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September Traditions

Sunday, September 16, 2018


"September Song" becomes top of mind in Colorado as we thoughtfully transition through Labor Day weekend right into our annual autumn preparations for that first early-winter freeze immediately after Indian summer, which can't come soon enough after this long and very hot 2018 summer.


The "September Song" beautiful lyric compares a year to a person's lifespan from birth to death. The video version we chose to present again this year is from a charming PBS special, with Wynton Marsalis and Sarah Vaughan performing with the Boston Pops—John Williams conducting.

 

It doesn't get much better than this.

 

"Sassy" Sarah Vaughan had one of the greatest voices of all time. Her interpretations of jazz standards never failed to deliver. She was a four time Grammy Award winner, including the Grammy "Lifetime Achievement Award."

 

We are also major fans of Wynton Marsalis and this bold performance from his very early twenties. His "September Song" trumpet solo arrangement is apparently the same one used by the legendary Clifford Brown on the 1954 Sarah Vaughan and Clifford Brown album.

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Wynton is also an internationally acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader, educator and a leading advocate of American culture. He co-founded, and became the artistic director for Jazz at Lincoln Center, gaining equal stature with the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, and the New York City Ballet. 

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He is the son of Ellis Marsalis Jr., brother of Branford (saxophonist), Delfeayo (trombonist), and Jason (drummer), all exceptionally talented Marsalis musicians.  Wynton has now won nine Grammy awards, and he is the only artist to win Grammys for both jazz and classical records. He was also the first jazz musician to win a Pulitzer Prize for music.


The Clifford Brown Jazz Foundation is still dedicated to inspiring a love for jazz among young people. It's under the direction of his grandson, Clifford Brown III, a respected San Francisco Bay area trumpeter and music producer.

 

We hope you enjoy today's stop at the Biosyntrx Sunday Morning Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities.



Ellen Troyer, with Spencer Thornton, MD, David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff 

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