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Artist: Warren Vaché

In 1998 I was fortunate enough to have Warren play as a featured guest on my first CD. I remember the studio date like it was yesterday. We were recording live to two track and Warren came in and blew a solo on Just one of those things w the legendary Tex Arnold on piano-Steve La Spina on Bass and Joe Cacuzzo on drums. It’s as fresh as it ever was ….burning solo. He also played on But Beautiful and It Could Happen to You …beautiful! Never forget it 👍

 

– Ken Festa
Born: New York, July 07, 1959

Artist: Henry Threadgill

I was fortunate to be the weekend bartender for Rashied Ali’s Greenwich Village club in the mid-1970s. Among the most memorable bands in what has become known as the New York Loft Era was the trio Air: Henry Threadgill, Steve McCall, and Fred Hopkins. They opened my ears to the nuances of sound. All three were generous and perceptive, but Henry seemed to go out of his way to make people feel that their questions and ideas were welcome and worthwhile. After multiple conversations I developed the courage to attempt to write about music. That lead to becoming a journalist and spending more than a decade developing some skills as a writer. I sure wish I had been able to hear the Society Situation Dance Band in person, but I have been fortunate to enjoy Very, Very Circus, Make a Move, and Zooid live.

– Michael Perri
Born: New York, October 1950

Artist: David Anram

When I played Canadian folk festivals in the 70s and 80s Amram was the best musical spokesman, instrumtalist and entertainer that I had come across.

– Jay Sewall 
Born: Boston, December 19, 1942

Artist: Walter Page

The first jazz album I ever bought was a Buck Clayton Jam Session, The Huckle Buck and Robbin’s Nest. Water Page, Jo Jones, Freddie Green and Sir Charles Thompson made the rhythm section that really, really swung. I still have the original LP, plus the Mosaic CDs in a box set.

– Gil Gillivan
Born: Cincinnati OH, April 26, 1940

Artist: Dave McKenna

I had the great pleasure of touring Germany and Switzerland with Bill several years ago with my great friend Bernard Flegar and the UK reedman John Defferary. He was a most charming man – and having heard his marvellous (all-arranged) Dixieland band which was featured at Disneyland – I felt I was in hot company! But Bill was most welcoming (at one point early on he compared me to Muggsy Spanier!); we had great fun on the dates and Bill, of course, played superbly. His son John has carried on his legacy with equal trombone skills and couldn’t have had a better teacher; the two of them must have had a great relationship. Bill however wasn’t a veteran by any means; he began playing in the early 1970s and had a career, I suppose, as a ‘latterday Revivalist’ espousing Dixieland when all around him was jazz-rock and fusion.But he was a superb tecnician who could easily have made a living in studio work had he wished. A few years ago I heard that he might have had a bout with cancer and was very sorry to hear the news – as well as to hear that he had fully recovered. I shall miss Bill (and his marvellous music) very much.

– Digby Fairweather
Born: UK, April 25, 1946

Artist: Keith Jarrett

There’s an iconic picture of Keith Jarrett crouching above his piano bench, leaning over the keyboard and almost into the piano. Seeing it today reminded me of the time I saw him in a solo performance at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, MN. As he stood there, holding a chord, the whole auditorium silent, my friend’s voice pager went off. After a fire alarm-like beep, a voice was heard: “[last name], where the f*%k are you?” Needless to say, the spell of the moment was broken and every head in the place turned our way in disgust. When Jarrett came out for his encore — to read a French poem from the 15th century (?) — many heads again turned our way when he paused before reading the last lines. Thankfully, the pager remained silent.

– Frank J Slepkas
Born: Milford, IA, July 11, 1960

Artist: Eubie Blake

Eubie Blake

My father, Howard “Stretch” Johnson (January 30, 1915 – May 26, 1986) performed on Broadway in “New Faces of 1936 and 1937” and danced at the Cotton Club as one of the “Ten Dancing Demons” (the male chorus to Duke Ellington’s show there with his big band), used to talk about Eubien Blake and Noble Sissle as the trail blazers to Black entertainment on Broadway and in the clubs. We owe them a tribute as jazz greats!

