Date: Sat, 25 Dec 2004 11:54:44 -0800
1. From: Bob Florence <email@example.com>
Jazz Westcoast <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
Bandstand <email@example.com>, finale <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: OT: Who are you?
I receive so many e mails from the address listed above. I have met
quite a few of you. However, I would love to know a little background
of each and all of you. Are you a musician? Are you active? Are you
retired? Where are you from and where are you residing now? What kind
of music do you specialize in? Are you an instrumentalist,
composer/arranger/copyist, teacher, etc.? If not a musician, what is
The answered questions are to satisfy my curiosity about who I am
dealing with. I have seen all of your names many times. Now it is
time for more information.
born may 20, 1932 in Los Angeles. I am an active composer/arranger,
pianist, band leader and sometimes cook. I reside in Thousand Oaks,
- From: Andrew Williams <email@example.com>
I was born here in Bristol on 1 August 1939, and am now retired. I am merely an enthusiast for the music, and an avid collector of recordings. To begin with Ted Heath and his Music were the main attraction for me, and this band still has a special place.
In 1956, following the lifting of the Petrillo ban, Stan Kenton came here to broaden our horizons. He was followed by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and the MJQ. I have also been fortunate enough to see Teddy Wilson, Charlie Shavers, Andre Previn and Dave Brubeck among others.
- From: “JACK TRACY” <JackTracy26@msn.com>
born 7/27/26 in Minneapolis MN. Editor of Down Beat in the 1950s, jazz
record producer for several labels in the 1960s and ’70s, including Mercury,
Limelight, Phillips, Argo, and Fantasy. Occasional freelance writing until
retirement in the ’90s. Reside in Port Hueneme CA.
- From: “Marissa Dodge-Bartlett” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
A lurker revealed: Marissa Dodge-Bartlett ~ Born 3/4/61 in Duluth, MN. I’m a life long, jazz rooted composer, musician (piano), and vocalist. I lived in Mpls. MN for many years and now reside in Marietta, TX with my guitarist husband Michael and 6 cats and 1 dog. 5 off the top of my head influences from a list of 100 or more: Sarah, Strayhorn, Jobim, Shorter, and Eliane Elias. Friends Jerry Atkins and Phil Kelly hipped me to this hip newsgroup.
- From: Anthony Minstein <email@example.com>
Sax, Clarinet, Flute, guitar and mandolin. I play jazz, lead my own klezmer band (we do weddings, b’nai mitzvahs and occasional bris), western swing and bluegrass.
I live in Louisville, KY…though was raised in Manhattan and Redondo Beach CA.
- From: Vic Hall <Hallofbop@aol.com>
Vic Hall, born Birmingham, England June 1925, served in WWII in British Army
in India, and occupation duty in Japan (based 18 miles from Hiroshima).
Emigrated to Canada in ’47 then the U.S. in ’58. Had a very undistinguished career
in the trucking industry, retiring in ’91. In 1968 fell into the sweetest gig
as a volunteer jazz deejay with WUSF 89.7, the radio broadcasting division of
the University of South Florida here in Tampa. Still produce and host The Sound
of Jazz, which ‘streams’ on the ‘net’ Saturdays at www.wusf.org from 10pm to
1am EST. As they don’t pay me they can’t tell me what to play, so it’s bebop,
west-coast and big band music programmed from my personal record collection.
Jazz music has dominated my life since 1938, and my greatest single jazz
experience was seeing and hearing Bird live at the Deuces on 52nd St. in the Apple
in the spring of ’48.
- From: Wilhelm Borgschulte (Willie) “Jazzcorner” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Wilhelm Borgschulte (Willie)
* august 13,1934. Retired (after 36 years as auditor by profession), now
being my own boss in my own business as property manager. Was introduced
to swing & jazz by AFN radio (Frankfurt) in the early fifties ( Billy May,
Ray Anthony) ad was hooked when I first heard Shorty Rogers with short stop.
Next step Four Freshmen and Stan plus some JATP and that’s the story.
Active guitarist during early university (trio) and stopped it when the
travelling job (auditor) begun. Still fan of the great arrangers Willis,
Bob, Hefti,Wilkins. Always open for new sounds
- From: “John M. Thomas” <email@example.com>
66 years old, happily married to a wonderful woman, who always wants
to turn the music UP!–retired sales/management (27years–13 corporate
moves, all east of the Mississippi–most on the road–with many Jazz tapes
etc.–now 2 hearing aids!)–got hooked on “Jazz” at age 10 with “Boogie
Woogie” (Jimmy Dorsey?)–then Kenton (September Song/Laura–those trombone
choirs–still some of the very best)-Basie, Mulligan, Ferguson, Woody, more
Kenton during the 50’s–70’s
Turned on to The Limited Edition in 1981/2–with “Westlake”–still think
“Carmello’s By The Freeway” one of the best–still waiting to hear it
live–HINT/HINT(May 2005 Poston–PLEASE)
Have been fortunate to see/hear most of the greats(and very good) over the
last 50 years–but not all–missed Louis/Ella/Sarah/Dizzy/Bird,
Have been a “Emily’s Jazz Boy (and Girls)” since 2001–and IAJE member since
1995–hope to see you and Evie in Long Beach–looking forward to hearing the
Best, John M. Thomas, in Mason, Ohio
- From: “Larry B Whitford” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Born: ’33 Morehead City, NC
Married ’60, 1 daughter, 1 granddaughter
Retired plumbing systems designer – ’03
Non musician (mother played violin, harmonica & guitar
father college professor)
Introduced to jazz by Eddie Condon (his bio) 1950
Oldest friend a college professor in Iowa who is a
jazz vibraphone player.
Grew up with the big bands, heard Kenton very late,
turned on by West Coast Jazz while in Korea in ’52,
Mulligan-Baker first, then most other westcoasters
Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond,
Art Pepper. Bud Shank, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Michel
Legrand, Count Basie, Stan Kenton.
Zoot Sims, 4 Freshmen, Toots, Bob Brookmeyer,
Lighthouse All Stars, Shelly Manne and Bob Florence.
Edited fan newsletter of Chet Baker (CHET’S CHOICE) for
- From: Bill Crow <email@example.com>
Bill Crow, born in Othello, Washington Dec 27, 1927, started playing the bass in July 1950, still at it after all these years.
Also occasionally playing the tuba in public, more often at home. Wife doesn’t seem to mind. Trying to develop British stiff upper lip so much admired in Steve Voce. Next year, working on stiff lower lip.
Further details on my life available in my book “From Birdland to Broadway,” Oxford University Press.
Other jokes and stories available in my first book, “Jazz Anecdotes,” which will be undergoing a revision with added stories next year.
- From: Larry Israel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Born San Francisco, April 14, 1939, grew up in San Mateo. San Mateo Junior
College, San Francisco State, Art Center School of Design. U.S. Army 61-64
in Wurzburg, Germany. Moved to LA in ’65 to work for North-American
Aviation in their computing center. Retired in ’99 from Boeing. Now live
in Costa Mesa with the love of my life. Was lucky enough to have parents
that loved Armstrong, Ellington, Basie, Goodman, Shaw, etc., so I grew up
loving jazz. Looking forward to hearing you at the upcoming IAJE in Long
- From: “John Altman” <email@example.com>
John Altman. Born 1949 in London. Nephew of Sid and Woolf Phillips. Now
resident in Los Angeles composing for film (Shall We Dance) and
television (The Reagans), playing curved soprano saxophone and leading
LA based big band (when permitted!) See you at IAJE where I will be a
- From: Phil Kelly <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Born Dec. 16, 1937 in Canton Ohio. I’ve been a professional musician
since I was about 16..started out in the tail end of the big band eraas
a drummer/arranger ( including a stint with ,among others, Si Zentner
where by far the best feature of the gig was the great book that was
basically written by Bob F ) Following about 5 years of road work, I
basically slaved in the the seventh circle of musical hell for the next
35 years composing/arranging/ and producing music for commercial use:
ads, TV and some film stuff ..moved to the Pacific NW and now retired,
took up jazz again as a hobby! ..put out my only CD under my own name,
and I’m actually enjoying music again!
- From: “Joseph Lang” <email@example.com>
Joe Lang. Born 4/15/41 in Queens, New York. Turned on by Louis Armstrong’s
“Ambassador Satch” album that I borrowed from the Hempsetad Library on Long
Island during my early high school years. First live jazz experience –
group led by Yank Lawson and Miff Mole at West Hempstead High School. Also
saw Satchmo on stage at the Roxy Theatre in NYC, with the movie being “Boy
on a Dolphin.” In college, I really expanded my jazz listening, began to
hit clubs like Birdland, the Village Gate, the Half Noe, etc., and started
purchasing LP’s. By the late 60’s, the record collecting started to become
a bit obsessive. Now have about 10,000 to 12,000 LP’s and 5,000 to 6,000
CD’s. Also have a large collection of books about Jazz and American Popular
Song. I also love the Great American Songbook, both jazz and pop vocal
versions. Spent 20 plus years working in the printing industry, having
majored in Printing Management at Carnegie Tech (Class of 1962). In
mid-80’s bought a used record store in Red Bank, NJ, and kept it going for 8
years, before the used vinyl business became a dinosaur. It was like being
the drunk who bought a bar, and my financial life has never been the same.
I currently work in the retail CD business. I became active about 10 years
ago in the New Jersey Jazz Society, which I now serve as president, as well
as writing reviews for the NJJS magazine”Jersey Jazz.”
My favorite jazz musicians are many, but if pressed, I would highlight
Satchmo, Monk and Zoot. I am also a huge fan of jazz-oriented big bands
like Kenton, Woody, Basie and yours.
This is probably more than any of you wanted to know, but having typed it, I
shall send it.
- From: “Len Dobbin” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Where to start – I’m 69 (70 on February 23 – also Carisi, John Benson
Brooks, Hall Overton and Handel’s birthdate) and I have been a part of
the Montreal jazz scene since (at 15) joining the Montreal chapter of
the New Jazz Society in 1950.
I have been called, among other things, “The Godfather of Montreal
Jazz”, “Montreal’s Mr. Jazz” and an “Eminence Gris” ( I once said Hi!
to Roy Haynes and when he saw it was me said – “Now I know I’m in
Montreal!”.)and have been doing jazz radio here (on and off – more on)
since 1962. I had a Sunday evening show that ran from 1976 through 1995
and my current show “Dobbin’s Den” is now at show #510. It’s heard
worldwide on the web at www.ckut.ca – 11am – 1pm est
I am now also a researcher for the Dorothee Berryman Jazz Show, heard in
French on Saturdays and Sundays from 6-8 pm across Canada and
into bordering States on the network of Radio Canada. Ms. Berryman is
well known in Canada as an actress and a singer and plays “Louise” in
Barbarian Invasions” which won an Academy Award this year (2004) as best
foreign film. She released her second CD, “P.S. I Love You” last Fall –
her first one has sold in excess of 20,000 copies.
I do CD reviews for MIRROR, a Montreal weekly and have in the past
written for CODA (beginning in 1958), Jazz Hot in Paris, the Montreal
Gazette (a daily) and have done many sets of liner notes, mostly for the
Justin Time and DSM labels, Oscar Peterson, Paul Bley, pianist Russ
Freeman, accordionist Gordie Fleming and trombonist Phil Wilson.
I also have had a number of jazz photography exhibits and, due to my
involvement in the jazz world, am in the ‘Canadian Who’s Who’.
My play lists also appear on the www.upstairsjazz.com site and I also
contribute a column to that site as well as sites run by publisher
Press (including a photo portfolio) and the Montreal club, House of Jazz
and often contribute to ejazz News, a popular
Toronto web site.
Oliver Jones wrote “Len’s Den”, Nick Ayoub, “Dobbin’s Nest” and Pepper
Adams (turning me into a verb) ” Dobbin’ ” in my honour.
SNAIL MAIL ADDRESS:
5230 WEST HILL AVENUE # 2
- From: Joel Sears <email@example.com>
I went to North Texas State University through the mid 60s. I’m a
recording engineer, copyist and big band bari player, in Chicago. I
retired my Osmiroids and Esterbrooks in 1998 for Finale and never
Thanks for asking,
- From: “Thomas Prigmore” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Born December 27, 1962 in Charleston, South Carolina currently living in Lynnwood, Washington with my wife of seven years, Satoko Ajiro of Tokyo, Japan.
Professional saxophonist currently performing with Marvin Glover and Spider Lounge (Funk, Jazz, Rock cover band). Both bands performing in the Puget Sound and West Coast. For more see:
United States Air Force musician 1983 – 1987 stationed at Langley AFB, Virginia and Clark AB, Republic of the Philippines. Recorded two albums with USAF:
“Standard Bearers of Excellence” and “The Rite of Spring.”
Two recording dates with Marvin Glover:
“One” and soon to be released “Muse”
One recording date with Doctor Zoom:
Performed at Montreaux Jazz Festival and Northsea Jazz Festival in Summer of 1979 with the Hyde Park JHS Jazz Band under the direction of Carol Bumgarner (former teacher of Cleto Escobedo, band leader of Cleto and the Cletones, host band for Jimmy Kimmel’s ABC TV talk show seen late night M-F)
Performance credits include:
Roy Burns, Loyal Gardner, Fred Radke, Bob Pierson, Marla Shaw daughter of Marlena Shaw), Dennis Mackrael (former drummer with Count Basie Big Band), Joe Triscari (nephew of Joe and Ray Triscari), Electric Oil Sump Jazz Band under the direction of “Doc” Woods, Isidore Rudnick, Michael Cain, Paul Hannah, Dick Jensen, Mokihana, Chaz Mann, Danny Kamekona, Claude Askew, Tom Cook, Don Johnson, Sharon Johnson, Colonel Lowell E. Graham, Andreas Stollar, Chris Lenk, Wil Forbis, Bret Glidewell, Dan Jeanotte, Marvin Glover, Rodney Yee, Ryan Leyva, Brian Marks, Thane Mitchell, Larry “Bubba” Sims, Michael Valle, Ken Hahn, Rich Evans, John Bartelink, Chris Longmoon, Melanie Roy, Karin Kajita, Steve Mraz, Bob Strickland, Tony Cappiello, Kevin Christopher, Josef Prigmore, Anne Lucero (nee Prigmore).
Former teachers include:
Garvin Bushell, Sr., Sam Carlisi, Art Woodbury, Fred Radke, Lloyd Brockman, “Doc” Woods, Alan Lewis, Bill McMosely, Carol Bumgarner-Lewis, Dennis Whipple.
Son of Helen Marie (Becky) Prigmore proprietor of “The Jazz Room” a local jazz club in the late seventies in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mentee of William Howard (Monk) Montgomery, late brother to Wes Montgomery.
