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  1. McCoy Tyner told me a funny story about the butterscotch lifesavers; that Trane's fingers one time had a problem operating the keys on the sax due to the severe stickiness!
  2. Congratulations to Steve Coleman on being awarded a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship! Considering the number of previous winners who cite him as a primary influence (Miguel Zenon, Jason Moran, Dafnis Prieto,Vijay Iyer) his time has finally come! http://www.macfound.org/fellows/class/class-2014/ http://www.macfound.org/fellows/911/
  3. http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-gerald-wilson-20140909-story.html#page=1
  4. http://jazztimes.com/articles/136046-pianist-kenny-drew-jr-dies-at-56
  5. Both of those are far from any sort of confirmation. That said Mr. Drew was reportedly physically ill and also depressed; a combination which probably adds to the news trickling out in this manor.
  6. Was great on Ahmad Jamal Trio!
  7. For Immediate Release July 17, 2014 www.bachddsoc.org Media Contact: Linda Goetz 650-726-2020 goetz@coastside.net Pete Douglas, Founder of Half Moon Bay’s Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, Dies at 85 Legendary Impresario was Inspiration to Local and National Musicians, and Presenters Half Moon Bay, Calif.; July 17, 2014: Pete Douglas, founder of the world-renowned music and jazz club, the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society in Half Moon Bay, Calif., died peacefully in Miramar Beach on July 12, 2014 at age 85. Pete Douglas was born in Waukegan, Illinois, in 1929. He and his family moved to the Los Angeles area in the 1940s after his father died, and his teenage years were spent growing up in Manhattan and Hermosa beaches. Soon, Douglas became engrossed in the city’s jazz scene, hanging out in jazz clubs listening to swing, early bebop and the cool sounds of West Coast jazz at such clubs as the Lighthouse Café. Douglas graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with a sociology degree in 1955, after serving in the Army in the Korean War. He married and moved to San Mateo County as an Adult Probation Officer. Pete Douglas soon purchased an abandoned beer joint on the ocean in Half Moon Bay called the Ebb Tide Coffee Shop. By 1958, Douglas was inviting beatniks, local artists and Coastsiders into his joint, hosting private impromptu music jams and ceaselessly renovating his building and music room, which eventually evolved into the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society. After becoming a registered non-profit for the musical arts in 1964, Douglas began presenting regular jazz and classical programs to the public. National and local jazz luminaries such as Betty Carter, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, McCoy Tyner, Bobby Hutcherson, Art Blakey, Cal Tjader, Vince Guaraldi, Etta James, Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Carter, and Milt Jackson, to name just several of thousands, played at the Bach over its 50-year history. Notables in the classical music world such as the Kronos Quartet and Mariano Cordoba performed as well. In 1973, Douglas hired the then 19-year-old Tim Jackson, a Santa Cruz resident and musician to take tickets at the door. “Pete gave me my start in the jazz world in 1973 and has always been a mentor to me,” said Jackson, Artistic Director of Monterey Jazz Festival and Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz. “Pete was a pioneer in jazz presenting and presided over one of the longest tenured jazz venues in the country. His passion for quality music and developing audience engagement—or a ‘scene’ as Pete always said—was paramount and never diminished. He was truly unique and was able to develop a venue that expressed his own personal viewpoint. I will miss that chiseled face with the pipe and Greek fisherman’s cap (Etta James called him ‘Popeye’) and will always remember the spirit he brought to any conversation.” Pete Douglas gave the Bay Area and Northern California a much-needed alternative and distinctive venue in which local and touring musicians could perform. As the San Francisco Clubs in North Beach were closing down in the late 1960s, the Bach was a perfect beach experience that reflected the nature of the curator. Saxophonist David Liebman, a frequent performer at the Bach over the years, described Pete Douglas as the “Original Hipster.” “What a perfect ambiance,” Liebman recalled in an email. “A nice meal and drinks; playing jazz for an appreciative audience; a great piano; complete care of the musicians; all with the Pacific Ocean at your doorstep and of course Pete, who knew it all and would sit front and center listening like a hawk. He lived a long, full life and will be missed by all.” Douglas is survived by his daughters, Linda Tichenor, Barbara Riching and Virginia Castillo and grandsons, Tony, Aaron, and Andrew Ackerman and Maxwell Riching and his granddaughters, Chelsea and Tina Castillo, and several great-grandchildren. Additionally, Pete is predeceased by his brother John “Jack” Douglas and survived by his brother Roger Dial. In addition to Pete’s family, Pete was loved by his many jazz supporters, including his right-hand manager, Linda Goetz. A memorial will be announced on the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society’s website at http://www.bachddsoc.org where memorial donations may also be made to the non-profit organization.
