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Café L'Europe's revered resident pianist to make his grand seasonal return

One of Café L’Europe’s greatest assets is about to make a season return.

You’ll know he’s arrived when the restaurant seems to float on melodic reverie and an apricot standard poodle is in the house. 220 more words

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Keeping the GAS (Great American Songbook) Flame Burning: “Bye Bye Blackbird”

by Roger Crane, the Song Scout


This is the twelfth in a series of articles addressing the beloved standards that comprise the Great American Songbook (GAS). 784 more words

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Serendipity and the Playlist in Shuffle Mode

Driving in from the Duke football game (a 49-6 thrashing by the good guys) I put my favorite playlist into shuffle mode. Second tune up was Al Hirt and Pete Fountain doing “South Rampart Street Parade”. 485 more words

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Real Jazz Comes to Cape Coral

The town where I live–Cape Coral, FL on the southwest coast near Ft. Myers–is not known as a hotbed of Real Jazz. At least not since I moved back here in 2010. 1,510 more words



What the heck is a Cowboy Church? I passed several of them while cruising south of Dallas. And there is one here in Muscle Shoals, AL. 158 more words

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I Was There...Sort Of-- Bobby Darin: Darin At The Copa

rSometimes you find an album that makes you ponder 3 ideas:

  1. I wish this album would never end.
  2. If only time machines were real….
  3. Why the hell wasn’t I born decades ago?
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RIPete Fountain

Ol’ Pete was my first musical idol. Soon after starting clarinet in the 5th grade Grandpa started motivating me: “Maybe some day you’ll play like Pete Fountain.” Dad had a few of his records, and then I went to see him at brand new Jones Hall for my 12th birthday. 200 more words

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