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    talk about some fabulous genes which have played in all kinds of ways. I love these two women, madly. and am very fond of Papa Mariano who I have missed for too many years, especially since he was in Europe so much of the time.

  2. I sort of feel greedy and selfish to whine about B.B.'s status. this is a man who has given everything he has and more. spent his entire life on the road. Bless him forever and a day.

  3. Anyone know anything about Jayn Pettingill as a possible inheritor to the Parlocha thing? He seemed to be grooming her as successor?

    I'm in Los Angeles this week. Parlocha programs still run on KKJZ here. Perhaps not surprising, since his programs used to run something like 8 or 10 hours a day, in the past. Big programming gap to fill. His stuff was the only thing I could listen to on KKJZ (at least during the hours I could be listening). David Benoit?

    I am with you 100%, BeBop.

  4. for me, personally, I know I will never see his like again. he was so unique as a JAZZ DJ. it never sounded like he was scripted. he was incredibly knowledgeable and lots of first-hand info/trivia. Mr. Parlocha, you will be missed enormously.

  5. I am immensely grateful that Orrin Keepnews loved jazz. and that he devoted himself to the "preservation" of jazz. from my perspective, he certainly made the most enormous contributions. the character I "knew" throughout many decades was a brilliant, kind, witty, articulate, knowledgeable curmudgeon. and after so many of our mutual musician friends were gone, I was even more addicted to hearing his wonderful stories about these people. no one could tell stories like Orrin. thanking you with my whole heart, Orrin. please rest in peace and jazz sounds.

  6. loved reading this article that I obviously didn't see the first time-around. talk about the "first time," I first heard this group when they had just gotten together. I was visiting in Wayne's trailer before and after their Monterey Jazz Festival appearance. all I actually remember was that Wayne was excited and Danilo was nervous as hell! after an amazing set, we all celebrated and closed the Grounds down!! (must have been before Wayne stopped drinking, which is quite awhile ago! LOL!) and, as they say, the rest is history. I've been privileged to be an eye-witness to some of their evolvement, personally and professionally, and I love them all, madly. (Disclosure: I've known Wayne and his family since the '60s in NYC.)

  7. he's always been a frustrated jazz musician rather than what I think of as a "jazz fan". his forcing himself on stage of a known jazz group just to shake a tambourine has always been embarrassing. by agreeing to MC the Playboy Jazz Festival, they let him have his own group to lead. musicians chosen have always been excellent but his ego has consistently ruined the sets by frantically directing or banging on the drums.