Miles Davis YouTube clips:

Source version #1:
Miles Davis & John Coltrane, TV show "Sound of Miles"

Source version #2:
Miles Davis & John Coltrane, TV show "Sound of Miles"

Sonny Rollins meets Miles Davis

Miles Davis and John Coltrane

Miles Davis doc Rare

Miles Davis doc, "Part 1"

Miles Davis doc, "Part 2"

Miles Davis doc, "Part 3"

Philly Joe Jones YouTube clips:

Philly Joe Jones 4tet, Larry Ridley, Walter Davis, Charles Davis, "#1"

Philly Joe Jones 4tet, Larry Ridley, Walter Davis, Charles Davis, "#2"

Philly Joe Jones 4tet, Larry Ridley, Walter Davis, Charles Davis, "#3"

Philly Joe Jones drum solo (Thelonious in background during Joe's solo)

Max Roach YouTube clips:

Max Roach snare drum solo excerpt

Max Roach high hat solo excerpt

Max Roach "Drum Waltz"

Elvin Jones drum solo (EJ,MR,AB drum battle Part 1a)

Max Roach drum solo (EJ,MR,AB drum battle Part 1b)

Art Blakey drum solo (EJ,MR,AB drum battle Part 1c)


(Page 364 from a University Textbook)


Poem for Larry Ridley

mm yeah
caught the black boys talkin
hands stroke the air/the word is
made, not spoken
quick heads duck, the
shoulders Frazier-feint

you missed the beat? message gone
wiped out with a wave a
magic hand

mm yeah
you slipped it to her
up to the neck, pluck the string
a nipple
a slick secret nib in that old
mystery, have
mercy! don't touch a
woman like you play



"Throughout my career, I have been blessed by the Creator with a wonderfully loving bloodline and extended family, numerous talents, abilities, achievements and opportunities to be a hard working, tenacious, responsible, respectful and giving Human Being. Being a board member of the National Jazz Service Organization in addition to being a personal friend of the Honorable Congressman, John Conyers, Jr. of Detroit, Michigan, gave me the opportunity to work with Ms. Eunice Lockhart-Moss, NJSO Executive Director, in the drafting of the following historic United States Congressional document of the Twentieth Century.

All Praises to God!"

-- Larry Ridley

H. CON. RES. 57


Introduced by Rep. John Conyers, Jr. of Michigan

March 3, 1987


Expressing the sense of Congress respecting the designation of jazz as a rare and valuable national American treasure.

Whereas, jazz has achieved preeminence throughout the world as an indigenous American music and art form, bringing to this country and the world a uniquely American musical synthesis and culture through the African American experience and´┐Ż
(1) makes evident to the world an outstanding artistic model of individual expression and democratic cooperation within the creative process, thus fulfilling the highest ideals and aspirations of our republic,
(2) is a unifying force, bridging cultural, religious ethnic and age differences in our diverse society,
(3) is a true music of the people, finding its inspiration in the cultures and most personal experiences of the diverse peoples that constitute our Nation,
(4) has evolved into a multifaceted art form which continues to birth and nurture new stylistic idioms and cultural fusions,
(5) has had a historic, pervasive, and continuing influence on other genres of music both here and abroad, and
(6) has become a true international language adopted by musicians around the world as a music best able to express contemporary realities from a personal perspective;

Whereas, this great American musical art form has not yet been properly recognized nor accorded the institutional status commensurate with its value and importance;

Whereas, it is important for the youth of America to recognize and understand jazz as a significant part of their cultural and intellectual heritage;

Whereas, in as much as there exists no effective national infrastructure to support and preserve jazz;

Whereas, documentation and archival support required by such a great art form has yet to be systematically applied to the jazz field; and

Whereas, it is in the best interest of the national welfare and all of our citizens to preserve and celebrate this unique art form: Now, therefore be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is the sense of the Congress that Jazz is hereby designated as a rare and valuable national American treasure to which we should devote our attention, support and resources to make certain it is preserved, understood and promulgated.

Passed the House of Representatives, September 23, 1987.

Passed the Senate version introduced by Senator Alan Cranston (D-CA), December 4, 1987


Schomburg Jazz Artist-in-Residence Series

The New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is a modern research library located at the historic crossroads of 135th Street and Lenox Avenue/Malcolm X Boulevard in Harlem, USA. It collects, preserves and provides public access to information and resources essential for documenting the history and cultural development of peoples of African descent worldwide. A cultural center as well as a repository, the Center also sponsors a wide array of interpretive programs, including exhibitions, scholarly and public forums and cultural performances. Included in the Center's state of the art complex is the Langston Hughes Auditorium which has presented numerous celebrities, events and performances focusing public attention on issues and themes relative to the global African experience, e.g., Honorable David Dinkins, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Dick Gregory, Dr. John Henrik Clarke, Dr. Yosef ben-Jochannan, Bobby Short, et al.

