I had a couple of minutes last week and updated the right-hand side of JazzWax. There you'll find a current list of my Wall Street Journal articles accessible with one click. You'll also find my list of JazzWax interviews. When you click and arrive at the page, there may be multiple parts to each interview. Simply look above the red date at the top. You may see a link to the next part. Enjoy! [Above, Jimmy “One Eye” Collins After Arraignment, 1946, by Bill Wasilevich]
Gail Sheehy on Joni Mitchell. In this weekend's Review section of The Wall Street Journal, I chat with writer Gail Sheehy about one of her favorite songs—Joni Mitchell's Both Sides Now. Go here.
JazzWax on the air! I'll be joining Bob Craig on his radio show, Voices in Jazz, this Sunday from 5 to 6 p.m. (EDT) on Philadelphia's WRTI. Bob asked me to pick obscure, favorite vocal tracks from my collection. You can access from anywhere in the world by going here. Click "Listen Live" and select "Jazz."
Dick Cavett on Johnathan Winters, from Dick's upcoming book (out Oct. 28), Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks:
"When working for Jack Paar, I loved watching Jonathan [Winters] backstage at the show, near airtime and still trying to decide what he was going to come on as that night: A drunken kitty cat? The queen of the Vikings? A doorknob? One night, probing in the costume room, he had found a sort of wraparound turban-shaped piece of headgear, helmet-sized and seemingly made of dark, fresh earth with twigs and sprigs of little plants protruding. Jack didn't know what was about to hit him. Jonathan daintily flounced into the chair beside an astonished Jack and announced, giggling and crinkling up his eyes, 'I'm the Spirit of Spring.' The hat had two little horns, which he'd tweak now and then, with seductive winks at Jack. This was the following exchange:
Jack: What are you, anyway?
Jonathan (sweetly): They know in the forest.
The line killed."
Bird and Prez Birthday Broadcasts. WKCR-New York will present its annual tribute to Charlie ("Bird") Parker and Lester ("Prez") Young. The broadcast will run for 72 hours around the clock, starting Tuesday at midnight and running through Friday. You can tune in on your computer form anywhere in the world by going here.
Thoughts on bassist John Drew. Following my post last week on Wanda Stafford, British jazz drummer Kenny Harris sent along an email...
"It was good see my old friend's name on the Wanda Stafford recording. John and I worked together on the second R.M.S. Mauretania, and when we both lived in New York we shared an apartment. He was getting into the New York recording scene when he died of leukemia in 1961. John worked and recorded with Bobby Scott, Dave McKenna, Neal Hefti, Gene Krupa and Peggy Lee. We had a trio for about a year, the British Jazz Trio, with pianist Derek Smith, and recorded for Ember Records in the U.K.
Here's the British Jazz Trio in 1961...
Baghdad on the Hudson
Boulevard of Broken Dreams
The Great White Way
The Big Burg
The Hardened Artery
Hard Times Square
Kenny Baker and the Best of British Jazz. I stumbled across this clip, knew you'd like it and thought I'd share...
The Civilized Cinema. One of director Martin Scorsese's finest films is The King of Comedy (1983), a sordid look at a pair of creepy, disturbed comedy fans who are oddly obsessed by fame and motivated to achieve it through any means necessary. Catch it while you can...
Oddball ablum cover of the week.