• 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
pepperagain Features » Book Excerpts

A follow-up to Straight Life: The Story of Art Pepper

Straight Life: The Story of Art Pepper, published in 1979, remains one of the most critically acclaimed jazz biographies ever written — some would even call it a “classic of its kind.” Written by the great West Coast alto player and his third wife Laurie, the book is brutally honest about the world Pepper traveled in, and is filled with colorful stories about his time with Stan Kenton, graphic descriptions of his sexual encounters, and, of course, the toll of his epic substance abuse.

Laurie Pepper has just published a follow-up to Straight Life called Why I Stuck with a Junkie Jazzman, an exciting development for many of us. I haven’t read it yet, but hope to do so. No less an authority than Gary Giddins blurbed for the book: “Everyone who knows the skillful craftsmanship she brought to Straight Life, the masterpiece she made of Art Pepper’s life, will find it here again, in service to her own story, which would be […] Continue reading »

dorseyagain Features » Book Excerpts

Tommy Dorsey stands up for Charlie Shavers

The stories about racial confrontations that jazz musicians experienced are, unfortunately, limitless. I recently posted “The Jazz at the Philharmonic Dice Game Bust,” which told the story of how producer Norman Granz challenged segregation in Houston.

Here is a pretty interesting story that Louis Bellson tells about how his bandleader Tommy Dorsey stood up for trumpet player Charlie Shavers during a swing through the Carolinas:

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Somewhere down South — North Carolina or South Carolina — segregation, of course, was going on. Tommy told the buyer [on one date], “He’s [Shavers] in my band. He’s an artist. He’s featured […] Continue reading »

krupasmall Quiz Show

Monday Jazz Quiz #38

This trumpeter was the spark plug in Gene Krupa’s band, and was known as “Little Jazz”. Who is he?

Dizzy Gillespie

Roy Eldridge

Fats Navarro

Chet Baker

Shorty Rogers

Conte Condoli

Bunny Berigan

Jonah Jones
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