Sunday Jazz

From Wikipedia

Gillespie was a trumpet virtuoso and improviser, building on the virtuoso style of Roy Eldridge but adding layers of harmonic and rhythmic complexity previously unheard in jazz. His combination of musicianship, showmanship, and wit made him a leading popularizer of the new music called bebop. His beret and horn-rimmed spectacles, his scat singing, his bent horn, pouched cheeks, and his light-hearted personality provided some of bebop’s most prominent symbols.
In the 1940s Gillespie, with Charlie Parker, became a major figure in the development of bebop and modern jazz.
He taught and influenced many other musicians, including trumpeters Miles Davis, Jon Faddis, Fats Navarro, Clifford Brown, Arturo Sandoval, Lee Morgan, Chuck Mangione, and balladeer Johnny Hartman.
Scott Yanow wrote, “Dizzy Gillespie’s contributions to jazz were huge. One of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time, Gillespie was such a complex player that his contemporaries ended up being similar to those of Miles Davis and Fats Navarro instead, and it was not until Jon Faddis’s emergence in the 1970s that Dizzy’s style was successfully recreated [….] Arguably Gillespie is remembered, by both critics and fans alike, as one of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time”.


38 thoughts on “Sunday Jazz”

  1. jack, thanks.  jazz puts a little pizazz in an otherwise dullish morning.


    except probably for this guy’s friends –  who needs enemies when you have photos of you at his parties?


    Jeffrey E. Epstein, a billionaire New York financier long accused of molesting dozens of girls, was arrested on Saturday and charged with sex trafficking by federal prosecutors, an extraordinary turn of events in a long and sordid criminal case.

    Two people with knowledge of the charges said on Saturday night that Mr. Epstein had been arrested in the New York area and was in federal custody.

    He is expected to appear before a federal magistrate on Monday, more than a decade after he first gained notoriety with lurid accusations that he had paid dozens of girls for sexual massages in Florida.

    Mr. Epstein, 66, had avoided federal criminal charges in 2007 and 2008 in a widely criticized plea deal whose lenient terms continue to roil the Justice Department and are facing new scrutiny in the #MeToo era.

    Before the plea deal, Mr. Epstein, a former hedge-fund manager, had been friendly with Donald J. Trump, former President Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew, the Duke of York.

    He pleaded guilty to lesser state charges of soliciting prostitution, served 13 months in a county lockup and registered as a sex offender. His jail arrangement allowed him to get out of the Palm Beach County Stockade six days a week to work out of his office.

    The United States attorney’s office in Manhattan, which brought the charges against Mr. Epstein, declined to comment on Saturday night.

    CBS Miami reported that Mr. Epstein was arrested late Saturday afternoon at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey after his private jet landed there from Paris. He was taken into custody by federal agents.

    The television station said Mr. Epstein was arrested under a sealed federal indictment and charged with one count of sex trafficking and one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking.


  2. yep, and I think the trump rape accuser (13 yo at the time of rape ) that withdrew her lawsuit because of fear was at one of Epstein’s parties or somehow connected to him.

  3. unless epstein pleads, the trial will present witnesses & testimony which will keep the twit busy churning tweets of  distraction 

  4. They’ve got Dad stable and recovering, but I fear we’re going to have to consider a nursing home instead of assisted living, which can’t provide the level of medical care he needs.

  5. Jack,  Thank for the Gillespie.  He was amazing.

    Craig, Sorry to hear you dad may need extra care, but hope he improves enough to not be hospitalized.


  6. Jamie, here’s a suggestion for santa anita until it gets its act together.

    from Louisville courier journal:  This one’s for the birds: Ostrich races steal the show at Ellis Park

    HENDERSON, Ky. […]

    Ellis Park’s Saturday horse-racing card featured its annual camel and ostrich races, which brought a crowd. The races have recently become popular staples, going for the past five or six years, according to the track’s racing secretary Dan Bork.

    “We kicked it around a little bit and thought it would be good just for something to do in between races,” Bork said. “It turned out to be pretty entertaining.”



    After years perfecting the fine art of ostrich racing, Hedrick’s crew – conspicuous at Ellis Park on Saturday afternoon in their denim and cowboy hats — makes a complex process looks seamless. They place temporary gates to line a walkway for the large birds to go from trailer to starting gate, some willingly, others not so much.

