25-08-07

Max Roach (2)

Don't think that the passing of Max Roach left me cold. I want to write about him the coming days, week or so with some memories about the concerts i attended, some music i listened at recently but that takes time...

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Charlie Parker Jazz Festival


In it's august 24 edition Nate Chinen published a 5 page article related to Charlie Parker and his annual tribute festival in New York. I wish i could be there, but i'll have to do it with the article and Birds music.

 

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20-08-07

Max Roach R.I.P.

Max Roach's public viewing will be held on Friday, August 24 at
Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive in Manhattan, from 9:00 a.m. to
10:30 a.m. with a public funeral service from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The legendary drummer will subsequently be buried in a private
ceremony at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.

The family issued the following statement: "We are deeply saddened by
our beloved father's passing. We wish to convey our sincere thanks and
appreciation for all the blessings and condolences we have received at
this time. As his family we are fortunate to have been a part of his
life and we will continue to share his legacy as a musician, educator
and social activist with the world."

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the
Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL
60601-7633, www.alz.org or Veritas Therapeutic Community, Inc. (which
provides substance abuse services), 912 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY
10025, 212-865-9182, ext. 205, http://www.veritas-inc.org, where Roach
was a Veritas Foundation trustee and founder.

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15-08-07

Herb Pomeroy R.I.P.

I got this sad news in the mailbox :

"Beloved New England trumpet player and educator Herb Pomeroy died on
Saturday, August 11th. Herb had an amazing career, was loved by so many jazz fans and musicians, and positively affected everything he touched.
He played with Charlie Parker and Lionel Hampton, toured briefly with Stan
Kenton, was in the original jazz workshop in Boston (led by Charlie Mariano
and also including Dick Twardzik and Serge Chaloff), led an outstanding big
band from the 1950s to the 1960s and then intermittently until the 1990s,
taught at Berklee for 41 years (as well as at the Lenox School of Music,
Harvard and MIT for briefer periods), and played in countless Boston area
combos both as a leader and sideman. Herb was a beautiful, lyrical trumpet player and a beautiful human being. He will be sorely missed."

Better check out these Parker - Pomeroy live dates one of these days.

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13-08-07

Sonny Rollins, Amsterdam 1998

 

 Sonny Rollins Amsterdam

To start this week you can watch and listen at Sonny Rollins' 1998 concert in Amsterdam. Enjoy!

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06-08-07

Miles Davis : Extra rare

Thanks to my friend Blackhawk who forwarded the link to me you can also enjoy a very rare Miles Davis item. Miles as producer of a Betty Mabry song 'Politician Man'. It's from 1969 and you can find it here. Enjoy!

 

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04-08-07

Sony Dallas R.I.P.

Whil browsing in my email in box i found this obituary written by John Klopotowski, guitarist :
 
Jazz bassist and singer Sonny Dallas, 76, has passed away on July 22
on Long Island after a series of heart related illnesses. Born Frances
Dominic Joseph Dallas in 1931 in Pittsburgh, Sonny started singing professionally at the age of eight and went on to study the bass with Herman Clements, principal bassist of the Pittsburgh Symphony, who also taught jazz bassists Ray Brown and Paul Chambers. Sonny began his jazz career with big bands led by Charlie Spivak, Claude Thornhill, and Ray Eberle, and relocated to New York in March 1955. He went on to perform and record with a long list of jazz greats: guitarist Sal Salvador, clarinetist Bobby Scott, trumpeters Chet Baker and Buck Clayton, saxophonists Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh, Phil Woods, Gene Quill, Zoot Sims, and Al Cohn, and pianists Mary Lou Williams, Bill Evans, George Wallington, and Lennie Tristano. Sonny began working with Tristano in 1959 after being recruited for the job by Warne Marsh, and went on to perform and record with Tristano for a period of nine years before moving permanently to Shirley, NY in 1968. He appeared with the Lennie Tristano Quintet on the 1959 Newport Jazz Festival All- Stars tour, as well as appeared with the Quintet on the 1964 CBS Broadcast "Look Up and Live." Sonny also appears on a number of critically acclaimed jazz recordings - "Motion" with the Lee Konitz Trio, "Phil Talks with Quill" with the Phil Woods Quintet, and "Descent into the Maelstrom" and "Note to Note" with Lennie Tristano, among others. After moving to Long Island he went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in music education at CW Post University and began a long teaching career at both Suffolk County Community College and Dowling College. He taught music classes, led jazz ensembles, and taught countless private students over the last thirty-five years. In his later years he was featured in an interview with Rick Petrone broadcast on WYRS-FM on December 1, 1981, continued to perform sporadically with Lee Konitz, and was honored with a lifetime achievement in jazz award in 2005. A big man with an even bigger heart, Sonny will be lovingly remembered and sorely missed by all those fortunate to have been associated with him.

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