• In this edition, Paul writes about album covers picturing designer furniture

  • “Playing for Tips” is the winning entry in our 42nd Short Fiction Contest

     

  • A powerful poem on race

  • “Intergalactic Language,” a short story by James E. Guin, was a finalist in our recently concluded 42nd Short Fiction Contest.

  • Cover Stories with Paul Morris, Vol. 18
  • "Playing for Tips" -- a short story by Kevin Bennett
  • "Color Blind (For Real)" - a poem by Quincy Hull and Marc Livanos
  • "Intergalactic Language" - a short story by James Guin
blakey1 Quiz Show » Jazz History Quiz

Jazz History Quiz #90

This saxophonist — described by Art Blakey as knowing more about the saxophone (technically) than anyone, including Charlie Parker — was a soloist in the bands of Don Redman and Lionel Hampton, was an influence on John Coltrane, and ultimately became a prolific R&B bandleader. Who was he?

Lucky Thompson

Illinois Jacquet

Chu Berry

Buddy Tate

Don Byas

Buddy Collette

Earl Bostic

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“Intergalactic Language” — a short story by James E. Guin

I was playing my weekly gig at Café Reinhardt when Bella, one of the waitresses, whispered in my ear, “They want you out back.”

She had disturbed me from a zone. I had been through all of my arrangements and was improving on the chords to “Minor Swing.”

“They?” I asked.

She shrugged her shoulders. Straight to the point, no small talk, Bella was my kind of gal. In the second it took to place my guitar on my guitar stand a million thoughts circled around in my mind. Did Chad, the drummer, want to borrow money again? Had the musician’s union caught on to the fact I wasn’t paying my dues? Another one of the agent Jimmy’s scams? Groupies? Oh yeah, jazz musicians haven’t had groupies under the age of forty-five since the 1940s.

I stood up, and as Bella was strolling to a table near the front door, she said, “Take your guitar.”

Ah, nothing complicated just someone wanting to test out my chops before a gig. People can be peculiar when it comes to inviting musicians into their home. They want to meet you, form a relationship, and get the feel for

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Exploring the France that Josephine Baker Loved

Yesterday’s Travel section in the New York Times was led by a fabulous feature by Sloane Crosley, “Exploring the France that Josephine Baker Loved,” which described her world while living in the Chateau des Milandes — the castle overlooking the Dordogne in the Périgord region in which she raised her 12 adopted children. Crosley’s piece is a tantalizing invitation to visit a beautiful region of the world, while reminding us of the complexity of her career and life in France.

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MTIwNjA4NjMzODM2NzAxMTk2 Quiz Show » Jazz History Quiz

Jazz History Quiz #89

In addition to being a top bassist between 1945 – 1960, he was the first major jazz soloist on the cello. He also played on Coleman Hawkins’ 1943 recording of “The Man I Love,” and appeared with Hawkins and Howard McGhee in the film The Crimson Canary. Who is he?

 

George Duvivier

Oscar Pettiford

Charles Mingus

Chubby Jackson

Wilbur Ware

Milt Hinton

Ray Brown

Jimmy Garrison

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