Thursday, November 1, 2007

Bill Crow

I have added bass player Bill Crow's site to Links Of Interest on the right. Jazz fans are familiar with Bill's work in bands led by luminaries such as Clark Terry and Bob Brookmeyer, Al Cohn and Zoot Sims. His memory is air-tight and flawless. Two of my favorite books are "Jazz Anecdotes" (which features a cover photo to be treasured: Roy Eldridge has just said something to Lester Young which is causing Prez to hold his sides to keep from falling down), and "From Birdland To Broadway", both insightful, informative and beautifully written, not to mention often tear-inducing hilarious. Both are very much worth your dollar investment. Not surprisingly, Bill is also a funny, kind and generous man, not to mention an excellent musician.

If you have followed jazz and its practioners as long as I have, you will cherish these books. If you have followed jazz and its practioners as long as I have, you probably own these books. Time to share them with other addicts.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

The Rockies, The Sox And Dave

The Red Sox stomped the Colorado Rockies last night, winning 13-1 in a rather dull contest precisely because of the trouncing. We had expected a bigger fight from the much-heralded National League champs, even if we didn't recognize any of the names or faces on their side. Perhaps tonight the Rocks/Sox show will be more interesting. One can only hope.

The especially good news for all of you Dave Frishberg fans (please get behind me in the line) is that he has a new web site filled with amazing stories of his own experiences in New York and LA, his connections with hundreds of famous singers and musicians, all told in typically droll fashion by this master craftsman of the written word. I heartily recommend you make a visit here and enjoy the tales he tells.

Friday, October 19, 2007

On the mend ....

I told all of you about my husband's heart attack, the diligent and highly-skilled doctors and nurses at Mass General in Boston who took such good care of him, and the continued TLC administered at Youville Rehab Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He's been home for just two weeks, showing such remarable recovery, his visiting nurses, OT and PT specialists have officially signed off. He walks every day, eats a new but flavorful diet (I know it's fine: I not only prepare it, I also share the meals), reads a lot, has been making and receiving calls from business associates. All in all, it's rather astonishing.

Thanks to each of you for your kind wishes, cards, flowers and telephone calls. No wonder he's looking more and more fit every day. Your thoughts and prayers encouraged him enormously.

Ah, October. The Red Sox still have to deal with the very talented Cleveland Indians tomorrow night at Fenway Park. The Indians lead the best-of-seven series, 3-2, meaning they still have two more chances to get to the World Series. We will watch every move on our vintage (1954) RCA color tv which has NEVER seen the inside of a repair shop.

I have more "Opening for ... " stories coming soon to this space.