THREE TALES TOLD BY KATI POWELL. INCLUDING MEL POWELL, MARTHA SCOTT, BILL DICKEY, BABE RUTH, LOUIS ARMSTRONG, and OTHERS

Kathleen “Kati” Powell is a remarkable person on her own: actress, writer — someone lively and ebullient, as you will see and hear.  She also had remarkable parents: the beautiful actress Martha Scott and the inspiring pianist / composer / arranger Mel Powell, a hero to those of us who know his many aspects.

Thanks to the generosity of Hank O’Neal, I got to know Kati about a year ago.  On August 7, Kati sat down in front of my little camera and told three tales.  I won’t spoil them by any preface: JAZZ LIVES readers will, I am sure, be delighted — as I am.  I will just mention the time and place in which they happened:

1.  The Bronx, New York, 1929:

2.  A Manhattan restaurant, 1964-5:

3.  On the telephone, 1946:

Another aspect of Kati’s generosity and love of her parents will show up in a forthcoming blogpost.  Once again, I think of Yeats’ lines, “Say that my glory was I had such friends.”  Thank you, Kati!

May your happiness increase!

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7 responses to “THREE TALES TOLD BY KATI POWELL. INCLUDING MEL POWELL, MARTHA SCOTT, BILL DICKEY, BABE RUTH, LOUIS ARMSTRONG, and OTHERS

  1. Bill Gallagher

    Most enjoyable! Dare we ask for more?

  2. Since you asked so politely, I think it is possible. (All things are possible!) But what follows in the land of Powell — a post to come — will amaze you even more, I predict.

  3. the few interviews presented here have been revelatory and delightful. I would second Mr Gallagher above.

  4. I first met Kati when she was just a few months old, and I visited her famous father in Connecticut. He said, “I have something to show you,” and brought her in. Years later, we became friends in Los Angeles, and spent time together during Mel’s last days. I lost track of her for a few years, and am delighted to see her again recounting these delightful stories. Her effervescent personality enlivens the screen. Please do more!

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