• Ms. Hawbaker’s story is the winner of the 45th Jerry Jazz Musician Short Fiction Contest.

     

  • In this edition, Ralph J. Gleason’s liner notes to this classic 1959 recording describe the epic four week stint of Cannonball Adderley’s Quintet in San Francisco’s Jazz Workshop, as well as the vibrant late-50’s jazz scene in the city’s North Beach neighborhood.  

     

  • In this edition, Paul features samples of Alex Steinweiss album covers, created during the early 1940’s, at the beginning of his career

     

     

  • Swoosh! Shhh. Shhhhh! I hear the ear numbing screech and the train finally stops moving. Nine seconds and the loud beep will announce the door opening. Heels clack against the icy early morning pavement. The mass of cigarette smoke hazes my sense of direction until we finally reach the end of the Binario 12 and my ears welcome the familiar sound of strings.
  • "Last Stop with Louis Armstrong," by Laura Hawbaker
  • Liner Notes -- Cannonball Adderley in San Francisco
  • Cover Stories, with Paul Morris; Vol. 21
  • "As good as it will ever get" - a short story by Julie Parks
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“Space Age Greetings” — a letter to President Trump, from Sun Ra

Space Age Greetings, President Trump:

I am reaching outwards to you from outer space, the other side of nowhere.  (It is a place we both call home).    

I come bringing harmony in the face of the planet’s doom, which I predicted long ago, when I lived on Earth.

I believe you are throwing out a certain vibration that may bring about Earth’s doom.  When I lived on that planet I once said that “knowledge is laughable when attributed to a human being.”  But, I am thinking that under the circumstances, maybe it wouldn’t be such a bad idea for you to acquire some knowledge. 

I wrote something once that I believe can apply to you:

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Beyond “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”

You will not be able to stay home, brother
You will not be able to plug in, turn on and drop out

So begin the lyrics to Gil Scott-Heron’s most famous poem set to music, “The Revolution Will Not be Televised.”  The original version of this song – recorded and released in 1970 on Bob Thiele’s Flying Dutchman label – had Gil accompanied by bongos and congas only.  In 1971, a new and subsequently more popular version was recorded – which included a full band – and released on Pieces of a Man, Scott-Heron’s most accomplished album.  

“Revolution” has since become an anthem of sorts, and so relevant that it was used in the opening theme of this year’s season of the popular TV series

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Sunset and the Mockingbird — a film about Junior Mance

In a career spanning 70 years, the pianist Junior Mance played with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Dinah Washington, Cannonball Adderley, Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt, appearing on over 100 record albums in the process. In addition to his career as a recording artist, he taught for 23 years at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, counting Brad Mehldau and Larry Goldings among his students before retiring in 2011.

Then, in 2012, according to Sarit Work, co-producer of a documentary in the works on Mance and wife Gloria, “Junior had a stroke which led to the onset of Alzheimer’s dementia. Though his musical abilities were untouched, his gradual mental and physical decline has forced Gloria’s role as manager, wife and soulmate to take on a whole new meaning.”

The story of Mance and Gloria’s role to

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