ABOUT “JAZZ LIVES”

MICHAEL STEINMAN (swingyoucats@gmail.com) first heard Louis Armstrong on records in the 1950s, a transcendent experience. (He also saw Louis and the All-Stars in 1967.)  An unashamed jazz devotee, he writes for HOT HOUSE, Cadence and The New York Jazz Record.  He has been published in CODA and other jazz periodicals, and was the New York correspondent for The Mississippi Rag.

Michael is called upon frequently to write liner notes, which have been an integral part of many compact discs on labels including Arbors, Nagel-Heyer, Stomp Off, NifNuf, Jazzology, Audiophile, LaLa, Azica, Little Simmy, Amber Lake, and GelberMusic.  Since 1982, Michael has been Professor of English at Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York.

His heroes include Bobby Hackett, Vic Dickenson, Ruby Braff, Eddie Condon, Frank Chace, Jo Jones, Pee Wee Russell, Ben Webster, Frankie Newton, Hot Lips Page, Lester Young, Dave Tough, and Big Sid Catlett.

But he admires many living musicians (jamming for the tip jar and for dinner) just as much: Jon-Erik Kellso, Mark Shane, Kevin Dorn, Bent Persson, Rebecca Kilgore, Marty Grosz, Dan Barrett, John Gill, Dawn Lambeth, Marc Caparone, Duke Heitger, Andy Schumm, Lena Bloch, Matt Wilson, Kirk Knuffke, Ted Brown, Bob Arthurs, Gordon Au, Connie Jones, Tim Laughlin, Craig Ventresco, Melissa Collard, Barbara Rosene, Ehud Asherie, Rossano Sportiello, Dan Levinson, Jeff Hamilton, Bryan Shaw, Dan Block, Harry Allen, Scott Robinson, James Dapogny, Michael Kanan, Roberta Piket, Billy Mintz, Brad Linde, Jeff Barnhart, Andrew Swann, Bob Barnard, Petra van Nuis, Andy Brown, Kris Tokarski . . . a long list.

He is immensely proud of this blog and the community of readers it has attracted from Long Island to Istanbul, and of its recent nomination as one of the Best Jazz Blogs of 2009 by the Jazz Journalists Association.  Michael has come to think of himself as a jazz archivist, a self-definition that began when he first smuggled a cassette recorder into a jazz club almost forty years ago.  His videos — more than three thousand — seen here and on YouTube — have made both musicians and jazz fans happy for six years.

He only refers to himself in the third person in situations such as this blogpost. Meet him at a festival, club, or concert, he reverts to common practice — much less unsettling that way.  He favors bright clothing — secondhand Hawaiian shirts — but sometimes goes undercover with more sedate garb.

88 responses to “ABOUT “JAZZ LIVES”

  1. Bill Gallagher

    If this blog is anything like Michael’s reviews and liner notes, it will be hugely entertaining!

  2. Welcome to the land of blogs, Michael!

  3. As president of Tri-State Jazz Society, which is celebrating its 20 th year, I wish to inform you of its existence and its events. We sponsor band concerts and piano concerts in South Jersey, SE PA, and DE. Thius year we have had Ed Wise NO JB, Jerry Rife’s Rhythm Kings, Hal’s Bayou JB, Marty Grosz’ Hot Winds. On March 16 we have Dan Levinson’s Palomar Quartet. Last May we had the only concert by Dan’s Mama’s Boys, where he proposed to Molly Ryan. See our 2008 Schedule on our website, which has Midiri Brothers, Bria Skonberg/Jim Fryer’s Borderline JB, Nevill Dickie, Bob Seeley, and our 20 year old fabulous trad jazz jam session.

  4. hello, just a note that i have subscribed to your blog in the wild hope it might improve my understanding of jazz, haha,

  5. sam parkins

    Website is what I wrote you about before. Here we come to praise. Your writing puts me in the room. A curious 3 1/2 dimension reality where I’m dancing with the jitterbugs, blowing the out chorus with the band – and Michael – did you ever find the Subway entrance?

