DAN MORGENSTERN REMEMBERS, CONTINUED (July 8, 2017)

Our good fortune continues.  “Tell us a story, Dan?” we ask, and he kindly obliges.  And his stories have the virtue of being candid, genuine, and they are never to show himself off.  A rare fellow, that Mister Morgenstern is.

Here are a few more segments from my July 2017 interlude with Dan. In the first, he recalls the great clarinetist, improviser, and man Frank Chace, with glances at Bob Wright, Wayne Jones, Harriet Choice, Bill Priestley, Pee Wee Russell, Mary Russell, Nick’s, Louis Prima, Wild Bill Davison, Art Hodes, Frank Teschemacher, Eddie Condon, and Zutty Singleton:

Here, Dan speaks of Nat Hentoff, Martin Williams, Whitney Balliett, Charles Edward Smith — with stories about George Wein, Stan Getz, Art Tatum, Sidney Bechet:

and a little more, about “jazz critics,” including Larry Kart, Stanley Dance, Helen Oakley Dance, and a little loving comment about Bunny Berigan:

If the creeks don’t rise, Dan and I will meet again this month.  And this time I hope we will get to talk of Cecil Scott and other luminaries, memorable in their own ways.

May your happiness increase!

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3 responses to “DAN MORGENSTERN REMEMBERS, CONTINUED (July 8, 2017)

  1. A wonderful collaboration – and I like your open request…”Tell me a story…”. That phrase is right up there with “Once upon a time…” Magic ensues, happiness increases. Thank you.

  2. Thanks for the tales of old Chicago by a true jazz “advocate!”

  3. Michael:
    It would be wonderful if you could get Dan to talk a bit more about Bob Wright. I’m not sure if Dan was really into Wright’s ragtime aspect, but he was surely one of the greatest ragtime players of his era. Many years ago Stomp Off issued a cassette of Wright (probably his only commercial issue) originally recorded in the early 1960’s by a young Terry Waldo at Bob’s house. He proceeded to whip through two dozen great rags from Joplin, Blake, Joe Lamb, Bowman and others. Maybe still available for download as MP3’s. A real treat for any fan of ragtime.
    Sadly, I believe Wright had to stop playing because he burned out the tendons in his forearms by playing hours a day over many years.

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