• I deplaned in Amsterdam to confront my father. In 1990, the year I was born, after the likes of Stan Getz and Freddie Hubbard dubbed him “the reincarnation of Chet Baker,” he quit his part-time job repairing cars in Gilbert, Iowa to go on a worldwide tour from which he never returned.

  • The friendship of Coltrane and Dolphy and the time of “anti-jazz”

  • This edition features a selection of covers by Curt John Witt, the prolific illustrator for mid-century budget record labels

  • Mercies would have put blues on the menu if it could, but that was a province of the kitchen, where I worked four and a half months too many. I heard actual blues music and caught a gust of air conditioning whenever I

     

     

  • "Homage" -- a short story by Kenneth Levine
  • A Moment in Time -- John Coltrane and Eric Dolphy, 1961
  • Cover Stories with Paul Morris, Vol. 10
  • "HEAT," -- a short story by Arya Jenkins
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Young students who “got (more) rhythm” are academically impressive

Yet more evidence of the importance music education plays in the lives of our children’s future was reported on in the December 19 edition of the New York Times. Elizabeth Harris writes that students at Voice Charter School in Queens “learn to read music, execute complicated harmonies and play a little piano in the music classes they attend at least once a day, and where, far more than in other general education schools, they learn to sing, sing, sing.” The song they were learning to sing? George and Ira Gershwin’s “I’ve Got Rhythm.” The school’s principal, Franklin Headley, says that students “learn how to be really good at something. We believe that then translates into everything else.”

The result of this strategy is impressive. Students have dramatically outperformed their peers academically. Harris writes, “Academically, students at Voice did significantly […] Continue reading »

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“Scaled for Miles” — an interactive Miles Davis discography

The information-visualization firm Fathom, who, according to their website, “helps clients understand and express complex data through information graphics, interactive tools, and software for installations, the web, and mobile devices,” has created “Scaled for Miles,” an interactive Miles Davis discography that provides users an unusual, outer space-like visual perspective about who played with the iconic trumpeter during his entire career. This “interactive visualization lets users explore and […] Continue reading »

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Cover Stories with Paul Morris, Vol. 10

Paul Morris is an avid Portland, Oregon record album collector who, in his words, will “share his enthusiasm for the artists who created album covers in the ‘40?s and ‘50?s.” In addition to being a collector of the art, he is a scholar of it. This edition features a selection of covers by Curt John Witt, the prolific illustrator for mid-century budget record labels. […] Continue reading »

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“In a Blue Moon, Once” — a short story by Richard Herring

“Night of the living dead,” a voice screamed in Tom’s head. A softer voice pointed out it was still late afternoon. It sure wasn’t life as he wanted to know it. In reality, it was just another long Thursday afternoon of monthly staff meetings, with new mandates and standards flowing downhill from the top. All the nodding mannequins around the conference room would take it all in, shoot a few inane, brown nose comments back at the presenter, then go back to do their jobs tomorrow the same as always.

Sylvia’s attention was on the crochet hoop in her lap. Jack’s eyes had been closed for the better part of 45 minutes. Tom’s life support system came through the cord fed neatly up beneath the lapel, to the headphones partially obscured by thick sideburns and abundant head of hair. A collection of earpieces was present among these old codgers, but his was connected to the brand new cassette player in his suit coat pocket.

The tape Mikki turned him on to seemed to emanate from a place beyond his routine, tired existence. It was as if the music offered a […] Continue reading »

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Jazz History Quiz #61 — The “White Christmas” vocal dub

In the 1942 film Holiday Inn, Bing Crosby sings “White Christmas” as a duet with actress Marjorie Reynolds, but her voice was dubbed by this radio and film singer who also did film voice over work for actresses such as Loretta Young, Hedy Lamarr, Eva Gabor, Rita Hayworth and Lucille Ball.
Who is she?

Jo Stafford

Connie Boswell

Martha Mears

Lee Wiley

Maxine Sullivan

Click Here for the answer! […] Continue reading »