Hugs and kisses to the many readers who responded promptly to last week’s queries, much obliged. Herewith, the answers.
– Did Art Blakey really say this?
Jazz is known all over the world as an American musical art form and that’s it. No America, no jazz. I’ve seen people try to connect it to other
countries, for instance to Africa, but it doesn’t have a damn thing to do
He sure did. The source is the interview with Blakey published in Art Taylor’s book Notes and Tones.
– Did Betty Comden and Adolph Green really write a song whose lyrics succinctly summarized famous books? Yes, indeed. It’s a revue number called “Reader’s Digest.” Nobody came up with the complete lyrics, but here are some pertinent excerpts: