February, 2014 Newsletter

February 15th, 2014

Jerry Jazz Musician February 2014 Newsletter

Jerry Jazz Musician Newsletter

February, 2014

This month on Jerry Jazz Musician, we visit with Stanley Crouch, author of Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker


* An interview with Why Jazz Happened author Marc Myers

* “A Moment in Time” looks at Stan Getz, 1954; Miles Davis, 1957; and Donald Byrd, 1959

* “Liner Notes” features Coltrane Live at Birdland, as written by LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka)

* “Cover Stories with Paul Morris, Volume 4″ invites readers to revisit the album art of the 1950′s, when LP’s took over the music market, and the art was “entertaining!”

* “Great Encounters” tells the stories of  The night Bill Cosby and John Coltrane played Birdland together and When the “top-notch” players in Chicago (1931) “gave a dance

* “Masters of Jazz Photography” looks at photos of Gjon Mili

* Arya Jenkins’ new short story is called “The Bluest Train” 

* Poets write about George Lewis, Charlie Parker, and Albert and Donald Ayler

* “Reminiscing in Tempo: Memories and Opinion” asks the question:  “Who was your childhood hero?’  Gary Burton, Pat Martino, and others share thoughts on theirs

* “Monday Jazz Quiz” — Four new editions, including the most recent question:   Although he had success as a bandleader in the 1930′s, he is best known for being manager of Harlem’s Minton’s Playhouse during the birth of bebop. Who was he?

*  We also look at critical opinion following the February, 1964 appearance of the Beatles on Ed Sullivan; “Unspeakable Jazz Must Go” reproduces conservative writings about jazz in 1921; “My Funny Valentine” presents the history of the famed Rodgers and Hart standard

All this and more…All found at Jerry Jazz Musician, the site “Devoted to Jazz and 20th Century America”


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In This Issue

Jeffrey Stewart, National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke, is interviewed about Locke (pictured), the father of the Harlem Renaissance.

Also in this issue…A new collection of jazz poetry; "On the Turntable," a new playlist of 19 recommended recordings by five jazz artists; three new podcasts by Bob Hecht; a new “Great Encounters”; several short stories; the photography of Veryl Oakland and Charles Ingham; a new Jazz History Quiz; and lots more…

On the Turntable

This month, a playlist of 19 recently released jazz recordings, including those by Branford Marsalis, Joe Martin, Scott Robinson, Allison Au and Warren Vache


In a special collection of poetry, eight poets contribute seventeen poems focused on stories about family, and honoring mothers and fathers

The Joys of Jazz

In this new volume of his podcasts, Bob Hecht presents three very different stories; on Harlem Stride piano, Billy Strayhorn's end-of-life composition "Blood Count," and "Lester-ese," Lester Young’s creative verbal wit and wordplay.

Short Fiction

We had many excellent entrants in our recently concluded 50th Short Fiction Contest. In addition to publishing the winning story on March 11, with the consent of the authors, we have published several of the short-listed stories...

“What are some of your all-time favorite record album covers?”

Gary Giddins, Jimmy Heath, Fred Hersch, Joe Hagan, Maxine Gordon, Neil Tesser, Tim Page, Veronica Swift and Marcus Strickland are among the 25 writers, musicians, poets, educators, and photographers who write about their favorite album cover art


“Thinking about Homer Plessy” — a photo narrative by Charles Ingham

Jazz History Quiz #127

Before his tragic early death, this trumpeter played with Max Roach, Abbey Lincoln, and John Coltrane, and most famously during a 1961 Five Spot gig with Eric Dolphy (pictured). Who is he?

Great Encounters

In this edition, Bob Dylan recalls what Thelonious Monk told him about music at New York’s Blue Note club in c. 1961.


Jerry Jazz Musician regularly publishes a series of posts featuring excerpts of the photography and stories/captions found in Jazz in Available Light by Veryl Oakland. In this edition, Mr. Oakland's photographs and stories feature Stan Getz, Sun Ra, and Carla Bley.


Romare Bearden biographer Mary Schmidt Campbell discusses the life of the important 20th century American artist

Cover Stories with Paul Morris

In this edition, Paul writes about jazz album covers that offer glimpses into intriguing corners of the culture of the 1950’s

Coming Soon

Michael Cuscuna, the legendary record producer and founder of Mosaic Records, is interviewed about his life in jazz...Award-winning photographer Carol Friedman, on her career in the world of New York jazz photography

In the previous issue

Maxine Gordon, author of Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon, talks about her book, and the complex life of her late husband.

Also in this issue…A new collection of jazz poetry; "On the Turntable," a new playlist of 22 recommended recordings by seven jazz artists; three new podcasts by Bob Hecht; a new “Great Encounters”; several short stories; the photography of Veryl Oakland and Charles Ingham; a new Jazz History Quiz; and lots more…

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