Preserving Ted Williams’ Photographs

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If you follow jazz even tangentially, you have seen photographs by Ted Williams. Most of us have also seen his shots of major figures in news events of the second half of the twentieth century. This picture of Martin Luther King is one of them. When Williams died in 2009 at the age of 84, he left tens of thousands of his prints and negatives in shoeboxes and notebooks. Most of them have never been published. They are not cataloged. The father and son team of Lou and Max Modica are … [Read more...]

A Blues By Bird

I couldn't find a Parker recording of a blues in the key of A to follow the Ted Williams story. Let's settle for E-flat. Here's Bird with Al Haig, piano; Percy Heath, bass; and Max Roach, drums, recorded in 1953, the same year as the Bee Hive gig in Chicago. Have a good weekend. … [Read more...]