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  1. Such an awful story. He was much loved in the bay area.
  2. One of the great unsung composers of jazz, and a trumpet player with a very original approach. Definitely one of my heroes.
  3. AB retired a long time ago. Katja is moving back to Germany. I assume her job will be open soon.
  4. Dan may well be on the committee but I am sure he cannot say so. That does not guarantee he will know. I doubt Wayne Shorter knows how he became a Jazz Master exactly, just that someone nominated him.
  5. Well, I have never seen it described as such so I am just speculating. I never tried to ask. The current administrator is a friend of mine but she will not answer ANY questions about her job. I guess someone who is not friends with the administrator could write and make a claim that they have the right to know who is on the committee under a variation of the FIA. If someone chooses to do so, please do report back! I sure would like to know how things actually went down when the committee at the time decided to award it to the ENTIRE Marsalis clan. Only the Cassandra Wilson decision dwarfed this one in stupidity. One could have reasonably suspected that politics were involved, and in the USA politics are usually of a green hue, if you get my drift. PS: I would like to ask the committee why my Joe Chambers nomination has been ignored for EIGHT years now and counting. Someone suggested it was because he was grumpy. If that was the criteria, then how the fuck did Keith Jarrett get it?
  6. Yes, they take submissions from the public. But they don't want campaigns, so 50 of us on the board cannot all nominate him. Just one of us. Whether someone with pull like Mark has more chance than a nobody like me I am not sure, but I would not be surprised. There is a mystery committee which I suspect includes several previous honorees, such as HH. I could be wrong.
  7. It looks like Blue Lament was not on the vinyl version, but that is the only bonus track as far as I can tell.
  8. bertrand

    Bill Lee

    These are all very interesting questions and I wish someone had really talked to him years ago about his life and career. There is an interview on YouTube which has its merits but is pretty shallow. He was already having memory lapses.
  9. One was recorded by the Messengers around the same time (Blue Ching). Blue Lament was recorded by Don Sickler years later. The other four are orphaned.
  10. The 1959 Blakey came out because Zev Feldman wanted it released and talked Don Was into it. Cuscuna's previous assessment seems to have been ignored, or maybe he changed his mind? If Zev pushes the KD date it might have a chance. But does he care about this one?
  11. That February 1950 Jam session with Clifford Brown and Hasaan (William Langford) must have been interesting.
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