    But they all go into the gate. They are professionals, after all.

    There are five of them, ages 7 to 12, trained since age 2 or 3 to wear a saddle, hand-selected for this.

    “You wait until all their heads are up, because if you take it with one of their heads down, then they just come out and the rider goes right over their head,” said Scott Jordan, the starter at Ellis Park (and Churchill Downs). “You’ve got to learn those tricks over the years. (Professional jockey) Brian Hernandez went right over their head.”

    The birds’ trailer is placed behind the finish line, a target for them to sprint to reach. Volunteer riders hop on with the ostriches locked in the gate.

    Hundreds of fans line the rail and hit the record button on cell phones.


    And they’re off.


    Unsafe and unpredictable, yes, but very funny.

    “It’s kind of like a joystick,” said Ellis Park racing official and experienced ostrich jockey Baley Hare. “It doesn’t have like angles or anything like that. You’ve just got to stay on the middle and balance yourself. It’s gonna go where it wants to go, period.”

    Mouths open, feet flailing, necks swaying, the ostrich dash lasts half a furlong.

    A previous winner of the ostrich race, Hare noted earlier Saturday that he’d at least been able to finish each race. Alas, not this time. Hare goes sprawling off No. 2, Baley’s Big Bird, citing a sore shoulder afterward but otherwise fine.

    Meanwhile, the winner is the No. 5, an ostrich dubbed Dirty Bird, ridden by Dylan Willett, an Ellis Park maintenance worker. He had no idea earlier in the day that he’d be posing on top of an ostrich in the winner’s circle, Hedrick holding on for dear life to help keep the bird corralled.

    “We went to the backside to go fix a board, and I was kidding with my boss asking him about the ostriches,” Willett said. “He told me if I wanted to ride to get on one. Everybody thought I was joking, but we came out and did it.

    “It’s different. Just hang on.”

    At Ellis Park, these races in the past have often featured professional jockeys, with Corey Lanerie and Calvin Borel among those claiming victories. This year, however, the jockeys didn’t want a part. 

    In the camel race, former jockey-turned-agent Liz Morris volunteered at the last moment and went on to win aboard No. 2, which was playfully dubbed Don’s Napkin in Ellis Park’s program.

    Ellis Park’s racing analyst Rocco O’Connor took a shot riding one, climbing aboard a camel in the paddock before opting against it. Two of Hedrick’s staffers eventually hopped aboard open camels to complete the race.

    Meanwhile, the ostriches took the track after the day’s seventh horse race, skipping the paddock for the gate.

    “Every animal is different,” Hedrick said. “You just have to kind of read the animal. We have some at home that, yeah, they don’t ever go out. … Here we have some birds that we know they’re going to get out there and get to the finish line and head towards the trailer and out of town.

    “They know what they’re doing.”

  7. reminding me of the old tex ritter song lyrics “if the ocean was whiskey and I was a duck, i’d dive to the bottom and never come up…”


    also in courier journal today:  Jim Beam warehouse fire is out, but officials say bourbon runoff will reach Ohio River


  8. new poll reported in the hill:

    President Trump trails Democratic front-runner Joe Biden by 10 points among registered voters in a hypothetical 2020 match-up, according to a poll released Sunday.

    Biden has 53 percent support in the Washington Post/ABC News poll, compared to Trump’s 43 percent. Just 3 percent are undecided. 

    Biden enjoys support from independent voters and among self-identified moderates, the Post noted, adding that the former vice president leads Trump by 7 points among independents and 28 points among moderates.

    Trump in the new poll also lags behind Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) by 2 points, 48 to 46 percent, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) by 1 point, 49 to 48 percent.

    Pollsters found the president tied with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Buttigieg.

    Trump, however, leads a generic “Democratic candidate who you regard as a socialist” by 6 points, 49 to 43 percent.

    Americans listed the economy, health care and immigration as the top issues, pollsters found, followed by foreign policy, gun violence, taxes, issues of special concern to women and abortion.

    The poll of 875 registered voters, conducted June 28-July 1, has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

    The RealClearPolitics index of national polling shows Biden with an 11-point lead over the Democratic field. Harris is in second place, followed closely by Sanders and Warren.