    Whitney Balliet is gone. Michael Steinman has come, not a beat missed. A man for our century. Glad you’re here, one of these Sundays I’ll toddle to the Ear, perchance to encounter you…and the wonderful players that frequent the joint.

  6. Hi!
    I just found your blog. I think you might enjoy mine: Swing, jazz and blues – Dance to the music http://swingjazzblues.blogspot.com/

  7. In the ideal world, the departed Golden Past, the musicians played for the dancers and the inspiration was mutual. Although some modern “swing dance” bands are less than idiomatic, your site is a wonderful idea and I’ve added it to my blogroll. Keep the rhythm going, Henrik!

  8. What a delightful surprise to see you have linked to the website I run for Sinatra Music Society UK. Thank you very much indeed. There is a wonderful community of passionate and intelligent writing about jazz on the net – Rifftides, Jazz Wax amongst my favourites and Jazz Lives since I discovered it a week or two ago. Keep up the good work!

  9. Ian, I was very pleased by the site — and since our new favorite car-music is a CD of THE MOONLIGHT SINATRA — I know we share some of the same aesthetic preoccupations! Thanks for your kind words – - -

  10. Hi Michael. Do you accept press release submissions? If so, may I please request contact via email?

  11. Hello, Michael

    Thank you so very much for your encouragement with my new blog. It does become rather an addictive hobby. My original blog – the Record Shows – now just contains a link to my new one, though come September, what I would like to do if I had the time was a track by track analysis of Sinatra’s albums – beginning with “… Sings for Only the Lonely” which was released fifty years ago to the month. Oh, well, if time allows…

    I am continuing to get much enjoyment from Jazz Lives. The little ‘Sites and Sounds’ links on my blog are the places I visit most frequently on the net – bastions of civilisation, shining like good deeds in a naughty world – every one of ‘em!

    Best wishes

    Ian

  12. Mike Lipskin, internationally renown virtuoso stride jazz pianist makes a rare New York appearance. A protege of Willie the Lion Smith, Mike carries on the Fats Waller tradition, also as composer and vocalist.
    performing
    November 5, 7:30 – 9:00 PM at
    Smalls 183 w l0th St @ 7th ave

    and with Ehud Asherie and Terry Waldo,
    Sunday Nov 9, and Monday Nov 10, 6-8 PM
    at
    Fat Cat 75 Christopher St @ 7th Ave.

  13. Hi Michael.
    Sorry but this is not a comment (I lost your personal email address). A short while back I sent you my CD “Big Easy Swing”. I hope you enjoyed it.
    I’m planning on being in NY for Thanksgiving and I’ll definitely be at the Ear Inn on that Sunday. I’ll also be at some of the other clubs you mention. I hope I have the good fortune to run into you somewhere. I love to say hello.
    Of course I have not idea what you look like.
    You can see me on my website if that’s helpful.
    Best wishes.
    Larry
    NOLA

  14. Michael I was looking for photographs of the old Half Note if you have any. My office is across the street from the deli that’s there now and I’d like to be able to show visitors pictures from the glory days.

    Thanks

    Jeff

  15. Dear Jeff,

    When I visited the Half Note in 1971-2 (to see Ruby Braff and Jimmy Rushing) I only took a cassette recorder, never a camera. Alas! The person who might be able to help you is the singer Judi Marie Canterino — of the noble Canterino family — who ran things and sang, now and again, at the shrine on Spring and Hudson. She has a website: Google her and ask. I think she’d be pleased. Cheers, Michael

  16. Thanks Michael, her site seems to be gone.

  17. We love your site! Your Jazz Lives blog has been chosen to be in our Top 10 Jazz & Blues Blogs list published on our website’s blog.

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    We listed each winner with a brief description and link on our website’s blog.

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  18. Michael,
    Just wanted to let you know that I have recently started my own jazz blog, and I am going to put you in my links. No obligation to put me in your links, especially since I’ve just started off and there isn’t much up. Thought you might be interested, though!

