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This is the grave of Thelonious Monk. Born in 1917 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Monk’s family moved to New York in 1922, part of the Great Migration that took millions of African-Americans out of the South and to what they hoped were better opportunities in northern cities. He started playing the piano as a […]

Irving Fields

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On October 1, 2015

The other day I was listening to an album by the great Irving Fields, the brilliant pianist who merged jazz, the sort of Jewish-American popular music I associate with Catskills resorts in the 1950s,

Smith/Taborn/Maneri

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On April 11, 2015

Last night, I was fortunate enough to see a band headed by the drummer Ches Smith that also included the pianist Craig Taborn and the viola player Mat Maneri at Firehouse 12 in New Haven. They are all

Joe McPhee

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On November 1, 2014

I spent my Halloween evening in New Haven, seeing the legendary saxophonist Joe McPhee play with drummer Chris Corsano and cellist Daniel Levin at Firehouse 12. This was amazing and someone I never th

Gillespie ’64!

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On October 20, 2014

I was unaware of the Dizzy Gillespie for president campaign in 1964. His idea for Miles Davis as head of the CIA certainly would have made for a funkier agency by the late 60s. And who could oppose th

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