– Wendy Johnson
Born: New York, NY, February 03 1943

Artist: James Harvey

The Renegade of the Creative Music Studio, Woodstock NY @ early 1980s Trombone, Piano, Drums, etc. Plays writes and thinks from the outside in. Creates Universes of sound. One of my greatest inspirations. Could and did play with all comers. He was a Mixed Martial Artist of Music. (Now in Vermont somewhere) Once while we were jamming, I stopped him mid stream in a ferocious improvised solo and asked him to explain how he was doing what he was doing ; He simply said…”THER ARE ONLY TWELVE NOTES”

– George Masone
Born: Brooklyn NY, May 1954

Artist: Juius Hemphil

A beautiful sound a courageous tone. While we lived and worked at the Creative Music Studio (School) in Woodstock NY. Julius was a gracious Teacher and performer who would stay and play for a week at a time. The experience taught me about the interweaving of Jazz and Avant Garde. Never grows old..Always in the moment. Sound was nurtured as an organic expression of the Forest that surrounded us. Now History !

– George Masone
Born: Brooklyn NY, May 1954

Artist: Dave McKenna

Dave McKenna was a close friend of the great Woonsocket-born pianist-singer DARYL SHERMAN and their album together is a masterpiece. Dave (as most people know) was Bobby Hackett’s favourite pianist – a divine duo indeed!

-Digby Fairweather
Born: UK, April 25, 1946

Artist: Gary Peacock

My brother Lasse (1934-1992) was a jazz-pianist and composer and toured German jazz-clubs during eight months in 1956-57 with his combo (Rolf Hultqvist ts, Goran Petterson b and Sune Spangberg dr). Pretty soon Stu Hamer from the UK joined the band on trumpet. Goran told me the following when I wrote my book about brother Lasse: “At the club, there were always guys who wanted to “sit in” and play along. Not always very good musicians, but sometimes the exceptions appeared. Like for example Stu Hamer, trumpet player from England. Gary Peacock, who later became a world name as Keith Jarrett’s bass player, came to the club and got to play along. Goran remembers that Peacock played well, but a bit old-fashioned and cautious. Therefore, he was very surprised when he heard Gary again after many years and noted a huge development.”

-Mats Werner
Born: Stockholm Sweden, June 21, 1943

Artist: Keith Jarrett

In 2003 Keith was honored with the by ABBA-founder Stickan Anderssons instituted Polar Music Prize. The same year my friend the Serbian artist Mirko Vucinic had an exhibition in Stockholm (which I had arranged) called Jazz Legends. It incoroprated a fantastic portrait of Jarrett which Mirko and I decided to give to Jarrett as a recognition of what he had given Mirko and the Jazz World. It was arranged with the Prize organizer that I should hand the portrait over to Keith at the official press conference proceeding the Prize ceremony and this was done. Keith was very much but pleasantly surprised and glad. 

-Mats Werner
Born: Stockholm Sweden, June 21, 1943

Artist: Tubby Hayes

Apart from hearing Tubby Hayes with his quintet with Ronnie Scott, my best memory of him was in 1964 at the Royal Festival Hall when he sat in with the Duke Ellington Band when Paul Gonsalves, the regular band tenor, was sick. The band blew up a storm that night, with Hayes playing some great solos. A great evening.

-David N
Born: England, March 03, 1944

Artist: Harry Edison

Harry Edison brought me my Royal portable typewriter from NY when I was a student at University of Chicago. My dad, Morris Primack was one of the original owners of the Birdland nightclub in NY and he prevailed on “Sweets” to shlep it out to me in 1959. He was appearing at the Sutherland Lounge at 47th and Cottage Grove Ave which was near the University. When I showed up with a couple of friends to pick it up, he very graciously asked us to stay for the show which we of course did. The show was great, the crowd enjoyed his performance thoroughly and I will never forget this warm and gracious man.

-Aurin Primack
Born: Brooklyn, NY, August 29, 1940

Artist: Fred Braceful

I was really happy to see this video cause I played with Fred for a couple of years in the late 70ies. RIP dear friend – we had a great time!

-Mic Oechsner
Born: Munich 1956

Artist: Quincy Jones / Benny Golson

When I was fifteen, 1961, I played guitar in a Bronx park across the street from where I lived. On one occasion, a woman in a nursing uniform who was listening to our fledgling blues efforts, said I was pretty good and that I should meet her son. She said his name was Quincy Jones and she wrote out his address on West 96th St. I was a jazz fan already and knew who Quincy Jones was. A friend and me grabbed a D train and hastened down there. Sure enough, Quincy’s name was on the mail box but after several buzzes and no answer, we figured he was not home.

In reading the names, however, we saw Benny Golson. I knew who he was and had two of his Riverside records. We buzzed and he buzzed back. He met us at the door, invited us in, had us sit on his couch while he spoke about jazz and played us his music. He wife, Bobbi Golson served us cokes. We were there two hours and they could not have been more gracious, The cocktail napkins accompanying the cokes said B & B Golson. Wonderful afternoon, beautiful cat.

-Ezra Millstein
Born: New York City, NY.   June 17, 1945

Artist: Benny Golson

In 1996 I went to Rankin Chapel at Howard University to see Benny Golson who was appearing with the Howard U. Jazz Ensemble. Almost all the pews were occupied except for a few sears right in front. I wound up sitting next to former Virginia Governor Douglas Wilder and Benny Golson himself while I listened to the HUJE playing big band arrangements of Golson’s classics. In the next row back was Art Dawkins who’d been my sax instructor at Federal City College. Finally Benny took the stage and gave his own renditions of Killer Joe, Along Came Betty and Blues March. The HUJE created the Benny Golson Jazz Master Award and this was the initial presentation.

-Archer (Tony) Jordan
Born: New York City, NY.   November 07, 1946

Artist: Antonio Carlos Jobim

60 years ago, in undergraduate school, I was studying Portuguese and listening to Brazilian music helped me get A’s in all these language classes!

-Frank P
Born: Bronx NYC.   December 13, 1943

Artist: Gary Burton

Up to being taken to see Gary Burton live the only other Vibe Player I had listened to was Milt Jackson of Modern Jazz Quartet. I quickly had his L’Ps as part of my first record collection. Of course then there was Gerry Gentry whose group I never missed seeing in Providence R.I. @ Allery. Music Choice Cable has been playing Burton recently which makes me stop and listen. Then Jazz On The Tube Birthday Feature. He is so good, Thanks Jazz On The Tube. Peace, Don Rhodes

-Don Rhodes
Born: Norfolk, VA.   February 19,1949

Artist: Gary Burton

In the late sixties, I was fortunate to see the Gary Burton quartet in a small club in Hollywood. Don’t remember the club, don’t remember the date, don’t remember a lot from those days. Do remember Larry Coryell, and Steve Swallow on bass, and sitting close enough to put my feet on the stage. I didn’t. Nothing like jazz in a small club. What a great show!

-Dan Leahy
Born: Port Chester, NY  August 27, 1949

Waldorf Astoria Hotel Lounge
New Years Eve 1959

My first introduction to live swing/jazz music thanks to my Aunt who took me to NYC on the 20th Century Ltd to spend New Years week listening to Jazz and imbibing of the sights and sounds of the City for the first time for this 13 year old.

-Michael Salwitz
Born: Toledo, OH  November 23, 1976

Band: Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band

While a student at Oberlin College in the mid-70’s, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis big band did a concert in Finney Chapel there. Billy Harper sat on the far left (from the audience’s perspective) side of the stage, very close to the seats (pews, actually).

I’d never heard him live before, just on the TJML album “Consummation,” which included a rendition of “Fingers,” my favorite TJML tune that was played by my high school jazz band. The band played that tune at Oberlin, and just like on the album, BH must have done 6-7 choruses–rhythm changes, basically. Super intense, balls-to-the-wall playing.

He was just magnificent, and I think he recognized how much I was enjoying it, as he smiled at me when he sat down. I see the Cookers every time they come to Seattle just to hear him.

-Allen N Shabino
Born: Renton, WA  July 4, 1955

Artist: Gene Krupa

My dad and stepbrother and I saw Gene Krupa with a quartet in 1964 at the Venice Inn in Omaha. Helped start my interest in jazz😍🎷🎶

-Donald Jacobson
Born: Omaha, NB  March 7, 1947

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