    Say hello next time you stop by Banjo Jim’s. :)

    Eve

  19. sorry- wasn’t sure if you got the link.

    http://www.avalonjazz.blogspot.com

  20. One question: Is the name of this blog pronounced “jazz lives” or “jazz lives”?

  21. Dear Mr. Jones, Sir:

    Of course you know the answer to your query is “Both.” We are all verbs as well as nouns; jazz is that sphere where being and doing are synonymous. Always a pleasure, yours faithfully, your humble servant – - – Michael

  22. Michael! How are you!? I’m so glad you reviewed my friends, the dancers. Email me! What’re you up to?

  23. In today’s entry you wonder why Frankie Newton didn’t record for any of the major labels after 1939. I’d always heard that it was because of his political views. These were so well known among jazz lovers of the time that the extremely left-wing English economist and jazz writer, Eric Hobsbawm, took the name Frank Newton as his jazz writing nom-de-plume.

  24. Dear Michael,

    perhaps you are interested in this:

    Yesterday I try a web search about Mary Osborne (the today forgotten guitar-lady) and found a great photo site with pictures from the 70′s scene.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tommarcello/

    And here’s my Osborne-find:


    http://youtube.com/watch?v=rd-4AddM3uY
    (time line 6.10-7.13)

    Thank you for the your remarkable blog.
    Uwe Zänisch

  25. Sydney Michaels

    Bobby McFerrin goes to college: McNally Smith receives a special treat

    Bobby McFerrin of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” fame and vocalist Judi Donaghy sing a rendition of ” I Can See Clearly Now” that is simply breathtaking. This video was taking last week on January 30,2009 at McNally Smith College of Music.
    To read more about Bobby coming to McNally Smith please visit: http://blog.mcnallysmith.edu/users/mcnallysmith/weblog/9c386/Artist___Industry__Bobby_McFerrin.html .

    Enjoy,
    Sydney Michaels

  26. Hi Michael. A friend of mine is just completing a book here in the UK on the BG 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert. He is trying to identify someone on a photo with Benny on the night and I thought you may be able to help. If you check out http://www.bg1938.com you will find the photo.
    Keep swingin’
    Jim

  27. Hi Michael:
    Thanks for visiting my website and for leaving the supportive comments about the latest Jazz Profile on Zoot Sims. I hope you don’t mind, but I’ve added your very impressive site under my “Friends of Jazz” links.
    Kind regards,
    Steve

  28. Hi Michael,

    It sure is great to read your stuff. I play the piano in the Penn and Teller show, and have a half dozen cd’s out on Chiaroscuro. I’m a huge fan of all the guys you write about. Thank you so much.

    Best always,
    Mike

  29. Hi Michael,

    Thanks for the wonderful site! Your writing is wonderfully insightful and entertaining.

    Would be happy to send you a CD or two – drop me a line if you like.

    Best regards,
    Michael

  30. Chris Albertson

    Very interesting site, Michael, I can see that I will be coming back for more—often.

    Got a kick out of the NY Jazz Museum book blurb. The true story is far more interesting than that self-serving book. I was there, I remember—and when I do, I usually cringe.

    Take care and keep it up,

    Chris

  31. I’m honored to have you as a reader, Chris — and I was just ready to delete that self-serving book . . . . amused that you found it. Cheers and more! Michael

  32. sam parkins

    JzLvs old friend – “We are all verbs as well as nouns” is I’m sure true, but it’s the worst news I’ve had all day. Here I am riding around the park on my bike, or blowing my brains out with a band — and suddenly this niggle shows up in my heretofore occupied brain – “Which am I at this moment? Noun or verb?” Jeeze…Sam P the Grammarian

  33. Thank you for listing my blog in your sidebar !

  34. Hi Michael,

    Just came across your blog. Thought you might like to know about the San Jose Jazz Festival next month. This year’s lineup features great acts like Black Joe Lewis, The Wild Magnolias, Pete Escovedo, and Winard Harper.

    Let me know and I can send you some more information.

    Thanks, Michael.

    -Paul

  35. Great write up on ‘Young Louis’ what a start to a wonderfull weekend. Nice meeting you Michael listening to my Edison ‘Fireside’ playing fine jazz.
    Richard

  36. Hi Michael,
    I guess the baritone saxophonist in that photo at the Stuyvesant Casino is properly, with all probabilities, Ernie Caceres. He has the same big potato-nose of always.
    Indeed, at that time he was about 39 years old and the man in the photo seems a middle-aged man.

