In a 2013 podcast, photographer Chuck Krall – notable for his photos of Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Dizzy Gillespie and legendary musicians of the 1970’s – talks with KMHD (Portland) radio personality Jessica Rand. Krall’s remembrance of his time with Dizzy is worth the (free) price of admission! Go here to hear the podcast, and stick around for a
Heads up to all interested short fiction writers…The deadline for submitting your story for consideration in our 43rd Short Fiction Contest is September 30. Contest details are found here.
Here is a sampling of winning stories…
“Playing for Tips,” by Michael Bennet
“The Blues Museum,” by Jay Franzel
“Homage,” by Kenneth Levine
“Mystery in C Minor,” by Bruce Golden
“Anacostia,” by Qevin Oji
“The Improvisational Distance,” by J.A. Reynolds
There had to be hundreds of people standing in the rain, waiting to get into Misty’s Supper Club on Lenox Avenue for my brother Ishmael’s memorial. I swallowed the lump of grief in the back of my throat and surveyed the crowd, fans and protégé’s of his music, as varied as a pot of jambalaya.
Some people recognized me from seeing
For years, the autobiography proved elusive,
speeding east like the double-jointed run
that skipped from white keys to black,
soldiers chased from Central Avenue battles.
Then the book took a rest, hiding out
in a nondescript store among academic texts,
tomes whose covers bore geometric shapes.
Cardboard screamed orange, red, and white,
the slow burn of a
“Great Encounters” are book excerpts that chronicle famous encounters among twentieth-century cultural icons. This edition describes the early friendship and collaboration of Miles Davis and composer/arranger Gil Evans, who Miles once described as “the greatest musician in the world.”
Excerpted from Castles Made of Sound: The Story of Gil Evans,
by Larry Hicock
“I first met Gil when I was with Bird,” Miles told Marc Crawford in a 1961 interview for Down Beat.
He was asking for a release on my tune, “Donna Lee.”…I told him he could have it and asked him to teach me some chords and let me study some of the scores he was doing for Claude Thornhill.
He really flipped o me on the arrangement of “Robbin’s Nest” he did for Claude. See, Gil had this cluster of chords and superimposed another cluster over […] Continue reading »