Real musicians don’t sign autographs, date models, or fly in private jets. They spend their lives in practice rooms and basement clubs or toiling in the obscurity of coffee-shop gigs, casino jobs, and the European festival circuit. The 10 linked stories in Power Ballads are devoted to this unheard virtuoso: the working musician. From the wings of sold-out arenas to hip-hop studios to polka bars, these stories are born out of a nocturnal world where music is often simply work, but also where it can, in rare moments, become a source of grace and transcendence, speaking about the things we never seem to say to one another. A skilled but snobby jazz drummer joins a costumed heavy metal band to pay his rent. A country singer tries to turn her brutal past into a successful career. A vengeful rock critic reenters the life of an emerging singer-songwriter, bent on wreaking havoc. The characters in Power Ballads - aging head-bangers, jobbers, techno DJs, groupies, and the occasional rock star (and those who have to live with them) - need music to survive, yet find themselves lost when the last note is played, the lights go up, and it’s time to return to regular life. By turns melancholy and hilarious, Power Ballads is not only a deeply felt look at the lives of musicians but also an exploration of the secret music that plays inside us all. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brandon Massey, Meaghan Sullivan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/013165/bk_adbl_013165_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Learn the Incredible Story of the Basketball Legend Pete Maravich! In Pete Maravich: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball's Most Skilled Ball-Handlers, you will learn the inspirational story of one of basketball's greatest point guards, Pete Maravich. While we are blessed in today's game to observe the remarkable play of point guards such as Stephen Curry and Chris Paul, Pistol Pete was one of the first point guards to display many of the key ball-handling skills that we observe on a nightly basis in the game today. A legend in his own right, his story is one persistence and hard work in order to achieve great things. When you learn Pete Maravich's story, it comes as no surprise why he was one of the youngest players to ever be inducted into the Hall of Fame. In 1996, he was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history due to his remarkable creativity on the court. In this book, we'll learn his story. Here is a preview of what is inside this book: Childhood and Early Life High School Career College Career and NCAA Legacy Maravich's NBA Career Getting Drafted Rookie Season Back-to-Back All-Star Seasons Trade to the New Orleans Jazz Scoring Champion Season Knee Injuries and Final All-Star Season Relocation to Utah, Getting Waived Joining the Boston Celtics, The Final Stretch Retirement Life After Basketball Pete Maravich's Personal Life Legacy, Influence, and Contribution to the Game of Basketball 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Hanko. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/060347/bk_acx0_060347_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Rudy Pompilli (born Rudolph Clement Pompilii, Chester, Pennsylvania April 16, 1924 (many sources say 1926) died February 5, 1976) was an American musician best known for playing tenor saxophone with Bill Haley and His Comets. Bill Haley's longest-serving musician, Pompilli began working with Haley in September 1955 and was still a member of The Comets at the time of his death more than 19 years later. Occasional sources spell his first name as "Rudi" however Pompilli himself never used this form. Pompilli, who was also skilled at playing the clarinet, and worked with jazz bands prior to joining Haley's group. In 1953 he was with the Ralph Marterie Orchestra, which scored a hit with a cover version of Haley's "Crazy Man, Crazy", though according to Haley (in on-stage discussion recorded for the 1969 album, Bill Haley's Scrapbook), the young horn player had a dislike for rock and roll musicians. Research conducted by Haley historian Chris Gardner for a February 2006 article on Pompilli for Now Dig This magazine resulted in no evidence being found that Pompilli performed on the Marterie's version of "Crazy Man, Crazy".
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! John Leslie "Wes" Montgomery (6 March 1923 - 15 June 1968) was an American jazz guitarist. He is generally considered one of the major jazz guitarists, emerging after such seminal figures as Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian and influencing countless others, including Pat Martino, George Benson, Emily Remler, Kenny Burrell and Pat Metheny. Montgomery was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. He came from a musical family, his brothers, Monk (string bass and electric bass) and Buddy (vibraphone and piano), were jazz performers. The brothers released a number of albums together as the Montgomery Brothers. Although he was not skilled at reading music, he could learn complex melodies and riffs by ear. Montgomery started learning guitar relatively late, at the age of 19, by listening to and learning the recordings of his idol, guitarist Charlie Christian.
