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 the album cover art of Erik Nitsche, a pioneer of modern design[…] Continue reading »
Oregon Public Broadcasting has just produced “Jazz Town,” a thirty minute documentary devoted to presenting jazz and the nightlife in post-World War II Portland, Oregon, which at the time was home to one of the most vibrant and fascinating jazz scenes in the country (and still is!) The documentary and accompanying slide show — featuring newly discovered photos of Ellington, Armstrong, Ella and
Grabbing the blue basket of bottles I’d promised
to take to a recycle plant and then forgotten,
I drove too fast down a twisting mountain road,
safe in a young man’s faith that death is abstract
truth until a radio voice — speaking over Johnny Hodges’
sweet tenor on his “Take the A Train” — intones,
Heads up to all interested short fiction writers…The deadline for submitting your story for consideration in our 42nd Short Fiction Contest is May 31. Contest details are found here.
Here is a sampling of winning stories…
“You Blows What You Is,” by Ruth Knafo Setton
“Mystery in C Minor,” by Bruce Golden
“So What,” by Arya Jenkins
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[…] Continue reading »