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  1. Louis Armstrong Jazz Award

    Congratulations! Does he play in a big band or small bands?
  2. There's a new film about Frank Morgan

    I detected a recurring Art Pepper influence in Morgan and I believe they were once in the same jail at the same time.
  3. Name Three People...

    Quicksilver Messenger Service Robert Service Robert Herrick
  4. Jazz Poetry...

    Thanks, Jim. You remind me of Roscoe Mitchell's poems about "one pitch-black night" and "it's only for kicks cracks and flacks." I'd love to see both of them again.
  5. Name Three People...

    Jimmy Jam Norman Granz Grant Stewart
  6. Name Three People...

    Captain John Handy Lieutenant James Reese Europe Winthrop Sergeant
  7. Name Three People...

    Idrees Sulieman Suleyman the Magnificent Shelly Manne
  8. Name Three People...

    Banana-Nose Zeke Bonura Ski-Nose Bob Hope Elroy Face
  9. Little Drummer Boy


    Only 37? How do you know all those old songs?
  11. Name Three People...

    Roscoe Mitchell Joseph Jarman Evan Parker
  12. Happy Birthday Chuck Nessa!

    You need more birthdays.
  13. Name Three People...

    Kate Hammet-Vaughan Cecile McLorin Salvant Lil Hardin Armstrong
  14. Name Three People...

    Keefe Jackson A Jackson in Your House Colonel House
  15. Name Three People...

    Cecil McBee B,B, King Butterfly McQueen
  16. "Jazz In Search Of Itself" by Larry Kart is available on Kindle (Amazon) and Nook (Barnes & Noble) - see and also see I haven't seen this information yet, so here it is. Kart's book is a wonderful, clear-eyed view of how and what jazz communicates and why the music can be so very moving. Nowadays no other writers get to the heart of the music so unerringly. How does one start a new thread on The resumed availability of "Jazz In Search Of Itself" really belongs in its own thread.
  17. Name Three People...

    Red, Whitey, and Blue Mitchell Percy, Jimmy, and Albert Heath Lonesome Sundown
  18. Name Three People...

    Constantine Justinian Theodora
  19. Name Three People...

    Huntz Hall Hall Overton Orval Overall
  20. Name Three People...

    Bruce Wayne Mad Anthony Wayne Mad King Ludwig II
  21. JLH reissue plans

    Hal said he and Thorne used to urge Joe Daley to play more "out." While I liked the Daley Trio's free-improv experiments the one time I heard them (Down Beat jazz fest 1965; Clyde Flowers replaced Russell Thorne), I liked Daley's bop tenor playing even moe a fedw years later.
  22. Wow, he got a lot of loot - did any other crit collect as much in one award? And is it too late for me to become a right-wing indignant scold?
  23. Name Three People...

    Mercy Dee Booker T La belle dame sans merci
  24. Name Three People...

    Betty Veronica Blondie
  25. drummerless groups

    Larry is so right about this. Jazz histories that give short shrift to pre-Armstrong styles, as though real jazz never existed before his maturity, are so very wrong. The early period of the art form is grand to hear and yielded some of the most beautiful music of the 20th century. (Which includes some of the bluest.) In some ways, "Texas Moaner" (see posts #24 and #26) is the "bluest" jazz recording I know. Also, in case anyone thinks that jazz in 1924 still was in some primitive state of being, I'd say that it doesn't get much more sophisticated, in any meaningful sense, than this. Herman Chittison Trio Johnny Moore's 3 Blazers Has anyone mentioned the Art Tatum Trio yet?