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International Jazz Day

To celebrate International Jazz Day, here is the incomparable Aretha Franklin from the 2016 IJD event at the White House.


Montréal

In order to avoid the intense traffic that had already started to build up at 1:30pm, it was suggested that we drive up to Sorel, then take the ferry across the Saint Lawrence River.

The Mini-RV is packed down in that mass of steel somewhere. The ferry run was short and smooth, but it took some of the stress out of the impressive traffic that we had been battling.

The MacDonald Monument at Place du Canada. John A. MacDonald was Canada’s first prime minister. This monument was erected in 1895. There are two cannons flanking the monument, which were used in the Crimean War. Queen Victoria presented the city with the cannons in 1892, to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the founding of Montreal. The Curator found the cannons quite interesting.

A trip to Montreal would not be complete without a visit to a jazz bar. We stopped by The Upstairs Jazz Club. A wonderful club, with a great atmosphere. The Shawn McPherson Blues Band was the night’s act. McPherson plays a decent harmonica, and the band surrounding him was solid. We were treated to some very good music.


Wes Montgomery

Music Monday:

Switching it up a bit, with the great jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery.


International Jazz Day


Poppies

… by Nina Simone


Miles at Newport

A Flashback Friday Edition:

Newport Jazz Fest 1955
Miles Davis, Percy Heath, and Gerry Mulligan at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1955. Photo credit: The Newport Jazz Festival.


Newport Jazz Festival

All roads lead to Newport

The Newport Jazz Festival starts up this Friday, July 31 and runs through August 2. This year the festival will mark the 60th Anniversary of Miles Davis’ first Newport appearance.

The Newport Jazz Festival was started in 1954 by George Wein, who at 89, is still producing the iconic music festival.


Spinning Riverside

Spinning Riverside

I walked out of the post office the other day, with a package that was obviously a vinyl record.  For some reason, I simply could not remember placing an order for one recently.  I knew that I had a couple of upcoming remastered albums in the pipe, but none were due to be released yet.

I went back to work, and did my thing.  Eventually an evening or so later, my mind wandered back to the flat, brown cardboard.  Opening the package, I saw “Full House” by Wes Montgomery.  Now, I knew that this was something that I had not ordered.  There were no markings on the box, or note inside.

I sliced the plastic wrap down the open end of the album cover, and pulled out the LP.  I couldn’t suppress the “Oooohhh” that escaped.

Riverside.

Damn, I love the old Riverside label.

I gently placed the vinyl on the turntable, and just as I knew it would be, this is one damn fine album.

Montgomery was in San Francisco in June of 1962.  Also in SF was The Miles Davis Sextet.  On a Monday, when The Sextet was not playing, Wynton Kelly (piano), Paul Chambers (bass) and Jimmy Cobb (drums) of the Davis Sextet, joined guitarist Wes Montgomery and tenor man Johnny Griffin across the Bay in Berkeley at the “Tsubo Coffee House” for the live recording.

Pure Jazz Magic

Sometimes, it is just the little things…


A Reminder: Winter is Around the Corner

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This is the 500th Post on CtoC

As if the disintegrating fireweed isn’t enough of a sign, I’ve noticed the sandhill cranes flying overhead all this week. Winter is right around the corner for those of us in Interior Alaska. In fact, this past week was one of Toyostove servicing and chimney cleaning for clients. I have yet to climb up on my own roof, but at least my woodshed is stocked full.
So, I’m comfortably in my cabin on this August evening with the windows open and “Mulligan Meets Monk”, from the old Riverside label, is spinning on the turntable. What better time for a reality check?

Some insight into Fairbanks “Autumn” Weather:

Average first freeze is September 8.

Average first snowfall is September 21.

Average first inch of snowfall is October 8.

On average, by October 18, the snowpack is established and sticks around until May.

Average first date below zero is October 28.

Here’s to a very long autumn…
Cheers.

This post comes by request via Milwaukee. I guess it may be time to “drop the puck”.


Take Five/Four

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Legendary jazz pianist and innovator Dave Brubeck died today; he was one day shy of his 92nd birthday.

Rest in peace Mr Brubeck.