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DEMOCRACY NOW!

  Here’s the REAL PRESident, playing his tune “Detention Barracks Blues” a.k.a. “D. B. Blues”. — Lester Young (ts) Oscar Peterson (p) Herb Ellis (g) Ray Brown (b) J. C. Heard (d) – Bushnell Memorial Auditorium, Hartford, Connecticut, May 1953: … Continue reading

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Helsinki: TRUMP/ PUTIN – Press Conference – some minutes ago

Yessir! Ban all nuclear weapons! I took this screenshot from the ‘live’ feed some minutes ago. Why was the old man not permitted to hold this demand clearly readable in front of a camera? Chapeau!

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RE: 4th of July — A SOLID AFFAIR: Duke Ellington’s Interpretation of THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER — Carnegie Hall, January 23, 1943

Since we are living in grim times where some parody of a president is twittering confused messages nearly every hour, I’m daring to post this parody of one of the most famous war memorials of all times: The United States … Continue reading

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LIVING JAZZ HISTORY: ORAN ‘HOT LIPS’ PAGE, THE UNDERRATED TRUMPET MASTER OF THE 1930’s & ’40’s

Hi folks — I always wanted to post this rare gem, an original autograph of the wonderful, of the inimitable, the one and only Oran ‘Hot Lips’ Page! ‘Hot Lips’ was an eager, and very busy after-hours jam session-ite. He … Continue reading

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30 YEARS AGO (Friday the 13th, 1988): CHET BAKER DIES IN AMSTERDAM — Memories Of A Trumpet Colleague (Update)

In Düsseldorf’s commons (Uni Mensa in German), in 1986, Chet arrived one hour delayed. He was announced there with his fine trio, featuring guitarist Philip Catherine and bassist Jean Louis Rassinfosse who played a half-acoustic bass. The George Adams-Don Pullen … Continue reading

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Update of ANOTHER REVOLUTION IN SWING: DON REDMAN & HIS ORCHESTRA – I GOT RHYTHM – JUNE 30, 1932

Quote: “On 30 June 1932, Don Redman and His Orchestra made the first wholly instrumental recording of “I Got Rhythm” – an early example of many black musicians’ tendency to omit Ira Gershwin’s lyrics.” … but not only was it … Continue reading

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BELATED HAPPY 80th ANNIVERSARY BENNY GOODMAN & FRIENDS AT CARNEGIE HALL, January 16, 1938!

While some folks think that all has been said about this significant event in jazz history, here are some things you might not know. One of my fellow bloggers, Mr. Eric Bogart, has detected one of two little details, only … Continue reading

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