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VIP Boogie / Jam With Sam – Duke Ellington and his Orchestra (1962)

Recorded in New York City on January 9, 1962, this is VIP Boogie and Jam With Sam from a short film documenting Duke Ellington and his Orchestra. Featured performers include Harry Carney, Jimmy Hamilton, Harold Baker,...

Classical piano music comes alive with light visualizations

Played with a reactive visualizer tool—a set up that mixes After Effects animations with a piano and LEDs that are connected "via Arduino to the piano's MIDI output"—Franz Liszt's La Campanella comes alive with light....

Gravity-defying acrobatics set to Clair de lune

"To create – to be creative – is to draw a door on the wall, and then open the door. 'Clair de lune' opens this door wide to transport us to a time where time doesn’t pass. That’s why we become children again when we ...

Aretha Franklin sings Don’t Play That Song (You Lied) and I Say A Little Prayer in 1970

Performing on BBC One in London on August 31, 1970, legendary 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin covers Ben E. King's Don't Play That Song (You Lied). Written by Ahmet Ertegün and Betty Nelson, Franklin's version "peaked...

The Jankó keyboard, an 1882 replacement for the traditional piano layout

The Jankó keyboard is a musical keyboard layout for a piano designed by Paul von Jankó in 1882. It was designed to overcome two limitations on the traditional piano keyboard: the large-scale geometry of the keys (stre...

The playful wonderland behind great inventions

Music boxes, automatons, harpsichords, typewriters, flutes, fabric-making machines, modern computers. Explore the playful wonderland behind these great inventions from around the globe, the unnecessary but delightful ...

Stems, a bittersweet celebration of stop motion puppetry

Building with parts of plants, leftover technologies, and mechanical tidbits, stop-motion animator Ainslie Henderson creates unique puppets that take on a life of their own in his work. This video short, Stems, is a b...

Ain’t Got No, I Got Life – Nina Simone plays live in London (1968)

Playing live in London in 1968, singer, songwriter, and civil rights activist Nina Simone sings a medley of Ain't Got No, I Got Life, two songs that were originally written for the late 1960s counterculture musical Ha...

What A Wonderful World: Jon Batiste live at the 50th Montreux Jazz Festival

Jon Batiste performs What A Wonderful World, the song first recorded and made famous by trumpet player, singer, composer, and jazz legend Louis Armstrong, at the 50th Montreux Jazz Festival. His piano playing is not t...

Music Animation Machine, colorful visualizations of classical music

Performed by Stephen Malinowski and accompanied by his Music Animation Machine classical music visualizations, enjoy Frédéric Chopin's Etude, opus 25 #4 in A minor. Malinowski's music animations have taken on a va...

Sometimes I’m Happy (Sometimes I’m Blue) – Sarah Vaughan

Recorded for Mercury Records on July 9, 1958 in Sweden, this is Sometimes I'm Happy (Sometimes I'm Blue) performed by jazz royalty Sarah Vaughan. From Jazziz Magazine: Born on March 27, 1924, the daughter of a carp...

Oh My Dog! – Chloé Alliez

Somewhere near the hall of Brétigny-sur-Bizet, in front of a raging crowd, the most outstanding dogs face each other to measure their talents and strengths. Among them is Sweetheart, encouraged by the best and most no...

Dance of Harmony, an animated synesthetic voyage

One day when I was sixteen, I realized that I could see music. The saxophone I played and the jazz I loved listening to came to life before my eyes, or perhaps behind my eyes, in shape and color — little animated char...

Classical Music Mashup II: 52 classical pieces from 31 composers

Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Verdi, Mendelssohn, Bach, Grieg, and many more composers' little heads can be seen in this Classical Music Mashup II by Grant Woolard, a follow up to his previous Classical Music Mashup. This ...

Jazz Fundamentals: What Is Improvisation? What Are the Blues?

What Is Improvisation? In this smart Jazz Academy series by Jazz at Lincoln Center, we learn Jazz Fundamentals, the building blocks of jazz as explained by drummer Bryan Carter, and demonstrated by his accompanying ba...

A sonata played on the earliest known surviving piano

What does the earliest known surviving piano sound like? Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, listen to the 'Giga' of Sonata number 6 in B flat major, played by professional keyboard player and music producer D...

Aretha Franklin sings Won’t Be Long (1964)

Singer, songwriter, and musician Aretha Franklin was just 22 years old when she sang 'Won't Be Long' on The Steve Allen show in 1964. Today, of course, she's known as The Queen of Soul: Franklin has won a total of...

Bach, Prelude in C-sharp major, WTC I, BWV 848, animated

Performed by Kimiko Ishizaka and accompanied by Stephen Malinowski's Music Animation Machine score, enjoy the prelude in C-sharp major from the first book of Johann Sebastian Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier.

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