  9. That was great Jack….  thanks!
    Craig… sorry to read about your Dad… wishing you both the best.

  10. Jamie, thanks that was a great cover and an interesting  combination of Bebop and Bossa Nova.

  11. Craig, this conclusion from the journal Pneumonia may offer some clarity


    Today, pneumonia still affects many ‘old’ men. Medical progress made since William Osler’s time has resulted in survival rate for hospitalized pneumonia that now sits above 90–95%. However, longer-term mortality is high. The reasons for this are still largely unknown. A hypothesis from the editors of Pneumonia? Perhaps chronic inflammation leading to silent progression of cardiac disease is an underlying mechanism.
    We, as the new co-Editors-in-Chief, standing on the shoulders of Allan Cripps, welcome submissions on any of the themes indicated above, or other aspects of pneumonia that could ultimately lead to a better understanding of the disease, and thus better diagnosis, prevention and treatment.

  12. Jack, a really nice selection this morning. Those guys could have been featured soloists in any Philharmonic in the country.

  13. BB
    Well that sucks.  Mr. C is almost 91 so his doctor recommended it and since I am 73 I said why not?  
    I am not concerned about vaccinations I was a polio pioneer we lived in Louisville when Jonas Salk was testing the vaccine and my parents signed me right up.

  14. Outstanding work by the US Women! Well done!
    A word about the goal keeper for The Netherlands. She kept it from being a rout.

  15. KGC

    I’m from the same era.  My stepsister was paralyzed from the neck down at age 9 and lived in a full body cast until dying under her third surgery at age 15.  We practically lived in each other’s lap during the whole incubation period.  I got the “flu” (maybe) with no after effects until the past ten years when those anti-bodies contribute to my back and leg problems.  

    I have had the pneumonia vaccine and believe it did make a difference in my recent round in the hospital, clearing up in less than five days.


  16. Jaime
    Also we get flu shots too.  But I think you are right the vaccinations do seem to lessen the impact even if you still get whatever.

  17. WooHoo. US women win 2-0. Meghan Rapinoe scores winning goal on penalty kick and is named Player of the Match. I think she finished the job. Where’s the congratulatory tweet, twit?  As of right now I haven’t heard of or seen it. Classless prick. 

  18. speaking of women winning, this is an interesting tidbit reported in today’s NY Times article “Warren and Harris Rise in Democratic Primary, Challenging Male Front-Runners”:

    A new poll in Iowa showed that voters who list either woman as their top choice list the other as their most common second-choice preference.


    [sure would be fitting to celebrate the centennial of women’s right to vote by electing such a ticket] 

  19. He or some aide did finally tweet the minimum possible congratulations.  

    Congratulations to the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team on winning the World Cup! Great and exciting play. America is proud of you all!

    Over in France, Fox had trouble avoiding the crowds chanting “F*** Trump”

  20. jamie, don’t be surprised when the fauxnews folk say that was just the French saying they like him so much they  want to make love to him.     somehow their real meaning got lost in the translation.

  21. craig, hope you’ve got a safe haven to take you in down there while you’re taking care of things.  this just came out from Orlando sentinel:  Odds rise for tropical system to form near Florida in Gulf of Mexico this week, forecasters say

    Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center are monitoring an area disturbed weather that will move into the warm water of the Gulf of Mexico near Florida later this week. It now has a 50 percent chance of developing into a tropical system, and if it becomes a storm it would be named Tropical Storm Barry.


    In its 2 p.m. advisory, the hurricane center said Sunday, “A trough of low pressure over the southeastern United States is forecast to move southward toward the northeastern Gulf of Mexico, where a broad low pressure area will likely form in a few days. Thereafter, upper-level winds support gradual development, and a tropical depression could form late week while the low meanders near the northeastern Gulf of Mexico coast through Friday.”

    The hurricane center added, “Interests along the northern Gulf Coast and Florida peninsula should monitor the progress of this system.”


    After initially forecasting the the disturbed weather area to a 40 percent chance of becoming a tropical system over the next five days, the hurricane center raised the odds to 50 percent Sunday afternoon. Based on early hurricane center graphics, it appears to have the possibility of impacting Florida.


  22. I read the congratulatory tweet. IMHO it was not his tweet. It was too direct and straightforward – and wasn’t about himself. 

  23. “Interests along the northern Gulf Coast and Florida peninsula should monitor the progress of this system.”

    As sturge noted, Baja Alabama. Known as LA (lower Alabama) to Bamans. Not a high percentage for long term investment property.  

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