Major influences: John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Wes Montgomery, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Sonny Rollins, Clifford Brown, Frank Butler, Tony Fillipone, Karl Kiffe, Buddy Rich, Tom Montgomery, Don Hannah, Tom Scott, Maynard Ferguson, Maurice White, Maceo Parker, George Benson, Emilio Castillo, Stephen “Doc” Kupka, Frank Rosolino, Bob Pierson, Kenny Hing, Carl Saunders, Rick Davis, Dave Brubeck, Phil Woods, Paul Desmond, Boots Randolph, Sadao Watanabe, David Sanborn and most of all the incomparable Gary LeFebvre.
Accounting professional currently seeking employment.
- From: Todd S. Jenkins <Epistrophy@aol.com>
Todd S. Jenkins
Writer for Down Beat, All About Jazz, Route 66 Magazine et al. I play bass
and alto on occasion, mostly in church these days. I live in the jazz graveyard
of San Bernardino, CA.
- From: Donna Fagerquist <DJfagerQ@aol.com>
Donna Fagerquist, born 1952 in Hollywood, Ca.
Grew up in the world of West Coast Jazz.
And yes, I have the Calicchio…
p.s. Thank you all for the many kind words over these last few years.
He would be humbled to know that people still talk about him.
My kindest regards, Donna
- From: “Robert Gordon” <email@example.com>
Born Nov. 30, 1938 (an anniversary I share with Jack Sheldon and Mark
Twain). A trombonist, I was a Navy Musician for four years in the early to
mid sixties (where I met cats like Thurman Green, Hamiet Bluiett, and Lanny
Hartley). Later, while researching material for the book “Jazz West Coast,”
I met many of my heros and got to be friends with some of them. It was a
labor of love and paid off hansomely in new friendships (both with musicians
and later with readers) if not in coin of the realm. Currently I’m playing
with the Orchestra of Southern Utah a full fledged S.O. composed of a few
professionals and many enthusiastic amateurs such as myself. I reside in
Cedar City, Utah but was a southern Californian for most of my life.
(And Todd, jazz is still easier to access from San Bernardino than from
- From: Kim Richmond <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Active Woodwind player, mostly jazz alto saxophone, but all saxophones,
clarinets, flutes. Classically trained.
Composer/Arranger/Orchestrator, Concductor, Bandleader
Born and raised Champaign, Illinois
Resides in Los Angeles (Hollywood Hills area) since 1967
- From: “C Tom Davis” <email@example.com>
My name is Tom Davis. Musicianly status: aspiring.
Work status: unemployed, made redundant earlier this year, now looking for
a job after 5 months travelling the world on a round-the-world ticket.
Worked in marketing before I was made unemployed. Originally born in
Canada, lived there 21 years, have lived in the UK (London) ever since.
Absolutely mad about all types of jazz – interests range from Louis
Armstrong to Cecil Taylor – but probably more of a bopper than anything
else. Got into jazz gradually (and have yet to exhaust the well in nearly
20 years of listening), but essentially grabbed by Bud Powell and Thelonious
Monk, who are still favourites. West Coast Jazz a big interest, mainly
through Baker, Hawes, Mulligan, Pepper. This is the best list that I have
been on, despite its ups and downs, without question.
- From: Ken Koenig <SelfDoc@aol.com>
I’m Ken Koenig.
Born New York, N.Y. December 9, 1938. Lived in Brooklyn until age 12.
Family moved to Tucson, Arizona 1951. While taking sax lessons at age 15, my
teacher said, “You might like to listen to this fellow playing sax with the
Dave Brubeck Quartet.” That was the beginning of my interest in jazz and worse
than that, record collecting. Also, I was able to listen to late night LA
radio in the 50s to hear jazz from the west coast. Graduated from the
University of Arizona, Tucson in 1959 and then went to the University of Colorado
Medical School. Graduated 1963. One year training in San Francisco 1963 to
1964 (memorable because of the major groups to be seen at the Jazz Workshop)
and then back to Denver for my specialty training in Psychiatry 1964 -1967.
US Army from 1967 – 1969 at Fitzsimons General Hospital. Lived and practiced
psychiatry in Denver until 1983 when we moved to Santa Cruz, CA having always
been enamored by California. Have practiced psychiatry and psychoanalysis
since then, now only part-time. For the past three years working on a
documentary film with the help of Howard Rumsey, Jim Harrod, Ken Poston and many
others on and off this group about the Lighthouse and the Lighthouse All Stars.
Will be finished shortly. Now, finally, married to the “perfect woman” for
me, have two adult children and one grandchild.
- From: Bruce Talbot <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I was born in Wellington New Zealand on July 25, 1939. July 25 appears to have been the birth date of Johnny Hodges and Happy Cauldwell too, albeit a few decades earlier. I moved to London, England in 1962, then Washington DC in 1991. I feel incredibly fortunate to have been able to combine my working life with my first love, music, and jazz in particular. I began working in radio in New Zealand, eventually becoming a program producer, then moved to London and virtually started all over again at the BBC. In my latter years there I supervised and produced many recording sessions of all kinds, for radio programs and the BBC’s record label. My work at the BBC brought me the Smithsonian’s attention amd I was offered the job of running the Smithsonian Record label, which I did from 1991 to 1998 when the Recording Division became a victim of Washington politics and was axed. I started playing tenor sax in my mid teens, and it was until the Smithsonian move, a major part of my life, particularly in London. We now live in Northern Virginia, just outside ‘the nation’s capital’ and there’s not much call for a saxophone in the blue-grass groups, ceilidh bands, and go-go aggregations that dominate the music scene here. So the horn gathers dust for the frst time in its life. Since the Smithsonian I have produced programs for NPR on Bud Shank, and Tom Talbert
- From: “Jim Brown” <email@example.com>
Jim Brown b. Huntington, WV, 12 Oct 41, turned on to Bach by
my parish priest, and to jazz by DJ’s Hugh McPherson, Dick
Lashbrook, Willis Conover, and Dick Martin, further ear-opening
by Sid McCoy, Daddio Daylie, Dick Buckley, Harry Abraham, and
Bill Ardis. Got into ham radio in 1955 (now K9YC), got BSEE
from U of Cincy (1964). Heard Armstrong live c.a. ’54,
Brubeck/Desmond, LH&R, Rollins and Trane ’64, all the great big
bands on the road beginning in ’59. Own about 4,000 LP’s and
4,000 CD’s. Still try to get out to hear live music once a
I make my living designing sound systems for public places —
theaters, churches, stadiums, etc. Have done some live jazz
recordings, mostly “underground,” some of which I would love to
obtain rights to and release. Only one is out so far — Carmen
at Ratso’s 1976. Also a couple of dozen “Jazz Alive” shows for
NPR during the late 70’s, early 80’s.
Met 2nd wife in ’88, married since ’91 (got it right this
time), we each have two grown kids and six grand-kids living on
both coasts. Only my daughter digs jazz — she would check out
prospective boyfriends by their reaction to Billie/Prez.
My favorite musicians are too numerous to mention, but include
Armstrong, Prez, Duke, Billie, Desmond, Carmen, Chet, Bill
Evans, Al Cohn, Barry Harris, Kellaway, Trane, Pepper Adams,
Mulligan, Mandel, Holman.
We have only one cat now that our 20-year old gray tabbie died
- From: “TONY CAPPIELLO” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Born New Haven,CT,1-10-1939.Took my first drum lesson from Tommy
Glass.Went to whatever concert was available in New Haven at that
time.Goodman,Kenton,JATP,Krupa,etc.In 1954,my mother remarried and we
ended up in Santa Barbara,Calif.I played in the high school band and
orch.under the direction of Henry Brubeck (Dave’s Bro).Managed to scrape
together $10 for a lesson with Stan Levey at the Lighthouse.Graduated in
1956. Joined the Navy in 1957 in NYC and played with the Recruit
marching band in Bainbridge,MD.After boot camp and Radio School, I was
transferred to San Diego.Attended National Tech School (1962) in
LA.Received a FCC and Ham license(wb6ehd).Worked for General Telephone
of Ca. in Santa Barbara.Played for two years at the Spigot in SB with
the Herb Hicks Quintet as the house band.Took some lessons with Chuck
Flores.Played just about everywhere in Santa Barbara and still kept the
day job!Lucky enough to have played a gig with Warne Marsh,Anthony
Ortega,Ian Bernard,David Parlatta,Frank Frost,Robin Frost,Val
Zuniga,Hank Allen,Patty Woods in town.In 1974 took a few more lessons
with Fred Gruber.Moved to the Seattle area in 1979.Retired from General
Telephone of the NW in 1993. Of late I have been playing with some swing
bands on the Eastside.
- From: “Jeff Thompson” email@example.com
Born December 1955 in Cincinnati, Ohio, lifelong fan of Cincinnati Reds. Grew up in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and Loudonville (due north of Albany), New York. BSEE (electrical engineering) from University of Buffalo. Moved to Silicon Valley in northern California in 1978. Have worked for the past 26 years in the semiconductor field. Currently Director of Marketing for a semiconductor company. Active musician, just never as a professional. Semi-amateur trombone player. Began trombone studies in grade school at the age of 9. Continued through middle school, high school and university. I attend IAJE, not as an educator, but as a permanent student. Proud writer of a single big band arrangement on Autumn Leaves. This was only played once, never recorded, never released, and never published. Computer used on this arrangement: #2 pencil.
Turned on to jazz music by my father, who enjoyed the music of early ’50s pianists such as Oscar Peterson, Errol Garner, George Shearing and especially his favorite Brubeck/Desmond. He played these records on his hi-fi, which could be heard throughout the house.
Performed with the late baritone saxophonist Nick Brignola (he was a guest artist with our high school band). Studied with Frank Foster (took classes he taught at university). Frank wrote music expressly for me to perform ( 4 bars of a Mood Indigo arrangement, I was the only trombonist in the group). Attended a clinic from Frank Rosolino (“fastest tongue in the west”). That’s my very own applause you’ll hear on Louis Bellson’s Dynamite album, recorded live at the Concord Jazz Festival in Concord, California some years back.
Very active in collecting jazz records, attending live jazz concerts, attending jazz festivals. Specialize in listening to jazz trombone, big band jazz, and my current fave – Gregorian chant (not!). One of my proudest moments in jazz is being one of the original members of Emily’s Jazz Boys. I consider myself lucky to have been one of Emily’s many friends, I learned a lot from her about chasing the music.
- From: John Hasselback <JohnHassel@aol.com>
What a great idea to have everyone introduce themselves…nice to put more
information with the names I read each day!
I am: John Hasselback, Jr. – age 38, living near Buffalo, NY. I am a
trombonist, and teach high school/middle school band. My father is a jazz
pianist/teacher – when I was a young kid, he would pay me $1 for each tune I could
play from memory on his gigs. I soon started to see the financial benefits of
playing jazz (hahahaha) and began learning enough tunes to get a real place
in the band by the time I was in high school. Following that, I went to the
Hartt School of Music in Connecticut, where I studied in alto saxophonist
Jackie McLean’s department. Notable teachers there included James Williams,
Jaki Byard, Jack Wilson, Nat Reeves, Rick Rozie, and weekly masterclasses with
great artists like Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Walter Davis, Pepper Adams,
Curtis Fuller, Steve Turre, etc. My room-mate for much of that time was the
great trombonist Steve Davis – we are close friends to this day. Following
college, I moved back to Buffalo, and became very active playing gigs around town
and traveling a bit. For the past several years, I have been teaching school
and have still remained active as a player. I have played/recorded with Don
Menza, Gap Mangione, Kenny Wheeler, Lester Bowie, Roswell Rudd, etc etc.
For “West Coast Content,” I recently played with Don Menza and his big band at
the Stratospheric Maynard Ferguson Tribute. That was quite an experience –
getting to play with so many world class musicians, as well getting to meet
many legends like Howard Rumsey, Bill Holman, Stan Levey, Slide Hampton, etc
etc etc. Our concert was recorded, and will hopefully be available soon.
While I was in LA that week, I also played a small group date with Don Menza at
Charlie O’s. I am married and have 3 great kids – right now I am trying to
figure out how to keep them from polluting their new CD/MP3 players with
garbage music – hahahahaha.
Take care and Happy New Year to everyone!
- From: “Robert Gefaell” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Bob Gefaell: Born 7/30/23 That makes me 81 years old and I seem to have forgotten why I started writing this.
- From: “John Killoch” <email@example.com>
I am part of the MIDLAND YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA a very special, award winning
organisation here in Birmingham (UK), a position I have been privileged to
enjoy for a quarter of a century.
I do what I can to make people aware of developments in big band music, by
making them aware of the many new recordings and the exceptional composers
and arrangers who are risking all; blazing trails to keep our music alive. I
do this by bringing the recordings and the arrangements into the UK.
I nice bonus I enjoy for doing this is that many of my heroes are now my
My goodness, am I the young’un in this crowd? (1968) I knew there were
plenty of WCJ veterans on the list, but I’m feeling downright diapered in light of
all the massed experience here.
– Todd Jenkins
Don’t worry kid, we’re the ones wearing the diapers.
– Anthony Minstein
- From: Peter Friedman <Lcfpsf@aol.com>
Born November 8,1936 in Brooklyn,NY. Grew up in Detroit, Michigan where I
developed my interest in jazz in the midst of a time period when jazz was
bursting out in that city. In the mid 50’s to mid 60’s
i had the opportunity to hear Tommy Flanagan, Elvin Jones, Pepper Adams,
Barry Harris, Curtis Fuller, Kenny Burrell, Paul Chambers, Doug Watkins, Lonnie
Hillyer, Charles McPherson, Terry Pollard, Kirk Lightsey, Joe Henderson,
Yusef Lateef and many others who all lived in Detroit for some time during that
I served in the US Army stationed in Germany from 1957-1959.
Taught public school from 1962 – 1967 while completing a graduate degree.
Moved to Rochester,New York with my wife in 1967 to take a position as a
professor at a liberal arts college.
Took a position at Finger Lakes Community College outside Rochester in 1974.
Retired from that institution in 1998 as Vice President Of Academic Affairs
and Dean Of The College.
My wife and I wanted no more snow, freezing weather, or icy roads so we moved
to Tucson, Arizona which we dearly love. We have one son who lives in Chicago
and has a modest interest in jazz.
Some years ago I was a regular record reviewer for CODA magazine. I have
about 1,000 LPs and roughly 7,000 CDs. My taste in jazz is quite broad and my
favorite musicians are too numerous to comfortably list here. I have had a
powerful interest in jazz for more than 50 years.
- From: “Bruce Collier” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
OK…as I like to say, Bruce Collier here. Made Chicago a bit more pleasant
in June, 3rd day, 1938. Was lucky enough to live with my grandparents on the
north shore, the beginning of my “sound experimentation/jazz investigative”
journey. It all began with the disassembly of my grandfather’s HH Scott,
chrome plated radio. On to Texas, Dallas, after high school to seek out my
elusive dad – which didn’t happen but did go to work for a really great
bunch of folks that owned a very progressive “hi-fi/record store” in Dallas.
I became well known at that juncture for selling DH Byrd (Curtis Mathis
guru) an Altec/Marantz hugemongous theater system (a special fete as he
could have anything of his own for free), and – in the world of recorded
music, single handedly educating north Dallas on the special talent of
Jonathan and Darlene Edwards!
But because of my sound and recording itch began to assemble equipment to
record in clubs around the Dallas area…the most notable being “The 90th
Quit my predictable job (and of course, pay check), formed a recording
company (Sound Lab Ltd) and a jazz label (90th Floor Records). We built a
studio, released five LPs, an exciting but tragic time. Drafted during the
start of Viet Nam capped all that. I returned in 1963 and went to work for
a interesting fellow, Bill Meeks of jingle ID fame. After 13 wild and crazy
years at PAMS (Meeks company) went on my own for commercial production and
Currently morphed into Collier Communications – and this past year we
resurrected 90th Floor Records (dot com), in part thanks to Bob Morgan who
co-engineers the Addison Texas jazz festival. There’s a whole bunch of
filler to the above but overall it’s been great!
- From: Michael Palmer <email@example.com>
Here goes: Born in London in 1933 (now quite an old geezer). Came
across jazz from AFRS broadcasts from Germany while at school and have
been a jazz nut ever since. Played trumpet during military service in
the Air Force. Moved around the world for many years and ended up in
Australia. Now retired and living on the bay with my wife and three
dogs ; listening to jazz, reading and running a couple of web sites just
for fun. One on Jack Teagarden
(http://www.geocities.com/aficionado.geo) and the other one on Johnny
Hodges (http://hodges.alphalink.com.au) two of my all-time heroes. And
spending a lot of time on the golf course.
Michael Palmer Westernport Bay Australia
- From: “Trevor Graham” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
trevor graham “white rabbit” australia…
whom meem…..born 1933 at bondi beach,sydney,australia…attracted to
jazz by the music of glenn miller(still have my glenn miller society
card!)attracted to live jazz after a stint in country new south wales as a
trainee chain store manager..thus from 1955 i was in constant contact with
musicians and worked in two of australias eminent jazz spots;the “el rocco”
and “sky lounge” for more than a decade i did interviews,jazz news and
record columns for australias 3 jazz music magazines (1969 we had 3…2004
nil).also during that time i was australian correspondent for
“downbeat”(yes, i still have that card as well) and on the international
correspondent panel for leon breedons north texas lab band…a time i highly
value for the musician contact and resultant friendships to this day.
- From: Alan Scharf <email@example.com>
Photographer and retired management consultant, in Saskatoon. Born May 5,
1930. Longtime fan. First record purchased was by Dinah Shore with “Dr.
Henry Levine and his Hotfoot Five.” Second purchase was Artie Shaw’s
Gramercy Five. Soon after was Pete Brown, and I was hooked.
Spent early adult years in Toronto, which was part of a five city circuit
that just about every artist visited. A few that come to mind are Woody,
Duke, J&K, Diz Big band, Kenton, Sauter Finnegan, Getz, Chet, Mulligan,
Tristano, Konitz, Al Cohn, Brubeck/Desmond, Eldrige, Louis, Hawk, Pres —
the list goes on. As a member of the Toronto New Jazz Society, presented
the Jazz at Massey Hall Concert in 1953 ( I note a partial review of the
music in the current DownBeat!). Hung out regularly at the famous “House of
Hambourg” and was banned for a while. Into later years my jazz interest has
continued. Have done a couple of local jazz radio series. HERO — Woody,
Alan Scharf, Saskatoon
- From: “Gerard Dugelay” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I was born near Lyon FRANCE on March 4, 1955. In 1975, I discovered JAZZ
by the Stan Getz album “Captain Marvel” ; I falled in love with this
music and with the Gerry Mulligan works by “Song For Strayhorn”. I
discovered the West Coast Jazz by Stan Kenton, Shorty Rogers, Bill
Perkins, Richie Kamuca…
I moved to METZ (north-east on France) in 1981.
In 1990, I became a member of the World Jazz Network and in late 90s
with the net I subscribed at Jazz-WestCoast. Two great decisions which
changed my life !
With the years I became a Mulligan completist, my collection is
incredible (read my Mulligan discography in the Gerry Mulligan website
at the Library of Congress)
I began working in radio JERICO METZ 10 years ago !
I ‘ ve worked as researcher in Arcelor laboratory (siderurgic industry)
Married with Danielle, I’ve two daughters
- From: Jan & Susy Van Doren <email@example.com>
And Jan Van Doren writes:
Born in Waterloo Iowa in 1938. No great musical success playing the
trumpet and drums, but did work in a record store from 1955 to 1961
which gave me exposure to all the new stuff… First exposed to jazz in
my early teens when hanging out in a pool hall where one employees
regularly brought his phonograph and jazz LP’s and played them all the
time. I will always be grateful for the fact that his interests went
from Louis and Condon to Ellington and Kenton to Monk and Brubeck. As a
result I love almost all aspects if improvisational swinging music.
In 1956 he took me on a three day trip with the first stop Friday night
in Elk hart Indiana where we saw a show with the Ted Heath band, Nat
Cole, 4 Freshmen and June Christy. The next two days we saw Peanuts
Hucko , Billie Holiday and Lester Young in three clubs in Chicago and
Sunday night drove to Milwaukee where we saw the Benny Goodman band,
then drove home Sunday night and went to high school Monday Morning. I
was unable to see an array of talent like that for forty years when I
started going to the Ken Poston events. The Electric Park Ballroom in
Waterloo in the early and mid 50s booked Ellington, Armstrong, Herman,
Kenton, Brubeck and the 4 Freshman among others. Also. Dodo Marmarosa
and Frank DRone regularly played in Waterloo, so it wasn’t a musical
I also find that I have become a Bob Florence CD completest. I retired
from 18 years as the director of a non medical residential drug and
alcohol detox and treatment center, in 1996 in Omaha, where we had lived
for 34 years.. My wife of 44 years and I spend the winter and spring in
South Baja (where we are now) and the summer and fall in Colorado. We
have been blessed. Peace. Jan Van Doren
- From: Bob Rosenblum <firstname.lastname@example.org>
My name is Bob Rosenblum. Born April 29, 1948 (same
date as Duke Ellington, Andre Agassi, Louis Apericio
My first exposure to jazz was as a child – maybe 8 or
9 – on the reverse side of the the Chipmonk songs. I
remember a tune called Mediocre. OK, maybe not great
jazz, but to someone who heard the crap pop of the
time, definitely more of a jazz flavor.
Took up clarinet as a 12 year old, and my parents
bought me my first jazz lp, which I still have – a
Benny Goodman album made for Texico.
Jazz was still in the background for me, until, at 16,
I met Diane, who loved Dave Brubeck and played many of
his songs (wishing her fingers were longer) on her
piano. I decided to listen to more jazz to get to know
her better. She played piano and clarinet (the best in
our school in Albany, NY).
I became insane about jazz, almost to Diane’s
distraction. Formed a small jazz band where we played
one gig for about $1 per player. Took up alto and
Listened to more jazz in college, much to the dismay
of my fellow dorm mates. Flunked out of school in
Plattsburgh, but got to hear Pee Wee Russell, Bud
Freeman and Ruby Braff there) and returned to Albany.
Went to school in Albany, became familiar with Nick
Brignola a little, as he helped bring the first jazz
festival to Albany State. ONe of the early
performances of Jones-Lewis Orchestra.
One day Nick asked me to be his agent, although I
never did it before. He had formed a trio with Jack
DeJohnette and Dave Holland and wanted to get a gig
with them. I booked it at a local dive which went
crazy with a sudden influx of jazz fans from
everywhere. That began my brilliant, though short
lived career as a booking agent working almost
exclusively with jazz.
That is back in the 70’s. I still have a lot of great
recordings from that time. I really cherish the memory
of the many great people I got to know even though I
(and they) made very little money through my efforts.
Among my favorite associations were Zoot Sims, Joe
Carroll, Jack Wilkins, Doc Cheatham, Clark Terry, Chet
Baker, Gerry Niewood (who I managed for a few months
after he left Mangione), Jeremy Steig, Bob Moses,
Jimmy Heath, Charles McPherson, Al Cohn, Bill Watrous,
Phil Markowitz (who I introduced to Brignola and to
Chet Baker and perhaps helped his career a bit), Nina
Sheldon, Lew Soloff, Woody Shaw, Helen Humes.
Others I knew less well, but I did get them work here
like Phil Woods, Gary Burton,Thad Jones, Pat Metheny,
Barry Miles, Jimmy McPartland, Herb Hall and Bob
Wilbur (who by virtue of his visit here picked up a
local chick and eventually married her).
It is a time I truly miss, and I have sadly lost track
of all those I was so fond of as I moved on into a
glorious world of filing and typing. Eventually became
a computer programmer and a professional tennis
It is my interview on the lp Chet Baker made for
Artist House which came from a story I wrote on Chet
for Coda. I also authored a story on Nick Brignola for
Coda. I still have the Chet Baker interview on
cassette somewhere in the house. I spent a lot of time
with Chet, and he was a facinating if somewhat
I have since left tennis, found myself totally
unemployable, divorced and sort of swept up on the
beach, not unlike many of the jazz people I met in my
I have met the woman of my dreams only a year ago,
introduced her to jazz, which she has fallen for
madly. She shares my love of Art Pepper, but, like
myself, has a wide variety of taste.
I am selling most of my lps on Ebay. I have about 1000
left at most. One time had about 4,000. I have about
1000 cds and a couple thousand cassettes made from
I don’t hear much live jazz, although Brian Patenaude
is the local of my choice, and I did get out to hear
Sonny Rollins a month ago with my 16 year old daughter
whose mouth has dropped open and is still in a state
My daughter really took to jazz, played a solo flute
performance of Line For Lyons at her 5th grade
graduation, but is a little embarassed by her
preference so listens to pop music around her friends.
Some of my most wonderful moments with my daughter
were listening to jazz together and teaching her how
to play In A Sentimental Mood.
She’s a talented musician, but her passion for tennis
crowds out any time she might have for developing her
That’s my story. Or at least part of it.
- From: Hans Christian Dörrscheidt <email@example.com>
My name is Hans Christian Dörrscheidt, born July 1977, and I live in
After enduring violin lessons from age 6-10 my parents had mercy and let me
switch to clarinet, which may have been encouraged by my listening to the
Goodman Carnegie Hall 1938 LP from my fathers collection extensively. And of
course, as every kid does, I wanted to be the hero, so…
I took up sax along the way and wound up in the big band and concert band of
the local music school, which were both directed by my teacher, the late
Géza Komjáthy, founder member of the Philharmonia Hungarica. At age 15 I
joined the German Youth Jazz Ensemble (“BuJazzO”) directed by Peter
Herbolzheimer and took part in its annual workshops until I was drafted
right after graduating from school in 1996. After spending one year with the
Heeresmusikkorps 100 in Münster, I went to Graz/Austria to take up classical
clarinet studies with Prof. Béla Kovács. There I decided I’d rather have
music as a great hobby than having to make a living from it (and possibly
losing the love for it), and so I enrolled for studies in business
information systems at the University of Siegen, where I’m about to obtain
my diploma. If it weren’t for music…
Currently I am leading two big bands, one at the University of Siegen, and
the other one in my hometown Dorsten – this is actually the band that was
founded by my teacher. Here they are – unfortunately only in German so far:
Besides playing my horns (alto sax and clarinet mostly these days) I love
researching big band charts, finding different stuff for my bands to play.
It was a great day when I found out about the Billy Strayhorn arrangements
researched and edited by Walter van de Leur (we will be performing the
Nutcracker Suite again on Jan 9th), and we also played what we believe was
the German premiere of Allyn Ferguson’s big band version of Mussorgsky’s
“Pictures at an Exhibition” last year, featuring Heiner Wiberny (lead alto
of the WDR Big Band Cologne) on alto sax and flutes.
- From: Ron Hearn <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I was born Aug 29, 1948 (same month/day as Bird and Dinah, so I guess it
was inevitable I would be a jazz nut) in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Move to the
Vancouver when I was very young. And have live here ever since except
1984-86 when I lived in L.A. I am not a musician (I only play CDs and
LPs) but have a passion for the music. My earliest exposure to jazz was
my uncle’s record collection, which I got into when I was about 7. I
then got sucked into the pop/rock music of the day until 1964. I just
found I couldn’t stand to listen to it anymore. I remember turning off
the radio and digging out some of my uncle’s records that I had some how
ended up with. They were 78s by Max Roach, Stan Getz, Ray Brown, Gene
Krupa and Dave Pell (uncle was crazy about Dave’s records). So I started
from that plus listening to Bob Smith’s Hot Air program on the CBC. And
I started to buy Down Beat and records starting with Miles, MJQ, and
then taking the big plunge with A Love Supreme. 1965 turned out to be a
good year to hear live jazz in Vancouver. My first big concert was a
triple bill of Vince Guaraldi & Bola Sete, Gerry Mulligan with Bobby B,
and the MJQ. There also was a jazz club named The Blue Horn at the time
who started bringing in jazz groups. That year I heard groups led by
Freddie Redd, John Handy and Philly Joe Jones. Philly came twice that
year – once he had Walter Benton and the other time he had Harold Land.
The big event was Halloween, 1965 when my buddy Tom Hazlitt and I (both
seniors in high school) went to hear Charles Mingus. His group at the
time was Charles McPherson, Lonnie Hillyer, and Dannie Richmond). It was
a night neither of us would forget. Mingus walked into the club wearing
a Halloween mask. I recall between sets, sitting with Tom in a little
lounge area when Mingus came in carrying a paperbag out of which he
pulled a can of sardines. He started eating the sardines while he went
into a rant about record companies. Tom and I sat silently, not
believing what was happening in front of us. Tom was a budding bass
player and has since gone on to play both jazz and classical music and
is a bassist with the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra in Toronto. I pay
for my addiction to jazz CDs and LPs by working as a technical writer in
the software industry. I also am a correspondent covering the local
scene for Cadence magazine. I am married with a teenage daughter who is
exploring early Punk bands the way I did Bird and Diz at her age.
- From: Arnold & Jan van Klaveren <email@example.com>
My name is Arnold van Klaveren. Born in Rotterdam 1953. Moved to Canada in
1958. Been here ever since., with the odd foray outside the country. We have
two cats, who appear to enjoy jazz, as they always come down and lay in
front of the speakers when I’m listening.
Got interested in jazz in late 60’s. I host a 2 hour Jazz Program every
Monday night at the University of Victoria. I’ve been hosting for almost 16
I have an extensive vinyl collection and have discovered the usefulness of
CD’s, in as much as they allow me to acquire music that would be very
expensive to purchase on vinyl, if you could find it in good enough shape.
Besides, it’s the only way to buy Mosaic, most of the time.
My favourite musicians would be(in no particular order) Monk, Shorty Rogers,
Lennie Niehaus, Bill Holman, and Shelly Manne. as well as the other great
west coast arrangers and musicians.
Pet peeves….incorrect discographical info!!!!
Best wishes for a Peaceful New Year.
Arnold van Klaveren
Host of “Rhythm-a-ning”
Mondays from 6-8pm
- From: Garth Jowett <firstname.lastname@example.org>
All day long I have wandered around trying to figure out who I really am
…. so …
I was born on March 2, 1940 in Cape Town, South Africa. Spent most of my
teenage years listening to jazz, lying on the beach, playing rugby and
trying to develop a career in the theater. Went to London in 1958,
worked as an actor, and having decided to that eating was absolutely
necessary for survival, I left for the golden streets of Toronto in 1961
…. made lots of money in advertising, but at age 26, decided to go to
college instead. Got my Ph.D. in American Social/Cultural History with a
specialty in the history of popular culture and media from the
University of Pennsylvania in 1971. Have spent the last 33 years
teaching, except for a wonderful four-year stint as the Director of
Social Policy and Programme Planning for the Canadian Department of
Communications (Communications Canada), where I represented the federal
government at Unesco, The U.N., The Council of Europe, and other
international gatherings (in retrospect, the best job I ever had!). I
came to the University of Houston in 1979 after a divorce, wanting to
spend the rest of my life where it was warm. In all my years in Canada,
I never believed that God intended man to shovel snow! I have been
Director of the School of Communication here for two stints, and
recently stepped down to the life of just a common full professor, and
all that it implies. I did a jazz radio show here in Houston “The Sounds
of Jazz” on three different stations for fifteen years (I miss doing it,
but I ran out of stations willing to play “real” jazz), and now I
content myself with just listening, and occasionally commenting, on this
and other jazz boards. In real life I write books about the social and
cultural aspects of film, propaganda, and popular culture in general. I
am currently working on the 4th edition of my propaganda book, and the
2nd edition of one of my film books. When that revisionism is all over,
I will tackle my final academic project, a social history of American
television, for which most of the research is already completed. This
should take me through retirement when (and if) I reach 70; then back to
the beach, although I sure that my dermatologist would not approve!
I have one son, Adam, who lives in Toronto. He and I are both single …
so no grandkids … I have no responsibilities other than my dog Sam,
the Schnauzer, and so … jazz, movies, and books (and occasional scuba
diving) take up a big part of my life, and my paycheck!
I like all forms of jazz, but spent most of my early years intensely
exploring the west coast material. I am now much more eclectic. In 2001
I sold my entire collection of about 8,000 LPs … but I now have about
3,800 CDs… and about 600 books on jazz. I am trying to control the
monkey, and I have become more selective … but as our president said
.. “it is hard, really hard” …..
Addendum for my bio ….
I should have added my very limited musical credentials to my initial
biographical statement. I studied clarinet from age 10, and then alto
saxophone from 14 until I was 18. I played in a “strict tempo” (foxes,
waltzes, tangos, etc.) band with my father, who was a drummer, and a
good one; and also had my own jazz combo for a few years, playing
wherever we could, mostly parties, and nearly always for free. Then my
international moves stopped formal musical education, and my band gigs.
I have spent many years woodshedding with my buddy Jamey Abersold, and
still own a beautiful LeBlanc clarinet and a Selmer Mark VI alto (which
I am considering selling). I was not a great musician, and the amazing
credentials of some of those on this list scare the heck out of me.
- From: John Pickworth <email@example.com>
Born 31 January 1946 in Tauranga,New Zealand.
Moved to Australia in 1969.
Professional Musician since 1966.
Play mainly commercial type music,but also work with my big band from
time to time.
Live in St.George area of Sydney.
- From: “Desne Ahlers” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Desne Ahlers (née Villepigue), born June 30, 1951, in Burbank,
California. Grew up in the San Fernando Valley. Now residing in San
Francisco, where I work as a freelance book editor.
Daughter of Paul Villepigue, jazz composer/arranger and teacher at
Westlake College of Music. My father committed suicide in 1953 at the
age of 33. My mother remarried, changed our name, moved, and severed all
connections with the jazz world. Nonetheless, jazz was always on the
turntable at home. I grew up listening to Brubeck, Desmond, Getz, Wes
Montgomery, Joe Pass, Barney Kessel, Oscar Peterson, and lots of Ella
Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. Also grew up knowing next to nothing about
my father’s life as a musician – my mother wouldn’t talk about it. After
her death six years ago I discovered a few clues. Then three years ago I
met the late great Milt Bernhart through this list, and he launched me
on the task of reconstructing my father’s life and music. This year I
started a website dedicated to my father, and since then I’ve met and
talked to arrangers who were Paul’s friends, as well as musicians who
played Paul’s music, and students of his at Westlake, including Buddy
Collette, Maynard Ferguson, Russ Garcia, Neal Hefti, Bill Holman, Dave
Wells, and Gerald Wilson. I’m especially happy to have become good
friends with Buddy Collette and Neal Hefti, who are always brimming with
fascinating stories. I am indebted to many of the wonderful members on
this list, whose help with my research has been invaluable.
Even though I inherited no musical talent whatsoever, my DNA seems to
carry an infinite capacity for jazz appreciation.
- From: “Mike O’Sullivan” <email@example.com>
Mike O’Sullivan from England.
Been listening to jazz from the age of 14. The pop music of the time
completely passed me by. At school there was a “secret society” of young
jazz fans collecting 78 records (remember them). Early buys were Jeru
and Godchild by the Miles Nonet, Concerto to end all Comcertos and
Peanut Vendor by Kenton, I’ve been a regular visitor to overseas jazz
festivals since the early 80s, notably the Northsea festival and the
Nice Cote d’Azur, where I saw most of the travelling greats of the time,
Art Pepper, Mingus, Mulligan, Dizzy, Elvin, etc. Recorded many of these
on my portable DAT machine and still treasure the tapes.
One of my fondest memories was at the Northsea festival in 1977 was
staying in the same hotel as the visiting musicians and was luck enough
to eat dinner with Hank Jones and Eddie Barefield who were appearing
with the Cab Calloway orchestra. They were very tolerant of this English
jazz fan and were wonderful company. Also met Earl Hines and Count Basie
at the same event.
- From: Gianmarco Lanza <firstname.lastname@example.org>
GIANMARCO LANZA, born in Rome (Italy), April 1, 1984, drummer.
I studied percussion from the age of seven with Emiliano Pratesi, adoptive
son of Italian singer Bruno Martino, the composer of the famous song
“Estate”. I play only West Coast and Cool Jazz, and my favorite drummers are
Shelly Manne, Buddy Rich, Louis Bellson, and Kenny Clarke. I have recorded
five CDs: “The Revival of West Coast Jazz” and “Trio Live” with Lanfranco
Malaguti (guitar) and Piero Leveratto (double-bass), “Adventures in West
Coast Jazz” with my Lighthouse Giants (arrangements by Antonello Vannucchi),
“Bud Shank Meets Gianmarco Lanza”, and “Bill Smith Meets Gianmarco Lanza”.
I reside in Rome (via dei Giovi 9, 00141 Roma, Italy) and in Florence
(Poggio alla Croce 62, 50064 Incisa Valdarno, Firenze, Italy).
- From: “Robert H. Strickland” <email@example.com>
Bob Strickland, born 12/12/44 in San Mateo, married to Sue. California.
Professional writer and semi-professional
trumpet player. I graduated with an M.S. degree in microbiology from the
University of Georgia and a B.S. degree in biology from the University of
Texas. I am currently researching for a book on Conrad Gozzo and have over
40 hours of interviews with his family, colleagues, and admirers. I play
Calicchio and Kanstul trumpets, a Getzen cornet, and a Couesnon flugelhorn.
I lived in Dallas, Texas for many years, where I led a big band for seven
years; I am now living in Everett, Washington and gigging some in bebop,
swing, dixieland, and pop groups.
Robert H. Strickland Associates
Business Enhancement Services
P. O. Box 1388
Everett, Washington 98206-1388
- From: “J. Robert Bragonier” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I was born July 4, 1937; I retired 2 1/2 years ago as Director of Maternal,
Child and Adolescent Health for the LA County Department of Health Services,
after 32 years as a professor at the UCLA School of Medicine. I worked my
way through undergraduate and med school in the ’50s and early ’60s DJ’ing
jazz and classical music at public radio outlets in Iowa and Nebraska; I
used to play piano, vibes and trombone, and I’ve been a jazz fan for more
than 50 years. I have reviewed concerts and CDs for the jazz and music
forums at CompuServe, www.52ndStreet.com, and www.allaboutjazz.com for about
a dozen years, and I’m currently the forum moderator at 52ndStreet. Since
retirement, I also teach jazz history at the South Bay Adult School and
throughout Southern California; I’m applying to teach it next year at the
Cal State Long Beach Senior University (have PowePoint presentation and
music, will travel…).
I’m on the Kentonia, West Coast Jazz and Songbirds lists (mostly lurking).
We get out for quite a bit of live jazz (I’ve been married 45+ years, with
three grown children, five grandchildren, and one great-grandson), and I
feel privileged to live in Redondo Beach, close to so much great live
Southern California jazz action!
- From: Jack Greenberg <Jack450@aol.com>
My name is Jack Greenberg, born April 22, 1943. I live in Houston, Texas. I
have B.Mus and M.Ed. degrees from Sam Houston State University. I play
trumpet. The three most important influences on my playing when I was learning to
play jazz were Clifford Brown, Conte Candoli, and Don Fagerquist. Very
different players, but I heard something in each one of them that really caught my
attention. I was especially impressed by Don Fagerquist because he had such a
wonderful sound and could make playing the instrument sound so effortless.
Conte had some licks that I can’t really describe, but they just knocked me out!
And of course, Clifford was, and to my ear still remains, the consummate
hard bop jazz trumpet player.
I spent thirty years in public education as a band director and music
administrator. I retired in 1996. I play in a rehearsal band here in Houston, and
average 2 or 3 gigs a month with dance bands. I go to the IAJE convention each
year with an old college friend of mine that lives in Las Vegas. I skipped
the convention in Canada a couple of years ago because I don’t like cold
weather, but my Las Vegas buddy went and told me it was one of the best conventions
ever. However, after New York last year and Chicago a few years ago, I doubt
that Canada could be any colder. I’ll be in Long Beach next week.
- From: “James A. Harrod” <email@example.com>
The west coast list is now entering its 11th year. We currently have
376 registered members.
Jim Harrod. Born January 14, 1942, northern Wyoming. Discovered
jazz in junior high, Brubeck, Mulligan, Getz, The Lighthouse All
Stars, etc. Retired bookseller. Devote full time to jazz research
and writing, and maintaining the west coast list. One of my greatest
musical highlights of recent years was at the old Moonlight Tango on
a night when Johnny Mandel and David Raksin were in the audience when
Bob Florence and the Limited Edition played EMILY and LAURA.
- From: “Axel van Looy” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Axel Van Looy, 32 (°21/11/1972), belgian. I’m a lawyer by profession at the
bar of Antwerp. I attended my first jazz concert at the age of 9 (Nimes 1982
: Michel Pettrucciani, The Jazztet)
I’m listening at jazz from my 13/14 years, don’t play any instrument at all.
I’m active in The Antwerp Jazz Club a rather conservative Jazz Club which
keeps weekly reunions where every other week someone presents a program
about jazz. Since the main members are devoted to swing , i and a few other
youngsters have a lot of problems with programming bop, hardbop, cooljazz
(not to speak of free or fusion…). Nevertheless i presented some evenings
on Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Ray Brown, Joe Henderson,
Coltrane up till now is forbidden but any time i can sneak some Trane in the
program I do it…
My girlfriend is french so i spent a lot of time in southern France near
Cahors and hope to work and live there in the near future. At home here in
Antwerp I have two jazzcats called Tosca & Pacha.
I just recently joined the list and must say i enjoy it a lot. Thanks for
the very learnfull info !!!
Together with a friend of mine i try to “run” a website on which we try to
collect some jazzdiscographies and make them available to the public :
If you have remarks or any info concerning the discoagraphies please let us
know at email@example.com
Wish you all the best in the forthcoming year.
- From: “Geoff Roach” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Geoff Roach, Born 3/3/54, the day after Mardi Gras, in New Orleans. Started
playing music at 8, playing semi-pro at 17 – one of those stories about
playing in places in New Orleans that I was not old enough to get in to. I
play sax, flute, clarinet – primarily tenor and baritone saxes. I have to
admit to owning a bass sax, alto flute, and bass flute – I seem to like the
lower end of the sound spectrum.
Led bands in college and grad school. Got exposed to Gerry Mulligan, Shorty
Rogers, Art Pepper, Bud Shank, and the crew in college and fell in love with
the sound. Have been a sideman in many shows, theatre productions, and even
played the circus when it came to town. I started writing arrangements in
high school for the groups I was playing in. After college, I migrated away
from New Orleans to spots like South Carolina, St. Louis, and Boston. I
spent 1990-1994 living and working in Paris in high-tech before moving to
Silicon Valley in 1994. Spent the last ten years doing startups and
turnarounds in the valley.
In 1999, I grew very frustrated with playing in very mediocre big bands and
formed an octet, Octobop, to focus on playing this music. It lets me write
as well as get the blowing room I don’t get in a big band. My partner, David
Kopf, came up with the name. He plays bass and does all the graphics work
and CD covers. We’ve put out three CD’s and we are having a blast. It’s
frustrating trying to find places for us to play around here, but we are
moving ahead. I’m already thiking about the Octobop 4 CD. The people on this
list have been a great resource with finding music, recordings, and people.
I need to somehow talk Bob Florence or Phil Kelly into writing something for
Widowed, no kids, live in Foster City – between San Francisco and Palo Alto.
Right next to San Mateo where a couple of fellow listers grew up. Still get
back to France a couple of times a year.
