• Noted critics and musicians list their essential 70′s jazz record albums

  • The life of the legendary saxophonist is discussed

  • I read the liner notes, listening to Evans in a way I had not listened to anything in some time,

  • A story of 1974



  • "What are 3 or 4 of your favorite jazz albums from the 1970's?"
  • Cannonball Adderley biographer is interviewed
  • "Broad Street" -- a short story by Arya Jenkins
  • Joe Sample, the S.L.A., and a budding writer’s altered career path
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Fletcher Henderson and “Christopher Columbus”

I can’t let Columbus Day go by without paying homage to the Chu Berry/Andy Razaf song that was a “novelty hit” for Fats Waller and the theme song of Fletcher Henderson’s orchestra. Recorded and performed by countless artists from Louis Armstrong to Lawrence Welk, Jeffrey Magee, author of The Uncrowned King of Swing: Fletcher Henderson and Big Band Jazz, tells the story of the song’s origins, and how it became “another focal point of frustration to those around [Henderson].” […] Continue reading »

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Blue: Magical Moments in Jazz — a (proposed) film by Christoph Felder

German filmmaker Christoph Felder is crowdfunding for a project he calls “Blue: Magical Moments in Jazz,” which he hopes will document the recording session of pianist Martin Sasse, Steve Grossman, saxophonist Bill Evans, and others. Felder claims this project will result in “the first film ever to explore and show how magical moments in jazz music happen.” A three minute film is found on the crowdfunding page, and is a worthwhile visit.

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A Day in the Life of the Tower Records on Sunset Boulevard – 1971

The lure of record stores was pretty strong during that industry’s glory days, and no chain record store was held in higher esteem than Tower Records. Founded by Russ Solomon in Sacramento in 1960, the chain would spread to major cities all over the country (Columbus and Bay in San Francisco, Sunset Blvd. In LA, and the two Manhattan locations were the chain’s most revered U.S. addresses), and eventually all over the world. Before the stores were liquidated in 2006, Tower had established itself as a major retailer, with consumer recognition of its logo among the top 20 in all of retailing.

Paul Morris turned me on to a terrific video of the Tower/Sunset store in 1971. In its nearly 11 minutes, you will see employees floor stacking albums, ringing up customers while dangling smokes from their lips, $2.77 new releases, and […] Continue reading »

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Jazz History Quiz #54

Charles Mingus called him “the greatest trumpet player that I’ve heard in this life,” and he became well-known during his nine years playing in Count Basie’s orchestra, taking a “Pop Goes the Weasel” chorus on “April in Paris.” Who is he?

Roy Eldridge

Charlie Shavers

Ray Nance

Cat Anderson

Bill Coleman

Joe Newman

Thad Jones […] Continue reading »