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March 24, 2012

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Pamela Oberman

Great article and enjoyed the music of Tauney Butler - one very clever dude, I have a couple of friends who are mad about Frank Zappa, so alerted them to the article, one plays double bass and does Frank jazz style, very interesting. Loved the "Weekend of a Private Secretary" I did a secretarial course years ago and the tutor used to warn us that if the boss was to "come on strong" we were to tell him that "our pad was to write in - not spend the night in" (that's our shorthand pad" sadly no boss tried to crack on to me so I never got to use that interesting phrase, and I was working in an advertising agency as well!!!

Paul

"Personally, I'm lucky that the Wall Street Journal allows me to try and do just that." But it's not about me."

And we all are lucky it's not about "HOPE AND CHANGE."

Bill Kirchner

"Too often today, print and TV devote way too much time to chasing after the next hot thing or focusing on artists who have a miraculous gift for hype."

Thank you for saying this. Most of the press (both general-interest and jazz-specific) are like sheep: focused on The Next Big Thing. So we're inundated with features about a handful of media and critical darlings--some deserving,some not.

The biggest casualties of this myopic trend are jazz musicians of the baby-boomer generation and slightly older. There are many of us between the ages of 55 and 80 who are doing worthy things that are totally ignored by most of the media, and that constitutes criminal negligence.

"JazzWax" is one of the notable exceptions, and for that we all owe you thanks.

James Cimarusti

Pamela re your quote about "a pad was to write in [and] not spend the night in" was used in the song "A Secretary is Not a Toy" in the Broadway musical play "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying". I don't know if that song is the phrase's origin, but that is where I first heard it.

Rick M

It was shocking to get the news of Joe Byrds tragic demise. Three days before his accident I attended a 50th anniversary Jazz Samba commemoration concert at a small club in Maryland featuring Byrd Trio drummer Chuck Redd and guitarist Nate Najar. The show opened with the reading of a greeting from Joe (not in attendance) by Charlie's widow. It seems like it was last week that we were at the home base of The Charlie Byrd Trio, The Maryland Inn, being turned on to bossa nova by these three local greats.

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