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Stax at the White House. On April 9, President Obama hosted an evening of music featuring the sound of Stax Records. The gala included Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Eddie Floyd and others. You can watch the performances in their entirety on PBS stations nationwide on Tuesday, April 16 at 8 p.m. (EDT). Here's the President's introduction...
More Stax news: Speaking of the Memphis Horns, trumpeter Wayne Jackson has just published the third part of his memoir: In My Wildest Dreams, Take 3. You'll find it here. Take 1 and Take 2 are here and here.Breakfast at Tiffany's. In my follow-up post last weekend, I meant to add that 11 jazz artists have recorded the song Breakfast at Tiffany's, for those who love the song as much as I do. They include Eddie Harris, Jack Wilson, Barney Kessel, Harry Allen and Ted Nash. Here's another version of the song by guitarist Royce Campbell, from his album A Tribute to Henry Mancini...
Documentary. Bret Primack's Taking Charge: The Pauly Cohen Story will be featured at the Arizona International Film Festival in Tucson. The film about the high-note trumpeter [pictured above] and Brooklynite who once played with Count Basie will have three showings—on April 17 and two on April 23. For more information, go here.
Stan Kenton lives! Dig Stan Kenton? The alumni band is still on the road under the direction of trumpeter Mike Vax. To see if they'll be playing near you, check their concert itinerary at the alumni site here.
Bill Kirchner in New York. Next Wednesday, April 17, saxophonist Bill Kirchner will be playing a concert with singer Carol Fredette and pianist Marc Copland. They'll be performing A Beautiful Friendship at the Players Club, 16 Gramercy Park South, at 7 p.m. For more information, go here. For reservations, e-mail: email@example.com
"Once again, The Washington Post has published the winning submissions to its yearly neologism contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternative meanings for common words. Among the winners:
- Coffee (n.), the person upon whom one coughs.
- Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained.
- Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
- Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk.
- Willy-nilly (adj.), impotent.
- Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightgown.
- Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp.
- Gargoyle (n), olive-flavored mouthwash.
- Flatulence (n.) emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a steamroller.
- Balderdash (n.), a rapidly receding hairline.
- Oyster (n.), a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.
John Graas. Susan Graas McKeever, niece of the late jazz French hornist, sent along audio of two interviews. The first is with Southern California radio host Sleepy Stein in the '50s. (Graas sounds remarkably like pianist Bill Evans?) You'll find the first clip here...
Next, Graas discusses his technique for playing jazz on the French horn here...
Oddball album cover of the week.
It's rare that an oddball album cover is a front for a superb recording, but that's the case here. From the liner notes: "Here is giant jazz played by giant jazzmen, masked to conceal their startling identity, blowing with the enormous fervor and rushing push you've always wished for and seldom found on good jazz albums. Ah, the problem of cold business! Here was a recording session like you'd always dreamed about, and yet how to give it to the people without making some of the companies that held the contracts of these jazz giants feel bad? The answer was a masquerade, a masquerade party!" Who's on the album? You can find out here. The tracks seem like a bunch of live dates bundled onto one 1959 LP.