If you haven't seen J.K. Simmons' Oscar-winning performance in Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash" then perhaps Keegan-Michael Key can demonstrate for you. Or, that is, he can parody it exactly as one-half of the famous Key & Peele would, accompanied by a badass song as well.
Yes, indeed, the 2015 Grammys proved to be one populist step forward for jazz at-large. Remember Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett's cheeks? Hell, Herbie Hancock and ?uestlove performed right alongside John Mayer and Ed Sheeran. And no one, save for the haters, batted a valve or crossed a string. For Gordon Goodwin and his Big Phat Band, though, their three nominations and an eventual gong for Best Large Jazz Ensemble were more than just plated platitudes and a non-televised soapbox rant. It was a kind of vindication.
In the movie "Whiplash," Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) tells a young Miles Teller a story about how Charlie Parker almost got decapitated by a crash cymbal when he messed up on stage. Perhaps Freddie Hubbard should've thrown a cymbal at a heckling white audience instead of the phrase "Jive Motherf***er."
Now with the Oscars at a close, the results proved to be a normal get together of acting talent abound. But, for Alexandre Desplat, in his eight go-round, the talented composer finally got the statue he deserves.
With the Oscars nigh, some of the contenders are hitting the late night circuit to get some good ol' fashioned face time in before the gala. And taking the "Saturday Night Live" stage was none other than Oscar-nominated J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash") -- and he even brought abusive jazz-maestro Terence Fletcher with him.
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Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash" has been noted as one of the notable films of 2014. But for the writer-director, the opening scene may have been the hardest scene to create. Nevertheless, he found a way to jam pack all the most important ingredients into one, compact opener.
Do drummers have a different brain than the rest of us who are rhythmically challenged? According to Brian Eno, celebrated neuroscientist David Eagleman and a recent study, all signs point to yes.
While watching HBO's Joshua Bell: A YoungArts Masterclass, it is easy to see that it's all about the kids. The world-renowned violinist checks his ego at the door, focusing his efforts on Mendelssohn, Bach and his youthful ritornello, who clearly idolize their enthusiastic coach.
In his small world conducted by a ruthless proctor, Andrew Neyman thinks the key to his salvation is perfection — or at least being able to keep a groove. In Damien Chazelle's Whiplash, the audience watches the toils of Neyman's aspirations as he strives at becoming "great."
A big name to look out for, who premiered in the breakout feature and opener from the 2014 Sundance FIlm Festival Whiplash, is J.K. Simmons. The actor has an utmost stellar performance as the abusive jazz-maestro Terence Fletcher.