew up playing weddings or rocking a ?o?ek or a ?iftetelli with local masters. Yet that's exactly what the All Stars are: Alongside degrees from places like Juilliard and Berklee, they grew up jamming with local roots musicians or defiantly attacking traditional zithers with their bare fingers, getting into Latin jazz or bringing the funk.


I Am Hydrogen / Weekapaug Groove

Ol' Cabbage pays tribute to Phish with a cover of "I Am Hydrogen" and "Weekapaug Groove." Recorded live at the River Street Jazz Cafe.