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World Music Day series (2) – American JAZZ & Matisse’s Paper Cut-outs

June 21st is World Music Day, also known as Fête de la Musique in France, where it all started. This week I bring you a whole variety of music genres. I do this by means of a Putumayo world collection vis-à-vis an artwork that in my opinion best portrays that particular music genre. 

Today I give you a taste of JAZZ Music through Putumayo’s compilation and Matisse’s paper cut-outs.
Learn more about the history of World Music Day.

JAZZ Defined
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Attempts have been made to define jazz from the perspective of other musical traditions – using the point of view of European music history or African music for example – but jazz critic Joachim Berendt argues that all such attempts are unsatisfactory. One way to get around the definitional problems is to define the term “jazz” more broadly. Berendt defines jazz as a “form of art music which originated in the United States through the confrontation of blacks with European music”; he argues that jazz differs from European music in that jazz has a “special relationship to time, defined as ‘swing'”, “a spontaneity and vitality of musical production in which improvisation plays a role”; and “sonority and manner of phrasing which mirror the individuality of the performing jazz musician”.

Preview this book “The History of Jazz” by Ted Gioia on AMAZON

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Putumayo’s Jazz features a veritable who’s who of jazz legends performing beloved standards. The 1950s was a golden age for jazz and three-quarters of this collection was recorded during this era. Many of these recordings have been remixed and remastered, providing a level of sound quality not available until recent years. A wonderful introduction to the genre and a worthy addition to any aficionado’s collection, Jazz demonstrates the enduring, universal appeal of this homegrown American musical style. 
Learn more about Putumayo and its unique collection of music CDs
Putumayo’s JAZZ
Exceptional recordings of classic songs by jazz legends Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and others

Listen to a sampler of the songs on this CD

Henri Matisse JAZZ
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This large-format book reproduces Matisse’s masterpiece, presented in its entirety in stunning full-color images.
First published in 1947, Henri Matisse’s collection of paper cutouts represented a culmination of the artist’s striving to combine his love of form and colour. 

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Henri Matisse JAZZ
A Collection of Paper Cut-outs

To create Jazz, Matisse carefully arranged twenty cut-outs as compositions. Like the musical genre they celebrate, the works are at once spontaneous and unified, improvisational yet clearly orchestrated. Serving as a complement to these blasts of color are messages, in Matisse’s own handwriting, of his ideas and inspirations. The resulting book is one of the twentieth century’s most significant works of art. Katrin Wiethege’s introductory essay delves into the artist’s method of creating the cut-outs in his studio as well as the painstaking process of printing the book itself. Exquisitely made to resemble the color, printing technique, and paper of the first hand-crafted edition of the book, this volume features Matisse’s unforgettable images and words in all their original splendour.Info Source


I have chosen to bring you Putumayo’s JAZZ alongside Henri Matisse’s collection of paper cut-outs to give you a feel of the burst of colour, energy and warm spirit that is distinctively JAZZ. I am a big fan of Jazz myself. Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, the list goes on…and there’s always new talents rising, new styles brewing. Just like the nature of Jazz..according to trombonist J.J. Johnson in a 1988 interview, “Jazz is restless. It won’t stay put and it never will.”
Learn more about Henri Matisse’s Life and Works

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