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  1. It was a memorable evening: Louis Armstrong, his wife and a diplomat from the US embassy were out for dinner in a restaurant in what was still Léopoldville, capital of the newly independent Congo…. What Armstrong did not know was that his host that night in November 1960 was not the political attaché as described, but the head of the CIA in Congo. He was also totally unaware of how his fame had allowed the spy who was making small talk across the starters to gain crucial information that would facilitate some of the most controversial operations of the entire cold war. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/sep/12/louis-armstrong-and-the-spy-how-the-cia-used-him-as-a-trojan-horse-in-congo
  2. Phil Schaap R.I.P.

    I suggest installing a security camera on all nearby dumpsters.
  3. Has anyone had a chance to listen to or go through the Marian Anderson 15-CD set Beyond the Music? https://www.amazon.com/Marian-Anderson-Beyond-Music-Anderson/dp/B0954JTNKP
  4. Jazz guitarists--nice guys?

    I saw a lady ask Paco de Lucia for his autograph - he gave her his autograph and immediately asked her for a kiss. She gave him a kiss.
  5. Happy Birthday Joe Strummer

    Did Joe Strummer ever walk into a grocery store and hear "Rock the Casbah" being played as part of the store's background music?

    I believe the Lena and Lennie title is a reference to Lena Horne and her husband Lennie Hayton
  7. Mingus at Carnegie Hall, Deluxe Edition

    I would be happy to buy a 16-CD set of 1970-1975 Santana
  8. Greek tragedy meets American ingenuity in Iphigenia, the long-awaited opera by Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding. A mythical work in progress for the last several years, it has now reached a developmental stage foreign to most other operatic productions: a crowdfunding campaign. https://www.wbgo.org/music/2021-03-15/wayne-shorter-and-esperanza-spalding-make-an-appeal-to-get-their-opera-to-a-premiere
  9. Jimmy Giuffre 3-Live in Graz 1961

    Finally got a copy of the Giuffre 3 Live at Graz 1961 CD - excellent album.
  10. Beatles "Get Back" doc in September

    The Beatles: Get Back - A Sneak Peek from Peter Jackson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UocEGvQ10OE
  11. Well, speaking of silence in a record, there is also the "Two Minutes Silence" in the John Lennon/Yoko One album Unfinished Music No. 2: Life With the Lions.
  12. Has anyone heard this boxset: https://thevinylfactory.com/news/john-cage-433-mute-box-set/
  13. Waterloo Records in Austin is letting people make 30-minute private shopping appointments. i might show up with disposable gloves. You can check out the records and CDs without an appointment at the Half-Price bookstore (as long as the store is not already "full").
  14. Let's hope more people discover (or discover) Monk and that there is an increase in the sales of Monk CDs.
  15. "The Cry of Jazz"

    For those who have not seen this 34 minute film: