Bassist and author Bill Crow (pictured) sent a note:
Following some of your links, I ran across Dave Frishberg’s article on the Half Note, and saw a comment after it by someone looking for the name of the book in which he had read a chapter on the Half Note. It may have been my book, From Birdland to Broadway, in which I tell about the Note and Al the Waiter. There wasn’t a place for comment there any more, so I put it here.
That book by Bill and his second one, Jazz Anecdotes: Second Time Around, are full of stories about jazz and jazz musicians, many of them from his first-hand observations. The Frishberg post that he refers to was on Rifftides in June of 2007. Evidently, the publishing platform disables comments after a few years. It doesn’t disable the items, though, and you can still read Frishberg’s reminiscences about one of the great jazz clubs, its denizens and the colorful family who ran it. I just reformatted the piece and added a color photo of Mr. Frishberg. To read the refurbished post, click on this link.
Before you go there, while we’re considering things Frishbergian, let’s listen to him with his longtime duet partner Rebecca Kilgore. This is from their album of songs by Frank Loesser.