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PAT KIRBY SINGS! AGAIN! "THE BOY NEXT DOOR" (1954, Steve Allen, The Tonight Show)

For me, this beautiful story started in a thrift store in Westbury, New York. Details (and music) here.

More friends helped me find Pat Kirby herself — a person as gracious and gentle of spirit as her singing; I met… 334 more words

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THE RESONANT KINDNESS OF SONNY ROLLINS (1994)

Some time back, browsing eBay, I came across this quite remarkable object for sale: a letter from Sonny Rollins to a younger fan / musician.  It’s no longer for sale (it sold for eight hundred dollars) but I share the text with you now. 190 more words

Michael Steinman

"TO MY BOY . . . ."

Another eBay gem, irresistible in so many ways:

The inscription: “To my boy, Dr. Rush, Rush into me and brush me off.  Thomas Fats Waller.” 76 more words

Michael Steinman

WHEN BEAUTY IS THE ONLY WAY: ABIGAIL RICCARDS and MICHAEL KANAN

When the soul needs solacing, anti-inflammatories from the bathroom medicine chest just won’t do.  I present two you two deep practitioners of the healing arts: Abigail Riccards and Michael Kanan. 99 more words

Michael Steinman

BECKY, BUCKY, BEAUTY (2014, 2012)

Beauty is so rare, so precious.  And it isn’t arrived at easily.  But it is one of the ways in which we can save ourselves, especially if we understand that in its deep center, it is love in action: the love of the music that leads an artist to spend a lifetime in creating it.   95 more words

Michael Steinman

"SERENADE FOR CLARINETS AND STRINGS," by JAMES EVANS

If you’re hoping for Hot Nirvana — say, a ten-minute version of ROYAL GARDEN BLUES (which I do not sneer at) — please come back in a day or so, when I shall attempt to gratify your wish.   126 more words

Michael Steinman

"YESTERNOW": SWINGING WITH THE MEDELJAZZ QUARTET

I’d never heard of the four musicians who make up this wonderfully limber quartet, but their music happily reminds me of a time more recent than 1938 — when jazz improvisations were part of danceable pop music rather than consigned to their special box at the edge of the aesthetic universe.   199 more words

Michael Steinman