• Having just been released from serving a ten month drug related prison sentence at Terminal Island, the distinctive alto saxophonist Art Pepper re-entered the Los Angeles jazz scene in 1956 – still undeniably talented and hopelessly drug-addicted.

  • “You Blows What You Is” is the winning entry in our 41st Short Fiction Contest

     

  • An excerpt from What the Eye Hears: A History of Tap Dancing, in which author Brian Seibert recounts a time when the connection between jazz and tap began to grow strained — through no fault of the great hoofer Baby Laurence, who adapted tap to bebop.  

  • In this edition, Paul writes about the album cover art of Erik Nitsche, a pioneer of modern design

  • A Moment in Time: Art Pepper, Los Angeles, 1956
  • "You Blows What You Is" -- a story by Ruth Knafo Setton
  • Book Excerpt from What the Eye Hears
  • Cover Stories with Paul Morris, Vol. 17
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The Dionysian Dynamics of Jazz

On June 3rd, those living or visiting in the area of New York City can experience a unique event featuring a lecture by Jungian analyst Gary Trosclair, followed by a jazz performance by The Archetypal Jazz Quintet (led by Trosclair on trumpet), which will include works by Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Oscar Pettiford and Joe Zawinul.

Titled “The Dioysian Dynamics of Jazz: Freeing the Soul and Inhabiting the Body,” the lecture, according to the invitation, will focus on Dionysus – the “God of Wine, Ecstasy and Rebirth” – as the “Great Liberator” whose “energy frees the physically and spiritually imprisoned.” During the lecture, Trosclair will presumably make the case that Dionysus’ “presence in the origins of jazz becomes apparent when we explore its central attributes: improvisation, swing, and

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A Moment in Time — Art Pepper, Los Angeles, 1956

Having just been released from serving a ten month drug related prison sentence at Terminal Island, the distinctive alto saxophonist Art Pepper re-entered the Los Angeles jazz scene in 1956 – still undeniably talented and hopelessly drug-addicted. His first gig upon his release was on June 29 in Malibu at Paul Nero’s The Cottage, and he also played with tenor Jack Montrose at the Angel Room in South Central. “I was doing well,” Pepper wrote in his classic autobiography, Straight Life, “but I was goofing, and I was really getting strung out.” On this photo session, taken by

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