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Saturday, July 4th

Happy (Strangest Ever) 4th of July!

Blasters, “American Music,” live, Champaign, Ill., 1985



Professor Longhair (1918-1980), “Big Chief,” live, Switzerland (Montreux Jazz Festival), 1973



Sleepy LaBeef (1935-2019), “Strange Things Happening Every Day” (plus interview), live (TV show), 1994



random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Thursday, July 4th

Happy 4th of July!

It’s easy, sometimes, to take even great blessings for granted, like, for instance, living within walking distance—yes, walking distance—of a wonderful club (FitzGerald’s), where, last night, at their annual American Music Festival (three stages, four days), now in its thirty-third year, I saw these folks.

Joe Hall & The Louisiana Cane Cutters, live, Louisiana (Breaux Bridge), 2009


Sleepy LaBeef, “Strange Things Happening Every Day” (plus interview), TV show (Late Night with Conan O’Brien), 1994


The Paladins, “Kiddeo,” live, Netherlands, 2007




Today, celebrating one of his birthdays (a long story), WKCR-FM (Columbia University) will be playing Louis Armstrong—and nothing but—all day.

Thursday, 11/5/09

I think my overall mood might be brighter if every time the phone rang I got to say:

“Hello, Sleepy LaBeef speaking . . .”

Sleepy LaBeef, “Little Bit More” (1957)

Want more? Here.



Speaking of mood-brightening, how nice to hear this week, via email, from a couple regular reader/listeners:

—“ever since J turned me on to your blog . . . I have been in love with it. . . . It is a fantastic way to start the day.”

—“I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the clips of Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk—two of my absolute favorite musicians of all time. Keep up the great work, I’m amazed that you can keep to the daily regimen of posting. Your readers are the beneficiaries. Keep it up and a big thank you.”

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