Monthly Archives: September 2015

The Big Shut Up—J’ade the megayacht

The vessel in the above picture is a 196 foot 4 story megayacht, named J’ade. It was built by CRN, a Ferretti group.  It features a water line drive in garage that stores an 8 meter speedboat.  It also has  … Continue reading

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Everything is Hotsy Totsy Now. Jeff and Joel’s House Party.

We have nearly run out of Jeff and Joel House Parties from 2012, with Bria Skonberg.  I think there are one left and this one.  The personnel on Everything is Hotsy Totsy Now are as follows: Bria Skonberg, Trumpet; Jimmy Mazzy, … Continue reading

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Art Tatum — Isn’t It Romantic?

Isn’t it Romantic is from Vol 7 of the Pablo Art Tatum Solo Masterpieces.  He does a bit of 5/4 time here shades of what Dave Brubeck did later on, but then he quickly returned to the stride piano he … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday — You Look Good To Me

This was one of the earliest Fats Waller tunes I heard.  Obviously, I liked it.  Another of those 3 minute jewels that he made so many of back in the 1930’s.  Remember, there were no rehearsals.  (Note:  the trumpet fanfare … Continue reading

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The Big Shut Up — Who is Chauncey Fosdick?

Chauncey Fosdick is not his real name.  In the early days of blogging, people used pseudonyms, and Chauncey Fosdick chose his name from his grandfather’s favorite 78 rpm record—Red Nichols & His Five Pennies version of Margie.  The sidemen on … Continue reading

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Kaboom!

Note—I’ve gotten behind a little.  Not only have we been having forest fires in California, but our electrical grid has gotten overburdened by the heat.  A transformer up the street from me exploded on Sunday afternoon and evening.  The pole … Continue reading

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The Big Shut Up Coming Soon!

  The Boston Terrier you see in the picture above is named Eden Forever.  She is owned by Cedric Florian who also took the picture of her. One  of the important characters in my novella, The Big Shut Up, is also a … Continue reading

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Art Tatum — Too Marvelous For Words

The music was written by Richard Whiting; lyric by Johnny Mercer.  Too Marvelous for Words was first written for the 1937 film Ready, Willing, and Able, starring Ruby Keeler.  It was used again, and became much more famous, in the Humphrey … Continue reading

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Thank you, again!

Subscribers to this blog passed the 600 mark yesterday. I’m gratified that people are finding my blog worthy of such interest. A note about You Tube videos:   I discovered that several You Tube videos I linked to have disappeared … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday — Squeeze Me plus a bonus appearance by Earl “Fatha” Hines.

Above is a video snippet  from a television show in the 1960’s, hosted by the Jazz critic, Ralph Gleason.  Earl “Fatha” Hines talks and demonstrates on the piano what he learned and how his piano style developed. To me, this was an … Continue reading

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