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  1. Kenny G promised a mid-air performance if passengers would help the in-flight crew reach its goal of raising $2,000 for Relay for Life. When the flight crew reached its goal, the best-selling saxophonist broke out his instrument and performed while pacing up and down the aisle. https://www.yahoo.com/music/yes-course-kenny-g-gave-182059661.html And I guess for $4,000, he promised to stop playing!
  2. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Live from New York on Sunday April 23, 1961 it's - - - Disc 1 & 2. It's probably not a recording of interest to most folks here, but this record really is very successful at capturing the essence of a performer in a "live" concert (plus it as a big seller for years back in the day -- I'm not sure if it has ever been out of print).
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    Disc 2 of 2. The Stan Kenton band made its first appearance at Birdland beginning on this date in 1953. Portions of that weeklong gig were recorded for broadcast later on the "NBC All Star Parade of Bands" program. Disc 2 of this set contains the broadcasts from June 20th & 27th of 1953. Band members included Lee Konitz, Richie Kamuca, Bill Holman, Frank Rosolino, Bobby Burgess, Conte Candoli, Ernie Royal and Sal Salvador.
  4. From the April 22nd edition of Weekend Edition Saturday: http://www.npr.org/2017/04/22/524937829/ralph-towner-an-old-hand-with-a-foolish-heart-and-an-unmatched-style
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    Still listening to the audiobook of Harry Belafonte's autobiography. I'm up to the point where he made his debut as a singer in 1949. He'd had one role as an actor which required him to sing while studying at the Dramatic Workshop of The New School (alongside such classmates as Marlon Brando, Rod Steiger, Tony Curtis, Walter Matthau, Bea Arthur, Elaine Stritch and Wally Cox) and Monte Kay, the guy in charge of booking acts at the Royal Roost at the time, had liked what he heard and later, when Mr. Belafonte needed a better paying job to help provide for his new wife and soon to come child, offered him a job as intermission singer at the club. Mr. Belafonte states that when he debuted at the Royal Roost, Pee Wee Marquette introduced him as "Harry Bellabooduh" (Did Mr. Marquette really work at the Royal Roost or is Mr. Belafonte's memory a bit off here?) That first night he was supposed to be accompanied by pianist Al Haig, but as he took the stage and prepared to sing, first Tommy Potter, then Max Roach and then Charlie Parker also took the stage to accompany him. Not a bad band for one's first singing gig! Now listening to: Disc 4 of 5
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    Wow! Two albums in a row on this thread which contain a version of "Hava Nagila"! That must be a first! The live album is pretty exciting stuff at times. One can almost visualize what the band must have looked like on stage doing these songs. The center spread of the liner note booklet features a picture of Mr. Prado standing in front of a band. I'm not sure if it is the band heard on the Japanes tour album, but they are wearing happi coats and Japanese headbands. The band has a four piece percussion section (and the percussionists heard on the Japan album are cracking good), what appears to be both acoustic and electric bass players, four trumpets, four saxes and only one trombone.
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    An enjoyable disc for a die-hard Brubeck fan like me. The audio quality, while not of professional studio recording level, is pretty good for an unauthorized "live".recording from 1955. The liner notes state that both this and Erroll Garner's classic performance at the Sunset Center that year were part of a series of jazz concerts presented there. I wonder if there are any other recordings by artists of interest from that series yet to be uncovered.
  8. The "Construct a Song Title Sentence" game

    "Time is tight, Roxanne. Please come to Boston by the time I get to Phoenix manana." "So far away -- 500 miles! Please Mr. Please, give me just a little more time!" (Thanks to Booker T & the MGs, The Police, Dave Loggins, Jimmy Webb, Peggy Lee, Carole King, Peter, Paul & Mary, Olivia Newton-John and The Chairmen of The Board)
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    Next up from the boxed set Recorded in 1965-66, the big band included the likes of Ronnie Scott, Tubby Hayes, Tony Coe, Kenny Wheeler, Jimmy Deuchar, Stan Tracey and Phil Seamen.
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    I've been listening to the audiobook version of Harry Belafonte's autobiography. I'm only up to the point where he joined the Navy in 1944, but man, he had a pretty brutal childhood. Listening to Disc 3 of 5 from this Bear Family boxed set:
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    Isn't that a Hound Dog Taylor tune? Now playing
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    I think I like this even more than Vol. 1. I 'm particularly fond of these versions of "9:20 Special", "Shiny Stockings" and "Lena and Lenny".
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    Disc 2 of 2, which contains half of Plays The Shampoo at The Village Gate and all of In San Francisco. With Herbie Lewis and Ron Jefferson. Is Les McCann fully retired from music these days?