Johnny Griffin Memorial Tribute

Readers in and around New York City may be interested in this announcement sent by Michael Weiss. CELEBRATING JOHNNY GRIFFIN: A TRIBUTE IN WORDS AND MUSIC Reminiscences from fellow musicians, family and friends. Johnny Griffin's compositions performed by Johnny's longtime rhythm section (Michael Weiss, John Webber and Kenny Washington) with Eric Alexander. Additional performances by Jimmy Heath, Cedar Walton, Ray Drummond and Ben Riley. SEPTEMBER 14, 2008, 7 p.m. St. Peter's Church 619 … [Read more...]

Bix Beiderbecke: Overrated?

The recent Rifftides item about the continuing medical needs of Bix Beiderbecke biographer Richard M. Sudhalter brought interesting comments about both men. You can read it and the comments here. The piece stimulated a correspondence with Paul Paolicelli, blog reader, fellow survivor of the news business and former lead trumpet player. Leaving out parts concerning unproved and unprovable allegations about Beiderbecke's personal life, here are key parts of the exchange, which expanded with a … [Read more...]

Speaking Of Armstrong…

...Fellow artsjournal.com blogger Terry Teachout has the kind of news every author welcomes. To share it, go here...and be sure to watch the celebratory video of Terry's subject in glorious action. Congratulations, TT. I know how good it feels. … [Read more...]