MASTERS OF MODERN MUSIC: DAN MORGENSTERN RECALLS DIZZY GILLESPIE, JAMES MOODY, TADD DAMERON (December 15, 2017)

Our man in jazz Dan Morgenstern has always distinguished himself by his happy ability to hear good things wherever he goes; his range is not limited by styles and schools.  So it’s not surprising that he should be so fond of the “new music” that greeted him on his arrival in the United States in the second half of the Forties.

His recollections of Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody, and Tadd Dameron are not only tributes to their music, but to their warm personalities.

First, a brief soundtrack: Dizzy’s 1945 recording of Tadd’s GOOD BAIT (with Don Byas, Trummy Young, Clyde Hart, Oscar Pettiford, and Shelly Manne):

and, from 1971, the same GOOD BAIT as performed by Moody and Al Cohn, Barry Harris, Sam Jones, Roy Brooks:

Then, Dan’s very affectionate portrait of Dizzy, which ends up in Corona, Queens, with a famished John Birks foraging for snacks at a friend’s house:

Intimately connected with Dizzy, James Moody, another joy-spreader:

And finally, the vastly influential Tadd Dameron:

This post is in honor of my dear friend Doug Pomeroy, who — like Dan — continues to spread joy.

May your happiness increase!

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4 responses to “MASTERS OF MODERN MUSIC: DAN MORGENSTERN RECALLS DIZZY GILLESPIE, JAMES MOODY, TADD DAMERON (December 15, 2017)

  1. Jpe Spencer

    If Dan was friendly wit Lou Donaldson, I would love to hear his stories about him.
    These interview sessions are great!

  2. Don"Zoot" Conner

    Great to hear Dan again,this time around he reminisced about three of my heroes,Tadd,Diz and Moody.Also,Michael,thanks for introducing me to MPS side,obviously recorded on Xanadu in 1973 but never released..Al Cohn’s solo on ‘The Underdog” with words by Dave Frishberg.It originally was called “Ah-Moore” for his then wife Marilyn Moore,circa mid-fifties.It was Al’s greatest tune and that’s saying a lot

  3. Doug Pomeroy

    Michael, no words of mine can thank you enough for these videos! I know I speak for many others. And for posterity.

  4. Well, your inspiration counts for a great deal here!

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