    Take care

    Mauro
    http://www.myspace.com/mauroporro

  37. Dear Mauro,

    I’m pleased that you took time away from the Chicago Stompers for a visit! But the latest consensus is that the baritonist is Bill Miles (who recorded with Wild Bill in 1945) and the drummer Art Trappier. But who knows? The person who took the photograph didn’t . . . Cheers to you and your energetic band and your wonderful singer Elena!

  38. Thank you so much for the Tribute to Joe Thomas! He was my Uncle, I was his oldest Nephew and I still boast about him today. He was married to my Aunt, Babe Matthews also known as Babe Thomas and together they opened up an incredible world of music for that is still with me today. If you ever want to do a follow up, I can help you with photos of people like Rudy Powell, and Fletcher Henderson. I would aslo appreciate any leads you can provide where I might find some more of his music.
    Thanks again, that was so refereshing.

    Jim Harvey,
    Chicago

  39. Michael,

    I found your blog’s address in the liner note of a CD by the Three Wise Men sent to me by Frank Roberscheuten. Great writings. I love your blog so much that I even made up a banner for it and placed it on our website (my band’s and festival’s) at http://www.bohemragtime.com (you have to click on the English flag to find it). By the way, we’ve had several of your favourite musicians at our festival over the years and played and recorded with some of them (Bob Barnard, Paul Asaro, Matthias Seuffert and others). Thanks for your work,

    Tamás

  40. I really love this website Michael, and read it with pleasure. As a ‘latecomer’ to jazz I must tell you I enjoy it very much, particularly the 1920-30-40 era. We want to go back to Whitley Bay next year, and will try to get some of our jazz-friends to join us. You’ll be there too I hope. I’ll be bringing a lot more tapes next time!!
    Elin

  41. Hi Michael!

    I have been meaning to look your blog up for a while now, and I’ve finally done it. I am looking forward to reading it.

  42. “Have you ever heard of the New York Jazz Museum?” Rob asks with reference to his review of The Lost Museum. Not only have I heard of it but I also visited it in 1976 on my first trip to New York (I live in London). My greatest thrill was playing a couple of chords on Duke Ellington’s white (?) piano, an event I’ve dined out on many times since..

  43. Dear Michael,
    Biil Haesler from Sydney Australia suggested I join.
    I am the Leader/Bassplayer of the New Melbourne Jazz Band, melbourne , Australia.
    I also make the “anderson Travel Bass,http://home.iprimus.com.au/rossjazz/double_bass.htm.
    Myspace, http://www.myspace.com/themelbournejazzband
    Cheers, Ross

  44. I email you from South Korea. You wrote “from Long island to Istanbul. I read your blog at Seoul too.
    Thanks.
    S.K.Park

  45. Dear Mr. Park,

    I’m delighted to hear from you. What’s the jazz / swing scene in Seoul? I’d be thrilled to know if the music is as hot as kimchi!

    I look forward to hearing from you. Many thanks! Michael Steinman

  46. Hi Michael!
    The most swinging small groups ever, was
    Benny Godmans quartet or sekstet.
    Our danish tribute to The King of Swing is
    BG. Swing Quartet, were I play the drums, in
    big inspiration of Gene Krupa.
    look and listen to our website:
    http://www.bgswingquartet.dk
    Best wishes from Kurt “Krupa” Christensen.

  47. I see Warren Chiasson is listed in your blog. A group of friends and I are going to hear him play this Friday on Long Island at Grasso’s in Cold Spring Harbor, a lovely restaurant on a quaint street overlooking the water. Terrific food too. Grasso’s seems to be the last real jazz place on LI. Brings back memories of Sonny’s Place in Seaford. http://www.grassosrestaurant.com

  48. Hey,

    I just wrote an article about the places from where you can download free legal jazz mp3`s. If You`d ever think that you will write an article about that subject then check it out. Probably oldschool jazz fans know most of these but i`m sure that there are some gems.
    http://fr.ee/article/websites-from-where-you-can-easily-download-jazz-music-mp3_s-for-free

  49. great blog… thanks !

