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    Interview: B.B. King

    Images-2ImageProud of your vast CD collection? Think your iTunes library isbursting with great stuff? Trust me, B.B. King has you beat. Two weeks ago, when I was in Missouri to interview the 85-year-old blues legend while he was touring on the road, I spent time with "the Boss" in the back of his cozy bus. My interview appears in today's Wall Street Journal (go here). Like a kid eager to show off a cool toy, B.B. was only too happy to walk me through his stereo system and his large digital collection.

    John Levy on Toni Harper

    LevyImageLast week, singer Toni Harper reflected on the albums she recorded with Oscar Peterson in 1956 and Marty Paich in 1959 and 1960. In 1963 she traveled to Japan with the Cannonball Adderley Quintet. John Levy [pictured], Adderley's personal manager at the time, wrote me an email last week about that tour:

    JazzWax List: 7 Jazz Days

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    Everyday you can't have the blues. Sometimes you need something else, something a little lighter or swinging to brighten up the day. Get out your e-calendars: Here are seven jazz songs named for the different days of the week, the artists who recorded them and the albums on which they can be found:

    • Monday—Manny Albam, Steve's Songs
    • Tuesday—Greg Marvin, Greg Marvin Quartet
    • Wednesday—Paul Motian, Time and Time Again
    • Thursday—Count Basie, Complete Decca Recordings
    • Friday the 13th—Thelonious Monk, Quintet.
    • Saturday—Mose Allison, Back Country Suite
    • Sunday—Lester Young, Aladdin Sessions

    Written by Marc Myers, copyright © by JazzWax (Marc Myers LLC www.jazzwax.com)

    Four Maynard Ferguson Clips

    Screen shot 2011-01-24 at 7.26.43 PMJazzWaxSadly, Maynard Ferguson does not get nearly enough credit for being a bandleader and brass player of the highest order. Though somewhat commercially successful in his latter years and increasingly exciteable on stage, Ferguson struggled to create a sound in the rock and disco eras that made sense. He found it in material that scorched everything he touched and that today is largely forgettable.

    Sunday Wax Bits

    The jazz record producer is fast going the way of the typewriter Screen shot 2011-01-21 at 6.08.18 PM repairman and movie-theater usher. I don't mean the guys who create historic box sets. Those will always have an audience. I mean the person in the past who had an album vision and recruited musicians to record, created an intriguing title, supervised the cover art and then assembled a track order that enticed and entertained buyers. You know, those guys. [Photo: Rudy Van Gelder's studio in the '50s, the workspace of many producers]

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