31-01-08

Battle For Hürtgenwald

A to me rather unknown battle at the end of WW II, the Battle for the HürtgenWald, proved the largest defeat of the American Army. Some sources estimate the loss 56.000 soldiers! The Konejung Stiftung made a documentary about the battle which seems to be very interesting. You can get more info here!

Karte_Huertgenwald_1944

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29-01-08

The Baugnez Massacre

If you're intrested in the Battle of the Bulge and the Baugnez massacre you could download a 77 page text (in pdf) here.

28-01-08

Dennis Irwin

If you haven't already heard, Dennis Irwin is very seriously ill and will be leaving New York City quite soon to seek other treatments.  Right now he needs our support both spiritually and financially.

We will be having a benefit event for him at Smalls Jazz Club on Sunday, February 3rd after the Super Bowl.   Even though this may not be the most convenient date, time is of the essence and we cannot wait.   We will begin at 10:00 PM and continue until 4:00 AM at Smalls.  Everyone is invited to come down and participate by playing and also by making a contribution.  A box will be set up so that the donations will be discreet and anonymous.  Everything collected will go directly to Dennis.  There will be no cover charge for this event but you'll be expected to contribute something, whatever's within your means.  Smalls will be donating a portion of bar sales to Dennis as well (so come and drink!).
 
Smalls is located at 183 West 10th street at 7th avenue, just down the street from the Village Vanguard. 

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24-01-08

Pete Candoli

Here you can read Steve Voce's obituary on Mr. Pete Candoli, who passed away on January 11th.

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14-01-08

Woody Shaw - Jersey Blues

Woody Shaw Jersey Blues

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13-01-08

Earl May R.I.P.

EARL MAY (80) RIP
Sat Jan 5, 2008 6:05 pm (PST)

LEFT HANDED BASSIST EARL MAY DIED YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.

Pianist Pete Malinverni informs us of this sad news.

Earl May was born in NYC on September 17, 1927. He had studied with Charles Mingus and in 1951 was playing with the Billy Taylor trio. He later worked with Mercer Ellington, Phineas Newborn and Gloria Lynne.

He recorded with Cat Anderson in 1949. In the 50s he did dates with
tenormen Big John Greer, Gene Ammons, Sonny Stitt, Joe Holiday as well as Tony Scott, Jackie Paris, Barbara Lea, Quincy Jones, Anthony Ortega, Webster Young and John Coltrane (Lush Life), Lorez Alexandria, Hal Serra and Chet Baker. He did many dates with Billy Taylor between 1951 and 1959,

In the 60s there were record dates with Buddy Rich combos, Dave McKenna and Hall Overton, Charlie Rouse, Herman Foster, Shirley Scott, Stanley Turrentine, Lou Donaldson and Mose Allison,

From the 70s through the 90s he recorded with Johnny Hartman, Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Mitchell, Archie Shepp, Canadian Warren Chiasson, Frank Foster, Ruby Braff, Mickey Tucker, Benny Waters, Dave Van Ronk, Marlene Shaw, Carmen Bradford, Claude Williams, Irving Stokes, Grover Mitchell, Junior Mance and since the turn of the century Charles McPherson and Benny Powell. He did his first session as a leader in 2000 and a second in 2005.

Although he was left handed he played the bass (backwards)with the strings in their normal order. He told me the story of doing a trio gig where the drummer was also left handed - a musician who had smoked some pot before entering the club thought he was seeing things backward and blamed it on the pot!

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23-12-07

Métro Bastille

Here's an old view of the Bastille Station in Paris as designed by Hector Guimard. I just can't get enough of these constructions...

metrostation bastille hector guimard

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