Author Archives: Richard Rollo

About Richard Rollo

I am a retired Community College Instructor. I taught Political Science 1 American Government for 22 years in Southern California. I am originally from Northern Minnesota. My earliest years were spent in the living quarters of a rural Duluth Winnipeg & Pacific Railway Depot. Then my family joined the great 1950's migration to Southern California where I joined up with fellow baby boomers in overcrowded schools.

The Big Shut Up Is Available

My Novella, The Big Shut Up, is  available as a Kindle app from Amazon. By the way, in case  you didn’t know, you don’t need an actual Kindle device to read my books.  Amazon offers  free reading apps for other platforms and … Continue reading

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Art Tatum – Moonglow

Thanks to bluesinorbit for the You Tube Moonglow was written by Will Hudson, Irving Mills, and Eddie DeLange.  This version was recorded in 1955 by Norman Granz.  I have my copy on the Art Tatum  Solo Masterpieces on Pablo CD … Continue reading

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Benny Goodman Quartet — Moonglow

Thanks to Ethan J Symonds for the You Tube The most famous version of Moonglow was by Benny Goodman Quartet in 1936 with Goodman on Clarinet, Lionel Hamption, vibes; Teddy Wilson, piano; and Gene Krupa on drums. This is my … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday — California Here I Come

You Tube Thanks to OnlyJazzHQ California Here I Come was written by Al Jolson,  Buddy DeSylva,, and Joseph Meyer in 1921 and recorded by Jolson in 1924.  This performance  is part of the complete transcriptions of  Fats Waller radio broadcasts … Continue reading

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Art Tatum — Tea for Two (Pablo Version)

Thanks to crewman for the You Tube Art Tatum playing Tea For Two.  I could say just that and say no more.   I’ve played this version  here before.  I  think it’s the best version on record.  People who heard him … Continue reading

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Claude Thornhill — Snowfall

You Tube thanks to Okmusix That was Gil Evans’s 1947 arrangement of the Thornhill’s majestic composition Snowfall.  Snowfall had been originally written and recorded in 1941.  It has been recorded by numerous Jazz and popular recording artists.  This summer, mostly … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday — I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself A Letter

Thanks to Zedupoca for the You Tube I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter  was composed by Fred E. Ahlert with Lyrics by Joe Young.  It was originally written for the Broadway musical Ain’t Misbehavin’   Fats Waller … Continue reading

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Remembering Aretha Franklin — R.I.P

Thanks to TatanBrown for the You Tube I spent a few days thinking about what song I would post in memory of Aretha Franklin.     I liked  I Say A Little Prayer, which Ann Althouse posted.  But, that was originally … Continue reading

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Art Tatum — Blue Moon

Thanks to bluesinorbit This solo performance of Blue Moon by Art Tatum was recorded in 1955 and is on Disc 5 cut 2 on  Art Tatum’s The Complete Pablo Solo Masterpieces, Compact Edition. Blue Moon was written by Richard Rodgers … Continue reading

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George Van Eps — Greatest Guitar Player You’ve Probably Never Heard of

Thanks to mslapompe django for the You Tube That was his solo version Once In A While and Mama’s Gone Goodbye with the Russ Morgan Orchestra played by  “The greatest guitar player you’ve probably never heard of,” George Van Eps. … Continue reading

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