BeBop

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About BeBop

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  • Interests People. Yes, all 6.9 billion of 'em. Therefore: travel.

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  1. For me, a good reed is hard to find. A really good reed. As Jsngry notes, the product has declined since the seventies. I tend to play reeds out-of-the-box to determine if they are even worth breaking in (or trying to cut and salvage). Many hit the trash can right away. Maybe I toss a few with potential, but, hell, they are cheap and life is short. Playing time even shorter, and I cam feel mine waning, unlike Wayne. I usually practice on "okay" reeds and keep the good ones for special times. (I don't gig, ain't no gigs in Africa; but for jamming and playing with others.) Dry reeds suck - may squeak, hard to blow - so most players try to keep them wet.
  2. Bob was a KJAZ deejay, host of the "only Lester Young program in the history of the universe" (or some such thing), co-host with Dr. Herb Wong of other programs. He also taught jazz appreciation at Piedmont Adult School. And God knows what else. A character and a nice guy. I mostly knew personally him through the education bit. Sorry I can't make the link look right. https://www.berkeleyside.com/2020/01/22/remembering-robert-vernon-houlehan-beloved-kindergarten-teacher-radio-host-wine-lover?utm_source=Berkeleyside+and+Oakland+email+newsletters&utm_campaign=ac99029051-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_BRIEFING&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_aad4b5ee64-ac99029051-333265469&goal=0_aad4b5ee64-ac99029051-333265469
  3. Jimmy Heath RIP

    I will miss having him here on Earth but will cling to his music.
  4. Happy Birthday Vajerzy!

    It's that time again. Happy Birthday!
  5. Happy birthday, nephew.
  6. Odd Things Found In A CD Or LP Purchase

    Horrors! where the children might find them?
  7. I'm trying to find the article I read on this place. (I can't read the New York Times piece.) " Inspired by some of Tokyo’s incredible hi-fi bars and motivated by the lack of a comparable offering in the Bay Area, we set out to open Bar Shiru, the Bay Area's first hi-fi vinyl listening bar focused on jazz as the musical jumping off point. Bar Shiru features records played in their entirety on an analog, vinyl-centric sound system in a space built with acoustics as a top priority. We sincerely believe in the connective power of music and hope to use it as a force for good. " Yes, these places are ubiquitous in Japan, at least the parts where I spend much time (Tokyo, Kansai (Kyoto, Hana, Osaka), Fukuoka). Trailblazers? Berkeleyside Article from April
  8. Record Stores in Philadelphia?

    I agree that Repo is worth a visit, though I haven't been to the new location. Long in the Tooth is near where I work and stay. 2027 Sansom Street. I have enjoyed this place and the people who work there. Hideaway, 8612 Germantown Ave. is not so close. If you have a car... Wild Mutation, 2223 Frankford may be gone. It's website is gone. If it's still around, I'd pay a visit. It's small and not really jazz-focused. So depending on your taste for punk... Actually, there are a bunch of punk places. Sorry, not really helpful. I'm limited to where I can walk.
  9. My brain has been "down" even longer. Belated Happy Birthday.
  10. Happy Birthday Felser

    Happy birthday!
  11. Controversial Food Opinions

    Putting anything in coffee makes it not-coffee. The same goes for salad with dressing, perhaps excusing some minimal amount of oil and vinegar or some such. I'm against cooking any vegetable that doesn't require it to be edible. (Potato, brussels sprout...) Ketchup on a hot dog? Am I misreading this?
  12. Happy Birthday BillF!

    80! Excellent! All the best.
  13. Happy Birthday brownie!

    Belated birthday best, Brownie. - BeBop
  14. Xanadu Gold Series

    Off-topic, with respect to Xanadu Gold Series, but on-topic for Xanadu and Wardell Gray, there's nice early Wardell with the Earl Hines Orchestra on this one: https://jazzjupiter.blogspot.com/2017/09/swing-into-bebop-earl-hines-and-his.html ...alongside my old buddy Kermit "Scotty" Scott.