  50. As a Board member of The Great Connecticut Traditional Jazz Festival, I am hoping that you know of us! This is our 24th year bringing great hot trad jazz to Connecticut audiences. The Festival this year, and many more, will be at the Four Points by Sheraton in Meriden, CT. We have 16 bands, including the Fryer-Barnhart International All-Stars, Blue Street Jazz, Cornet Chop Suey, Galvanized Jazz Band, and many more. Two indoor and two outdoor tented venues provide three days of almost-constant music!

  51. GUEST JAZZ BLOG WRITERS WANTED! @
    http://www.northshorejazzproject.org

    We are a new jazz community in the North Shore of Boston. We are particularly interested in stories about SANDY’S JAZZ REVIVAL , LENNIE’S ON THE TURNPIKE, or similar venues or musical people of interest in the greater Boston area, both past and present, … though we are still interested in EVERYTHING that is interesting in the jazz vein.

  52. bob sparkman

    Hi Mike — Whatever happened to Frank Chace? Loved his PeeWee style playing on Marty Grosz’s “Hooray For Bix” recording. Best regards.

  53. Dear Bob,

    Obviously you’ve seen my Chace posts – - – what happened to Frank, alas, is that he got sick, got sicker, and died. Terry Martin took as good care of him as anyone could do, and people loved Frank’s playing and his intelligence, but in his last years he was a difficult person to have a conversation with . . . so dark, so deeply dark. But the Chace CDs are beginning to emerge, courtesy of Hal Smith and other Chace-admirers, so that there is more to listen to.

    Do you still play, my man? MS

  54. bob sparkman

    Michael — Thank you!!! Look forward to any Frank Chace CDs. Still playing, have a duo with Jerry Noble, Smith College staff accompanist, web site bobandjerry.com. Jazz is the sustenance of my 82 year old frame! Gotta keep swingin’!!!

  55. bob sparkman

    Michael — Just caught Butch Thompson’s blog – what a lovely player. Beautiful clarinet tone and thoughtful rendering of Eubie Blake’s classic. Best. Bob S.

  56. Thank you for your fine site.
    You once mentioned how we all pronounce Louis Armstrong’s first name in the wrong way, but I can’t find the article. Can you help me – once again?
    Best wishes
    Erik

  57. You’re welcome. Listen to the famous recording of HELLO, DOLLY, and hear him announce himself as “Lew-is,” rather than “Lou-ie,” which is what everyone called him. So I think he preferred the former. We are all entitled to pick the names we want, and Mr. Armstrong had me permission (not that he asked or needed it) to do whatever he liked . . . in return for all the pleasure and enlightenment he gave us! Cheers, Michael

  58. Thanks a lot!
    Pops really gave me ‘pleasure and enlightenment’ since my adult cousin lent me ‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love’ / ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ ‘ and ‘ On The Sunny Side Of The street / Once In A While’ 55 years ago. I stille cherish these four sides. Amazing how that man can vary a theme over and over again, just like his spiritual brother Wolfgang Amadeus. (English is not my mother tongue, but I assume one could use those words.)
    Have just re-heard HELLO, DOLLY on Verve’s ‘The ultimate c0llection’ where Peter Keepnew tells this:
    “The publisher got Glaser to get Armstrong to record this tune from a show that had yet to open simply as a way to promote the show. Louis and the boys clearly didn’t think much of this toss-off tune and the record company overdubbed the cheesy banjo to give it a little extra pep. But when Glaser heard the demo, he knew it was a hit and pushed hard to get it released. Within weeks, it would be the biggest selling disc in America (at the height of Beatlemania) and fuel Armstrong’s popularity throughout his final decade.”
    - I am sure you knew this already.

  59. Hi Michael,

    What happened to “Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong ” you recommended on “All About Jazz”? I get an error message every time I try opening it.