- From: Pete Bainbridge <email@example.com>
I’m Pete Bainbridge. Born May 30, 1958. I live in historic Lititz, PA and work in nearby Lancaster as a supervisor for a trucking company.
I discovered jazz while attending UNC Chapel Hill, took their introduction to jazz course, based on the Smithsonian collection, and became intrigued with the playing of Charlie Parker. After experiencing a minor epiphany (suddenly I could hear the changes!) I never looked back.
At age 35 I decided to learn to play jazz and (with the help of a couple of very good teachers, Steve Meashey and John Yerger) I’m now an active weekend warrior as a bassist, primarily in a local guitar-based trio. One of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Oscar Pettiford is my number 1 jazz hero, but I have many others, including many west-coasters.
- From: “Steve Cerra” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I’m Steve Cerra and I was born in Providence, R.I. in 1943. My family moved to Southern California in 1957 and I graduated from John Burroughs HS in Burbank, CA in 1960.
I studied drums and percussion instruments with the late, Victor Feldman for 1 1/2 years while he was with the LHAS and was a part of a quintet representing Cal State L.A. that won the April/1962 Lighthouse Intercollegiate Jazz Festival [guitarist Barry Zweig was also a member of that group]. Howard Rumsey [Bless him!] hired us to be the intermission group when the club was still operating its 2:00 PM to 2:00 AM Sunday marathons, a gig which lasted until the end of that year.
Played with Les/Larry Elgart, Ray Anthony, Anita O’Day at “Ye Little Club” in Beverly Hills, CA and some gigs around L.A. with Victor. I was also fairly active in studio jingles work and TV soundtrack recording.
Spent 6 years in the USMC upon graduation from college in 1964 including a 19-month stint overseas. Upon returning to “The World,” I didn’t get back into music, but rather, used the GI Bill for graduate work at Harvard and to complete at Ph.D. at the University of Southern California.
For the past 30 years, I have had my own business that provides reinsurance and captive insurance services to insurance companies, large hospital and healthcare systems and self-insured employer and union groups.
2005 will mark a 50-year association with listening, playing and appreciating Jazz, to varying or lesser degrees, in all its manifestations.
- From: “Doug Ramsey” <email@example.com>
Doug Ramsey (b. 1934), Choteau, Montana. Grew up, more or less, in
Wenatchee, Washington. Still working on it.Trumpet at 13. Ushered into
jazz by Jack Brownlow, and Don Lanphere on occasions when Don was in our
home town drying out. Was listening to Muggsy Spanier one day in
Lanphere’s dad’s music store when Don handed me a Dial 78, Charlie
Parker’s “Moose the Mooche” and “Yardbird Suite.” Changed everything.
First wrote about jazz for University of Washington Daily. Reporter,
Seattle Times. Officer, USMC. Television news as reporter, anchor, news
director in Yakima, WA; Cleveland; Portland, OR; New Orleans; New York;
San Antonio; New Orleans again; San Francisco. Sr. VP of FACS
(Foundation for American Communications), Los Angeles, educating
professional journalists about issues. Turned to full-time writing in
1999. Stayed with trumpet through all of that, occasionally playing for
money as well as fun and frustration. Still occasional. Still fun. Still
frustrating. Contributor, Down Beat, Jazz Times, Jazz Journal, various
other newspapers and magazines. Op-ed pieces on free press, first
amendment. Author, Jazz Matters: Reflections on the Music and Some of
its Makers (University of Arkansas Press, 1989), Take Five: The Public
and Private Lives of Paul Desmond (Parkside Publications, early 2005).
- From: Jbbop@aol.com
Jerry Atkins born 1929 in Texarkana, Texas. Lived first 16 years on State
Line Ave. with Arkansas 50 yards across the street. Oklahoma is 32 miles to
North and Oklahoma 33 miles to South. Started playing clarinet in junior high
school. Bought a saxophone to become a reserve in WWII dance band. Inherited
the band at age 14. Continued as a swing big-band player until caught in the
clutches of bebop in Austin, Texas. Lived and played short time in Dallas –
Denton. Met my wife, Bonnie, and we married when only 20. Reluctantly joined
the family office equipment and printing business in Texarkana. Stayed only 45
years becoming co-owner and long time distributor of A. B. Dick Co. .
Rewards were traveling to UK, Europe, Scandinavia. Became very interested in
discography after meeting Arne Astrup, Karl Emil Knudsen, and Walter Bruyninckx.
Printed Arne’s first Getz disco and contributed to all others.
Wrote articles for Coda, Jazz Journal Int’l and reviewed records first 7
years of Cadence. Diligent collector of jazz lps and cds. (Wondering what to do
with them in the future) Contributed many articles on two Texarkana natives:
Scott Joplin and Conlon Nancarrow. Founded local Joplin preservation with
giant mural. Long time member of IAJRC.
Son Byron is a known jazz guitarist currently living in Northern England.
(We’re distantly related to Chet Atkins). In retirement I have two jobs. One
is music/jazz director (22 years) for 100,000 watt NPR radio station. I play
Friday nights at a restaurant in Arkansas with a wonderful guitarist and his
wife. I guess I still qualify as a Texas Tenor) These two main gigs are 6 – 7
minutes (depending on three traffic lights) from home.
Jim Harrod was far too humble with his bio. He started this list server and
I owe much to him. I believe I may have been one of its first members.
Thanks to all of my wonderful jazz friends for just being here.
- From: Jerry & Carol Pickens <firstname.lastname@example.org>
An old (67) dull-witted jazz fan who religiously (or
merely spiritually) seldom posts…….temporarily located
in Round Rock TX, near Austin………why is there so little jazz
that I find of interest in Austin ??
Don Shelton quickly developed my interest in jazz during
the year we were together at Texas Tech, after which he
left for Lost (intended) Angeles and started working for
pret’ big bucks. What a nice guy………and an amazing
musician!!……….get somewhat irked every year when
Ron Hearn lists him on his birthday list as a (mere) vocalist.
- From: Dave Werts <DDWerts@aol.com>
I’m Dave Werts, born in Iowa in 1935, got intersted in jazz when I bought a
45 rpm player to connect to a radio. Certainly didn’t get any jazz education in
a small Iowa high school band. Played trombone through high school and Iowa
State, never well. The first live show I saw was George Shearing with Billy
Eckstein in Des Moines in the early 50s. I was already a Kenton fan when I first
saw him in the mid-50s.
After college I moved to Southern California to pursue a 39 year career in
Aerospace, 7 of those years in Paris and Germany. I pursued the jazz interest at
a low level during most of this time. Raised two sons on jazz, both of whom
still like it. (One is looking for work in the recording industry after his ’04
Now retired and living in Long Beach, I am much more active in listening to
and collecting the music, going to clubs, and volunteering at KKJZ and the
- From: “Alan Parr” <email@example.com>
I can’t believe anyone wants to know about me, but I tell myself it would be
turn the invitation down.
Born in Brighton, on the south coast of England (9th March 1941) which a few
months later gave
me the opportunity to become Britain’s youngest war hero when my pram was
machine-gunned minutes after I’d left it.
I seem to be one of the rare ones on this list with no musical talent
whatsoever – my total public performing experience being an exhilarating
five minutes on
bass clarinet thirty years ago. On the other hand, I may be the only JWC
to have been invited to speak at the Royal Institution, standing at the very
desk where Michael Faraday announced his electrical discoveries. A wonderful
honour, but one I’d gladly swap for being able to play the saxophone
one-tenth as well as the humblest semi-pro.
I’ve spent most of my life teaching mathematics and being married to Jill,
who ignored jazz completely for the first 35 years before
amazing us both by discovering herself to be a closet bebopper.
Cats: one – a beautiful but totally brainless semi-Siamese called Hootie.
- From: Jerry Lapham <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Name: Jerry Lapham
Born: 8/26/35, Middletown, OH
Married, 4 grown kids, 9 grandkids
Retired Air Force civilian procurement analyst at Wright-Patterson AFB.
Retired USAF Reserve supply officer.
Started trombone, age 12, played in high school and college and off and on
ever since in concert and big bands, almost exclusively bass trombone since
1979. Currently in one community concert band and two big bands.
Jazz fan since about 1952, beginning with Kenton, Mulligan and Brubeck. First
heard Kenton live at Castle Farms, Cincinnati in the spring of 1953. He
opened with “23deg N, 82 deg W” and the five trombones just blew me away.
Especially like big bands, bebop, and West Coast Jazz since about 1945.
Dixie is fun to play but I don’t much care to listen to it. Also don’t care
for the honkers and squeekers or smooth jazz.
- From: “Lillian Arganian” <email@example.com>
I’ll just pop in so I can be part of the party. I have no such credentials
as most of you have–never played or sang in a big band. I guess my
greatest gift is that of appreciation for those who do or did, and I learned
long ago that appreciation is in itself a wondrous thing.
I did a book on Stan Kenton several years ago, and interviewed some of the
great people on this list–what a gig!! Over the years I have written up
many jazz festivals and events. My publishing source folded a couple of
years ago, so I no longer do that, but I still attend these wonderful
things. I get to California about every other year to attend Ken Poston’s
marvelous festivals. It’s always great to see some of you there! Still
remember the smoky event of October 2003.
I worked for many years at Michigan State University, and my co-workers knew
me pretty well as a jazz-lover, because I always talked it up! (Must have
got a few converts that way, at least.) I joined the jwc list back when it
was a baby, and am very grateful for its existence. We are our own “jazz
magazine”; the slicks just don’t do the job. But that’s trendy; the
Internet is “where it’s at” as far as information and connectivity is
The last two years I was pretty involved in politics, but I won’t go there.
I just mention it because it sure was time-consuming–and gratifying!!
Since I am retired now most of my time is spent in reading reading reading,
gardening half the year, making about a 500-mile round trip annually to do a
Stan Kenton radio tribute in Cleveland, Ohio, and usually attending a great
jazz event in the Midwest, the Elkhart Jazz Festival. Have to keep my
“appreciation chops” well tuned. 🙂
I love reading about what ch’all are doing/listening to/ etc. I just
ordered for myself a Tim Hagans album that’s about five years old–read
about it in an old Down Beat–in which he plays the music of one of my
faves, Freddie Hubbard. Hagans was with Kenton, so this is legit, if I need
a reason. 🙂
Latest movie I saw: The Aviator. Recommended!!!! You will be surprised by
the soundtrack if you go. Would you believe, Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D
Minor during an especially daring flight sequence. I hope it wins all kinds
(Also throughout parts of the film, Artie Shaw’s “Nighmare,” which is also
very apropos. Sadly, we just lost Artie.)
Greatest joy: hearing my adorable granddaughter say “Hi Grandma!” via long
distance every now and then. She lives on the West Coast, so that is very
Looking forward to: Rose Bowl, even though the wrong teams are playing in
it. The Rose is The Rose, right Don Armstrong? Went there once, back in
1988. Never will forget the experience.
So, the West Coast is always on my mind, and thanks again, Jim Harrod, for
making it all possible. We know class, don’t we, everyone. See you all
soon again, I hope.
- From: (Gil Ferreira) firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Gil Ferreira. I was born in a small city on the Cape in
Masachusetts on June 15, 1928. I would have like to start this bio with
that hackneyed , ” I got my start on a 500 watt station in Poe-dunk”,
but I have no professional music background. I’m just a fan . I have
been a list member for about 5 years or more, but I’m the consumate
lurker. We moved to California in 1962 and settled in Palo Alto. I
worked for an airline and got around to other cities as part of my job
and heard and saw many of the jazz greats and some not so.great.
The Bay Area
was a hotbed of Jazz and for years I frequented all the clubs,(the
Blackhawk-Jazz Workshop-and so many more) and sadly saw their decline
during the Rock years and topless fad on Broadway.
I must have caught every jazz group in the area. The Peninsula clubs and
over to the Trident in Sausilto where I saw our own Bud Shank during a
one nighter. I had of course heard and seen him with Kenton as far back
as 1949. I am still active as a collector and a completist of Art
Pepper. My current project is to complete the 1980-81 European Tours, as
to information pertaining to the venues, tunes, and general
discography. Aside from that I am retired. Listen to jazz all the
time,and am parial to West Coast Jazz since I first heard it when I
returned from Korea in 1953. and was hooked. I reflect on a lifetime to
the Sounds of Jazz. through all of you, and thank you for that.
- From: “Bob Cartwright” <email@example.com>
BOB CARTWRIGHT. I live in Greenville, Texas (near Dallas). Born =
10/24/33 in Mena, Arkansas. Started on Clarinet in 6th grade and added =
saxophone in junior high. First attended Arkansas Tech University but =
finished college at East Texas State University with BMEd and MS =
degrees. Played in the 3565th Air Force Band at Waco, TX and the Air =
Force Band of the Golden West at Sacramento, CA. I was a High School =
Band director for 19 years and left the teaching profession in 1976 and =
bought a small chain of three music stores in North East Texas. I sold =
my stores and retired in 1999. I have continued to play casual dates =
for the entire time and currently am Musical Director for THE SWING =
STREET CONNECTION Big Band and also play in an Octet. I have been =
married to Sandra for 44 years. She owns the Sandra Cartwright School of =
Music where she teaches Kindermusik and Class Piano. She also plays =
piano with both of the groups. We have enjoyed a lifetime of music =
together and have two daughters, five grandkids, two grown dogs and a =
Please take a look at the Web site for THE SWING STREET CONNECTION Big =
Band at http://www.geusnet.com/~sandybob/
Also look at the Web site for DOC & THE GANG ORCHESTRA at =
- From: Robert E Barr <firstname.lastname@example.org>
ED BARR (5-16-43), Music Educator. Returned to my home, Valdosta,
Georgia in 1974 to start Jazz Studies program at Valdosta State
University (then College). Will retire fully (now teaching part time)
at the end of this semester after 40 years in profession – even with
its many challenges, it is a great profession and I loved every minute
From musical family, parents and grand parents musicians – some
professional, some amateur. Dad believed music to be enjoyed AFTER a
days work. In his case it was playing violin with piano accompaniment
by my mother after work in the family jewelry business, so
consequently, half family remains in it and half in music.
I really enjoy this internet list. My friend and mentor, Jerry Atkins
hipped me to it early in its existence. As many of you know, Jerry is
not only a fine jazz tenor player, he is Mr. Jazz Information – the
Mayor of our list. It is amazing how much collective musical
information is available from its very diverse membership. It also
amazes me to read posts from listers whose appreciation of music is so
Organized first dance band at age 14 – have continued to play on a
regular basis since then – am now in same weekly solo piano gig for 22
years, have a 5 pc variety band that works frequently and maintain a
big band. The big band worked once last year (Symphony Ball) and we
are booked for the same job this year. One year we worked THREE times.
