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She’s a little piece of data don’t you know

Stella Brooks(1910-2002) is earning money, 18 years after her death and, in effect, loaning the money back to the people of the United States for cultural purposes. The San Francisco singer has seven songs among the 60,000 in the catalog … Continue reading

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Yes, but can she bake a cherry pie?

(Kay Kostopoulos and I visited the niece of Stella Brooks in Santa Rose about 15 years ago and leafed through a box of correspondence and briefly – -on the ride home and a few brief epistolary exchanges later — dreamed … Continue reading

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Humm-baby ready for his close-up

For Don Zimmer (1931-2014, but especially 1987) “YOU SWING LIKE AN OLD LADY, NORMA” after Washington’s Ian Desmond chased a Ryan Vogelsong sinker into the dirt. Either he didn’t hear me, or he did and got angry because he swatted … Continue reading

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Too longish lift of Yardley on Gioia: Or, The History of Jazz/Palo Alto ctnd.

“Jazz has always been a music of fusion. ‘Nothing from New Orleans is ever pure’ — so goes an old throwaway phrase. But even by Crescent City standards, early jazz was an especially complex melange. The Southern mentality that obsessively … Continue reading

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To Be Young and Well-Strung (Jim Campilongo, Stella Brooks, Beth Lisick riff)

I’ve done about 500 posts now and have about 20,000 hits, which works out to roughly about 50 people per post. I got to thinking most of them stop by on their way to something else. At first I numbered … Continue reading

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Are there any other celebrities on this blog?

Dear Moe and All: Setting here listening to your Stella Brooks album sounds tough and good. Old timey sound of the backs her up “Little Piece of Leather” is onery, delightful and rough. “Gin’s gonna kill but they don’t say … Continue reading

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I’m a little piece of leather, don’t you know!

stella brooks was a little piece of leather and a piece of work. just ask: woody guthrie, marlon brando, tennessee williams and moe asch. Continue reading

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