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Eugene B,. Bergmann (author of EXCELSIOR, YOU FATHEAD! THE ART AND ENIGMA OF JEAN SHEPHERD)

"my night began with Jean Shepherd and ended with Mort Fega."

Jean Shepherd, the extemporaneous radio humorist was considered a jazzman with words, and his reputation in the jazz community in the late 1950s led to his being named by one jazz magazine as the jazz personality of the year. He wrote on jazz, spoke of it on his program, and was emcee for some of the most important jazz concerts in New York City during the late 1950s.

M.MALLOY

I'VE HAD THE IDEA OF HAVING THE LINERNOTES AND ALBUM INFO,
FLOATING IN MY HEAD FOR A WHILE, I DONT KNOW WHERE I WOULD GET A ROOM FULL OF SCANNERS,, I WAS WONDERING WHEN SOMEONES GOING TO DO IT, THERE ARE PLACES ON THE INTERNET THAT, HAVE TRACK INFO FOR CD, BUT I ALWAYS THOUGHT, WHY NOT HAVE A DOWNLOAD OF THE ALBUM OR CD AS A PDF BOOK WITH THE ARTWORK AND THE REST OF THE INFO, I;M ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHEN I LISTEN TO SOMETHING, I GOTTA KNOW ESPECIALLY IF I DIG THE PLAYERS, EVEN MORE SO WITH JAZZ, AND INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC BECAUSE THE LINEUPS ARE ALWAYS DIFFERENT, EVEN FROM TRACK TO TRACK AND THEN THE GUYS WILL HAVE A TOTALLY DIFFERENT BANDS WHEN THEY TOUR!

David Brent Johnson

Jean Shepherd also did the narration on Charles Mingus' THE CLOWN. (On a wider popular-culture note, he's the author and narrator of the movie A CHRISTMAS STORY as well.)

Larry Kart

The two Bill Kirchner songs that Jackie Cain sings so well on Kirchner's "Everything I Love"album ("Try To Understand" and "I Almost Said Goodbye") are beautiful and necessarily, as Kirchner says, "challenging" to sing. In that they remind me of George Handy's "Forgetful," which David Allyn sang with Boyd Raeburn. Bill's songs have fine lyrics too, by Jay Leonhart ("Try To") and Loonis McGlohan ("I Almost").

Ian Carey

I love that Jazz West Coast cover, too--it's on my wall. That's a Martin Committee trumpet he's holding, and I wish I had it right now (presuming they kept the salt water out of it).

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