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Jazz Vocal Master Ernie Andrews At MCG Friday: A Survey

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 11:00 AM Written by

It's worth noting that 86 year old Ernie Andrews, part of "The Gentlemen Sing: Three Generations of Song With Allan Harris, Ernie Andrews and special guest Milton Suggs" Friday evening, at Manchester Craftsmen's Guild Friday (7 PM, tickets $ 45), is a true elder statesmen of jazz vocal legends, one whose career merits a look.

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Four Sid Caesar Classics: 1954-55

Friday, 21 February 2014 06:36 AM Written by

Figure it this way: Sid Caesar and Your Show Of Shows (1950-1954) was a fountainhead of American TV comedy. Who were the talents who emerged from it?  The obvious: Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Imogene Coca and Howie Morris. All except Coca (who got her own short-lived program after Show of Shows ended in 1954) worked on Caesar's next show: Caesar's Hour (1954-1957) along with the late Larry Gelbart, known today for his work on film comedies incljuding Tootsie and MASH (the film and TV series)plus up-and-coming writer Neil Simon and his  older brother Danny Simon along with Aaron Ruben, who became a producer of The Andy Griffith Show and a key director on Sanford and Son.

Oh, and bear in mind, this was live TV. Not tape.  And there were no cue cards.  They memorized it.

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Confessions Of An Ex Beatle-Hater (REPOST)

Wednesday, 19 February 2014 04:05 PM Written by
My daughter needs a new phonograph
She wore out all the needles
Besides, I broke the old one in half
I hate the Beatles!
                --Allan Sherman, "Pop Hates The Beatles"
                  to the tune of "Pop Goes The Weasel."

Time to own up: during the first half of 1964, I too hated the Beatles.

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Roger Humphries: Onstage With Horace Silver

Sunday, 16 February 2014 10:56 AM Written by

Drummer Roger Humphries, subject of an upcoming documentary film, chronicled in today's PG, by both Nate Guidry's video and Kevin Kirkland's story, celebrates another of the many Pittsburgh jazz luminaries who've left a worldwide impact. Roger notes the influence of Art Blakey on his playing, the man who taught him his famous "press roll," demonstrated in the video. Blakey, the Pittsburgh-born drummer who founded the Jazz Messengers, led a band that became a pillar of the Hard Bop movement in jazz and a virtual musical conservatory for generations of jazz greats, Wayne Shorter and Wynton Marsalis among them.

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The Beatles On American TV B.S. (Before Sullivan)

Thursday, 06 February 2014 06:51 AM Written by

Scott Mervis's piece on the Beatles got the correct order of the Beatles' coverage in the months prior to their first visit and Ed Sullivan Show appearances.  What you didn't see, however, were the videos themselves.  This is all of them, from the first, on November 18, till the Jack Paar segment on January 3, 1964.   Oh, when you're done with this check out the fantastic PG  Interactive Beatles Quiz.

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