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!