If you want to learn about disruption, look to Lady Gaga. She was a record-breaking pop-star who decided to make a jazz album with Tony Bennett, completely counter to what anyone thought her audience would like. Whitney Johnson, author of the new book Build an A-Team, joins us to talk about successful disruption and how it can apply to your work. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dave Summers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/amai/000934/bk_amai_000934_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Film director Steven Shainberg and jazz vocalist and snare drummer Suzy Arioli on this edition of Fresh Air. Steven Shainberg´s made his second feature film, Secretary, a story of a young woman whose obsessive life is turned upside down when she enters a sadomasochistic relationship with her boss. The screenplay is based on a short story by Mary Gaitskill. The film stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader. Shainberg´s first film was Hit Me, based on a novel by Jim Thompson. Previously Shainberg directed more than 20 TV commercials. The Suzy Arioli Swing Band featuring Jordan Officer first gained notice at the 1998 Montreal International Jazz Festival. The band´s albums are the recent Pennies from Heaven and the debut It´s Wonderful. Both are on the Justin Time label. (Broadcast Date: October 31, 2002) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/021031/rt_whyy_021031_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When Samantha Hunt needed a fictional cult for her new novel, Mr. Splitfoot, she invented her own — she even wrote its scripture. Plus, the members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band make their first-ever trip to Havana, and discover the Cuban connection to New Orleans jazz. And singer-songwriter Walter Martin plays songs from his concept album on a very unlikely subject: art history. [Broadcast Date: January 23, 2016] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kurt Andersen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/160123/rt_stud_160123_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Lou Rawls got his start as a church choir boy. He performed a wide variety of musical styles, including gospel; soul; R&B; and jazz and blues for movies, TV shows, commercials, and numerous successful albums. In an interview with host Wink Martindale, Rawls discusses the many changes in the way music was created and performed throughout his career, his plentiful awards and accolades, and his early life growing up in Chicago. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Wink Martindale. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/comm/000098/bk_comm_000098_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Honky-Tonk Street--a dark, lonely, sordid edge of town--a place where Johnny Nickles and his jazz band are playing hot sets in seedy clubs and rundown bars. But a killer is stalking Johnny´s band, and Johnny finds himself trapped in a deadly game of chicken with a local power broker, a corrupt sheriff, and a professional thug for hire. What´s worse, the group´s mysterious ´´Ghost Album´´, which memorializes and recreates classic jazz songs by long-dead masters, has become almost a curse on the band. This is a haunting, forgotten classic of the noir crime novel. Beckman knows his music and his setting, and struts them out as masterfully as any jazzman playing a hot solo to a packed house. It doesn´t get much better than this! First publication in six decades. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sean Crisden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/000762/bk_acx0_000762_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Wildlife conservationist Stephen Bognar and jazz pianist and singer Barbara Carroll on this edition of Fresh Air. Stephen Bognar is a field agent for the San Francisco-based international non-profit wildlife conservation group, WildAid. Bognar just returned from two months in Baghdad, where he helped with the effort to rescue and rehabilitate the animals at the Baghdad Zoo. When he arrived, only 32 of the 600 animals remained, the rest were stolen or were roaming the streets. The ones left at the zoo were suffering from neglect, malnutrition, and dehydration. Bognar helped in the efforts to care for the animals, and to find the lost ones. Barbara Carroll, the 78-year-old singer is currently performing at Birdland in New York City. This year she received three lifetime achievement awards, one of them was the Kennedy Center´s prestigious ´´Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Lifetime Achievement Award.´´ She has a number of albums to her credit, her latest the new solo album, Morning in May. (Broadcast Date: June 9, 2003) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/030609/rt_whyy_030609_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Listen to This stands out as the first book exclusively dedicated to Davis´ watershed 1969 album, Bitches Brew. Victor Svorinich traces its incarnations and inspirations for 10-plus years before its release. The album arrived as the jazz scene waned beneath the rise of rock and roll and as Davis faced large changes in social conditions affecting the African-American consciousness. This new climate served as a catalyst for an experiment that many considered a major departure. Davis´ new music projected rock and roll sensibilities, the experimental essence of 1960s counterculture, yet also harsh dissonances of African-American reality. Many listeners embraced it, while others misunderstood and rejected the concoction. Listen to This is not just the story of Bitches Brew. It reveals much of the legend of Miles Davis - his attitude and will, his grace under pressure, his bands, his relationship to the masses, his business and personal etiquette, and his response to extraordinary social conditions seemingly aligned to bring him down. Svorinich revisits the mystery and skepticism surrounding the album, and places it into both a historical and musical context using new interviews, original analysis, recently found recordings, unearthed session data sheets, memoranda, letters, musical transcriptions, scores, and a wealth of other material. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Gagnepain. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/075425/bk_acx0_075425_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.