The late Albert Murray, the brilliant African-American novelist, essayist, educator, music historian, and social critic --- he also co-wrote Count Basie's autobiography --- who died last month at the age of 97, once noted, when speaking of the influence of black culture on this country's culture as a whole: "[African Americans] invented the blues; Europeans invented psychoanalysis. You invent what you need." Quite right, of course, and the blues, as everyone and his brother knows, has been at the heart of American culture --- as a musical form as well as a music genre --- for a good century or so.
On the next edition of All This Jazz, which arrives at 10pm Central on Saturday the 14th here on Public Radio 89.5-1, we'll be digging the blues throughout the latter half of our two-hour broadcast.
Each and every week, ATJ presents an all-killer-no-filler celebration of modern jazz, both recent and classic --- and this time around, the second hour of the program will offer such memorable jazz-meets-blues standards as (among others) "Blues in the Night," "Pete Kelly's Blues," and "All Blues" (this last-named tune written by Miles Davis; shown herewith).
There's also, just FYI, always a re-broadcast of ATJ on Sunday nights at 7pm, on Jazz 89.5-2, which is our station's all-jazz HD Radio channel.
Please join us.