Since I can’t (for the moment) visit Dan Morgenstern at his Upper West Side apartment to listen and learn, I am inviting all of you to go back into the recent past for a few previously unseen interview videos, showing his large range: the music he has advocated for and the friends he has made.  There was construction going on outside, but Dan comes through clearly.

Some music from Tubby Hayes, tenor saxophone; Clark Terry, trumpet; Horace Parlan, piano; George Duvivier, string bass; Dave Bailey, drums.  October 1961 in New York: OPUS OCEAN:

From last December, Dan speaks briefly and with affection about UK tenor saxophonist / vibraphonist Tubby Hayes:

More from the irreplaceable Cee Tee, that is, Clark Terry, here in 1976 with Nick Brignola, saxophone; Sal Maida, piano; Bill Crow, string bass; Larry Jackson, drums, performing MACK THE KNIFE:

and Dan’s fond recollections:

Music by the beloved Chicago pianist Art Hodes, SOUTH SIDE SHUFFLE, 1939:

Memories of Art and friends, including Lester Young:

Glimpses of worlds that most of us never got to visit, thanks to Dan.  And there are more interviews to come . . . to quote Tubby, “Lovely!”

Postscript: we have a real scholar — diligent and affectionate — of Tubby Hayes (and many others) in our midst, the tenor saxophonist / biographer / musical archivist Simon Sipllett on Facebook and elsewhere: he offers information and sounds with great grace.

May your happiness increase!

One response to “DAN MORGENSTERN RECALLS TUBBY, CEE TEE, and ART (December 26, 2019)

  1. admathesoncanada

    Dear Michael, Thank you so much for this wonderful interview with Dan especially for his comments on Clark Terry. The person he describes is absolutely the person that I knew and had the great fortune to work with as well. I conducted the band for Clark twice in Vancouver (in 2000 and 2003) with my jazz orchestra and wrote a number of arrangements for and with him for the 2000 concert which was a tribute to Louis Armstrong event. I got to know very well after these concerts and visited him twice in Pine Bluff, Arkansas after he and his wife, Gwen, left the New York area. He was everything Dan said he was: kind, funny, compassionate and a great musician of course. On my 2013 visit, Gwen encouraged me to record my conversations with Clark via my iPhone and I have been in the process of transcribing what we talked about. As Dan said, even in infirmity, Clark’s memory was amazing and he told me many things that added to my understanding of jazz and music in general. Clark and I talked at least once a week by phone starting in 2006 and this transcript is similar to the many conversations we had over the years. I helped Gwen and Clark edit his autobiography “Clark” and it was a great honour to do so. I hope that you enjoy this transcription below-I still need to notate all the wonderful musical passages he scatted while we talked. Enjoy and many thanks, Alan


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