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Archive for July, 2014


DICK HYMAN : MAN FOR ALL REASONS

MAN ABOUT TOWN

The ubiquitous pianist/arranger DICK HYMAN popped into the Apple within the last few months.  He lives in Naples, Fla.

In May 2014 in Symphony Space the Sidney Bechet Society presented an All Star Tribute to the late founder of Arbors Records, Mat Domber.  Domber, who lived in Clearwater, Fla., planted his company’s output solidly in the mainstream of jazz, i.e., Swingtime and its forebears rarely venturing beyond.

In June Hyman was honored by being given his space on the ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame.  Read on.

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NAT HENTOFF : THE MOVIE

They’ve gone and made a movie about one of my jazz journalist heroes.  A theater movie no less.  The Pleasures of Being Out of Step: Notes On The Life Of Nat Hentoff, a documentary by David L. Lewis, opened at the IFC Center in New York City on June 25, 2014 and as we celebrated his country’s birthday at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles on July 4.  I mention that because in no other country in the world could Hentoff have stood up and shouted his published words.  The much revered, he said, first amendment gave him that right he told me in a recent telephone conversation.  HUAC also did take note, however.

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