Thanks to the support of the writer and dancer Cynthia Millman, co-author of the Frankie Manning Autobiography and member of the board of the Frankie Manning Foundation, that shared some positive comments and link from this blog, writing about my project for a public soundtrack-playlist of her book, Mazz Jazz has finally become really international! 🙂
Thanks to her the number of international visits has grown instantly a lot, so it’s really time to speak english! I will work more and more on what has been my intention since the beginning of this blog a few months ago, I mean translating my contents from my native tongue to english, in order to let the international audience (which has always read this blog since the beginning, mostly from USA, France and Asia) understand.
This is what she wrote to me a few days ago, it was a wonderful xmas present and recognition to me, I’d like to share it with you (of course I quote it under her authorization):
I wanted to thank you so much for your project on the soundtrack of Frankie Manning’s life. It’s an absolutely wonderful idea, and I am very grateful for your enthusiasm for the book, and the time you put into this project. I am sure the music will draw some people to Frankie’s life story, much as it drew Frankie to dancing.
Several years before the book was published, a swing dance historian named Terry Monaghan (who unfortunately passed away several years ago), invited me to do a radio program with him on WBGO, a jazz station broadcasting out of Newark, NJ. The concept was similar to yours. We walked through the station’s CD library picking out all the songs we could find that Frankie mentioned. Then we told anecdotes about his life, each leading into one of the songs.
So I was super glad to hear that you have created this program based on the fabulous music in Frankie’s life. Best wishes with this, and thank you again for sharing your knowledge of jazz, and helping dancers find their way to the music and to Frankie.
But first of all of course I apologize, there might be mistakes in the way I write in english, hop this won’t get too bad for international readers.
I’d like here to start introducing the purpose of this Mazz Jazz blog: connecting the wonderful and international Lindy Hop scene to the marvellous Jazz and Swing history. As you can see, I use Swing and Jazz as sinonimous, because the music we dance as lindyhoppers is Jazz. Swing is the name that US society gave to Jazz during the ’30s and ’40s, because Jazz was a word with an ethnical and racial mark that could not fit to the middle class white America. But what we love to dance is Jazz, in all his power and full effect, played by some of the biggest big band of those decades.
As the Frankie Manning Foundation does, following his teaching and humanity, when we talk about music and dance we should always consider also a social perspective. Remembering Jazz and Lindy Hop were born in New Orleans and Harlem, it also means that we should consider afroamerican history and segregation (not only) in US society.
So in this blog you’ll find articles about jazz and swing music, lindy hop history, curiosities and episodes, reviews and some of my dj’ing projects. My aim is always to promote fun and culture. I truly believe that they can walk together, and this is also why I’m a teacher in my professional life. I don’t want to bore dancers, but during my dj set and with my articles I’d like to explain why Jazz music is so amazing and how much you can find and enjoy in its world.
Well, I’ll try to keep this blog more and more international and to offer both italian and english sides in the future, in the meantime I thank you for your attention, this was a brief presentation, you can find more in my Mazz Jazz (aka Professor Bop) and in the Hot Club de Milan FB group that I created in order to promote Jazz and Swing music.
All the best and more soon, let’s enjoy our happy feet (and ears)!