• In this edition, Paul features examples of vintage kitsch on several themes

  • This edition of “Great Encounters” 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.” 

     

     

  • Paul Whiteman and New York Times critic Olin Downes write about Whiteman’s February 12, 1924 concert at New York’s Aeolian Hall billed as “An Experiment in Modern Music” 

  • “Psalm,” a short story by Ian Rictor, was a finalist in our recently concluded 42nd Short Fiction Contest.

  • Cover Stories with Paul Morris, Vol. 20
  • Great Encounters #46: Miles Davis and Gil Evans
  • Revisiting "An Experiment in Modern Music"
  • "Psalm" - a short story by Ian Rictor
pianoonfire3 Literature » Short Fiction

Short Fiction Contest winning story #42 — “Playing for Tips,” by Kevin Bennett

It was a persistent and gentle nudge—always was. He knew who was prodding him and what she would say without turning, so he continued to run his fingers up and down the keys—there was a major seventh followed by a fifth interval; repeat several times, arpeggiate, transpose—

“Sir? I’m sorry sir—”

The nudging again. He spoke as if distracted—which he was: “Yes?”

“Some of the people are trying to work,” she said.

“Have them come and talk to me,” he replied, and continued to play.

The barista was put-off for a moment, but she jostled him again. “If you could just play a little quieter—”

The words were like daggers. They weren’t new, they weren’t original, and they brought hate like bile to his mind and body; coursing in and throughout him like a thousand

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sv Art » Art Exhibits » Cover Story with Paul Morris

Cover Stories with Paul Morris, Vol. 18

Paul Morris is a graphic designer and writer who collects album art of the 1940’s and 1950’s. He finds his examples of influential mid-century design in the used record stores of Portland, Oregon. In this edition, Paul writes about album covers picturing designer furniture

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emerging1 Literature » Poetry

“Color Blind (For Real?)” — a poem by Marc Livanos and Quincy Hull

Why is my race your foe needling you to lord over me, saving me from my own savagery?

Why is my skin color a phobia gnawing at your innards,
making door locks snap as I approach?

Why is my punishment swift revealing deep seated prejudices, exposing unrecognized biases?

Why is my street flashing “blue”
when verdicts and fines from the 2008 meltdown are reversed?

Why is my excessive “heat” normal
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sax1 Quiz Show » Jazz History Quiz

Jazz History Quiz #88

Who was occasionally billed as “The World’s Fastest Saxophonist”?

Illinois Jacquet

Flip Phillips

Ike Quebec

Charlie Ventura

Charlie Parker

Arnett Cobb

Johnny Griffin

Go to the next page for the answer!

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