English newspaper The Daily Telegraph published an article on 15 April in which Lucy Noble, artistic director of the Royal Albert Hall, blamed the dominance of ‘white male titans’ for the lack of interest in classical music among young people. Although her plea for attention for music by women and minorities is valid, she throws out the baby with the bathwater by making artistic values subservient to political considerations. Widening the canon isn’t enough, the canon itself has to go.
Influenced by both jazz and European gipsy and folk music, they gave birth to a new genre: Gipsy Jazz. With their music, Django and his gang established that true, romantic and classic “Paris jazz” kind of feel, that upon hearing will make one long for drinking wine in small, smokey French cafés, and a nightly stroll along the Seine.
Mozart and Beethoven are the most significant representatives of the Viennese School, so they’re a great place to start exploring the classical repertoire. In future pieces, we’ll have a more detailed analysis of their lives, the meaning of their work and the way it came about. But for now, just lay back and casually acquaint yourself with this marvellous chapter of European heritage.
The American trumpeter born in 1926 had a tremendous influence on jazz music in the 20th century. Without Davis, jazz history would have looked completely different. In the 1940s he played with saxophone legend Charlie Parker, in 1958 his album Kind of Blue would change jazz forever, and in the sixties, he recorded the first ever jazz rock albums.