[members-announce] Dr Von, Lewis Ogletree, JazzFest, Biographies, Mahavishnu, Bill Perkins

Paul Baker paulb at webitects.com
Wed Aug 27 12:36:09 EDT 2003


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News & Views 
by Charles Walton

Dr. Von Freeman
Ernie Outlaw

Bronzeville conversation with Lewis Ogletree
". . .working for Earl Hines was good but I looked out at the dancers as
we played and saw some 3,000 or more people who had paid at least $10
each to come to see us. I knew I needed to make a change. I was only
making $65 per night with Earl. Also, if we didn't work for three or
four days in a week, I'd have to ask for an advance on next week's
salary just to make it."
-by Charles Walton

This year's Chicago Jazz Festival lineup

Highlights include a tribute to Bill Russo, Sheila Jordon, The Dave
Holland Big Band, Ira Sullivan, Jane Bunnett, Ken Vandermark, Freddy
Cole, Elvin Jones, Karrin Allison, and the McCoy Tyner Big Band. This
year, programming will start early on Friday, at 12:30 p.m. on the "Jazz
and Heritage Family Stage" and 12 noon at "Jazz on Jackson." 

Club tour lineup (Wednesday before the Fest)
There are 13 stops on the tour this year. Musicians include Henry
Johnson, Damon Short, Bill Porter, Phil Guy, Ray Silkman, Bobby Lewis,
Kurt Elling, Ira Sullivan, Ken Saydak, Chris Winters, Paulhino Gracia,
Doug Rosenberg, Joe Hurt, and Alfonso Ponticelli.

Myself Among Others: A Life In Music and
Blue Note: A Biography

"Apart from the musicians themselves, there is an honor roll of jazz
heroes we might call, for want of a better word, the great
presenters-certain club owners, concert promoters, independent-label
owners, record producers, personal managers, impresarios and so
forth-whose contributions were so vast they literally helped shape the
music during the last century."
-reviewed by Don Rose

Classic Mahavishnu Orchestra

"Since February 1969 McLaughlin had been a regular on Miles Davis
recording sessions and an occasional participant on live dates, such as
the Hill Auditorium date at Ann Arbor in February 1970 and the dates in
December that year that appeared as a part of Live-Evil (Columbia/Legacy
C2K 65135). It was while playing with Davis at the latter date that the
trumpeter encouraged McLaughlin to form his own band. McLaughlin gave
the notion serious thought and decided to go ahead with the help of
Davis's then manager, Nat Weiss"
-by Stuart Nicholson

Bill Perkins

Bill Perkins, who passed away this August, was "one of the outstanding
members of the legion of technically gifted and musically inspired tenor
players who emerged at the beginning of the fifties."
-an interview with Steve Voce from our archives.

Most Valued Player: John Stevens

"If Jo Jones, Big Sid Catlett and Dave Tough epitomize the evolution of
jazz drumming from its earliest days to the swing era, and Kenny Clarke,
Max Roach and Roy Haynes do the same for bop and beyond, then the
picture may be more international in scope when it comes to developments
from the early 1960s onwards. Elvin Jones, Sunny Murray, the Dutch
drummer Han Bennink and the Englishman John Stevens have all contributed
to developments at the freer end of the jazz spectrum."
-by Nic Jones

Chicago CD Reviews

Treading Air, Breathing Fire, a new release by Jeff Marx.-reviewed by
Alain Drouot


"My Boys Don't Drink Or Smoke"-Lester Lanin
A musican's adventure in the Apple

"One day in the Fall of 1960, I got a phone call from bassist Whitey
Mitchell. 'You working this Saturday?' he asked me. I answered I
was-with a Lanin band booked into a gig out on Long Island somewhere.
'No,' he told me, 'you're taking my place on Lester's 'A' band.' I said
I was already committed to the gig I'd been booked on, but he said not
to worry, the office would find someone to replace me on that band."
-by Joe Levinson

News from the trenches

"A few words, if you'll indulge me, about a few of the recently
departed-Lenny Pirani, Rick Levy, and Steve Barra. Lenny Pirani, a
pianist who left us about a month a half ago, was from the bebop
generation. He treated jazz as art music and didn't have much truck with
'pop' music or the appurtenances that go along with it. . ."-by Steve

Classic Sarah Vaughn

"Of all the sounds in jazz, the vocal is the most accessible because it
contains within it the potential to be more readily understood by a
wider audience than its instrumental counterparts because of its
'storytelling' privilege. It is hardly surprising, therefore, that most
jazz vocalists have at some point in their careers either succumbed or
have been importuned into distinctly non-jazz environments with songs
and arrangements designed for the widest possible appeal. This is
certainly true of the career of Sarah Vaughan whose discography and
curriculum vitae betray no single, exclusive commitment to jazz."
-by Stuart Nicholson

Conversation with Freddie Cole

"I was getting into music and I was appearing at the Capitol Lounge,
downtown. in 1952. I had a little hit record, 'The Jokes On Me.' Later I
went out with Al Smith's band and we played Flint and Saginaw Michigan.
We also did some things on the bill with Ruth Brown. From playing on
that gig with Al Smith, I got a job with Ruth Brown. This was in either
1952 or 1953. I went out on the road with Ruth. Her record hit, at that
time was 'Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean.'"
-by Charles Walton

The Great Lakes Experience and the USO Servicemen's Center #3

"We had so many Black servicemen passing through Chicago, some coming
from Great Lakes. They needed a place to stop over and get a sandwich or
a cup of coffee. Also there should be a place where they could sleep.
White boys had a place downtown to go, but there was no place for the
Black boys to go. So we opened the Center at the old Bacon's Casino,
near DuSable High School."
-by Charles Walton

Great Lakes Naval Jazz Band Reunion

"If you were Black and in the Navy before 1942, the duty to your country
emphasized servitude more than service. Positions for Blacks were lowly
and limited to that of messmen or stewards. However, The Great Lakes
Experience, a unique plan spearheaded by President Franklin Roosevelt
from 1942-1945, sought to 'steer the ship' in a different direction by
elevating the status of Black naval recruits."-by Charles Walton

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