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May 01, 2011


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Paul Wood

.....and when I was a kid my friend Walter Moser and I went to the 1939 World's Fair where we drank nickel cokes and ate ten cent hot dogs, marveled at Jimmy Lynch's Daredevils stunt drive for B.F. Goodrich tires, were awestruck by the flash of electric arcs and sparks at Steinmetz Hall and were convinced that General Motors' had the right idea what the world of tomorrow would look like. Woody Herman, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey etc. were all playing the big movie houses downtown, the Yankees were unbeatable and, best of all, the subway was a nickel. I leave it to you to decide if the quality of life is better today than it was then. We had a blast.

J. Carmo

Regarding oddball cover of the week, Norgran continued the orange color theme, and with interesting results, for the 1956 Anita O'Day "Pick Yourself Up" cover art.


Thanks for your excellent blog and congratulations on your award nominations.

Jery Rowan

Congrats on the "noms", Marc. Well deserved.

Looking forward to pics of you holding the hardware.

Han Schulte

Charlie Ventura made at least 5 vinyl albums for the Norgran label in the fifties(source: Goldmine Jazz Album Price Guide):
1 Charlie Ventura Quartet MGN 8 (10 inch) 1953; 2 Charlie Ventura's Carnegie Hall Concert MGN 1041 LP 1955; 3 Charlie Ventura in a Jazz Mood MGN 1073 LP 1956 (see Marc's picture above); 4 Blue Saxophone MGN 1075 LP 1956; 5 Charley's Parley MGN 1133 LP 1956.


Congratulations Marc about Awards!Ciao from Milan,Ray


The Bill Evans clip is from the excellent "Jazz Icons" series.

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