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Bobby

Birthday boy in conversation with Terry Gross. And he say, hey, Bobby, come here a minute. And I froze – came back. Hey, oh man, I didn’t see you. He said I loved the way you did the song. I think it’s fantastic. And I felt really good. I said oh, I’m glad you really like…

Amy Winehouse

I have always been of the view that Amy Winehouse was the only female artist that was on Etta James’ plane — the parallels are all too obvious — a profound expression of “love and trouble” experience going back to Billie Holiday. Now that the dust has settled in the four years since Amy’s death I was…

Herb Hardesty @ Jazz Fest

The very excellent Keith Spera reports on day 2: Hardesty is best known for his many decades in the Fats Domino band. His tenor is featured on the original recordings of many Domino classics, “I’m Walkin’,” “Blue Monday” and “Ain’t That a Shame” among them. As Domino’s bandleader, Hardesty was known for his explosive, acrobatic solos.…

Pilgrimage for “Pops”

It was a dream come true (as they say) to finally visit “Pops” Corona house and  take in the archives at Queens run by Ricky Riccardi, who did such a brilliant job in writing Pops’ biography. The highlights: 1. What is striking is that all employees, paid or volunteer, are so passionate about “Pops.” 2.…