Tito Puente and Charlie Palmieri en El Bronx

The music and narration tell the whole story.

What else can I add?

The only thing I can add is the location.

The playground of PS 130, Hewitt Place, Bronx.

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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The evolution of “Twisted”

“My analyst told me…that I was right out of my head…”

One of Joni Mitchell’s most popular songs, which helped establish her jazz credentials, “Twisted” from the “Court and Spark” album, came from music written and improvised by tenor saxophonist Wardell Gray. Later Annie Ross put lyrics to it.

Annie Ross built her lyrics on the Wardell Gray composition and

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Forgotten Tenor: A Tribute to Saxophonist Wardell Gray

Interview with Abraham Ravett

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Ken McCarthy’s Jazz on the Tube interviews filmmaker Abraham Ravett about his film “Forgotten Tenor: A Tribute to Tenor Saxophonist Wardell Gray.”

Tenor saxophone giant Wardell Gray was born February 13, 1921, in Oklahoma City. OK. He was a graduate of the Cass Technical High School, a Detroit school that also lists … Read more

Jamming at “La Maganette”

From the YouTube collection of Neil Axelrod.

Beautiful footage from a wonderful time. Dave Valentin shines as host and leader of an impromptu flue summit.

Now out of business, La Maganette was a salsa magnet.

Here’s how New York Magazine described it:

Midtown’s kitschy old-Italian La Maganette (825 Third Avenue, at 50th Street) specializes in charanga, with performances by such … Read more

Vic Hobson and the roots of Louis Armstrong’s music

Interview with Vic Hobson

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Louis Armstrong was a genius – no doubt about that.

But there’s no such thing as a genius in a vacuum.

For some strange reason, the culture and community that gave birth to Louis Armstrong is given short shrift in accounts of his life and art.

In his autobiography and in interviews, … Read more