No time to waste on this month’s edition of Calling in a Favour – a packed jazz double header featuring two music authorities from New York and London respectively, Natalie Weiner and Emma Warren.
Natalie Weiner is best known as a US sports and pop culture journalist. Currently she’s a staff writer at SB Nation, before that she was at Bleacher Report and Billboard magazine. If you care about American Football, the WNBA or if you’re active on Seahawks twitter, you already know all about her. When she’s not reporting courtside or penning cover stories on Ariana Grande-level pop icons, Natalie collects and shares songs, articles and other archival snippets on her ’1959 Project’ – a Tumblr devoted to the most storied year in jazz history.
Emma Warren has witnessed the dawn of many a UK genre from a front row seat. When Fabio & Grooverider destroyed the dance at RAGE, Emma had sneaked in with a fake ID. She was there when dubstep made its way from Croydon via DMZ and FWD into a worldwide phenomenon. In her new book, “Make Some Space – Tuning into Total Refreshment Center,” Emma discusses the impact of East London’s beloved DIY venue on the resurgence of UK Jazz, which spawned artists like Shabaka Hutchings, Moses Boyd, and Emma Jean Thackray.
In an episode brimning with deep thoughts and low puns, Natalie, Emma and Julian talk about various iterations of jazz, from 1959 til infinity. Plus: music from Ornette Coleman, Monk, Cannonball Adderley, Ezra Collective, Nubya Garcia and Alabaster dePlume. Jazz Hands!
1. Cannonball Adderley Quintet – You’re A Weaver of Dreams
2. Abbey Lincoln & Kenny Dorham – Afro-Blue
3. Donald Byrd – Off to the Races
4. Thelonious Monk – Monk’s Mood
5. Ornette Coleman – Lonely Woman
6. Lee Koitz meets Jimmy Guiffre – Someone to Watch Over Me
7. Ezra Collective – People Saved
8. Sons of Kemet – Your Queen is A Reptile
9. Nubya Garcia – When We Are
10. Alabaster dePlume – They Put the Stars Far Away
“Calling In A Favour” is a platform for friendship, music and art, anti-algorithmic behaviour, and community building. Once a month, Cologne-based writer and cultural critic Julian Brimmers welcomes bright minds and kind souls doing their bit to make the world of arts & culture more complex, confusing and overall exciting.
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