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  1. Jazz pianist Billy Taylor was also a broadcaster and educator who helped found the Jazzmobile organization in 1960s Harlem and wrote the civil-rights anthem “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free.” Celebrate his centennial today with a new Night Lights show that includes clips from his appearances on the 1958 TV show The Subject Is Jazz and his work as a jazz journalist for CBS News Sunday Morning With Charles Kuralt: The Teacher: Billy Taylor
  2. "Clark's Last Leap: Sonny Clark 1961-62"

    We recently Clark’s Last Leap: Sonny Clark 1961-62, and I’m upping today in honor of what would have been his 90th birthday.
  3. MLB 2021: it’s baseball season!

    I’ve never seen this happen before: Pirates score three on infield dribbler while Mets argue fair/foul call
  4. MLB 2021: it’s baseball season!

    Close—it’s called “the Judge’s Chambers.” Verdict for the 2021 season looks like a mistrial so far... In other MLB matters, it’s been fun to see some of the new young stars like Tatis Jr and Guerrero Jr really busting out this year, not to mention Ohtani. Bummer about Acuna going down for the remainder of 2021, though.
  5. MLB 2021: it’s baseball season!

    Sellers? Sellers?! Surely you jest, sir—why, the 2021 Yankees are a record-setting team! Yet another colossal bullpen meltdown in what should have concluded a road sweep of Houston + the Covid debacle has left me thinking they’re all but dead in the water for even a WC spot. Not sure who they’d move in a seller scenario, though—a lot of potential chips are either injured or have decreased in market value. And I haven’t jumped aboard the small crazywagon of NY fans calling for Judge to be traded (though one could make a logical argument for it, given his age and approaching free-agent status in a year and a half... he’s never going to be as valuable as he is right now. But he’s pretty much the face of the post-Jeter Yankees—they’ve got a freakin’ special section for Judge fans in the RF stands, so I really don’t see that happening.)
  6. "Mary Osborne: Queen of the Jazz Guitar"

    Up for Mary Osborne’s centenary today, and because we’re re-airing the show this week in honor of it: Mary Osborne: Queen Of The Jazz Guitar
  7. Got it on order at Landlocked here in Bloomington, along with the Hargrove/Miller and Bill Evans releases that come out the same day. About five years ago I saw a used copy of the 32 Jazz reissue of The Free Slave at Dusty Groove's Chicago storefront for $25 and passed, after some hesitation--I was aware of the album's reputation, but the price was just a bit steep for me, or so it seemed at the time. Now I'm like, "What was I thinking?!" Maybe this new release will help bring about new life on CD for TFS (from Japan, perhaps?).
  8. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    Albums like this make me think Billy Taylor’s compositional and pianistic verve were overshadowed by his accomplishments as an educator, broadcaster, etc:
  9. Summer of Soul on Hulu

    Yes, I loved both the context-setting and the participants reflecting and reacting to seeing the footage so many years later. And the musical performances are riveting. Some of Nina Simone’s performance has been floating around on YouTube for years—I remember linking to clips in the web-post for a Night Lights show about her RCA era.
  10. Complete agreement here with both you and Bertrand—in general, NO desire to hear that song done by anyone anywhere at any time, but if you had to pick somebody to do it, Abbey would get my vote. Saw Summer Of Soul this past weekend—my first venture into a movie theater since January 2020. Damn, what a film... go see it!! (Or dial it up on Hulu) Some of the Nina Simone footage has popped up on YouTube from time to time over the years, but it’s crazy to think that nearly all of those taped performances were gathering dust for 50 years. I thought the documentary did a great job of putting it all in the context of 1969, and it was moving to watch some of the attendees and artists reacting to what they were seeing again five decades later.
  11. Now reading...

    A new NYRB Classics reprint of this novel by William Gardner Smith, a writer who’s long intrigued me—many years ago I tracked down a copy of his South Street, the only book by him that I’ve read to date. Anybody interested in depictions fictional or otherwise of the mid-20th century Black expatriate community in Paris might want to pick this one up: And