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  1. Loren Schoenberg has posted the following on Facebook: How many of you would be willing to write an email urging the Benny Goodman Estate to permit the National Jazz Museum in Harlem to issue the Bill Savory Goodman material? That material includes sessions with Charlie Christian (though no songs not found elsewhere).
  2. Jaco Pastorius

    I thought that book was great and remember that passage as one of the highlights for me. BTW I heard Levitin speak on an entirely different topic. he's a very smart dude.
  3. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Two drummers, a tuba and a sax-- what's not to like? And the title is really funny when you see the names of the songs. But why's this on Impulse?
  4. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

  5. What Classical Music Are You Listening To?

    Many years ago I saw the Pina Bausch group perform 7 Deadly Sins. No idea who was singing or in what range but it was good.
  6. 64 years ago I was in junior high and the principal of my school organized a minstrel show. This was in a city in Eastern Canada of about 15,000 people in which there were about 5 Black families. There was a tradition of minstrel shows there with the local Y's Mens Club doing a yearly one called The Smokey Mokes. (It included at least one Black member who performed in Black face. ) IIIRC ours was a traditional minstrel show with a large chorus singing old songs of the kind barbershop quartets might sing. Seated in the front were myself in the center with other students in Black face on both sides of me doing old bad jokes. I don't think we thought of it as having anything to do with actual Negroes (as we would have called them at the time) but rather as referencing some fictional fantasy world. It didn't make much of an impression on me at the time and I don't remember any of the jokes though I do remember some of the songs. (e.g. I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen.) BTW the most famous person from my home town was local hero Willie O'Ree-- the first Black man to play in the NHL. I wish I knew more about the history of Minstrel Shows; especially Black Minstrel Shows. It now seems to me that there is often (maybe always) some condescension in the appropriation of language and tropes from another culture even in, for example, many of the lyrics of Hoagy Carmichael. But taken to the extremes it would mean that non-Jews shouldn't use the word "chutzpah".
  7. I bet I'm the only person here who's actually been in a minstrel show. I wasn't in Blackface though-- I was the interlocutor.
  8. Unheard Bird!

    So I was confirmed as registered but I was probably too honest when they asked why I wanted access to this tape. I said I might post it on a jazz forum and they rejected my request.
  9. Terry Jones (1942 - 2020)

    Met him through Douglas Adams. Now they're both gone.
  10. Somewhere I read a letter from Pops to Mezzrow in which Louis asks Mezz to have some "arrangements" ready for him when he (Pops) arrived home for abroad. Whoever published to letter didn't seem to get that the "arrangements" (IIRC the word was in quotation marks) referred to pot.
  11. Star Trek TV Show

    My roommates and I watched the series when it was first on. We were graduate students but not (yet) stoners. We thought it was very philosophical.
  12. Unheard Bird!

    Just read this on Peter Losin's "Miles Ahead" site: Several months ago the Louis Armstrong House Museum put a large number of Armstrong's tapes online. One of them includes a jam session featuring Charlie Parker and Big Nick Nicholas. The sound quality is poor, and most of the details of the session are unknown, but it is more "unheard Bird." With help from a lot of people I have tried to make sense of this session here. I'm trying to register so that I can get to hear it but haven't heard whether or not my request was accepted yet.
  13. Apostrophe

    Not to me.