Weekend Extra: The Mary Ann McCall Video

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Bill Kirchner’s choice of Mary Ann McCall (1919-1994) as the artist to feature on his return to Jazz From The Archives (see the post below), led the Rifftides staff to search for videos of her performing. A fuzzy kinescope from 1962 may be the only one in existence. It comes from Frank Evans’ Frankly Jazz program on KTLA, the pioneering independent television station in Los Angeles. McCall shared a broadcast with The Jazz Crusaders. What survives is “After You’ve Gone” with the Crusaders rhythm … [Read more...]

Two Losses, One Gain

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This week, jazz lost two artists who made substantial contributions to the music. The vibraharpist Peter Appleyard was one of Canada’s best known jazz musicians. Laurie Frink was a New York jazz community insider, honored as a masterly lead trumpeter, revered as a teacher. Born in England in 1928, Appleyard (pictured left) moved to Canada in his early twenties, established himself in Toronto’s jazz community and became a popular figure on Canadian television. He toured for nearly a decade as a … [Read more...]