Glenn Ford RIP

One of those old time Hollywood star actors, Glenn Ford, passed away. Where are the days of  'Gilda'; '3:10 To Yuma'; The Big Heat... Read the NYT obituary here.

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Andy Fraga RIP

Special to The Desert Sun
Pianist Andy Fraga died
Bruce Fessier
The Desert Sun
August 28, 2006

Andy Fraga was a master bridge builder.
Fraga, a jazz pianist who died Saturday, connected complex solos with engaging vocals on the local nightclub scene for two decades.
As a businessman he translated the language of music to creators of nonprofit events and advertising campaigns.
Right up to his last scheduled performance Saturday, his accompanying singer and close friend credited Fraga with building one final bridge - this one spiritual.
Fraga, who would have been 64 in October, died in his sleep just hours before his scheduled set at an Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines festival he helped launch.
Instead of playing with Fraga at the festival, Pat Tuzzolino wound up sharing a vision of the piano man he had en route to the performance.
"I'm really grateful I was there when this happened," Tuzzolino said of the moment, "because Andy and I had a connection. We were like brothers."
It was perhaps the last in a lifetime of connections for Fraga.
Collette Wood, a former Motown Records employee and Hollywood Reporter writer who worked with Fraga on projects, called him "one of the most important musicians in the valley.
"When I first came to this town and knew nothing about the town, someone told me to go to the Ocotillo (Lodge). I went there and found my people. Andy and Pat Rizzo had the place jumping.
"It was like Andy was the musician in town that all the musicians followed. He was like the godfather. He was the musician's musician."
Fraga received a Coachella Valley Music Award last season for best jazz trio. He was nominated for an ACE Award for a public service announcement he produced with Wood about women with AIDS. He also won Addie and Mona awards for music he wrote for commercials.
He received a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars in front of Cafe St. James in 2001.
He and Rizzo formed their first band in Astoria, N.Y., when they were 12 and lived a block away from one another.
Rizzo went on to play for Sly & the Family Stone, War and Tito Puente, while Fraga graduated from the New York School of Music and the Arts (noted for the "Fame" film and TV show) and continued playing a variety of music. He opened for Vic Damone in Las Vegas and toured the East Coast with a rock band booked by part-time Rancho Mirage resident Norby Walters.
Rizzo asked him to come to Palm Springs for a month of dates in 1988 and his wife, Paula, said they fell in love with the town. He and Rizzo worked in nightspots in the Ocotillo, the Riviera Resort, Hyatt Regency and Ritz Carlton, which became The Lodge at Rancho Mirage.
Rizzo called Fraga his best friend and a perfect teammate.
"If I got the work or got an idea, Andy followed through," he said. "I learned a lot from him. We stayed together longer than most married couples."
Fraga was due to become music director of the Villa Resort in Cathedral City. Bass player Whitey Mitchell, who often worked with Fraga, was planning to join him.
"Andy had an innate sense of good taste for music, wrote wonderful charts for local singers, backed them beautifully and had an eclectic supply of music, which I enjoyed playing every time we worked together," Mitchell said.
"I will miss him musically and personally and am saddened he didn't get the chance to complete some projects he was working on."
Fraga played in every Jazz in the Pines festival since its inception 13 years ago. He was staying at a cabin in Idyllwild on Friday night and friend Mary Moody Lewis said he looked a little gray when she and her husband, drummer Jay Lewis, had a nightcap with Fraga.
Former Duke Ellington vocalist Herb Jeffries said at a set at the Java Lounge in Idyllwild Fraga was a rare jazz pianist who also was a great accompanist.
He relayed Tuzzolino's story, which sent chills around the Idyllwild event.
Tuzzolino, who was slated to replace Mike Costley on the set with Fraga at 11:45 a.m., got a call from Rizzo by cell phone at 7:30 a.m. that Fraga had died.
He drove to the gig and was on Highway 243 at the last grand vista before Idyllwild, he said, when he heard Fraga's "maniacal laugh" and saw Fraga's grinning face as if he were the head of a comet. Then he said he heard Fraga say, "This is fun, Tuzz."
Fraga is survived by his wife, Paula, his son, Andy Jr., his mother, Maria Fraga, and a sister, Evangeline Kohn.
A memorial fund is being planned in his honor.

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Jazz Show Case Closes

Aug 28, 2006 6:25 pm US/Central

Legendary Chicago Jazz Club To Close

Jazz Showcase To Go Silent After Lease Ends

(CBS)  CHICAGO The sound of music is about to go silent at a legendary
Chicago jazz club.

CBS 2’s Joanie Lum reports on a River North favorite that’s about to
fade away.

Six nights a week, the Jazz Showcase fills with the excitement of live
jazz. Artists perform under a giant photograph of Charlie Parker, the
inspiration of so many musicians and the Jazz Showcase itself.

“He changed the way people though about music and changed fingering
methods for the saxophone,” said proprietor Joe Segal.

Joe Segal has promoted and featured bebop and progressive swing music
at his beloved Jazz Showcase for 60 years, the last 10 years at the
Grand and Clark location.

Dizzie Gillespie often played the club known as “where jazz lives in

“He has brought in nationally renown artists. That’s the hallmark and
signature of the Jazz Showcase,” said Lauren Deutsch of the Jazz
Institute of Chicago.

It’s also perhaps its legacy. The lease is up on New Year’s Eve.

“I can’t imagine the Jazz Showcase ever going away,” Deutsch said.

Joe Segal befriended many jazz greats since introducing the music to
Chicago audiences in the 1940s.

It seems the community he enriched wants to give back.

“We’ve been getting calls from developers and people who have bright
ideas, so we’ll see what happens,” Segal said.

“I don’t know what else I would do. I’m too young to retire,” Segal

The Jazz Showcase was one of the first establishments to go smoke-free
in Chicago in the 1990s, and it offers a Sunday matinee for parents and
their children.

Joe Segal and his son, Wayne, will check out the offers they’ve
received to decide whether they will move to a new location.

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Naguib Mahfouz RIP

Mr. Mahfouz passed away this morning. Read here the NYT obituary.


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Sonny Rollins

Found an recent article on Sonny Rollins concerning his new cd and his own label... Read more here...

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Stephen Greenleaf


I just finished ‘Book case’ a Marsh Tanner PI  by Stephen Greenleaf. Not that much action but a deeply dark view on the life of PI Marsh Tanner. The plot concerns a friend of Tanner who owns a publishing company in San Francisco. He receives a non finished script which promises to be a best seller. Tanner is asked to the author since the script arrived anonymous … Previous novels i read were 'Grave Error' and 'Death Bed'.

If you want to read more on Mr. Greenleaf there’s an interview available here.

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Blog Update


Time for an update of the radio & tv links : Arte, Mezzo,  France Musique, BBC 3, France Culture and France Inter deserve to be mentioned. Enjoy!

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