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  1. “Two years until we hear a live choir? In COVID-19 pandemic, choral music may be too risky for a very long while.” https://www.inquirer.com/arts/choir-coronavirus-covid-19-cdc-report-philadelphia-mother-bethel-the-crossing-reaction-20200517.html
  2. Guitarist Jorge Santana has died.

    Jorge Santana and the Fania All Stars:
  3. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has posted a study of the incident: High SARS-CoV-2 Attack Rate Following Exposure at a Choir Practice — Skagit County, Washington, March 2020 https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6919e6.htm?s_cid=mm6919e6_w If the weblink does not work, there is this one for CDC coronavirus reports https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/Novel_Coronavirus_Reports.html
  4. On March 10, 60 singers showed up. A receptionist offered hand sanitizer at the door, and members refrained from the usual hugs and handshakes. After two and a half hours, the singers separated at 9 p.m. Almost three weeks later, 45 were diagnosed with COVID-19 or ill with symptoms, at least three were hospitalized and two died. https://www.fr24news.com/n24/2020/03/the-practice-of-the-choir-becomes-fatal-highly-suspected-airborne-coronavirus.html
  5. For those who have not heard the news: https://variety.com/2020/film/news/the-beatles-peter-jackson-get-back-let-it-be-disney-1203530267/
  6. Hard to forget the rating that a Down Beat (15 June 1967) review gave to Coltrane’s Kulu Se Mama. The review began with “Rating: see below” and ended with “Rating: None. All.”
  7. The Smithsonian has placed some of its images (including images related to jazz) on an open access website https://www.si.edu/openaccess
  8. Tower Records

    I once walked into the Tower Records in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and chuckled when I saw a selection only about a foot wide of country music CDs. At the Tower Records in Austin, Texas, I always saw a display of country music CDs that was about 6-8 feet wide.
  9. I hope this weblink works: https://youtu.be/bt-Z0cZhm70
  10. For those who do not already know: “This collection assembles all four historic debut concerts by the legendary guitarist in their original performance sequence.” https://www.jimihendrix.com/fr/music/jimi-hendrix-songs-for-groovy-children/
  11. The treatment room in the office of my dentist has a speaker on the ceiling that lets you hear classic rock. Sure enough, while waiting for the anesthesia to take effect in my mouth, the song selection coming out of the speaker included Pink Floyd’s “I…have become…comfortably numb.”
  12. Something I have suspected for a long time – “At $21, the cheapest seats in Heinz Hall, Downtown, home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, are high up in the Gallery, high at the top of the balcony where the air is thin and the stage is but a distant splotch of color and motion. And believe it or not, these are also the best of the hall’s 2,675 seats…” https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/music/2019/10/14/Heinz-Hall-best-worst-seats-orchestra-concert-pittsburgh-symphony-acoustics/stories/201910070104
  13. Jimmy Giuffre on Verve: 1959-1961

    Wasn't the Piece for Clarinet.../Mobiles recorded in 1960? In 1959, I believe there was also a Sonny Stitt Plays Jimmy Giuffre Arrangements album.
  14. The woman was “just feet away and directly in front of the star,” according to: https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/09/29/review-star-violinist-remains-unruffled-after.html I’ve heard of concert halls where the sweat of people on stage can land on people sitting on the first row.
  15. An audience member in the front row of a performance by violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, performing with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, was recording Mutter on her phone. With the phone such a few feet from her face, Mutter stopped the performance and asked the woman to stop. Instead of stopping, the woman attempted to engage Mutter in a conversation… https://www.cincinnati.com/story/entertainment/2019/09/30/audience-member-escorted-out-anne-sophie-mutter-performance/3821790002/