Daily Archives: January 6, 2015

RARE PAPER: MISTER JOHNSON, MISTER WALLER

eBay, eBay, show us your treasures true!

I will share my secrets (not that they are original with me): search “jazz” in “Entertainment Memorabilia,” then click on “Autographs – Original.” Of course, one has to push aside offerings that don’t belong there.  But then, something singular comes up.

Willie “Bunk” Johnson writes (or dictates) a letter asking for gigs:

BUNK LETTERand the envelope in which it was saved for nearly seventy years:

BUNK MAILThis comes from the estate of Frederic Teague.

Something more cheerful, no?  Consider the mysterious Clarinda, a friend of Fats:

FATS PHOTO“Fats” always sends his Best Wishes — audible even if I hadn’t found this photograph.

I encourage my readers — those with idle hours — to search among the pages.

May your happiness increase!

TWO-PART INVENTION: JON-ERIK KELLSO / EHUD ASHERIE at MEZZROW (Dec. 16, 2014)

Two of my great musical heroes, brave playful inventors: Jon-Erik Kellso, trumpet; Ehud Asherie, piano.  Recorded live at Mezzrow, 163 West Tenth Street, New York City, December 16, 2014.

Here’s a wondrous example of sustained synergy: Eubie Blake / Noble Sissle’s BANDANA DAYS turning the corner into Morton’s WILD MAN BLUES, nearly twelve minutes of jazz splendor:

We dare not take such beauty for granted.  (Translation: go see and support live jazz, wherever you are.)

May your happiness increase!