All That Jazz
by Gabriel Constans
Jazz is an original art form of American music that first became popular in the 1920s. It has continued to expand and deepen its roots throughout the music world. Elements of jazz have been integrated into classical, folk, blues, soul, country, rock, and rap music. Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Dave Brubeck, and John Coltrane are just a few of its famous innovators. This smoothie is perfect to drink while listening to their music – or making your own.
Yield: 4 1/2 cups
2 1/2 medium bananas
3 tablespoons brewer’s yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 1/2 cups apple juice
3 apricots, finely chopped
3 tablespoons honey
Place ingredients in a blender, and blend on medium speed for 1 minute.
Pour, stir and let yourself move with all that jazz.
by Gabriel Constans
Boogie Woogie is an American original. It is a spin-off of jazz and rhythm and blues that influenced rock-and-roll. One person who helped popularize this style was Fats Domino, whose song “Blueberry Hill,” was a big seller. “Fats” was so named because of his large size – when he sat on the piano bench, it would disappear from view. Drink the Blueberry Boogie when you’ve got the blues. It will lift your spirits and your blood sugar.
Yield: 4 cups
1 cup soft tofu
2 cups frozen or fresh blueberries
2 tablespoons honey
5 drops peppermint extract
2 cups filtered water
Place ingredients in a blender, and mix on high for 30 seconds.
Pour into tall glasses and boogie woogie away.
He made it! Santa Cruz rocker James Durbin is in the top 5 contestants on American Idol, which auditioned over 120,000 people for this season.
There are only a few more shows to go until the winner is decided. Of course, all those in the top 11 get to go on tour this summer and many of them will receive recording contracts and other offers, regardless of whether they are voted the American Idol or not.
It was good to see a jazz man (Casey Abrams), who is not only a good singer, but also a very good musician, make it so far and get such great acknowledgment from the judges (Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson & Steven Tyler), staff and audience. Casey also seemed to have one of the best times singing his last song on the show than anybody else I’ve seen. He had a lot of fun and was grateful for what had happened, as opposed to being crushed, sad and/or depressed about it.
Accept for Pia Toscano being voted off, the votes for who should stay and go have been pretty much on the money. Than again, comparing artists is in some way, like comparing fruit. They are each unique and have their differences and are all good. It then comes down to personal judgment and preference and not individual ability or creativity.
Keep belting it out James. Hopefully, next week you’ll be in the top four and be high fourin’ it down to three.