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  1. A 22-year-old bassoonist was in a church parking lot in the town of Springfield sitting on his trunk and playing scales while waiting for a rehearsal to start, when he was slowly approached by police wearing bulletproof vests. It seems a nearby citizen, worried by mass shootings in the news and unfamiliar with large double-reed instruments, had called 911. Said the young man, "In the right kind of light, it looks like a bazooka, but I don't think it was the right kind of light." Fortunately, the police giggled, and did not throw the bassoonist to the ground or worse. https://www.springfieldnewssun.com/news/someone-called-911-but-this-man-maple-instrument-wasn-gun-was-bassoon/c9275VpPesPWZoNPNydoZL/
  2. Bob Brookmeyer trodden over

    In the middle of a recent article on Margo Guryan, there is this comment on Brookmeyer: “Her first husband, jazz musician Bob Brookmeyer, was a prime example of someone trodden over by agents, managers and the rest, she said.” https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/margo-guryan-music-industry_us_5aa16fd0e4b0e9381c16951b
  3. If you have not heard the following already: https://edition.cnn.com/2018/04/29/health/brain-on-jazz-improvisation-improv/index.html
  4. Chasing the Trane documentary release date

    I agree that Santana’s statements could have been left out of the documentary, but, on the other hand, Santana has for more than a decade told people about John Coltrane. Today there probably are some people who have listened to Coltrane at least once simply because they heard Santana mention Coltrane. Every few years there seems to be less people who listen to jazz, and anyone who can motivate people to listen to jazz (and Coltrane) is ok with me.
  5. October Revolution in Jazz 1964... Any recordings?

    Who believes that Giuffre's "being there" was an "accident"? In a 1964 article about the October Revolution in Jazz, the student newspaper of Columbia University published this comment about GIuffre: Jimmy Guiffre [sic] is one of the leaders and masters of the new element of jazz which is actually an experiment in sound. He performed alone on clarinet, and everyone listened…I am sure no one could have predicted what would follow, but today Jimmy Guiffre stands straight, closes his eyes, and then clicks the keys of his horn, plays two (and occasionally three) tones simultaneously, plays without his mouthpiece, plays the mouthpiece alone, squeals, roars, groans, whispers and rumbles. All the debates about whether such sound experiment is still music are worthless. Guiffre prefaced his playing by saying that he was "not a Subversive," that everything he did was "between me and the stick and the maker." He forgot to mention the audience. It is evident that this will not be the pop music of any tomorrow.
  6. Canada broadcaster will destroy its CDs

    There are a few other versions of the story. In some cases, the items (including books and magazines) are moved to a distant storage. One example happened last year at the University of Texas at Austin – all the CDs, DVDs, books, etc., were moved out of the Fine Arts library: “Almost 100 students voiced opposition to the removal of fine arts books and collection materials at the UT Fine Arts Library, FAL… Sixty percent of collection materials have already been moved to storage facilities off-campus, according to an October FAL memo. The materials can be retrieved within three business days upon request… Grace Sparapani, graduate art history student, admitted FAL CDs and DVDs were no longer used on campus, but she said maintaining paper collections on-campus is necessary for student projects and research.” http://www.dailytexanonline.com/2017/11/09/fine-arts-community-debates-future-of-fine-arts-library
  7. "In 2012, and subsequent to a massive budget cut, the CBC began a policy of digitizing its collection to save space and storage costs...The main French-language production centre of Radio-Canada in Montreal has also been digitising its collection. However, recently it was revealed that most of the collection of over 200,000 CDs will be destroyed when the process is completed in 2019...The collection consists of some 151,000 CDs, and 56,000 'doubles'." http://www.rcinet.ca/en/2018/02/23/public-broadcaster-music-library-closing-cds-to-be-digitised-destroyed/
  8. Nina Simone

    If you know where we can find another live recording of Nina SImone singing the George Harrison songs, please let us know.
  9. Miles Davis Bootleg Series Vol. 6

    My guess is that Sony Columbia will include the Concertgebouw appearance in a subsequent volume of the Bootleg series.
  10. Alice Coltrane portrait in Austin https://calendar.utexas.edu/event/soundspace_a_portrait_of_alice_coltrane#.WcPl58uWyUk
  11. The trumpeter is lucky he never slapped John Bonham.
  12. Marian McPartland's "Reprise"

    Was this before or after Keith Emerson jammed with Oscar Peterson?
  13. Has anyone had a chance to listen to this edition of Lotus? Any comments?
  14. In case you haven’t heard yet: https://www.amazon.com/Peppers-Lonely-Hearts-Anniversary-Deluxe/dp/B06WGVMLJY
  15. Looks like Leon Thomas singing “The Creator has a Master Plan” with Santana (1974) is to be released: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MV3SPLJ/?tag=imwan-20 If anyone gets an advance copy, please tell us your opinion of the release.