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Readers of JAZZ LIVES know the esteem that we who love this music hold Dan Morgenstern in, and I continue to be pleased and honored that he permits me to ask him questions in front of my camera.  We had another little session on July 8, 2017, and I asked Dan to tell us all about his days in Chicago.  Here are three interview segments, full of good stories.

First, stories about DOWN BEAT, Don DeMicheal, Robert Kaiser, Bobby Hackett, Vic Dickenson, Harriet Choice, John Coltrane, Joe Segal, Dexter Gordon, Art Hodes, Gene Lees, and others:

and more, about Art Hodes, Jimmy McPartland, Pee Wee Russell, Norman Murphy, Marty Grosz, George Grosz, Wayne Jones, AACM, Muhal Richard Abrams, Jim McNeely, Harriet Choice, John Steiner, Edith Wilson, the Brecker Brothers:

and, finally, tales of Rush Street, Tiny Davis, the blues, Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Little Walter, Buddy Guy, Howlin’ Wolf, Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Harlem:

The warmth of Dan’s being comes through in every word.  And who else on the planet has had first-hand encounters with (let us say) both Edith Wilson and the AACM?  I have several more segments from this afternoon to share with you, and Dan and I have a return encounter planned for more.

And because a posting about Dan has to have some relevant music, here is the JUST JAZZ program he produced with Robert Kaiser, featuring Bobby Hackett, Vic Dickenson, Lou Forestieri, Frankyln Skeete, and Don DeMicheal:

May your happiness increase!


Scott Robinson is a courageous artist, someone not hemmed in by narrow conceptions of what sound should sound like, how music should behave . . . so when he has news that the ordinary media are asleep on, I feel I should share it with you.  Here’s what Scott wrote to those paying attention:


Roscoe Mitchell/Scott Robinson at Pioneer Works this Friday, Oct. 16!


I will be appearing with the Roscoe Mitchell trio and quintet this Friday Oct. 16 at 8 PM, at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn. This is a major event that should absolutely not be missed by fans of creative and adventurous music. Please come out!

The other great musicians for this evening will be Tom Buckner, Gerald Cleaver and Tani Tabbal… all longtime collaborators of Roscoe Mitchell. This will be my first live appearance with Mr. Mitchell in the NYC area, and it is going to be an unforgettable night. Pioneer Works is sending a truck here to the Lab for all the instruments! Among the highlights of this evening:

— First-time gathering of this amazing group of players

— First live appearance of the incredibly rare low Bb sub-contrabass sarrusophone (only three known in the world), along with bass and contrabass sax

— First appearance of a very strange and unusual double-reed instrument belonging to the great Rahsaan Roland Kirk, which I recently brought back to playability… never before seen or heard in public, to my knowledge

— First live appearance in this century of the incredible bass marimba played by Sun Ra on Heliocentric Worlds

— World premiere of a new composition co-written by Roscoe Mitchell and Scott Robinson, Deep World

For some reason the press has been extraordinarily silent on this event. It does not seem to be listed anywhere, except in the “Highly Selective Music Listings” at Brooklyn Rail, which states:

“October 16: AACM and Roscoe Mitchell at Pioneer Works. Through time, endurance and sheer brilliance, Roscoe Mitchell (a founder of the AACM) has proved himself to be one of the towering figures in creative jazz and contemporary classical music. His playing and thinking use what seems the most natural means to explore the deepest and most abstract ideas. At Pioneer Works, he’ll be performing with winds player Scott Robinson, baritone Thomas Buckner, and percussionists Tani Tabbal and Gerald Cleaver. Expect greatness.”

Please come out, and please tell your friends about this extraordinary evening of creative music. Thank you.


May your happiness increase!