Monthly Archives: September 2015

Massive 8.3 Earthquake off the coast of Santiago, Chile

  The quake struck 7:54 PM Local Time yesterday.  CNN was reporting that five people were killed and 1 million people were evacuated from the effected areas.  An 8.3 earthquake has historically been associated with  massive death tolls.  Any deaths … Continue reading

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Rosetta — Earl Hines, Teddy Wilson, Art Tatum, Stephanie Trick, and Tom Skovgaard.

  Rosetta was composed by Earl “Fatha” Hines, who was a major figure in Jazz during his lifetime ( and no, as you’ll see later this week, he was not a wild man.)  He made his breakthrough as Louis Armstrong’s … Continue reading

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Coming Soon!

My latest book:  a novella.  More to come.

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Art Tatum — Have You Met Miss Jones?

Today, I’ll  make this brief and  cut to the chase.  This is  Have You Met Miss Jones?  It was written by Rodgers and Hart song for the musical comedy I’d Rather Be Right.  This was recorded by Norman Granz for his … Continue reading

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9-11-01 — Have we forgotten?

I believe so.  We have elected fools to high office in this country and we will soon reap the rewards.  They don’t seem to know what they don’t know.  That and they seem to think that the laws and Our … Continue reading

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Art Tatum — I Didn’t Know What Time It Was

Over the next few weeks, I hope to post some of Art Tatum’s Pablo sessions recorded by Norman Granz in the last few years of Tatum’s life. I have all of these, either on LP or CD. These are what … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday — I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling (1929)

This is one of the first Fats Wallers songs that I heard, I’ve got a Feeling I’m Falling,  I’m pretty sure I have a vocal version  he recorded later. Fats wrote the music but it might not have had a … Continue reading

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A Very Different Tea For Two

A simple song like Tea for Two can be endlessly modified and adapted as Art Tatum showed. The following clips also show that by 1958, Tatum had killed the jazz piano.  After Tatum, modern jazz piano evolved into  a sort … Continue reading

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