DAN MORGENSTERN CELEBRATES CECIL SCOTT, DICK KATZ, AND NANCY HARROW (Sept. 29, 2017)

I won’t go on at length about my good fortune — having Dan Morgenstern patiently sit and tell wonderful stories to my camera so that you can all delight in his warmth, his first-hand experience, and his beautifully articulated love for the music and the musicians . . . but here are two interview segments from my most recent visit, September 29, 2017.

The first, a belated celebration of reedman and splendid figure CECIL SCOTT:

Here’s Cecil in a 1935 Oscar Micheaux film, MURDER IN HARLEM:

and one of my favorite recordings ever, Red Allen’s ROLL ALONG, PRAIRIE MOON (with Cecil and J.C. Higginbotham):

Here are Dan’s affectionate memories of someone who was much loved and is not, I fear, well-known today, pianist / composer DICK KATZ and the very much with-us NANCY HARROW:

On a personal note or two: I am more involved in this video than I usually am, and I hope our conversation bothers no one.  On the subject of conversation . . . as soon as I’d shut the camera off, I said to Dan, awe-struck, “YOU KNOW Nancy Harrow?” and through the kindness of Daryl Sherman and Dan, Nancy and I have met and exchanged compliments and gratitudes — a great blessing.

But back to DICK KATZ.  Here is Dick playing THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER YOU:

and THREE LITTLE WORDS:

and with Nancy Harrow on a very touching rendition of IF YOU WERE MINE (I need no excuse to recommend Nancy to you):

Dan Morgenstern says, “Dick was a dear man.”  Dan Morgenstern is a dear man.

May your happiness increase!

5 responses to “DAN MORGENSTERN CELEBRATES CECIL SCOTT, DICK KATZ, AND NANCY HARROW (Sept. 29, 2017)

  1. Douglas Pomeroy

    Cecil Scott made one of my all time favorite 78s in 1929: “Lawd, Lawd”, a happy, goofy outing which captures the spirit of the roaring 20’s nicely. Dan Morgenstern’s recollections are a delight to hear, as always. I look forward to further conversations with him! I’d love to hear him talk about the boppers

  2. More conversations are coming, and one segment focuses on Gene Ammons getting out of jail in Chicago. Stay tuned!

  3. Don"Zoot" Conner

    Thank’s for more from Dan,he has a phenominal memory.Dick Katz was one of my favorite piano players and in the fifties and sixties he was one of the most ubiquitous cats in town.

  4. “Savin’ Up For Baby” by Clarence Williams may be the single best example of the ebullient Cecil Scott on record. He plays both clarinet and tenor sax and steals the show.

  5. Happy to hear Nancy’s name mentioned again. I am so impressed by Dan’s memory and storehouse of interesting stories.

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