Maybe 80 Really Is The New 60

Why didn’t I think of this when I posted the Going Like 80 (+) item a few days ago? [See November 23, below.]

I just added Jim Hall and Bill Smith to the original list. It is accumulating a near-record number of comments.

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    • Doug Ramsey says

      I’ll add a third version of “Old Folks.” It is on Think Well of Me, Jack Teagarden’s indispensable 1962 album of Willard Robison songs, with arrangements by Bob Brookmeyer, Claus Ogerman and Russ Case. Teagarden’s vocal and trombone solo are as moving as Dorham’s trumpet. Unfortunately, the UMG label forced YouTube to take down the video of the track. However, the intrepid Bruno Leicht, frequent Rifftides commenter, has a surprise for you on his website.

      The album belongs in every serious jazz collection.

  1. says

    Hello Doug, Am enjoying all this about 80 years and so on, especially since I hope to get there next year myself, but my only comment is that at this fine old age I can look back in wonder at everything that jazz and its adherents have given me. Your bloggings and twitterings, Steven Cerra, Mark Myers and hundreds of others. I shall never tire of it. Thanks to you all, and to your other contributors and to the jazz musicians here and gone who are at the root.

  2. says

    “Then came a new resident [in the nursing home], a musician in his 80s with a touch of forgetfulness named Boyd Lee Dunlop, and he could play a little. Actually, he could play a lot, his bony fingers dancing the mad dance of improvised jazz in a way that evoked a long life’s all.”

    See the full New York Times story.

    • Doug Ramsey says

      Over the weekend, National Public Radio had a Dunlop story with sidebars that allow you to hear more of his playing. To hear it, go here and click on “Listen Now”

  3. says

    Leroy “Boots” Battle grew up in Brooklyn, was coached by Big Sid Catlett, was house drummer at the three Deuces in the 1940s, gigged at the Spotlite and other clubs on 52nd Street, backed Billie Holiday, and jammed at Minton’s before settling in Crofton, Maryland, in the 1950s and becoming a public school teacher of music. Boots continued to lead his combo, Roy Battle and the Altones, into his 80s. He turns 90 on New Years Day, 2012. For more, click here.