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San Jose Mercury lauds Pablo Cruise as an all time great, in advance of their Palo Alto free show Saturday

Pablo Cruise doesn’t often get its due. Yet, spend some hours grooving on those cool pop-rock albums from the ’70s and early ’80s — especially the platinum-plus-selling “A Place in the Sun” and follow-up “Worlds Away” — and it should … Continue reading

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There’s a person out here turning Chevy into jazz

(for Ted Gioia, apologies to John Stewart; shout out to Jamie Stewart) In Palo Alto there is a homeless woman camped out in the gap between the CVS – which uses only one entrance since Covid and has the other … Continue reading

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Lenny Breau yesterday

Is also mentioned four times in Gioia (2012) Lenny Breau (1941-1984 or so, guitarist; born in Auburn, Maine died in Los Angeles but is considered a Canadian and maybe French-Canadian, Arcadian) At this point I would not venture to guess … Continue reading

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My fullish heartpack

Shlepping about two stone in my The North Face pack, to Menalto not Ladakh, to sip-and-post, because two ongoing threads merged: Shields and Salerno mention that Salinger’s short story “Uncle Wiggly” was made into a shlocky Hollywood film, Title TBA, … Continue reading

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Giant Steps from Stanley to Ted to Plastic Alto

http://www.amazon.com/Friends-Stanley-Jordan/dp/B005EH3D1M Stanley Jordan’s “Friends” cd, from 2011 on Grosse-Point-based Mack Avenue features he and Mike Stern (with Kenwood Dennard restricting himself to the pacing) working thru a unique arrangement of “Giant Steps”, the prodigious contribution to the canon by John … 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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Jazz time travels or jazzscribe contrafacts: from full faith and credit to fregulia and back

The Geography of Hep, Palo Alto’s influence on Jazz, via music education, guest concerts(Monk, Steve Lacy) and our all too rare gifts to jazz world in terms of artists like Stanley Jordan and executives like Danny Scher, Jason Olaine, plus Herb Wong, James Benham, Ted Gioia, plus Akira Tana, venues like The Bandbox and The Varsity, and all that jazz Continue reading

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