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ALBERT MURRAY PASSES AT 97

multi-tasking didn’t cover what ALBERT MURRAY did for jazz in particular and letters in general.  his books such as ‘Stomping The Blues” and Count Basie’s bio will remain icons of the genre and required reading for students the world over.  i got to know him only casually, but in our few conversations, some lengthy, i always felt that i was among genius and was privielged that he gave me those few moments.

journalist and scene-observer Eugene Holley, Jr. sent me the folllwing appreciaiton of the memorial at which i was unable to attend due to teaching conflict.

FOREST HILLS TENNIS STADIUM REBORN

Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé did their show in a pea-soup fog; Bobby Darin submittted to shouts for his “Splish-Splash” medley –he was already into the “Mack The Knife” big band stuff– then asked the shouters to leave; Harry Belafonte leapt off the stage to play air tennis on the court after a recent racial confrontation (below) quipping, “I’ve always wanted to do that”; Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra Oscar Peterson opened for him– Barbra Streisand, and my first confrontational experience with Judy Garland‘s gushingly adoring fans.  and those are just the entertainers who left impressions on me.

MARIAN McPARTLAND REMEMBERED

2013 has already been a bad year for jazz pianists, and it’s only August.  gone are Mulgrew Miller, George Duke, Cedar Walton, and now my friend MARIAN McPARTLAND.  although inactive Ms. McP, as i called her, was always available for a phone call, or at the very least a response through a third party.

NEWPORT JAZZ FEST 2013 ROUNDUP HIGHLIGHTS

A SEASON FOR ALL TASTES

The sheer quantity of jazz presented at any Newport Jazz Festival –this was their 59th–  not only boggles the mind but renders it impossible to cover it all, let alone write about it.  there are three stages at Fort Adams State Park Saturday and Sunday plus a Friday night gala at the Tennis Hall of Fame.   my intention is not to cover the entire Festival but to offer up personal observations scattershot though they may be.

NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL 2012 : SUMMARY AND APPRAISAL

the 58th Newport Jazz Festival (August 5th-7th) was among the best in recent years.  one veteran –perhaps jaded?– jazz journalist whom i caught up to running from on-site venue to venue –there are three on the grounds of Fort Adams– shouted as he flew by that he couldn’t remember the last time he was unable to get to all he wanted to hear.  he went on to say later that he caught snippets of this band and a tune from that group, but to sit and casually enjoy, no way.

ARCHIVIST ANNIE KUEBLER DIES AT 61

reprinted with the kind permission of Tad Hershorn

Archivist Annie Kuebler, veteran of Smithsonian and the

Institute of Jazz Studies, dies at 61

Ann Byrnes Kuebler, an internationally recognized jazz archivist whose credits include opening the treasures of the Duke Ellington Collection at the Smithsonian Institution and that of pianist/composer/arranger Mary Lou Williams at the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University, died Monday, August 13 at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City NJ at the age of 61.  The cause of death was a brain hemorrhage, according to her family.

THE GREAT CUBAN ENCOUNTER + 35; CHAPTER 5: THE REALLY BIG SHOW

Dates : April-May 1977

Place : Havana, Cuba

Persona : your reporter and NYT Guy, the New York Times Correspondent, my running partner.

The Players : members of the Dizzy Gillespie, Earl Hines and Stan Getz groups, David Amram w/Ray Mantilla, featuring Joanne Brackeen, Ben Brown, Joe Ham, Billy Hart, Rodney Jones, Ron McClure, Mickey Roker, Paquito D’Rivera and Arturo Sandoval from Irakere (Chapter 4) and congeros Los Papines (see below).

Los Papines Cuban LP jacket

LEAVE MY SHIT ALONE

MERDE. SCHEISSE, MIERDA. SHITTE.

it’s something we all do, in private. as Groucho might say on his quiz show, You Bet Your Life, “it’s something you find around the house.” in fact, some of us are in deep doo-doo as you read this. others are constantly being admonished to get our shit together. yet on television or radio the word is taboo no matter what the context, no matter what the reference, no matter if we are referencing our stuff, or expressing something complementary, or distasteful, or venting, or checking out something of which we are in awe, or bullshit, as some of you may think of this post, or as Robin might say, “Holy shit, Batman.” (is that religious?)

THE JIMMY OWENS PROJECT

WAY OVERDUE : CD, PERFORMANCE, NEA JAZZ MASTER

it’s his time. and about time too.

to say that JIMMY OWENS plays the trumpet and flugelhorn, composes and arranges only begs his ourve. newly minted NEA Jazz Master/Advocate Owens has recorded what is hoped to be only the initial Thelonious Monk Project CD. its ten tracks contain familiar music by one of music’s more enigmatic and prolific composers but also an original penned by Owens for the occasion, “Thru Monk.”

JOHN LEVY: THE PERSONIFICATION OF MANAGERIAL PERFEECTION

JOTTINGS FOR JOHN

guitarist Jim Hall, upon presenting the NEA Jazz Masters Advocate Award to manager John Levy quipped that he never expected to see his son-in-law as “older than me.” Levy, who passed January 20 at his Altadina, CA home, was married to Hall’s daughter Devra. Levy planned to celebrate his century mark in 2012. i was at his 90th which was celebrated at Carnegie Hall.


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