What a busy year! Too bad, many great players in this band.
My main jazz interest in addition to playing is composition -had
arr/comp lessons with Dick Grove, Mundell Lowe, and many years ago had
a private lesson in the Westlake home of our own Bob Florence. I
played tapes of some early big band compositions (reeking with
redundant counterpoint) and he said, “Well, it’s obvious you’re out of
a classical background.” He was correct – he made some great
suggestions and it was a positive experience. (Thinking about this now
reminds me of a good story about that lesson with Bob that I will send
in another post – it clearly illustrates what separates us mortals from
the big boys).
Friends for many years with Pete Jolly. My published work on his life
will be available soon. This list will be the first to know of its
availability. Also knew Shorty very well and have researched his life
and completed his discography – also to be published. Have known Jack
Sheldon for a long while and have all of his recordings and hours of
interviews on tape – hope to get this in print one day. Large vinyl
collection and deep interest in discography (all types) – thanks again
to Jerry A for his invaluable help in this endeavor. My seminal LPs –
“The Hi-Lo’s and All That Jazz”, “Chances Are It Swings” and “Jolly
Jumps In”. These are the ones to blame.
And, most importantly, wife and I are cat lovers – have had up to 5 at
one time, all taken in from street, shelter or those who got word on
the street that they could find a permanent pad here. There is nothing
about which I can boast of being number one, of having the most of, or
at being the best, EXCEPT, I did once have the world’s greatest cat. No
discussion. Bobo was the world’s greatest cat, God rest his soul. P.S.
– I named Conte’s original tune which he brought to the studio
untitled, “I Dig Fig” from his “Portrait of a Count” CD after his cat,
Ed Barr, Associate Professor
Department of Music
Valdosta State University
Valdosta, Georgia 31698
- From: “Shirley Klett” <email@example.com>
Born 31 March, 1929. Married, one son, two grandsons. Only child. Grew up in
Walla Walla, Washington. No musical talent whatever, although I did sing in
the Church choir. In fact, I have held one job after another for which I had
little qualification. Parents bought me a piano and I took lessons for years
although my fingers were so short an octave was an effort and my hands
perspired to excess and flooded the piano keys. Czerny exercises and all
that. Wanted to play Boogie Woogie the worst way but, of course, couldn’t
reach the keys as shown in the beginners folio I purchased. Years later I
remarked about that to Ray Bryant, who very reasonably replied, “Why didn’t
you just invert the chords?” Never thought of it at the time, most likely
because I didn’t know what a chord was. Late in WWII learned what a chord
was because the guitar teacher went to war and I was drafted to fill in with
the aid of that era’s “Guitar for Dummies” booklet. Never had a guitar in my
hands, though, from that day to this. I loved big bands on the radio when I
could stay up late enough to hear the programs. When I got invited to my
first dance, didn’t know how to dance so mother took me to the music store
and asked Genevieve for a good record to learn to dance to as a man at the
office had volunteered to teach me. Thus, I became the proud possessor of a
dance record: Woody Herman, “Northwest Passage”. Don’t recall what was on
the other side.
Married Jim, who knew his jazz from Oliver on, but drew a line at bop (He’s
since overcome this and now draws the line at fusion and free jazz). We met
at a concert by the then-Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra under Dmitri
Mitropolous. Jim promptly took me to a concert by Louis and the All Stars
and thus my education began, some of it unfortunate. For example, there was
the time at Tanglewood when Ellington was playing and, excepting Hodges, my
major memory is the humongous bull frog croaking and hopping down an aisle
attracted by Harry Carney’s baritone sax. Then, there was the Brubeck
quartet’s concert at Smith college. They were oversold, and about 20 of us
ended up sitting on stage with the quartet: my knees were so close to Joe
Morello’s tom-tom that I had to keep them firmly tucked in all night. I can
tell you about Morello’s drum technique of the time in great detail but that’s about all.
To forge onward, my last day job was as Chief of Helicopter Instrumentation
and Control, Aviation Branch, Human Engineering Laboratory, Army Materiel
Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground. I’ve never been in a helicopter. Finally,
began reviewing jazz recordings for Cadence magazine and did so for over 20
years. I think it was a batch of CDs from Austria of “jazz singers” that
finally decided me to give that up as it was just getting too difficult to
think of something to say that could be considered both truthful and
tactful. So, am retired from the jazz scene except for reviewing issues of
the “Jazz Oracle” label for the IAJRC Journal. With that, I will go back to
lurking. That’s what I do best.
- From: “Don Emanuel” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I’m a relative new boy on this site but have thoroughly enjoyed what I’ve
read so far, another member Mike O’Sullivan turned alerted me to it.
I’m Don Emanuel from Kent England born in 1938 and have been a jazz fan
since 1950 when I first heard Fats Waller on BBC radio. My first record
purchased was a 78 by the Mezzrow/Ladnier Quintet. I moved swiftly on to
Charlie Parker and the be-boppers, then West Coast Jazz with Shorty, Bud and
the gang. My first LP purchase was a 10″ Cool & Crazy” by Shorty Rogers. I
was always upset that Bud Shank didn’t record more on baritone, I loved his
baritone playing, I only have him on two albums where he plays this horn,
one with Bob Cooper (Kenton presents) and one under his name with Carmell
Took alto lessons for six months in 1955 with a saxophone acquired by my
father from a guy at his workplace but my teacher thought the horn must have
been the original one made by Adolph Sax (yes it really was that old) and
was unplayable and was told come back when you get a proper saxophone. I
couldn’t couldn’t afford one so gave up. I’ve always regretted it as it was
my life’s ambition to be a jazz musician, however now with a great house
(and wife) and great jazz LP and CD collection (over 7000 recordings) and a
life spent in Stockbroking and Banking as a Personnel Manager, maybe it was
a good thing that I didn’t continue. I’m sure I would have been supremely
untalented (and poor). Now play drums for fun, recording only with the best
guys (drumless albums) Getz, Oscar, Ray Brown, Monty Alexander etc and they
never complain when I doing something completely inappropriate and I can
drop as many bombs as I like. Mind you it’s often a drag when I play it back
Also fiddle about on flute playing along with Jamie Abersold records, Bud
Shank has nothing to fear.
Now retired and am so busy listening to my collection, internetting and
reading that I wonder how the hell I managed to ever go to work.
Still thrilled about jazz, maybe the “sound of surprise” has largely gone
(after 54 years of listening what can I expect) but I get as much pleasure
about discovering outstanding new (to me) musicians on the scene as I ever
did, like the UK’s outstanding vibist/pianist/drummer Jim Hart (I’m sure
he’s going to be a big name). Still I have managed to see many of the greats
who are no longer with us, Kenton, Herman, Basie, Thad & Mel, Mulligan,
Webster, Dizzy, Getz, Zoot, Chet, Desmond, Kirk, Byas, Hawkins, Adderley,
Pepper, Shorty, Bob Cooper, Conte Candoli, Bill Perkins and my favourite
drummer of all time Shelly Manne, with whom who I spent a very pleasurable
20 minutes chatting to at the Capital Jazz Festival many years ago
(what a funny, warm guy), for which I will always be grateful.
I attend a lot of live jazz gigs here in the UK but am disappointed at
preponderance of grey heads in the audience. Is there going to be an
audience for our wonderful music in 10/20 years time.
I also have fun recording local gigs with some of the big UK jazz names.
Most of them are very happy that I do so (I always ask first).
A very Happy New Year to you all.
- I have no cats at all.
PPS Thanks Steve for the excellent obit on Artie Shaw.
- From: “WILLIAM CORCORAN” <CORKSTER@GVTC.COM>
Bill “Corky” Corcoran
Retired Medical Service Rep. 32 yrs.
I played oboe in the St. Mary’s Univ. Symphonic Band for three and one half years and tenor saxophone( career 4th tenorman in Big Bands) for 56 years, finally retiring in 2003.
I played in the Boerne Village Band (German) for 32 years and my favorite Big Bands were the Doctor’s Band ( all MDs except for 2 or 3 players) and the Classics Big Band, composed mostly of local high school band directors.
My first jazz record was ‘Terry Gibbs Vibes on Velvet and I progressed from there. The favorite band, of my era, was Woody Herman, especially the Herd with Sal Nistico. Kenton was a close second. My favorite band of this era is definately Bob Florence and Be Bop Charlie my favorite Florence chart.
Hobbies: I wrote Sports for the Boerne papers for 15 years and was also the high school stadium football announcer during that time. Now that I’m retired I don’t do nuttin!
- From: Jonathan Cohen <email@example.com>
My name is Jonathan Cohen. I was born in 1969. I first was introduced to
West Coast Jazz by Jim Harrod, my former boss, in 1993. He set me on a
systematic program of scanning JWC album covers and sampling JWC CDs. It
may have been unprofessional of me, but I did more than “sample” those
CDs — I absorbed them. I also read histories of the movement, e.g.,
those by Gioia, Gordon, and Tercinet. Under Jim’s direction, I set up
the Jazz-Westcoast list which you are now on, and was its technical
maintainer until the late 1990s.
My favorite West Coast musicians include Shelley Manne and his Men,
Shorty Rogers, Bud Shank, Art Pepper, Claude Williamson, and Herb
Geller, not to mention peerless arrangers and leaders Bob Florence and
Bill Holman. I had the honor of having Claude Williamson play at my
wedding in 2000.
I am a non-fiction writer and a book editor. These professions,
combined with an M.A. in Comparative Literature, constitute a license to
starve. (Many musicians also have such a license. ;-)) Otherwise, I am
certain that I would be a CD completist; as it is, I can’t even get the
basic repertoire. (Cue the world’s smallest violin.)
Returning to lurking mode, I remain, Jonathan K. Cohen
Jonathan K. Cohen, MA, CLA
firstname.lastname@example.org – Irvine, California, USA
- From: “Ray. A. Hoffman” <email@example.com>
And now, here’s my bio. I was born in Pittsburgh, January 27 1953, and I
know my (very hip) mother had me watching Steve Allen –and also Tommy
Dorsey on “Stage Show”– before I could read and write. In second grade, I
was given my first “adult” record –the 2-LP set The Fabulous Dorseys in
Hi-Fi (which I still listen to regularly for the wonderful balance and
intonation of the ensemble, especially on the ballads arranged by the
now-forgotten Bill Jones). And that set my orientation…toward
arrangements, with my first musical heroes, as a little boy, still heroes:
Billy May, Sy Oliver, Bill Finegan.
I’m sure my utter lack of mathematical sense did more than anything else to
keep me away from music as a career, and so after a decade of being not much
more than a happy amateur tenor player (who tried his best to sound like
Bill Perkins), I graduated from Penn State and went into broadcasting.
Worked on radio stations in Youngstown, Ohio and Cleveland…and then moved
to New York in 1981 to help start The Wall Street Journal’s broadcast
service, followed by now nineteen years as the voice of BusinessWeek
magazine…for the last decade on the ABC Radio Networks (including WABC New
York, WJR Detroit, WBAP Dallas-Ft Worth).
But music has never been far away, and in the middle-80s I started a book
project that won’t be finished until after I retire, an oral history of the
development of the big bands. Then in the early-90s, I started singing again
(very) occasionally around New York, and (simultaneously) writing lyrics to
instrumental themes by such writers as Pete Rugolo, Al Cohn, Spud Murphy and
Bill Holman. I have five lyrics out on record, with ASCAP royalties of about
$13 this year!
And, on vacations in the west between 1998 and 2001, I put together a vocal
album that I’m very proud of, featuring my old hero Perk….who played
beautifully on such songs as The Meaning of the Blues, A Taste of Honey,
Turn Out the Stars, and Tenderly. But don’t look for it just yet. I’ve been
sitting on it to see whether I can pile up some money from a business
investment, allowing me to go into the (glamorous) record business myself!
As for feline-type cats….I have two: Willis Diablo (for Bill Holman), and
Sugar Murphy (for Spud, who at 96, still bristles over a mid-50s Down Beat
review of his Contemporary album “Gone With the Woodwinds” in which Nat
Hentoff accuses him of “pouring on the sugar.”)
- From: “Gordon Sapsed” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I’m Gordon Sapsed and I live in Southampton, England, although my roots
were established in Portsmouth, England ( an important distinction if
you support Soccer in the U.K.). I have been supporting my local team
since the late 1940s which was also when I first started listening to
jazz – my father was a fan of Fats Waller, Nat Cole’s trio and big
bands. He ran a pub in Portsmouth and we had jazz on two nights a week
in the ‘function room’. One night it was ‘Pure New Orleans’ and the
other ‘Bop at Sir Bob’s’ ( The pub was called the Sir Robert Peel).
Players on the Bebop night included members of the Johnny Lyne Band –
winners of the Melody Maker All-England dance band competition.
In the fifties, whilst at Nottingham University, I was active with the
Jazz Society and met the likes of Ronnie Scott and ‘Johnny’ Dankworth
and their musicians as well as always listening and enjoying chatting
about the music.
That involvement led on to a lifetime as a jazz listener and record
collector. Working just outside London during the 1960’s gave me the
chance to hear the best of British jazz in the various London venues and
later the American bands as the transatlantic exchanges began. I always
had a special fondness for West Coast music and – leaping ahead to the
1990’s I have in recent years enjoyed being able to come to the U.S.
frequently and hear those same lifelong heroes – catching the likes of
Conte and Bill Perkins and Pete Jolly and getting to know them a little
over their last years, including having a seat alongside Howard Rumsey
regularly and learning something every time ( as last week at The Desert
Party – this is being written in a hotel room in L.A, prior to a couple
of days trawling the aisles in Amoeba and other favourite haunts and
listening to some live music before going home)
I deliberately never played an instrument as I felt I could never
dedicate the time necessary to play well – although circumstances did
allow me to study music theory as a hobby, including correspondence
courses with Berklee and with the Dick Grove School to better understand
what the music is all about. In retirement however I have been taking
formal piano lessons and realised that playing for your own satisfaction
can be a lot of fun without being very good and you can avoid
embarrassing yourself by never playing in front of others !
(I was, similarly, never very good at sports but now enjoy rowing about
1000 metres a day on an indoor rowing machine)
I had a long career with IBM which took me across a lot of Europe and
also across the Atlantic more than eighty times (always returning from
every trip with a few new albums and often having heard some live
music). I retired more than ten years ago and did some part time
teaching for London University and Southampton University whilst also,
thanks to the support of an understanding wife, Pauline, attending lots
of jazz events around the world. This I have managed to combine with
another lifelong interest, photography. My photos have been used in a
number of jazz magazines, Festival and Jazz Party brochures and on
Finally, I’d like to say how much joy I have had from this forum – and
the friendship of so many of you -it has become an important part of my
world – thanks to all of you for being there and especially to Jim for
making it possible for us to meet like this ….
