Since 1999, Joe Maita has hosted Jerry Jazz Musician, one of the web's longest-running jazz blogs, with a focus on extensive interviews with authors. So it was an honor for me to be interviewed by Joe earlier this month about my book, Why Jazz Happened (Univ. of California Press). You'll find our exchange here. [Above by Jean-Michel Basquiat]
Fran Landesman and Anne Phillips. Following my post on songwriters Tommy Wolf and Fran Landesman, singer Anne Phillips [above] sent along a lovely letter she received from Landesman after Landesman heard Anne's 1999 album Gonna Lay My Heart on the Line and Jackie Cain and Roy Kral sing on What Child Is This from Bending Towards the Light: A Jazz Nativity, an album of holiday songs Anne composed. "Simon" is British composer Simon Wallace, who collaborated with Landesman on about 300 songs. If you're unfamiliar with Anne, dig her album Born to Be Blue (1959)...
Greg Louganis. In today's Wall Street Journal, I interview Greg Louganis—the 1984 and '88 Olympic diving gold-medal winner. For the Review section's "Playlist" column, Greg talked to me about the song he was listening to on his Walkman cassette player to restore his courage just minutes after hitting his head on the diving board and requiring stitches poolside. Go here—or please buy the paper.
Zeke Zarchy. Following my post on Heinie Beau, YouTube maven John Cooper uncovered this beaut on big-band trumpet great Zeke Zarchy, who tells one of the best Buddy Rich stories ever told. Wait for it...
Jim Hall. Devra Hall Levy, daughter of late guitarist Jim Hall [above], emailed that there will be a celebration for Jim on April 18, 19 and 20 at New York's Blue Note club. Performing will be Julian Lage, Bill Frisell, Joey Baron, Scott Colley, Steve LaSpina, Larry Goldings, Joe Lovano, Eliza Callahan, Satoshi Inoe (from Tokyo), Russell Malone, John Abercrombie, Chris Potter, Greg Osby and many more of Jim's musical colleagues from all over the world. Profits will go to Animal Haven in honor of Django JJ. Call for information and reservations: (212) 475-0049.
New York Voices radio. Saxophonist and jazz educator Bill Kirchner will host a one-hour radio show on The New York Voices (Kim Nazarian, Lauren Kinhan, Darmon Meader,and Peter Eldridge)—a jazz vocal group founded in 1987. Bill's Jazz From the Archives show will air on Sunday, February 23, at 11 p.m. You can access the WBGO-New York show on your computer from anywhere in the world by going here.
Beatles fans will dig this. Derek Lovelady of Liverpool, U.K. found this clip on YouTube, featuring Dhani Harrison (George's son), producer Sir George Martin and Sir George's son Giles. They are listening to a mix of Here Comes the Sun and discovering a guitar solo by George that didn't make it onto the original recording...
Photographer Herb Snitzer will be opening a gallery in St. Petersburg, Fla. that will feature his work. The gallery will be located at 7214 Central Ave. St. For more information on the gallery and Herb's legendary prints, call (727) 692-7646. [Photo of Miles Davis by Herb Snitzer]
Ronnie Cuber. One February 15th, baritone saxophonist Ronnie Cuber [above] performed with the WDR Big Band in Germany. His manager Roberta Arnold posted his performance to Soundcloud. For a free listen, go here. For more information, go here.
YouTube Movie of the Week: Breakfast in Hollywood (1946), courtesy of John Cooper, features Nat King Cole (1:20)...
Warren Vaché. JazzWax reader Lisa Raphael sent along this swell clip of Warren with pianist Paolo Alderighi from March 2013 in Ancona, Italy...
- Tom Reney, Jazz a la Mode, WFCR.org (Amherst MA), weeknights, 8:00-11:00 p.m. (EST).
- Jim Tobey, Jazz Impressions, WAER.org, Wednesdays, 8:00-11:00 p.m. (EST).
- Tom Hampson, Jazz from the Cellar, WXXI.org, Saturdays, 9-10 p.m. (EST).
- JazzKnob.org, 24 hours a day.
- Bob Perkins, WRTI.org, weeknights, 6-9 p.m. and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Bob Parlocha, Jazz with Bob Parlocha, overnight on various stations, including Jazz.FM91 in Toronto.
- JazzRadio.com, which offers 32 channels.
Oddball album cover of the week.