On the Turntable — January, 2019 edition

. . . . I am having time to listen to new music more regularly these days, and finding great pleasure in many of the “grooves.”  (Full disclosure…investing $10 per month in a Spotify account — while not the sensual experience of laying the needle on the vinyl — effortlessly gets your ears to just … Continue reading “On the Turntable — January, 2019 edition”

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January 7th, 2019

Bob Hecht’s “Joys of Jazz” – Vol. 2

. Award winning radio producer and host Bob Hecht shares his love of jazz through his podcasts on his site “The Joys of Jazz.” In this edition, he tells three stories:   . . “Strange Fruit” When Billie Holiday first heard the anti-lynching protest song, “Strange Fruit,” she was leery of singing it at all. … Continue reading “Bob Hecht’s “Joys of Jazz” – Vol. 2″

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January 7th, 2019

Jerry Jazz Musician — December, 2018 issue

. . In this Issue .   Few Americans have lived a life so momentous as Bing Crosby’s. His enormous popularity spread across virtually every entertainment medium in existence during his time, particularly during the 1940’s, America’s most consequential 20th Century era. Much of this issue of Jerry Jazz Musician is devoted to the 1940’s, … Continue readingJerry Jazz Musician — December, 2018 issue”

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January 5th, 2019

Guy Lombardo, “about as artistically creative as the average comic book”

. . Guy Lombardo _____ “If you can dance at all, you can dance to [Guy] Lombardo’s music,” the Metronome writer George T. Simon wrote in 1942.   The Lombardo band’s popularity was once so immense and widespread that he set attendance marks wherever he went, including at Harlem’s Savoy Ballroom. His appeal came despite what … Continue reading “Guy Lombardo, “about as artistically creative as the average comic book””

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January 1st, 2019

Coming to Jerry Jazz Musician in January, 2019

. . Ralph Ellison Billie Holiday Langston Hughes    .   What happens when three prominent religious scholars get together for a discussion about the lives of Billie Holiday, Ralph Ellison and Langston Hughes?  A Jerry Jazz Musician-hosted conversation among Tracy Fessenden (Arizona State University), M. Cooper Harriss (Indiana University) and Wallace Best (Princeton) included … Continue reading “Coming to Jerry Jazz Musician in January, 2019″

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December 30th, 2018

“White Christmas” movie trivia…

. . Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney in the 1954 film, “White Christmas” . _____ .   Another holiday season…another scramble to find that elusive music that could potentially compel the spirit to emerge.  With all that is going on in America at the moment, music can provide great solace, but Christmas music?  I continue … Continue reading ““White Christmas” movie trivia…”

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December 23rd, 2018

“For Chet Baker, Trumpet Player, at Age Twenty Four” — a poem by Alan Yount

  photo by Carole Reiff Chet Baker on the Today Show, 1954, with Dave Garroway in foreground   ___   FOR  CHET  BAKER,  TRUMPET  PLAYER,                    AT  AGE TWENTY  FOUR   I saw a picture             of you, in 1954   on the today t.v. show             with host dave garroway.   you both             looked so happy. … Continue reading ““For Chet Baker, Trumpet Player, at Age Twenty Four” — a poem by Alan Yount”

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December 7th, 2018

In This Issue

This issue features a roundtable discussion about how the world of religion may have impacted the creative lives of Billie Holiday, Langston Hughes and Ralph Ellison. Also, previous winners of the Jerry Jazz Musician Short Fiction Contest reflect on their winning story; three new podcasts from Bob Hecht; new collection of poetry; recommendations of recently released jazz recordings, and lots more.

Short Fiction

"The Wailing Wall" -- a short story by Justin Short

Interviews

Three prominent religious scholars -- Wallace Best, Tracy Fessenden and M. Cooper Harriss -- join us in a conversation about how the world of religion during the life and times of Langston Hughes (pictured), Billie Holiday and Ralph Ellison helps us better comprehend the meaning of their work.

Poetry

Nine poets contribute ten poems celebrating jazz in poems as unique as the music itself

Short Fiction

In celebration of our upcoming 50th Short Fiction Contest, previous contest winners (dating to 2002) reflect on their own winning story, and how their lives have since unfolded.

The Joys of Jazz

In this edition, award winning radio producer Bob Hecht tells three stories; 1) on Charlie Christian, the first superstar of jazz guitar; 2) the poet Langston Hughes’ love of jazz music, and 3) a profile of the song “Strange Fruit”

On the Turntable

25 recently released jazz tunes that are worth listening to…including Bobo Stenson; Medeski, Martin and Wood; Muriel Grossman and Rudy Royston

Features

Chick Corea, Rickie Lee Jones, Gary Giddins, Michael Cuscuna, Randy Brecker and Tom Piazza are among those responding to our question, "What are 3 or 4 of your favorite jazz recordings of the 1940's?"

Poetry

"Billie Holiday" -- a poem (with collage) by Steve Dalachinsky

Coming Soon

Thomas Brothers, Duke University professor of music and author of two essential biographies of Louis Armstrong, is interviewed about his new book, HELP! The Beatles, Duke Ellington, and the Magic of Collaboration; also, Spelman College President Mary Schmidt Campbell, author of An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden, in a conversation about the brilliant 20th Century artist

In the previous issue

This issue features an interview with Bing Crosby biographer Gary Giddins; a collection of poetry devoted to the World War II era; and a new edition of “Reminiscing in Tempo,” in which the question “What are 3 or 4 of your favorite jazz recordings of the 1940’s” is posed to Rickie Lee Jones, Chick Corea, Tom Piazza and others.

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