- From: “Fred Schubert” <email@example.com>
First, a lot of gratitude to Jim Harrod for starting this list server. We
all owe him a lot. And to Jonathan Cohen for administering the list.
Jazz-Westcoast is a rare source for all of us.
Here’s my bio. Fred Schubert – Houston Tx. – – born Houston Tx. 1929.
Was always fascinated by the old silver Buescher tenor sax that my dad had.
Started taking sax lessons at age 9 with Cliff Drescher who was a long time
member of the Houston Symphony Orchestra. He played flute in the Symphony
but could play all the reed instruments. Lucky for me he would sprinkle
quite a bit of Music Theory along with my horn lessons. 1942 and WW II came
along and the military services started drafting all the able bodied men (
even the musicians ! ) In 1943 and 1944 I had the opppotunity to get on with
several working bands in the area. They had all the four sections –
saxes,trumpets, trombones, rhythm. Jobs were plentiful and we would work 4
to 6 nights per week. Occasionally we would even play dances that would
start at 8:00 AM to accomodate the shipyard workers who had worked the ”
graveyard ” shift that night.
In 1944 I was hired to play in the band of ” Peck ” Kelley. He was pretty
much a legendary pianist. He was well known by almost all the major jazz men
of the day – not only for his fine piano work, but for the fact that he
always turned down offers to join the top bands at that time. Almost every
night some professional musician who was in the service and might be passing
through would come by to hear Peck play. If he was a good player, Peck would
ask them to sit in. Two that I remember were drummer Ray Bauduc ( “Big Noise
From Winnetka ” with Bob Haggart ) and sax player Eddie Miller ( Bob Crosby
and Billy May ). Quite a thrill for this 15 year old sax player to sit next
to those guys.
1945 I graduated from high school. My high school band director suggested
that since I wanted to pursue jazz music I should enroll in the jazz
program at the University of North Texas. A year or two before , three
players that had recently been at North Texas were guitarist Herb Ellis,
saxman ( and clarinet ) Jimmy Giuffre ( ” Four Brothers ” ) and bassman
Harry Babasin. That was more than good enough for me.
When I got there in Sept. 1945, saxman Charlie Meeks ( who I hear went on
to be a successful jingle producer in Dallas ) was in charge of the program.
A year later Gene Hall took over and started the first ” One O’Clock Lab
Band ” It was a great experience for me and taught me a lot. Some of the
other members of that first Lab Band were Bob Dorough ( ” Devil May Care
” ), Bill Lee ( who later was to head the Music Dept. at Univ. of Miami – –
and President of IAJE ), and Bill Thomson ( who retired a
few years ago as Dean of School of Music at Univ. of Southern California ).
A little while later Claude Lakey who had gotten off the Harry James Band
came there too. Some great years !
I graduated in December 1948 and ( since I was to be married in April 1949 )
took the job as the band director of DeKalb Texas high school. ( That salary
every month sure looked good ! ) Lucky for me I met Jerry Atkins who lived
( 30 miles away )and owned a business in Texarkana. ( Jerry is ” Jbop ” on
this list ) A very good friend. He hired me to play in his band – – A lot
of fun and good times – – and extra money too.
To wrap this up, I went into the insurance business after 1 1/2 years of
band directing. Ended up owning an insurance agency that speciallizes in
Estate Planning, Executive and Employee benefits, and Pension Planning. I
put the old horns away and haven’t played for years. ( I miss it ) Retired at
age 60 and turned the business over to my son who still successfully runs
Favorite players: – – Alto: Bud Shank ( also very fine flute ), Paul
Desmond, Art Pepper, John Park and Zoot Sims ( yes – on Alto ! )
Tenor : Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, John Coltrane ( before he went berserk ), and
Richie Kamuca ( he jams some rarely heard tunes that have rather different
chord changes )
I have told you more than you want to know. – – It is a privilege to be on
- From: Jim Young <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Since I want everyone else’s, I guess I have to file a
bio for myself. though I am by nature a lurker, and,
as a non-musician, only sound off when I get excited
about something or feel I can contribute a tale of
interest or a pun that’s as bad as the worst of ’em I
see on this list.
Born in ’39 in Baltimore, I have lived to see the
opening in 1954 and the demolition around the turn of
the century of the town’s Memorial Stadium where
Brooks Robinson and Johnny Unitas plied their trade.
(Trivia question: Where is Orrsville?) Each, btw,
spent his entire pro career with the local team and
stayed in town when his days on the field ended; who
does that today?
My e-nom de plume, Jim from Baltimore, is a reminder
that the Queen City of the Patapsco Drainage Area has
a significant jazz history, though nothing like Philly
or Detroit or even Pittsburgh. Billie Holiday (not
born but raised here), Chick Webb, Cab Calloway, Ethel
Ennis, etc. down to today’s Gary Bartz and Cyrus
Chestnut, all called it home. A few others passed
Like several others, I was not a musician or ever in
the business. Classify me with the hapless subject of
Dave Frishberg’s I’m Hip: “I don’t play but I’m a
fan.” I rebelled against piano lessons after a year,
at age nine. Later, I was entranced with the Benny
Goodman Carnegie Hall concert and interested in some
of Shearing’s boppish stuff that my older brother had,
but only came to regret my rebellion with my turn on
to jazz a few years later.
Like many others I remember the exact thing that
changed my life, hearing Woody Herman’s Terresita (a
Ralph Burns Bijou-like arrangement for the Third Herd
on his short-lived Mars label) that somehow got
programmed among pop singles on an afternoon radio
show when I was 14 years old. It was the first time I
wondered what was going on harmonically and
rhythmically, enough to immediately go out and buy the
45 rpm. I had it for many years and still have some
mid-50s 45s of the JATP (the Nat Cole “Shorty Nadine”
set), Woody’s Goes Native, etc. Years later, when I
caught his band in NY and came out during a break to
find Woody having a cigarette nearby, my wife urged me
to go up and introduce myself to my longtime idol, but
I demurred, since I had nothing to say that he hadn’t
heard a thousand times before. Years later, after
learning of his tax troubles and the universal respect
in which he was held, I am sorry I never said Thanks
to a class act.
I had a reasonably good ear early on. In my teens, i
remember being with a date hearing Brubeck at Basin
Street East, when a drunk kept calling for “Saints”
after every tune, and Desmond finally launched into an
unaccompanied solo flight that I somehow deduced, well
in advance, was going to lead into a very cool version
of what the bozo had been asking for. My date,
clueless, was unimpressed.
The highlight of my fandom was a year spent as an
office boy (for Time Inc.) in NYC, the same time
Mingus was effectively in residence with Dolphy, Ted
Curson and Danny Richmond at a Greenwich Village
upstairs boite, the Showplace. I was there every
night I could be, nursing a beer I didn’t even like,
hearing Mingus and Dolphy argue with each other on
their instruments. Sometimes Booker Ervin, Jimmy
Knepper, Nico Bunick (who had a cool beard) and other
Mingusites were on hand, as well as Baby Laurence,
once or twice, tap dancing to the band. As I recall,
the replacement group when Mingus was away was Bill
Evans, the original trio with Scott Lafaro and Paul
Motian. I also was there for Sonny Rollins’s solo
concert in the garden of the Museum of Modern Art.
Missed Monk and then Ornette at the Five Spot, but
probably wasn’t ready for them yet, anyway.
I am spending my time on this period to point out how
fantastic the 50s were, even though we all had our
troubles and didn’t realize how historic it really was
then. What I would give now for a chance to be in
front of Blakey or Max Roach’s group at the Cafe
Jazz and my working life rarely intersected. My early
career in local radio and TV news, with some print
journalism included, led to serving as press
ssecretary to a U.S. Senator in the early 60s, when
Watergate developments had everyone in Washington
racing to catch both morning and evening newspapers as
soon as they hit the stands. When several days had
passed after Duke Ellington died, only one lawmaker, I
believe John Conyers but maybe Ron Dellums, had
bothered to note his passing with one of those
Congressional Record inserts that everyone in Congress
does for every Rotary chairman that dies back home.
The second, and only other piece honoring Duke in the
Record, was the one I drafted for my guy, titled We
Loved Him Madly. Politicians, I have concluded, are
generally non-musical, and like marches better than
anything else. Doctors are very musical, often having
helped to pay their way through medical school playing
barrelhouse piano or whatever.
I don’t know how many of you non-musicians have had
something like the informal “Jazz Listeners” club I
joined, which has been meeting for over twenty years
one night a week at one or another of our houses, just
to play favorite old and new records, then CDs, for
each other. On one of the times the Milt Jackson-Ray
Brown quartet (w Cedar Walton and Mickey Roker) came
through Baltimore, all seven or eight of us in the
club went to see them, plus a woman friend of two club
members, a California gal who hadn’t heard much jazz
since the 50s when she liked Mulligan, Chet, etc. Now
Ray Brown in person sometimes would begin rocking his
bass back and forth, and that was a sign the groove
was getting even wider and deeper. The group, and Ray
in particular, was a revelation to our guest, who at
the first break went up to Ray and gushed, “You’re
really good!” He was gracious and made like no one
had ever said that to him before, but ever since, when
anyone in our club played a cut and anounced Ray Brown
among the personnel, someone would crack, “He’s really
I financed my switch to CDs by selling some of my old
Blue Note, Prestige, etc, vinyls from the 50s to a
Japanese collector. I was happy to reap enough to get
the CD version of every album sold, with better sound
and often with extra cuts, plus enough profit to buy a
good CD player. The Japanese, however, seem to be
interested in the artifact, as much as or more than
the music. For some reason, the West Coast albums
from that period, just as historic with art that is
just as good IMHO, don’t get the collector interest
that the East Coast hard bop does to this day. Any
theories on this?
Over the years, I have expanded my ears to understand
a wider era of jazz, learning to dig the energy of
Jelly Roll Morton, the joy beneath the cragginess of
Monk (listen to the London trio recordings) and
Ornette. I’m still working on Cecil Taylor, whom I had
nver heard of before I caught his group in person at
my only Newport Jazz Festival, in 1957, an experience
that still lives in memory, as well as on a recording
of the gig (That’s my hand on that record, as Pee Wee
Marquette would say).
My hero remains the volatile Mingus, a brave though
troubled heart whose music could have been made by no
one else, as his tribute band, its excellence
notwithstanding, proves. I used to brag about being
present the time I saw him fire Jackie Byard from the
stand at the Village Vanguard, until I read that this
happened so frequently it was almost part of the act.
Of course all the West Coast guys are burned into my
brain, with my achetypal WCJ recording being
Lighthouse at Laguna, with notable work by you, Mr.
Shank, Frank Rosolino at his Frankiest, and by another
personal favorite for whom I’ll say a kind word in
passing, the under-appreciated Bob Cooper, whose
lyricism while swinging his ass off on the album makes
it one of my top desert island discs. (Those who agree
with me might try a Buddy Rich Basie tribute album I
got only last year, in which Cooper gets a chance to
display his inner Lester on several covers of tunes by
the Old Testament Basie band.)
This has gone on too looooong, so I’ll note that
after a few years on Capitol Hill, I went with a DC
lobbying firm, but in fact returned to journalism of a
specialized sort, putting out for the firm a pricy
Washington insider’s newsletter on federal public
works programs, which was into its third decade when I
retired two years ago to Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Unfortunately, except for one public radio station for
whom I will say my second kind word in passing, WESM
from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s
college campus, this is a jazz wasteland.
However, I brought along a piano. Now I have the time
to begin learning, not how to tickle the ivories for
anyone else, but enough to understand what it is about
the harmonies and rhythms that I love that attracts me
so. I may never be able to learn the secrets; maybe
jazz is too ineffable. I remember vaguely, perhaps
from something by Whitney Balliet or someone he
quoted, that jazz is a musician saying, “I feel this
way and now you do, too.” My hat is always off to
those of you, on either side of the mike, who have
brought such messages to me over the years. And a
second nod of appreciation to you few who I know put
in hours each week in the engine room of this list for
the benefit of the rest of us. TIA, and sorry if this
has bored anyone,
Jim from Baltimore
P.S. The great lady I live with wants you to know
that she has had up to three cats at a time, with the
remaining survivor, Cal (for Calico), now approaching
P.P.S. The Moniker: When I found out that my own name
would make me jimyoung228 on Yahoo, I looked for a
jazz namesake, and found the only James Young in jazz
was the venerable Trummy Young. That’s why its
youngtrummy. I’m no relation.
- From: “Joe Triscari” <email@example.com>
My name is Joe Triscari…
I was born in Las Vegas, NV..started playing trumpet at 8 years of
I went into the AirForce Band of New England in 1982-86…Traveled and
played lead in the Jazz band…free lanced and taught since then….
I came from a family of trumpet players..
Ray Triscari and Joe Triscari…My father Mike was a Guitar player…At
one time all three were on Gene Krupa in the 40’s…
I’m 42…and really getting the itch to get back to playing full time…..
- From: “Daniel Gaultney” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- 1945, Miami, FL; moved to Boca Raton at age 9 (west of US Hwy 1, the
“non-rich” part of town).
I became attracted to the trumpet from listening to my dad’s Harry James &
Ray Anthony records as a kid, although his favorite was Django Reinhardt
(curious for a kid raised in coal mine country in W. Va.). Joined my high
school Dance Band (Seacrest High, Delray Bch) and was shortly hooked on Big
Bands. High School high point was our band appearing live on a local West
Palm Bch. TV station; “The Tony Glenn Show” or, the West Palm version of
“American Bandstand,” complete with a roomful of local dancing teens. Got to
solo on “Woodchopper’s Ball” & “Lil Darlin'” though I played lead & rarely
got to solo.
On to Palm Beach Jr. College, high point being getting to solo on “Java” &
“The Man With the Horn”before student assembly. Probably the pinnacle
(girl-wise, anyway) of my performing career. While there I heard Si Zentner
at a crummy downtown theatre in Lake Worth & Ralph Marterie & his band at a
college dance at a residence on Palm Beach that had its own formal ballroom.
Then came Florida State Univ. (BME). Summer of 1967 met longtime friend Ed
Barr, who would several years later crank up a very successful jazz studies
program at Valdosta (GA) State, a rarity in South Georgia. I later got my
MME at Vald. State.
