One of the privileges of being who I am at this moment is the ability to burst into tears while watching a video at the computer.
I clicked on the video below, of trumpeter / singer Jeff Healey and friends swinging through I’M GOING TO SIT RIGHT DOWN AND WRITE MYSELF A LETTER and found myself crying.
I felt grief that Jeff is no longer alive and joy at the music he created and creates. No one who can create such beauty is dead, I think, although I mourn his departure from the scene.
Here’s the music; all the details are explained at the end:
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Tagged Fats Waller, grief, hot jazz, Jazz Lives, Jeff Healey, joy, Michael Steinman, romping, swing, weeping
Here’s a link to a website that offers a series of 1989 interviews that master drummer Mel Lewis (1929-1990) did with Loren Schoenberg on WKCR-FM — exploring the history of jazz drumming from Baby Dodds to Elvin Jones:
A master musician commenting on his ancestors (including Stan King, Paul Barbarin, and Tiny Kahn) and colleagues — invaluable!
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Tagged Dave Tough, jazz drumming, Jazz Lives, Jo Jones, Lester Young, Loren Schoenberg, Mel Lewis, Michael Steinman, Paul Barbarin, Sidney Catlett, Stan King, Tiny Kahn, WKCR-FM