When faced with complexity and constant change at work, what do the best leaders and teams do? They iterate. They invent. They improvise. They string together a syncopated and rhythmic way of working that gets the job done but in a way that allows for flexibility, new ways of work, and new avenues for opportunity. In short, they say 'yes' to the 'mess' that is today's fast-moving 24/7 business environment. Frank Barrett, jazz pianist and management scholar, says this improvisational 'jazz mindset' - and the skills and competencies that go along with it - is crucial for effective leadership today. Like skilled jazz musicians, organizations and business people must take this inventive approach to successfully deal with issues that range from crisis management to spontaneous decision-making to unforeseen new realities of our globally-connected world. Today's shrewdest leaders are constantly forced to revise their assumptions and experiment with new strategies. In this groundbreaking book, Barrett vividly shows and authentically articulates the jazz model, explaining the principles of jazz thinking and performance that can help anyone develop the competencies increasingly required in organizations today. Barrett urges readers to embrace the complexity of their lives and to take informed risks. Barrett's engaging lessons range across functional areas and will be relevant for anyone who leads or works with teams. Absorbing and insightful, consider 'Yes to the Mess' as your seminar on collaboration and complexity, against the soulful backdrop of the world of jazz.
Explores how musicians, both individually and collectively, learn to improvise. Chronicling musicians from their first encounters with jazz to the development of a unique improvisatory voice, Berliner demonstrates that a lifetime of preparation lies behind the skilled improviser's every note.
Stanley Thomas, the protagonist from the novelette, A Love Supreme returns. Suffering the effects of a failed marriage, Stan becomes even more sensitive to the plight of the underprivileged, specifically minority victims of police brutality. Stan uses his contacts to assemble a highly skilled task force to directly confront the renegade cops and give them a dose of their own medicine. In doing so, Stan and the other members of the Purification Project come to realize how pervasive the hatred is, and that like matter, it cannot be destroyed but merely transformed. Aside from the battle, the story is laced with good jazz, gourmet cooking and, of course, a healthy dose of romance.
Unless you lived through the 1970s, it seems impossible to understand it at all. Drug delirium, groovy fashion, religious cults, mega corporations, glitzy glam, hard rock, global unrest--from our 2018 perspective, the seventies are often remembered as a bizarre blur of bohemianism and disco. With Pick Up the Pieces, John Corbett transports us back in time to this thrillingly tumultuous era through a playful exploration of its music. Song by song, album by album, he draws our imaginations back into one of the wildest decades in history. Rock. Disco. Pop. Soul. Jazz. Folk. Funk. The music scene of the 1970s was as varied as it was exhilarating, but the decade's diversity of sound has never been captured in one book before now. Pick Up the Pieces gives a panoramic view of the era's music and culture through seventy-eight essays that allow readers to dip in and out of the decade at random or immerse themselves completely in Corbett's chronological journey. An inviting mix of skilled music criticism and cultural observation, Pick Up the Pieces is also a coming-of-age story, tracking the author's absorption in music as he grows from age seven to seventeen. Along with entertaining personal observations and stories, Corbett includes little-known insights into musicians from Pink Floyd, Joni Mitchell, James Brown, and Fleetwood Mac to the Residents, Devo, Gal Costa, and Julius Hemphill. A master DJ on the page, Corbett takes us through the curated playlist that is Pick Up the Pieces with captivating melody of language and powerful enthusiasm for the era. This funny, energetic book will have readers longing nostalgically for a decade long past.
What Duke Ellington and Miles Davis teach us about leadership How do you cope when faced with complexity and constant change at work? Here's what the world's best leaders and teams do: they improvise. They invent novel responses and take calculated risks without a scripted plan or a safety net that guarantees specific outcomes. They negotiate with each other as they proceed, and they don't dwell on mistakes or stifle each other's ideas. In short, they say 'yes to the mess&#8221; that is today's hurried, harried, yet enormously innovative and fertile world of work. This is exactly what great jazz musicians do. In this revelatory book, accomplished jazz pianist and management scholar Frank Barrett shows how this improvisational 'jazz mind-set&#8221; and the skills that go along with it are essential for effective leadership today. With fascinating stories of the insights and innovations of jazz greats such as Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins, as well as probing accounts of the wisdom gleaned from his own experience as a jazz musician, Barrett introduces a new model for leading and collaborating in organizations. He describes how, like skilled jazz players, leaders need to master the art of unlearning, perform and experiment simultaneously, and take turns soloing and supporting each other. And with examples that range from manufacturing to the military to high-tech, he illustrates how organizations must take an inventive approach to crisis management, economic volatility, and all the rapidly evolving realities of our globally connected world. Leaders today need to be expert improvisers. Yes to the Mess vividly shows how the principles of jazz thinking and jazz performance can help anyone who leads teams or works with them to develop these critical skills, wherever they sit in the organization. Engaging and insightful, Yes to the Mess is a seminar on collaboration and complexity, against the soulful backdrop of jazz.