    Cheers, Erik

  60. Try it through Google, Erik: I visited it this morning and can testify that it is alive and flourishing. Cheers, Michael

  61. I did. A lot of different possibilities pop up. Is it this one: http://dippermouth.blogspot.com/ ?

  62. Yes!

  63. Hi, my name is Gregory Coin and I write about Delaware Travel and Tourism for an online magazine called “Examiner.com.” My most recent article features the 2010 Clifford Brown Jazz Festival here in Wilmington, Delaware, so I thought your members/listeners might be interested in it. Please feel free to distribute and/or link to the article as it suits your purposes. Here’s the web address:

    http://www.examiner.com/x-25324-Wilmington-Tourism-Examiner~y2010m5d20-WorldClass-artists-catapult-2010-Clifford-Brown-Jazz-Fest-IN-WilmINgton-DE-to-national-prominence

  64. What can you tell me about Josh Billings, the percussionist/suitcase kicker with the Mound City Blue Blowers? I’ve seen him in action on You Tube, and enjoyed it greatly. Was he an authentic musician? Whom else did he play with? How did he earn a living? Any and all facts, comments, etc. would be appreciated.

  65. Robin Aitken

    Have changed broadband and missed you. Hope I’ve now got Jazz Lives back.

    Best wishes
    Robin Aitken

  66. Just was thinking about Leroy Parkins,my sax teacher in the summer on Cape Cod. Had lessons everyday with Leroy during the summer. I see he passed in 2009. So sad. I knew him well. At 10 yrs old ,he would have me come to the Southward Inn(I lived nearby) and sit in on BASS SAX!! .
    That was the Excalibur Band(I have one of the few records of that band). Leroy on Sax and clarinet, Dick Wetmore on cornet and fiddle,Frank Gallagher on bass,Bob Pillsbury on piano,Cas Brosky,trombone and Tommy Benford on drums. What a band! Cas Brosky and Dick have passed. Cas was my mom’s boyfriend for 25 yrs. Bob Pillsbury is still living near me in Acton,MA and plays with the New Black Eagle Jazz Band.

  67. I’d love to hear that record! Thanks for the memories of Leroy, Steve — glad to have you share them! Cheers, Michael

  68. On Tuesday, October 12th, Joe Lovano will be playing at Dizzy’s Coca Cola Club in NYC. Joining him will be Joseph Lepore, an extraordinary new artists whose album “Journal” was recently released, part of Greg Osby’s young label, Inner Circle Music. Imagine this, a label that totes a Mission Statement, to serve as a platform for a new crop of daring musical innovators.
    Lepore is a basist, born in the US but raised in Salerno, Italy where he attended a conservatory. Since returning to the states to follow his love of Jazz, Lepore has been playing with Greg Osby, part of his enssemble. Join us and catch this wonderful new performer in the company of a legend.

  69. Really a very nice blog! Congrats!

  70. Thank you and welcome! Michael

  71. Here’s a podcast from Hey Mr Jesse, mentionning your Whitley Bay 2010′s posts and the performance of Cécile McLorin Salvant, this year Thelonious Monk Vocal Jazz Comptetions First Prize Award.
    Thank you for bringing it to Jesse’s attention.
    http://www.yehoodi.com/show/heymisterjesse?episode=59
    http://cecilemclorinsalvant.com/articles/media

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  73. Hmm. I innocently followed up your column on Ed Beach (in Philly we had Joel Dorn, Sid Mark, and, if you were into swing, the inimitable Jack Pyle) and found myself staring at a cover of Cool Gabriels, which led me into theworld of collectors.

    Now I understand why I can’t afford to buy anything anymore. “I have a mint copy of Cool Gabriels” (unplayed!). Complaint of the day. It took me forever to find an affordable copy of that damn thing on CD so that I could hear Nick Travis play something other than lead. I have a list of albums that I can’t afford–because SOMEONE WANTS TO STARE AT THEM. Aren’t there other fetishes for these people? I got a Benge. Maybe you want to play it? Uh, uh. I’d rather do something obscene while I fondle it…..

  74. I like to listen to http://www.jazzandblues.org .

    wbgo is nice, too.

