Monday, May 5, 2014

Delicious Non-breakfast Links ...

You will please note that I have listed several web sites at the bottom of this page. These are places I visit addictively. They are informative and interesting and focus directly on the Arts in general and, in some cases, on Jazz specifically. Clicking on The Arts Journal you will find news of jazz, opera, museums, symphonies and ballet companies, and even job openings at various cultural centers. I highly recommend a visit.

A gentleman by the name of LESTER PERKINS maintains a very entertaining site called JazzOnTheTube. You can subscribe and receive daily invitations to view historic footage of some of the legendary jazz performers of this or any other generation.

The SONG SCOUT site will take you to a rich resource lovingly hosted by ROGER CRANE whose collection of sheet music is vast and comprehensive, with a matching knowledge of a song's genesis, artists who have recorded the work, etc. If you are having difficulty tracing a tune or need the actual sheet music, Roger is your man. And tell him I sent you.

DOUG RAMSEY'S site features news of the latest jazz releases reviewed by this most respected journalist. Reading Ramsey is a daily habit you too can easily cultivate. Ditto, by the way, for Mark Myers' site also listed. Scroll down to click any of these Links of Interest at the bottom of this page.


I have received a very cheerful note from BILL MAYS, one of the most proficient pianists of our time. Bill has just returned from a strenuous (to say the least) 23-city tour of China (taking the terrific bassist Dean Johnson and drummer Tim Horner along for the ride), and is not only glad to be sleeping in his own bed, he has announced the publication of the second edition of his fabulously successful book: "Stories Of The Road, The Studios, Sidemen & Singers: 55 Years In The Music Biz". The first printing sold out in the first two months; the second run contains some new stories and photos. All proceeds are going to the Musicians Assistance Program of the AF of M.

Bill also reminds us of a certain-to-be-a-packed-house event sponsored by the New Jersey Jazz Society in Madison, New Jersey on May 18th. If you reside in the area, you should make a point of attending. Bill is one of the most erudite among us. Journalist Mitchell Seidel will interview Bill, questions from the audience will be taken, and he will read a few stories and play a few things that are relevant to each story. Martin Wind will be on bass.

At Shanghai Jazz, 24 Main St., Madison, NJ 07940. Reservations: 973-822-2899 and
May 18, 3:30-5:30 p.m.


Last evening, the Boston Jazz Community assembled at Scullers, our town's most popular jazz club. The joint was jumpin' as the prestigious Roy Haynes Award was presented to Fred Taylor whose life has been dedicated to jazz with all its attendant anxieties and thrills. Fred managed and booked jazz performers at The Jazz Workshop and adjacent Paul's Mall on Boylston Street from 1963 to 1978, but his attachment to jazz began much earlier when he heard Dizzy Gillespie's recording of "Salt Peanuts", the 78rpm which became one of the first of his enormous collection of jazz 78s, LPs EPs, cassette and beta tapes, CDs and videos. Bravo, Uncle Fred! Long may you live to keep the flame burning bright.

P.S. Boston's beloved jazz singer Rebecca Parris made a rare and most heartily welcomed appearance last night honoring Fred Taylor. She was at full throttle with a gorgeous "Some Other Time" and a swinging "Old Devil Moon" finisher. We responded with a resounding and most sincere Standing O. Her singing demanded nothing less.

P.P.S. In November, 1964, legendary trombonist Bob Brookmeyer and I were the featured players at Fred Taylor's Jazz Workshop in Boston. Between sets, Bob and I sprinted across Boylston Street to our rooms in the Lenox Hotel, turned on the local news and learned of the arrest, moments before, of Albert DeSalvo, the notorious Boston Strangler. No jazz fan he.


For those who have complained that the spines of the books are blank, I don't know about you, but I would be straining my neck sideways to see whether or not I shared the blog designer's taste in literature if titles were visible. Assume it is a most diverse library with works of Updike, Munro, Bellow, Eliot, Austin, E.B. White, Alan Bennett, Dickens and Ian McEwan to name just a few. What are you currently reading, by the way?


Unknown said...

Greetings Sloaney....
I am so happy to see you posting again regularly, and enjoy your musings as well as your blog recomendations. Wish I could have caught you in Providence, it's been ages since I've laid eyes on you, and miss doing so. I have many fond memories of catcing you in New York, D.C., Boston, toronto, Palm Beach and LA....some might call it stalking, but I call it blessed to have the luxury of travel and a fondness for your lovely voice!
I am currently reading everything by Eudora Welty, and absolutely love her...and you.
Paul (mad4mcrae) Mikos

Sloane said...

Hello Paul ... How good to hear from you again. Yes, I too adore Eudora. And what a great name for a female feline, come to think of it. I hope you are well and that our paths will cross once more and very soon. Thanks for your note.