I'm happy to report that I've been nominated in two categories by the Jazz Journalists Association for their 2015 awards—Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism and Blog of the Year. Congratulations to Ted Panken and Neil Tesser, my co-nominees in the first category, and Doug Ramsey (Rifftides), Patrick Jarenwattananon (A Blog Supreme) and Ethan Iverson (Do the Math) in the second. Winners will be announced on June 16. By the way, the image above is not the JJA's awards this year for winners.
Conte Candoli and Bill Holman. Here's a video clip of the two musicians together in the 1990s playing Star Eyes. You can buy the DVD , Live at the Royal Palms Inn, here. Back in 1955, Candoli and Bill were part of a quintet with Lou Levy (p), Leroy Vinnegar (b) and Larance Marable (d). You'll find the material on the Complete Recordings of the Conte Candoli Quintet here.
Larry Griswold. Never heard of him? Neither did I until I watched this amazing clip from Frank Sinatra's first TV show in 1951. A big thanks to Derek Lovelady from the splendid city of Liverpool, U.K....
Charles Mingus radio. On Wednesday (April 22), WKCR-FM in New York will be featuring its annual Charles Mingus Birthday Broadcast, playing his music around the clock for 24 hours starting at midnight (EST) on Wednesday. To listen on your computer from anywhere in the world, go here.
Joni and jazz. If you have money and you're in San Francisco on May 8, be sure to catch SF Jazz + Joni Mitchell, a fundraising concert paying tribute to the folk-rock icon. Gala tickets start at $1,000 and will feature special guests Kris Kristofferson, Joe Jackson, Patti Austin, Kurt Elling, Tom Scott, Mark Isham and Laurie Antonioli interpreting Ms. Mitchell’s work. For concert information, go here. For ticket information, go here.
In New York in late May? Vocalist Tessa Souter (above) will be appearing with pianist Alan Broadbent and bassist Yasushi Nakamura on Friday, May 29, at Cafe Noctambulo (at 178 2nd Ave./Tel: 212-995-0900). Sets are at 7 and 9 p.m. There's a $20 cover charge and $15 dollar minimum. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Oddball album cover of the week.
There was no shortage in 1950s Hollywood of models who had traveled west in search of movie discovery, only to wind up on LP jackets. This cover makes you wonder what was going through people's heads back then. Also good to know that the album features "complete" songs as opposed to just a few bars.