  75. Why is it that all the musicians featured here sound like dead people? Jazz is all about giving something of yourself now, not regurgitating old licks learned from past masters. This site needs to be renamed Michael, how about “Nostalgia Lives” for instance?

  76. It’s all a matter of opinion, Fred. Thanks for yours — but I think Jon-Erik Kellso playing the blues sounds so much alive — and, funny, when I say HELLO he says the same thing back. Why be sharp-tongued about their efforts when the blogosphere is chock-full of people playing “today’s music”? Is it possible you could permit me and the musicians I celebrate to go our own antiquated ways without being in the least rancorous? I am not criticizing the music you listen to, nor am I denying you your enjoyment. Consider doing the same for me and for JAZZ LIVES! Cheers, Michael

  77. Thats just the point Michael. Mr. Kellso may very much alive and say hello back but it sounds like he borrowed his trumpet from some time capsule. To my mind Mr. Kellso indulges in nostalgia which is very different from “Jazz” which is always reinventing itself. Not only do most “kids” not dance to Swing any more, they don’t even hear it when it is played. I mean that literally, they don’t hear it. Being out of touch and an “old fogie” is no sin, but lets not make believe antiquated styles of marginally improvised music are “Jazz”. If it is, then “Jazz as an art form is in real trouble. As Miles Davis reportedly used to tell his sidemen “Don’t tell me what you know, tell me what you don’t know.”.

  78. Another quote from Miles when asked about “Dixieland”, in essence, “I don’t play it but listen to it and find there that what we are playing now is not new” And Fred, I really am sorry for you in that you don’t FEEL the music. I don’t wish to critisize those who enjoy “free- modal etc. music but have sat through a full concert of these sounds and not observed a single smile from the players or the audience which makes me wonder if they enjoy playing.I am never in doubt that Mr. Kelso enjoys his chosen style of music to show his feeling for and his love of a mode that allows him to express a sense of humor, sentimentality, gentleness, hot, cool, warmth, foot tapping and the whole gamut of human experience. This music has stood the test of time. I wonder how much ‘modern’ music played today will be playing ‘A Hundred Years From Today’.

  79. Too bad more of us can’t listen to old style jazz, or even “marginally jazz” music, and love it for what it is!

    You can do that with classical, country, folk, etc., and no one will get too worked up. But don’t you even call up the faintest ghost of commercialization and pop, unless of course you’re into Broadway and Hollywood…

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  82. Hey it’s great to find your site on the blogosphere! I’m writing about Jazz in a more indirect way but I appreciate the time you put out on this amazing art form.

  83. I’m so glad I’ve found your blog. I hope you’ll keep up the good work :)

    Žan from Slovenia

  84. Good deal, Zan! I’ve added your blog (MY THOUGHTS ON MUSIC) to the JAZZ LIVES blogroll. Welcome!

  85. Sinclair Robieson

    Michael, I wonder if you (or anyone) knew (or knows of) a New York singer named Martha Sherrill. I met her in February 1979 when she was doing a gig with Max Kaminsky in mid-town Manhattan and later had lunch with her. A lovely lady and very talented. I wish I had kept in touch. Any news would be welcome.

  86. The name doesn’t ring a bell with me but I will ask Mike Burgevin, who played often with Max in that period!

  87. http://gatsbybootleggersunsetjazzparty.eventbrite.com/
    LIVE JAZZ CRUISE is scheduled for July 3rd and we expect to have a lot of fireworks up and down the “Gold Coast”.

    The “Gold Coast” Sunset Bootlegger Jazz Party Cruise Series is a three hour romantic cruise around “The Gold Coast” Manhasset Bay and Western Long Island Sound. View magnificent mansions, the pristine ecology and beauty of the bay, in addition to the spectacular sunsets/moonrise and the beautiful lights of NYC at night. Additional sights may include select Lighthouses and City Island… The cruise leaves from the Port Washington, NY Town Dock at 7pm and returns at 10pm. The cruise includes live Jazz entertainment, “East Egg Sound” led by Gatsby music director David Heinlein. includes domestic and import beer, wine a complimentary champagne toast and hors d’oeuvres.

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