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  1. Speaking of George Coleman... a live 1971 recording from the Left Bank (with Albert Dailey on piano!) coming our way later this year, according to Zev Feldman’s Facebook page: GEORGE COLEMAN on REEL TO REAL for RSD BLACK FRIDAY! I'm happy to announce that my archival jazz cohort Cory Weeds and I are back with another previously-unissued discovery coming for Record Store Day Black Friday Nov 27 (CD/Digital Dec 11). The George Coleman Quintet "In Baltimore" was captured live at the Famous Ballroom on May 23, 1971, presented by the Left Bank Jazz Society, and featured a stellar band with trumpeter Danny Moore, pianist Albert Dailey, bassist Larry Ridley and drummer Harold White. The limited-edition 180g LP includes an elaborate insert with beautiful photos by Francis Wolff, intros by Cory and I, a main overview essay by the great jazz historian/archivist (and producing mentor to me) Michael Cuscuna, plus interviews with "the Big G" himself George Coleman, John Fowler from the Left Bank, and the self-described Colelman disciple, tenor man Eric Alexander. Audio restoration direct from the original tapes by Chris Gestrin, LP mastering by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio, LLC, and pressed at Standard Vinyl in Toronto. This marks the 2nd RTR release from the Left Bank archives, the first being Etta Jones "A Soulful Sunday" featuring the Cedar Walton Trio, and it's especially significant because it's also the first known recording of George Coleman as a leader (a good six years before his first studio album as a leader from 1977). As Michael Cuscuna says, "This concert is a rare early glimpse at George Coleman in charge and, as always, playing magnificently.” I want to thank Cory, first and foremost, for all his hard work and passion bringing this project into fruition. A big thanks also to my friend John Fowler who oversees the Left Bank Jazz Society tape archives. These releases also wouldn't be possible without the support of Michael Kurtz and Carrie Colliton at Record Store Day. And last, but not least, thanks to the archival design guru John Sellards, for creating yet another gorgeous cover and package that's sure to have jazz fans transfixed for years to come. For media inquiries, please contact: DL Media · 267-541-2784 Maureen McFadden · Don Lucoff · Visit and for more info.
  2. Much more information here, along with a video of Booker Little and George Coleman performing with Max Roach. The show covers the late-1950s and 1960s recordings of Harold Mabern, George Coleman, Booker Little, and Frank Strozier--with at least two members playing on every side that's featured. Separate shows on some of these artists will follow later this year, along with a show about Phineas Newborn Jr. The Memphis Mafia: Mabern, Strozier, Coleman and Little airs Saturday, Jan. 19 at 11:05 p.m. EST on WFIU and at 9 p.m. Central Time on WNIN-Evansville. It will also air on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 10 p.m. EST on Michigan's Blue Lake Public Radio. The program will be posted for online listening Monday morning in the Night Lights archives. Next week: "Miss Peggy Lee, Songwriter."