  8. { didn't know where exactly to post this } Pete Douglas.....music presenter and owner of the Douglas Beach House, Miramar Bay, CA; the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society He was 85 passed 07-12....quite a gentleman, the ultimate cheerleader for music and musicians. Each and every musician I've known to play there LOVED the experience. One of a kind guy...leftover Beatnik! https://www.facebook.com/bachdancingdynamitesociety
  9. from Tina Pelikan, ECM Records Publicity: It is with deep sorrow that we announce that Charlie Haden, born August 6, 1937 in Shenandoah, Iowa, passed away today at 10:11 Pacific time in Los Angeles after a prolonged illness. Ruth Cameron, his wife of 30 years, and his children Josh Haden, Tanya Haden, Rachel Haden and Petra Haden were all by his side.
  10. 1982: Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, Sun Ra 1983: Count Basie, Kenny Clarke, Sonny Rollins 1984: Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis, Max Roach 1985: Gil Evans, Ella Fitzgerald, Jonathan Jones 1986: Benny Carter, Dexter Gordon, Teddy Wilson 1987: Cleo Patra Brown, Melba Liston, Jay McShann 1988: Art Blakey, Lionel Hampton, Billy Taylor 1989: Barry Harris, Hank Jones, Sarah Vaughan 1990: George Russell, Cecil Taylor, Gerald Wilson 1991: Danny Barker, Buck Clayton, Andy Kirk, Clark Terry 1992: Betty Carter, Dorothy Donegan, Harry "Sweets" Edison 1993: Milt Hinton, Jon Hendricks, Joe Williams 1994: Louie Bellson, Ahmad Jamal, Carmen McRae 1995: Ray Brown, Roy Haynes, Horace Silver 1996: Tommy Flanagan, J. J. Johnson, Benny Golson 1997: Billy Higgins, Milt Jackson, Anita O'Day 1998: Ron Carter, James Moody, Wayne Shorter 1999: Dave Brubeck, Art Farmer, Joe Henderson 2000: David Baker, Donald Byrd, Marian McPartland 2001: John Lewis, Jackie McLean, Randy Weston 2002: Frank Foster, Percy Heath, McCoy Tyner 2003: Jimmy Heath,[3]Elvin Jones, Abbey Lincoln[4] 2004: Jim Hall, Chico Hamilton, Herbie Hancock, Luther Henderson, Nancy Wilson, Nat Hentoff 2005: Kenny Burrell, Paquito D'Rivera, Slide Hampton, Shirley Horn, Artie Shaw, Jimmy Smith, George Wein 2006: Ray Barretto, Tony Bennett, Bob Brookmeyer, Chick Corea, Buddy DeFranco, Freddie Hubbard, John Levy 2007: Toshiko Akiyoshi, Curtis Fuller, Ramsey Lewis, Dan Morgenstern, Jimmy Scott, Frank Wess, Phil Woods 2008: Candido Camero, Andrew Hill, Quincy Jones, Tom McIntosh, Gunther Schuller, Joe Wilder 2009: George Benson, Jimmy Cobb, Lee Konitz, Toots Thielemans, Rudy Van Gelder, Snooky Young 2010: Muhal Richard Abrams, George Avakian, Kenny Barron, Bill Holman, Bobby Hutcherson, Yusef Lateef, Annie Ross, Cedar Walton[5] 2011: Hubert Laws, David Liebman, Johnny Mandel, Orrin Keepnews, and the Marsalis Family (Ellis Marsalis, Jr.,Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, and Jason Marsalis)[6] 2012: Jack DeJohnette, Von Freeman, Charlie Haden, Sheila Jordan, Jimmy Owens[7] 2013: Mose Allison, Lou Donaldson, Lorraine Gordon, Eddie Palmieri 2014: Jamey Aebersold, Anthony Braxton, Richard Davis, Keith Jarrett 2015: Carla Bley, George Coleman, Charles Lloyd, and Joe Segal[8] Jump up
  11. NEA Jazz masters [and other NEA receipients] are for the land of the living only. Dems is da rules
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