The man in this photograph is listening intently. He always does.
Joe Boughton is a truly intent listener and serious jazz fan. And more.
His name will be familiar to many of my readers here and abroad. Joe’s been producing records on the JUMP label for some years now, and has made it possible for the “Doctor Jazz” series of broadcasts on the Storyville label. He’s also a devout collector of Hot Music — his idols being Johnny Windhurst, Ruby Braff, Bobby Hackett, Eddie Condon, Lou McGarity and the rest. He loves those songs that have been unjustly forgotten — beautiful melodies.
But Joe’s been one of those rare jazz-lovers who puts his energies (and money) where his passions are — by producing a series of jazz parties for more than twenty years — at Conneaut Lake and more recently at Chautauqua, New York. I’ve been lucky enough to go to the Jazz at Chautauqua weekend parties since 2004 — and everything’s set for Jazz at Chautauqua 2010, September 16-19, 2010. I’ll provide more details about that as soon as I know them.
But Joe’s in the hospital at the moment with some serious health issues.
If you’ve ever heard and enjoyed one of the Storyville CDs, or one of the JUMP issues, or if you’ve been to one of Joe’s jazz parties, please send Joe an email or a card to help him along. Friendly affection means so much when you’re feeling poorly.
Thanks, on behalf of Joe, his family, and the music he continues to foster – – –
Emails to Joe (in care of his son, Bill): firstname.lastname@example.org
To send cards or letters to Joe:
Joe Boughton, c/o Sarah Holt, 401 Byllesby Ave. Meadville, PA 16335.
And please pass the information along to your jazz friends.