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  1. Summer of Soul on Hulu

    The film states that one hour of each day's content was broadcast on a local (public access?) NYC station as it happened. You can see in the film that it was a mix of celluloid and video - you can still see the video noise on the edge of some frames. And you can see one of the video cameras front and center recording at least one performance. It seemed to me that more celluloid was used in earlier weeks. The still photo that I've seen of that basement shows film reels and video tape reels. They decompose at different rates, but if the basement was cool enough and dry enough, then they can last. Good archives are mainly cool and dry. The celluloid would last longer than the video. I'm pretty amazed at how much video survived. Not sure if any of that is important. But whomever paid for the filming originally would own the rights until someone paid for them. They never say whose basement, oddly. I would have assumed that it was the organizer's, Tony Jackson (?), but if it were his, then I would have thought that they would have said so, and I don't recall that. But lots of old films and home movies live for long periods in basements, attics, closets, and under beds. I don't care about whether "never before seen" is 100% accurate - that's a sales line. I haven't seen any of it before I just wish they had included some footage from the last date, with the beauty contest and some acts that I have never heard of. And I don't understand why they don't have a CD box set all ready to go. Sure it would cost a lot, but it seemed like the audio recording was pretty good. Not even a double disc of selections from the film? That would be affordable, and pretty standard.
  2. Dr. Lonnie Smith - Breathe

    I saw Corky Hale present her self-published auto-biography at Vroman's Books a couple of years ago, and Mike Stoller was there watching his wife. Both still around and doing great at that time.
  3. Freddie Redd (1928-2021)

    I was going to mention the official release of The Connection from Milestone Films, but Mr. Garrett beat me. The folks at Milestone are great, and those discs of Shirley Clarke's films are restored and have lots of extras. The one film they couldn't include is The Cool World, featuring music by Mal Waldron. Frederick Wiseman (the documentary maker) produced that film, owns the rights to it through his own company, Zipporah Films, and wouldn't license it to Milestone. A real shame, because Wiseman won't restore it or put out a decent DVD. Anyway, I think I mentioned this long ago, but the first film series I ever programmed was a Shirley Clarke retrospective in 1998 (she had died a bit before). Freddie Redd was living Los Angeles at the time, and I was able to reach him through Wendy Clarke, Shirley's daughter. We screened The Connection twice, at UCLA and at KAOS Network in Leimert Park. Freddie came to both screenings, answered questions, played a couple of solo numbers after the film. He was really lovely. I saw him another time in LA a couple of years later, and he moved away some time after that. I'm saddened to hear of his passing. He had a good long life but I think never got the opportunities or recognition that he deserved.
  4. New previously unissued Horace Tapscott

    Sold out. :-(
  5. Stars of Jazz / Eventbrite

    I just watched it as well, thanks! Put some notes in the thread about Calliope. Thank you for your insights and your book, James!
  6. I just watched this at the UCLA FIlm & TV archive Stars of Jazz was the TV show. There is a new book on the show written by today's guest: Historian James A. Harrod, author of the book Stars of Jazz: A Complete History of the Innovative Television Series, 1956-1958 The show excerpts were pretty nice - well shot. He said that the LPs were basically bootlegs from the TV show tapes. Terry Gibbs saw one and sued, and that led to the label shutting down.
  7. That was the team I grew up with in Los Angeles, anchoring my being a life-long Dodger fan. Garvey, Lopes, Russell, Cey. Don't forget Reggie Smith and Steve Yeager. Lopes was my favorite player in those pre-and-early teen years.
  8. although the prior statement is true, there are indeed a few sites with free music options where you don't need to go through licensing, just provide a credit. has a lot of music options and is usually a place to start A video discussing it and a few other options:
  9. The CD from this suite will be released soon. Terry Cannon, who organized it, died on Sunday of cancer and one of his last acts was editing the liner notes by Lynell George. It's also been mastered. Not sure when pressing will happen now, but I don't think Terry's passing will delay it long. Terry was also the first one to invite Mark Cantor to present a show of jazz films, which he did at Pasadena Filmforum in the late 1970s. Here's more on Terry, that I just sent out:
  10. Anyone catch this article and film? It's on Amazon prime. I haven't seen it yet. Nathan Davis was a friend of Wilt Chamberlain at University of Kansas, is represented by name in the film, and the real Davis did the score.
  11. I believe various indie movie theatres are making it available for streaming for low cost. I think PBS will come at some point late this year.
  12. New previously unissued Horace Tapscott

    Steve Isoardi literally lives on the same block as me. I know that he has copies of the book available as well; I'm hoping he has the CD too.
  13. America unleashed

    No, this statement is just wrong. People who want police disbanded are people who are tired of the police harassing and harming them for centuries literally just because of the color of their skin or their current economic condition. Police exist to defend the property of the propertied classes. We know that they aren't there to protect the property of the disenfranchised, as we can see by their predilection to throw away the few possessions that homeless people have. We know that they aren't generally there to protect Blacks and other people of color. We know that the prison system was enacted and grew as a way to help come up with new free labor after the end of slavery, leading to many thousands of Blacks being arrested and imprisoned for doing nothing wrong, or for doing trivial acts which cops would let whites get away with. We also know that reforms don't work. Many of the reforms currently being argued for already exist on paper and are ignored by the police and prosecutors in reality, Chokeholds? Already banned in New York for years before Eric Garner was killed with one. Tear gas? Police ordered to stop using it, and only two days later they used it again. The problem is the entire culture of policing, the code of men in Blue, the history behind them, the society that props them up, and the continuing fear that many whites have of any people of color or of giving up any of their superior position. One study showed that 40% of police are involved in domestic violence. Policing attracts more than a few people who want to harm people and break the law and, as police, get to do it legally. Policing also attracts people who want to do good, but far too many don't fit that, or get changed in their training. That's why the police need to be defunded. New systems would have to be built, including a crime investigation unit and traffic cops, and non-police units to follow up on domestic issues, trivial matters, people with mental or housing issues, and so forth. But the vast majority of cops don't get to a crime as it happens to stop it; most murders and robberies are never solved; most rapes are not even investigated and cops far too often say and do things to traumatize the victims even more. And, just to point out, resisting arrest is not a capital offense, and a cop should never shoot to kill when someone is running away. Far too many seem to think that any black person who isn't crawling in front of them is about to attack and kill them, so they need to kill them first. What sort of fear are cops trained to have? So anyway, lost of people who aren't predators have lots of good reasons to disband the police. The notion that "if you didn't do anything wrong, the police wouldn't trouble you" is one only held by white people. Guess you now know where I stand on this. :-)