Daily Archives: April 13, 2011


On your mark!  Get set!  Research!

Here’s Leo McConville with the Georgians:

and as a member (back right?) of a large orchestra with singers, everyone beautifully dressed, even for radio.  Nothing’s evaporated here:

Identifications, O Scholars?  More to come . . . .


It is Mark Shane Day,” to paraphrase Lorenz Hart. 

The extraordinary pianist will be playing a solo concert, TICKLING APERITIF, concentrating on the music of James P. Johnson.

The concert, sponsored by the Tri-State Jazz Society, will take place on Sunday, May 1, 2011, 2-4:30, at the Old Pine Street Church, 412 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

What makes that location special is the church’s good acoustics (it’s been used for recording sessions) and the new Steinway piano.

But wait!  There’s more!   Anyone who has not previously attended a Tri-State Jazz Society concert will be admitted for half-price.  High school and college students with IDs and younger children accompanied by a paying adult are admitted FREE.  Regular admission is $20, members $10.  No advance sales or reservations, so get there early!

For more information and directions, visit http://www.tristatejazz.org.  You may also email publicity@tristatejazz.org. or call (856) 720-0232.


I miss Dixieland Monterey 2011 (the Jazz Bash by the Bay) . . . but my therapy has included visits to Rae Ann Berry’s YouTube channel (“SFRaeAnn”) where she had posted these four video performances by the Reynolds Brothers and guests.

The regulars are here: Ralf Reynolds on washboard; brother John on National guitar, whistling, and vocal; Marc Caparone on cornet; Katie Cavera on string bass and vocal.  Also there are guest stars Bill Dendle on banjo and trombone; Bob Draga on clarinet; Frederick Hodges on piano.

Here’s a pretty DARKNESS ON THE DELTA, with sweet playing from Bob, a Louis-Bunny episode from Marc, and the wonderful doubling of Bill Dendle (have you ever seen a banjoist so equipped, or a trombonist?):

Then, the lovely and talented Katie Cavera steps forward to sing I’LL BET YOU TELL THAT TO ALL THE GIRLS.  (The band that can’t start swinging after John’s introductions would be a band past hope, wouldn’t it?):

A stirring SOMEBODY STOLE MY GAL, with Papa Marc not only playing a hot solo but then plunging right into a rocking vocal chorus, then some stomping piano from Frederick Hodges and riotous playing to conclude (Bob Draga approves from his position as an observer):

The closing-tune-to-end-all-closing-tunes, AFTER YOU’VE GONE:


Here’s a lovely first-hand tribute to the man who taught us so much about jazz — Ed Beach of New York’s now-departed WRVR-FM.

This is a guest column on the JAZZ COLLECTOR website (http://www.jazzcollector.com) by Dan Forté, who got closer to Ed Beach than any of us — we who were primarily close to our speakers — ever did.

Photograph courtesy of Marc and Evelyn Bernheim/Rapho Guillumette

Even if you never heard Ed’s JUST JAZZ, or JAZZ IN DRIVE TIME, or BEACH READS THROUGH A KEYHOLE, you will find this piece moving and generous.  And those of us who dream of hearing those programs again — even though CDs and downloads have hinted that Ed’s collection has been supplanted by the twenty-first century cornucopia — will learn how this is possible.

Read Dan’s piece here:


And if you didn’t read about Ed on JAZZ LIVES, here’s my January 2010 remembrance: