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Joe Negri-The Digs: More Details & Early Music

Friday, 06 September 2013 02:42 PM Written by
In Friday's "The Digs," Nate Guidry's essay on Joe Negri was supplemented by interesting photos.  A couple of the photos appeared in my September 2011 Sunday profile; others haven't appeared in print anytime in recent years and some comments from an earlier Nate Guidry profile of Negri.
 

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Jazz Radio's First Step Back:WYZR-FM

Friday, 06 September 2013 07:37 AM Written by

On Saturday at 1:15 PM, WYZR-FM (88.1) went on the air, a day ahead of scheduleThey went on with a temporary 300 watt transmitter until Wednesday, when they installed a newly purchased unit running at the full 1100 watts permitted by the FCC. Studios-offices are located on Route 19 at Donaldson's Crossroads, amid the bustling exurb known as Peters Township. The PG ran a story last Friday.

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Beach Boys and Annette: 1965

Thursday, 05 September 2013 08:52 AM Written by

You find the damnedst things on YouTube, and like this clip from the 1965 Disney film The Monkey's Uncle isn't interesting, though I'm certain the movie, which starred the late Annette Funicello, was anything but interesting.  It's the classic Beach Boys lineup: the Wilsons, Mike Love and Al Jardine, around the time Brian quit touring with the band.

For those of you who revere the Beach Boys, bear in mind, the Elvis movies of the 60's weren't any lot better.  The music was horrific in both cases. Annette recorded  stuff like this while Elvis had to deal with "Song of the Shrimp" or "Petunia, The Gardener's Daughter"

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guthrie boxset

You might not have noticed that 2012 was Woody Guthrie's 100th Birthday, but a lot of other people did. On Today's "Believe Your Ears" podcast, I'll review Woody Guthrie at 100! Live At the Kennedy Center, a CD/DVD package released this summer of a tribute concert recorded there last October and broadcast by PBS.  This is the link.

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Marian McPartland's Legacy

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 06:35 PM Written by

Marian McPartland's death yesterday at 95 at her Long Island home ends a career that began in her native Britain in the years before World War II and culminated with her 32 years (from 1979 to 2010) hosting her immensely popular Piano Jazz program on NPR.

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Tompall Glaser: Outlaw Visionary

Thursday, 15 August 2013 06:20 AM Written by

Tompall Glaser isn't a widely known name today, but at one time he was one of the prime movers in country's Outlaw movement. Glaser died Tuesday at 79 after a long illness, less than a week after his friend and onetime producer Cowboy Jack Clement passed.

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This week's "Believe Your Ears" music podcast reviews Pokey LaFarge's eponymously titled album, distributed by Jack White's Third Man Records. This is 30 year old LaFarge's third album and features him with his regular band,  The South City Three, augmented by cornetist TJ Muller and reed player Chloe Feoranzo, who enhanced LaFarge's early jazz-blues-country-Western Swing feel.

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Patricia Sheridan's "Breakfast With" column today focuses on photographer Henry Diltz, known not only for his photographs at Woodstock but for taking plenty of other photos of the 60's rock scene.  Diltz briefly notes his membership in a 60's Folk Revival outfit called The Modern Folk Quartet (MFQ for short). 

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