Jazz- African American Classical Music, is a major performance component at the Center with past appearances by Max Roach & M'Boom; Abdullah Ibrahim; David 'Fathead' Newman; Jerry Gonzalez & the Fort Apache Band; Oscar Brown, Jr., Jon Lucien; Irene Reid; Dakota Staton; a Dialogue between Dr. Cornel West and Wynton Marsalis; an Annual Women's Jazz Festival - e.g., Abbey Lincoln, Cassandra Wilson, Dorothy Donegan, Gloria Lynne, Shirley Scott, Valerie Capers, the Spelman College Jazz Ensemble, Gerri Allen, Melba Joyce, Uptown String Quartet, Straight Ahead. Also, Amiri Baraka's "Blue Ark", and a play directed by Woodie King Jr., "Trick the Devil", about the legendary blues musician Robert Johnson.

Beginning in 1993, Larry Ridley, internationally renowned bassist and now Rutgers University Professor of Music- Emeritus (1999), became the Schomburg Jazz Artist-in-Residence at the Schomburg Center. He and his Jazz Legacy Ensemble perform three thematic concerts annually, paying musical tribute to, e.g., Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Nat "King" Cole, Oscar Pettiford, Wes Montgomery, Dexter Gordon, Billie Holiday,et al, in the Schomburg's beautiful Langston Hughes Auditorium.



Former Harlem Globetrotter Basketball Star Hallie Bryant and world-renowned Jazz Bassist Larry Ridley have designed a series of workshops that link two uniquely American institutions, JAZZ and BASKETBALL. Both Mr. Bryant and Mr. Ridley are Indiana Legends.

Mr. Bryant was an Indiana "Mr. Basketball" as an all-star player at Crispus Attucks High School in Indianapolis. He had a sterling career as a player at Indiana University and was inducted into the I.U. Hall of Fame in 1998. Hallie spent more than twenty five outstanding years traveling the world as a player and subsequently as a Public Relations Representative and Director of Team Personnel with Abe Saperstein and the Original Harlem Globetrotter Organization.

Mr. Ridley's numerous performance and recording credentials include Wes Montgomery, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Thelonious Monk, Dinah Washington, James Moody, Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Lee Morgan, Horace Silver, etc. He is a Professor of Music, Emeritus at Rutgers University who was inducted into the DownBeat Magazine Jazz Education Hall of Fame in 1999, the International Association of Jazz Educators Hall of Fame in 1998; and, was the 1997 recipient of the MidAtlantic Arts Foundation's Living Legacy Jazz Award.

Together these two gentlemen have years of experience in teaching and presenting workshops that demonstrate concepts which are a common denominator to both Jazz and Basketball -- i.e., teamwork, melody, harmony, rhythm and improvisation -- and shed new light on team-building and self-motivation. These workshops are designed to stimulate and solicit audience participation and are adaptable for any group -- regardless of occupation, age, gender or environment. Their presentations are truly substantive and of a high caliber of Edu-Tainment.

Basketball and Jazz are a natural fit. They are both American in origin; they have both been shaped profoundly by the contributions of generations of African Americans; and their impact is indeed felt worldwide. The graceful combination of creativity, improvisation and technique -central to any art form -- form the core of each, and each requires individuals of diverse strengths and talents to share and function as one entity. Furthermore, one can trace the evolution of Jazz and Basketball through the work of the Masters. The Masters -- those who absorb what preceded them and then break new ground -- are easily spotted: Scott Joplin, Michael Jordan, Miles Davis, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Thelonious Monk, Wilt Chamberlain, Duke Ellington, Elgin Baylor, Stan Kenton, John Wooden, Dizzy Gillespie, Marques Haynes, Charlie Parker, Oscar Robertson, Stan Getz, Jerry West, Jimmy Blanton, Julius Erving (Dr.J), Gil Evans, Larry Bird, etc. The lineage is proof that the contributions of today's figures in Jazz and Basketball are built on and continue to evolve upon that of previous Master practitioners. This foundation provides a constant source of substance, strength and inspiration for the continuum.

Hallie Bryant and Larry Ridley have been involved directly in the evolution of their art for many years at the highest levels of their respective fields. Both are unique, personable and highly effective audience communicators. Each of the concepts they verbalize are illustrated immediately and vividly in their live performances demonstrating how the concepts can be applied universally to any skill, vocation or working environment. Highlighted interactive concepts include melody, harmony, rhythm, group dynamics, teamwork, personal initiative, creativity and improvisation. Techniques of communication -- dialogue vs. monologue, left brain/right brain, question and answer, call and response -- are integral to the demonstration of each concept. Workshop participants should expect to learn some of the fundamentals of Jazz and Basketball, and in turn learn how these fundamentals relate directly to their own occupation and daily lives.

Messrs. Bryant and Ridley customize these workshops for a wide variety of settings - corporate, educational (pre-school through university), conferences, family reunions and social services. The workshops easily accommodate all interests, skill levels, occupations and backgrounds. Their aims and goals are to motivate and foster the channeling of energies into constructive activity. They illustrate the importance of the development of raw talent, the power of diligence and perseverance, and the necessity of day-to-day problem solving. Larry Ridley and Hallie Bryant accomplish all of this through audience participation, clear and entertaining demonstration, constant reinforcement, and above all, an infectious positive outlook!