Left FSU & took an asst. Band Director position in Waycross, GA. & shortly
had the draft board on my heels. Signed my 2nd contract figuring they’d have
to give me a job when I got out. Ended up joining Army Reserves & surprised
myself by starting to actually enjoy teaching. Took over the high school
program for 17 years. Our Jazz Band was actually well-received, South GA not
being a hotbed for jazz. I would start with the usual stuff, throw in a
couple of TV theme charts & then gradually work in the good stuff. We got
enough kids turned on to BB & jazz over the years to think its perhaps not
Attended many events at Ed Barr’s jazz program at Valdosta State. Got to
talk at a post-concert get-together with Jack Sheldon. Went to dinner at a
Mexican Restaurant with Shorty Rogers. Talked in the coffee room with Ray
McKinley & had breakfast with Vaclav Nelhybel (not a jazz guy, but a fine
composer who had conducted my concert band at a symposium). A few years ago
Doc brought the ex-Tonight Show Band to VSU & I had a great time talking to
Conte Candoli, Snooky Young & Ed Shaunessy, guys I had admired since I was a
teen. You must understand guys like this don’t come through South GA very
Played several years with a local BB headed by a dentist who would rather
have been Artie Shaw. Finished up a 32-year career as a high school band
director in 2001. My first Kenton was a reel-to-reel version of “The World
We Know” followed shortly by many others (LPs that is), not even deterred
when I bought “City of Glass.” I still try & spread the word as best I can.
Dan Gaultney, Thomasville, GA
- From: “Dave Umemoto” <email@example.com>
Dave Umemoto: born June 21, 1934, Salinas, Calif. Fan of dance bands in
early 40’s…Miller, Dorsey, Brown, etc. etc..I was still in grade school.
Moved to San Jose, CA. in mid to late 40s, then One day, a friend of a
friend was playing some different stuff on the radio, kind of advanced
Rhythm and Blues stuff, asked what it was ? was told it was Jazz, guess
I was around Jr. Highschool at the time, I was fascinated and searched
the radio for more of it and listened as much as I could.
Tried to get into instrumental music but my school didn’t have a
program, started on the trombone in High School, played in concert,
marching and “Dance Band”. None of the other schools had Dance Band so
this was too cool…Dance Band played a lot for other school dances and
various programs, I did vocals too.
Found I could get band gigs on my own so used most of the guys from the
school band and made my own 16 pc band and did a few gigs around San
Jose and as far away as Fresno !!! By then, I was at San Jose State
College and studies took over my time so dropped out of the playing
I met my wife, Emily and married her for her Stan Kenton Collection
(only joking but she had an extensive collection of Kenton and other
Jazz when I met her), she loved Jazz and so did I, we shared other
interests too, this formed the basis for 45 wonderful years together. We
have 3 daughters, 5 grand children.
I had a extreme physical trauma at the end of 1987, my abdominal aorta
ruptured and the doctors were barely able to save my life, I even flat
lined while on the table but somehow survived. I spent 2 years in
recuperation and therapy.
About 1989, a friend of one of my daughters called and asked if I wanted
to join a big band that was starting up. I had not touched the trombone
in 40 years so declined but said I would be glad to try to help in other
ways, I would go to their rehearsal to meet them. Well, at the
rehearsal, there were NO trombones so dug out my old school days horn
and it was a total disaster…the horn was in very bad shape and so was
I. Well here it is, the year 2005, some 16 years later, I still play a
little in a few bands and do a few vocals too.
Emily and I used to go to many Jazz performances and festivals together,
going to LA a lot, all over the USA and as far as Europe, chasing jazz.
I lost Emily on Sept. 9, 2003, she passed after being on Kidney Dialysis
for about 3 years. Her “Emily’s Jazz Boys & Girls” a private society of
special Jazz Friends, Performers and Personalities is still keeping her
memory alive and well.
I’m still chasing Jazz as much as I can….seems I am doing more
listening than playing lately, that is OK with me.
I still work a little, I consider myself semi-retired, I am in the
import – export business. I guess I can call my self a Septuagenarian, trombone and big band Geek….
Near San Francisco
- From: Fred Stride firstname.lastname@example.org
My very short bio –
Fred Stride – born 1953 – Vancouver, Canada
I am a composer, arranger, bandleader and former (for the moment) trumpet
player active in the music business since the mid 1970s, primarily in
Vancouver, Canada. While I have spent many years writing arrangements for
performers, TV variety shows (CBC), CBC radio, some jingles and a few film
documentaries, most of my current work centers around writing arrangements
for pops symphony performers and original works for jazz ensemble, concert
band and the occasional chamber piece.
I also teach jazz writing and direct one of the jazz ensembles at the
University Of British Columbia.
- From: Tony Agostinelli email@example.com
Anthony J. (Tony) Agostinelli is a retired professor of social work, formerly a faculty member of the College of Arts and Sciences at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island, for almost a quarter century. He taught courses in the fields of social work, social research, the evolution of jazz and world religions. A musician since 1943, he has played accordion, piano, keyboards, and a variety of brass instruments. He has been a member of the International Association of Jazz Education (IAJE) since 1985, and for a few years served on its Advisory Council.
Mr. Agostinelli has been a radio and TV broadcaster and has published a wide variety of works in the social sciences and jazz history. He currently hosts his own cable access program called “Jazz Bash.” Agostinelli’s written works include a guide to establish legal regulation for the social work profession
(“The Legal Regulation of Social Work Practice”), a book on wines (“The Wrath of Grapes”) and a brief history of the Newport Jazz Festival.
Mr. Agostinelli also has written various research articles as well as works on Stan Kenton, Don Ellis, Eddie Safranski, “How to Do Jazz Research,” Urban Contemporary Jazz”, and “All Jazz Is Fusion.” He is the Editor of “The Network,” an Internet newsletter for the alumni, friends and fans of Stan Kenton. For the last several years, Mr. Agostinelli has taught in the life-long learning “Circle of Scholars” at Salve Regina University.
Agostinelli is currently working on his first mystery novel, “The Professor Was Dead.”
Agostinelli is a graduate of La Salle Academy (Providence), St. Michael’s College (Vermont), Boston College and retired Roger Williams College Professor (Bristol, Rhode Island); and has taken post-graduate courses in Family Therapy at Smith School for Social Work; he lives with his wife Barbara (a retired public school guidance counselor and school psychologist) on Aquidneck Island in Narragansett Bay. Prior to moving to Portsmouth, they raised their children on the East Side of Providence, where Tony was a life-long resident. He has four married children and five grandchildren.
Anthony J. (Tony) Agostinelli
62 Valley Lane, Portsmouth, Rhode Island 02871-2731
Phone: 401-682-3063, FAX: 401-682-3063
- From: “Jerry Prather” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I was born in south central Pennsylvania (halfway between the
Gettysburg and Antietam battlefields) of southern parents in
1941. My antecedents are English on one side, having come to
Virginia in 1622 and Scots-Irish on the other – and all in
between. After 20+ years up north, my parents went back to
Charlotte, NC where I graduated from high school.
I started taking piano lessons when I was six. The
concentration was upon the traditional classical approach and
theory. During this period I stumbled upon Stan Kenton by
walking into a record shop while one of his records was playing.
It took many, many years, but I finally learned that I really
have no inbred talent as a musician (that went to my sister who
plays and sings with bluegrass groups around Tallahassee). I
did sing well enough to be a member of a gospel quartet that
earned some minor dollars around Charlotte and was offered to
cut a demo record for RCA as an R&B boys group. We declined.
I won/qualified for an appointment to the US Naval Academy and
freed my father from the total expense of my education by
managing to graduate. After graduating in 1963, I spent twenty
years on various ships and at various shore stations around the
world, primarily acting as an expert in antisubmarine
operations. When I retired from the Navy, I took up jobs in
civilian defense industry focusing on my navy experience and in
designing sonar systems to detect and track Soviet submarines.
Reagan beat the Soviets and I lost my career — it’s really easy
to find Soviet submarines these days; all you need to do is to
take a tour of their sub bases where the subs we searched so
hard for sit rusting at their piers. But enough years had
passed that I was able to retire completely.
The early interest in Stan Kenton paid dividends. I learned to
listen beyond the light opera that my parents favored. While
still at Annapolis I found Charlie Byrd at a basement club in
northeast DC and learned about bossa nova, flamenco, and
classical guitar – all interests which continue to this day.
When CD technology became available, I learned that there was a
way to hear piano music that wasn’t distorted by worn records,
so I dropped playing the piano for collecting jazz and classical
CDs. I’ve combined that with some computer skills to develop a
personal program to track my music collection. This paid off
for me when a neighbor’s girl came to see me last week. She
grew up playing classical piano, but in late high school found
out about jazz. She’s now at the University of Maryland
majoring in optical health and minoring in music. She needed to
learn three new numbers over the holidays: Donna Lee,
Desifanado, and Gershwin’s Three Jazz Preludes. I was able to
provide a selection of performances for her to use in learning
the music. It paid off all the hours I’ve spent over this
That’s me. Cheers/2!
- From: Bob Florence <email@example.com>
I was born in Los Angeles, California, May 20,1932. I live in
Thousand Oaks, Ca. I am married to My very special person, Evelyn.
Between us, we have four children and eight grandchildren.
Somehow my mother discovered that I had perfect pitch and started me
on piano two months before I turned five. I gave my first full scale
piano recital when I was seven. I learned much of the standard
repertoire and was seriously headed toward a concert pianist career.
However, I could play many tunes of the day by ear and I always loved
big bands and jazz. After high school, I went ot Los Angeles City as
a music major. I took all of the regular courses (harmony,
counterpoint, music appreciation, etc. I took a class in arranging
and orchestration from Bob McDonald who had a firm grasp on what he
taught. He, however had a jazz background. It was here that my life
took a hard “left”. Because of my keen interest in jazz, I was
invited to join the jazz band. I was there with Lanny Morgan, Tommy
Tedesco and Dennis Budimir. I got deeply involved in the jazz
literature and the concert pianist was forgotten. My mother was heart
broken. However, that changed on the day I came home with an lp with
a credit on it.
In college, a friend and I formed a rehearsal band comprised of our
friends in school. This was a very important step for me because it
gave me the chance to hear what I wrote. I have always considered
this to be most important for me along with money as a reward for my
My career broke wide open because of an arrangement of “Up A Lazy
River” done for Si Zentner”s big band. This was a huge breakthrough
for me as it opened so many doors. It allowed me to write for the big
bands of Harry James, Les Brown, Louie Bellson and the Tonight Show
I also worked with singers Julie Andrews, Vikki Carr, Jack Jones and
I have always kept the big band going. In 1981 I renamed it “The Bob
Florence Limited Edition”.
I have recorded thirteen big band albums (cds). I have Grammy and two Emmys.
I am NOT retired because music has brought me so much joy.
I want to thank you all for responding to my “Who Are You” thread.
What shall we do next?
Addendum to JWC “Who Are You?” thread, culled from the Kentonia archives:
born March 11th 1937 in the Bronx. I’m not connected to the music
industry in any way, nor do I play an instrument or vocalize. I sell
office furnishings and design and active on CAD. My passions are
wine and music. I’ve seriously collected jazz since I was about 8.
I live in Coppell Texas, suburb of Dallas. I’ve seen them all.
Born May 10, 1935, in Pittsburgh, PA (grew up in Washington, DC, although
the term “grew up” may not be entirely accurate). Began a career as a radio
announcer in 1958 but was sidelined in June ’63 by an auto accident that
almost killed me (“almost” being the operative word). Spent the next 30+
years as a newspaper writer / editor including about a dozen yrs as a
sports writer, covering, among other things, football, baseball,
basketball, track and field, auto racing, tennis and three Masters golf
tournaments. Hooked on Jazz from pre-teens, was lucky enough to see (in
person) such legends as Bird, Miles, Prez and the incomparable Clifford
Brown while still a callow youth. Have always loved big bands, especially
Kenton, Herman, Basie and Buddy Rich. Other favorites include Zoot Sims,
Stan Getz and a few who are still around like Bud Shank (and Bob Florence)
and a host of contemporary bands, both college and pro. Started writing
about Jazz by accident about a decade or so ago and am still plugging away
at it. Am not a musician, never have been, simply love music and love
writing about it. Have three grown children, two boys and a girl, and seven
lovely grandchildren ranging in age from four to eighteen yrs. I’m one of
seven children (six still living; we lost sister Claire last July, age 80).
Brothers Tom (74) and Ed (68) also love Jazz. Have one “famous” family
member, my aunt Phyllis (Diller).
Robert J. Robbins
I was born in Philadelphia on January 25, 1953, and I must have been exposed
to a healthy quantity of big band music and West Coast Jazz on the radio
when I was very young, because I naturally gravitated toward it. When I was
about fourteen, I discovered Glenn Miller, and five years later, I underwent my
Kenton epiphany. This was all in addition to European symphonic music and
Broadway shows, both of which my father exposed me to while growing up, and I
also attended the Philadelphia Orchestra’s children’s concerts. Of course, I
also watched the New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts, hosted and
conducted by Leonard Bernstein, on television, and I am now the proud owner of
a 9-DVD set drawn from this series.
I have been the USA Secretary of Big Bands International
(_http://www.bigbandsinternational.org_ (http://www.bigbandsinternational.org) )
for the past
quarter-century, and this position has enabled me to meet some of the leading
figures (including Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, and Maynard Ferguson) of this
I was born in Hull, Quebec but now reside just across the river in
Ottawa. I’m the Artistic Director of the Ottawa International Jazz
Festival a job I’ve been holding for the past 25 years. I’ve also been
hosting, for almost 25 years, my own radio show on station CKCU-FM
called Swing is in the Air. I’m also a programmer on the CBC Galaxie
Digigal network. This show is called Big Bands. I’m also teaching a
jazz course in the Adult Education Program in both the city Ottawa and
the city of Hull. My interest in jazz is wide from: Trad to big bands,
to progressive jazz and everything in between.
I was born in Philadelphia. (Ladies don’t like to tell their age …)
Started classical piano at age 5. Did lots of Radio Shows and TV
Kiddies Shows. Won a Schlorship to Curtis Institute (like NY’s
Juilliard), but didn’t want classical anymore! Wanted JAZZ and the
FREEDOM it offered! Didn’t know where to go then to get it.
Grew up, married and divorced. Wrote and played many Political songs
around my area. After my divorce, I played piano and sang all around
Philly and suburbs for many years. Perfect pitch helped a lot! Did
Singles, Duos, quartets, Weddings, Clubs, and my favorite 7 year gig –
with my Trio! Was in the film Eddie And The Cruisers, and sold them
some tunes for the film. Member of ASCAP.
Recently retired and married … THIS TIME, happily! Married another
lister here … Tom Jacobson. He played drums when younger. He will be
playing drums again soon, and studying keyboard, on one of my Rolands,
here in Eugene Oregon.
Personal: Owner of a “rescued dog”, Lucy (Beagle-Basset). She was “Pet
Of The Week” on TV – her LAST chance!