Mike, Tessa and Carol


This week in The Wall Street Journal,
I interviewed actor Mike Colter for my „House Call“ column in the Mansion section. Mike played Lemond Bishop in TV’s The Good Wife and The Good Fight as well as Luke Cage in Marvel’s Luke Cage. He currently stars in CBS’s Evil. Though Mike easily could have been a star athlete in high school, he balked at sports to devote all of his attention and energy to acting. [Photo above of Mike Colter by Myles Aronowitz, courtesy of Netflix]

Here’s Mike on the Daily Show with host Trevor Noah (to read my „House Call“ with Trevor, go here)…

And here’s Mike as superhero in the Luke Cage trailer…


Last week I was on Feedback with co-hosts Nik Carter and Lori Majewski to talk about my recent WSJ „Anatomy of a Song“ column on the Youngbloods‘ Get Together. You can listen free here

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Tessa Souter
last week sent along an email with a clip from the recent tour supporting her album, Picture in Black and White. Here she is with the Daniel Kramer Trio singing Margo Guryan and Ornette Coleman’s Lonely Woman and Eleanore Rigby in Novosibirsk, Russia. I love Tessa’s voice…


Maynard Ferguson.
Following my post on the trumpeter and bandleader, I received the following from Steven Waters:

Hi Marc. I thoroughly enjoyed the Maynard Ferguson videos you posted! When I was in college, a classmate played jazz trumpet. He had tickets to see Maynard and his band at Elizabethtown High School in Elizabethtown, Pa., and asked me to go with him. He told me that I was about to see and hear something amazing. It must have been 1971, because it was right after the release of M.F. Horn, Vol. 1. I distinctly remember him playing Eli’s Comin‘, MacArthur Park, and L-Dopa. I was blown away!

I recently bought a new turntable that works with my wireless sound system and have been listening to my old vinyl. The first album that I played was Maynard’s Carnival album from 1978. It still sounds so great.

Leigh Kamman, a long time fixture on Minnesota Public Radio promoting jazz, interviewed Maynard in 1976. Here’s the interview…


Pete Neighbour
is one of my favorite clarinetists. I love his round tone, jumping swing and tasteful solos. He’s also a JazzWax reader, as are so many jazz greats. Here are two clips featuring Pete’s playing:

Here’s Pete in London with his trio in 2012 playing ‚Deed I Do

And here’s Pete for an hour recently in Columbus, S.C….

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Oh Canada.
Following my post on a short film about the Toronto jazz scene in the early 1960s, I received the following from Bob Miller [photo above taken in The House of Hambourg]:

Hello again, Marc. In 1960, I was an 18-year-old freshman at Ryerson Institute of Technology, now Ryerson University, in downtown Toronto. On a Friday or Saturday night, my jazz-loving buddies and I would invest in a couple of flasks of rye whiskey or rum, and smuggle them into the unlicensed after-hours club, The House of Hambourg.

What an amazing place it was, and I see it front and center in the vintage National Film Board short on 60’s Toronto Jazz, which you just featured. The proprietor, Clem Hambourg, was a delightful, eccentric classical pianist who operated the place with his wife.

He was always kind enough to ignore and tolerate the young “brown baggers,” who would simply order Cokes or ginger ale for refreshments.

Whenever a top jazz player or group would play Toronto, they would invariably hit The House of Hambourg after their gigs. Consequently, we were exposed to some of the very best jam sessions one would ever hope to encounter! I remember one night, most of the Count Basie Band showed up.

The guy in the film, Don Francks, an actor and aspiring jazz vocalist, used to be there all the time. (The film spelled his name incorrectly as „Franks.“) The statement you made that during this period, Toronto had a jazz scene on par with New York, Chicago and Los Angeles is absolutely true. Although there is a dearth of good jazz clubs these days, Toronto still features a plethora of top jazz players.

In any event, the quirky little film brought back some great memories and spotted in action were some guys I used to hear regularly, such as trombonist Butch Watanabe and drummer Archie Alleyne. As much as a student budget allowed, we were often at a number of the jazz clubs mentioned, in particular, George’s Spaghetti House, to hear Moe Koffman’s great bands.


Bill Evans.
Pianist Dave Thompson sent along a YouTube link featuring two exquisite lost tracks from Bill Evans’s Paris Concert in November 1979…



Chuck Israels,
who was a member of the Bill Evans Trio in the 1960s, sent along an email and link to a recent Zoom performance of Five Spot After Dark by the Chuck Israels Jazz Orchestra:

Dear Marc, the only way we can produce ensemble music during this „year of living vicariously” is online. As you’ll hear and see, everyone played well, and Charlie Porter did a yeoman job of editing and assembling this. It took us a lot of time and effort. Here it is…

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Carol Sloane,
an extraordinary singer, has been posting a series at her blog, SloaneView, she calls „What was it like to sing with…“ Here’s her most recent post about singing with Benny Goodman (go here).


Before the Beatles
landed in America in February 1964, they were tireless performers at clubs in their native Liverpool. Carl Woideck sent along a nifty documentary of the Fab Four’s Merseyside years…


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