Readers of JAZZ LIVES know the esteem that we who love this music hold Dan Morgenstern in, and I continue to be pleased and honored that he permits me to ask him questions in front of my camera.  We had another little session on July 8, 2017, and I asked Dan to tell us all about his days in Chicago.  Here are three interview segments, full of good stories.

First, stories about DOWN BEAT, Don DeMicheal, Robert Kaiser, Bobby Hackett, Vic Dickenson, Harriet Choice, John Coltrane, Joe Segal, Dexter Gordon, Art Hodes, Gene Lees, and others:

and more, about Art Hodes, Jimmy McPartland, Pee Wee Russell, Norman Murphy, Marty Grosz, George Grosz, Wayne Jones, AACM, Muhal Richard Abrams, Jim McNeely, Harriet Choice, John Steiner, Edith Wilson, the Brecker Brothers:

and, finally, tales of Rush Street, Tiny Davis, the blues, Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Little Walter, Buddy Guy, Howlin’ Wolf, Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Harlem:

The warmth of Dan’s being comes through in every word.  And who else on the planet has had first-hand encounters with (let us say) both Edith Wilson and the AACM?  I have several more segments from this afternoon to share with you, and Dan and I have a return encounter planned for more.

And because a posting about Dan has to have some relevant music, here is the JUST JAZZ program he produced with Robert Kaiser, featuring Bobby Hackett, Vic Dickenson, Lou Forestieri, Frankyln Skeete, and Don DeMicheal:

May your happiness increase!

6 responses to “DAN MORGENSTERN’S CHICAGO DAYS (July 8, 2017)

  1. Douglas Pomeroy

    More great memories by Dan! I’ll have to ask Marty Grosz to send me his “Yes, We Have No Bananas” which I’ve never heard

  2. The only version of that song by Marty is, I think, on one of the Audio Fidelity lps c. 1961.

  3. Wonderful! Many thanks to you and Dan for these great memories.

  4. Douglas Pomeroy

    Thanks, Michael. Is there anything you don’t remember?

  5. I’ve blocked out a lot of traumas. And finding my car in the shopping center parking is sometimes a scuffle. But with Marty . . . now, that’s important data! And — since you and I have a long friendliness — my memories aren’t always correct!

  6. Don "Zoot" Conner

    Thanks for your presentation of even more of Dan’s recollections. He’s an amazing man. Looking ahead to more. Also the video of ‘Just Jazz,” it is magnificent.

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