Archive for November 13th, 2011


there are those who have told me that i don’t really vent. so here’s one.

it sounds like the U. S. is about to re-open relations with Cuba, again. Ambassador Jazz to the fore, again. there are trips advertised by jazz mags and travel agencies. Irakere’s Chucho Valdes has been hosting his jazz festival there for some time now. however, what has gone virtually unnoticed is that Pres. Jimmy Carter started all of this in 1977 when he surreptitiously organized a cruise from New Orleans to Havana with jazz musicians on board to co-mingle. (a complete report about the cruise and what happened in Havana will appear here next April when we celebrate the 35th Anny of said journey, which starred Dizzy Gillespie in a triumphant return to the Island since his discovery of Chano Pozo, Stan Getz, Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines, David Amram, Ray Mantilla, Joanne Brackeen, and a young man who was doing independent musical research named Ry Cooder. included will be new revelations heretofore undisclosed.)


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