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  1. Rafeal Clements says:

    Sweet, Jon! You definitely know how to market yourself. It was a pleasure making music with you…continued success and prosperity.
    –Rafeal

  2. Jon De Lucia says:

    I’d like to add that I picked up 3 Swingle Singer LPS for 50 cents a piece this weekend. They interpret Bach hits with vocalese and a jazz rhythm section. Really charming, great stuff!

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  4. admin says:

    Some insights from Jeffrey Ramsay: Nicely played! Was the exercise written for two instruments? I’m willing to bet that the other methods don’t touch Giuffre, who was a great composer-/teacher, as well as a unique instrumentalist. Jimmy Dorsey is an interesting player. It took me years to get past his wobbly vibrato to appreciate why contemporaries held him in such high regard. (Tommy’s appeal was obvious.) The Dorseys were masters of their instruments, but could they teach or write a “Method”? Trivia question: What is Jimmy Dorsey’s only published song? (It’s a beauty!) Answer: “I’m Glad There Is You.” Most method books are compilations of hints, and not much else: Eddy Bert’s trombone “method,” for example, is very slight.

  5. Jason Moore says:

    I would definitely buy the Bach book. This is something that I practice as well, and I love the idea of having a curated set. For what it is worth, I am always for presenting info in one key. I do all of my own transposing once I have a firm grasp of the concept or underlying structure of the line.

  6. admin says:

    Thanks Jason, still contemplating the key situation. I may put each key in a set of 4 or 5 random keys so all are covered by the end of book but there is room for self transposing. I would prefer this be a thin volume in the end. Thanks again for the input!
    jon

  7. John Biderman says:

    Jon.
    This is great – a wonderful piece of work. As a native New Yorker, whose parents were die-hard jazz buffs, I got to experience the renaissance of clubs in the ’70s (helped along, I think, by George Wein moving his festival to the city). So, a few notes: Also in the Village was Nick’s at I think 10th St. and Greenwich Ave. but you’d need to confirm. Later on it became Your Father’s Mustache (wha???) which had a group of Dixie banjo players most nights but it was the venue where Red Balaban had his Sunday gig of “Balaban and Cats,” until he opened his own place, the *new* Eddie Condon’s on W 54 near 7th. Which brings to mind that that block hosted the new Condon’s, the new Jimmy Ryan’s (relocated from 52nd St. and the longest living of the clubs), and briefly the new Half Note relocated from the West Village. A couple of additions on the east side of University Place: The Knickerbocker at the corner of 9th (still there, of course), and The Cookery on the corner of 8th, founded by Barney Josephson of Cafe Society fame and host to a slew of excellent pianists and, eventually, vocalists, notably Helen Humes and Alberta Hunter.
    I’ll peruse your map some more to see if I think of others, but this is a great resource – thanks for doing it!
    – John B

  8. admin says:

    Thanks very much John, will do some research and updates tomorrow based on what I’ve heard from you and Ted Brown in the last couple of days.

  9. John Biderman says:

    Thought of a couple more: Michael’s Pub at, if I recall correctly, 55th and 3rd, one of Gil Weist’s places. He also ran the Carnegie Tavern, which was at the 56th and 7th corner of the Carnegie Hall building, a showcase for Ellis Larkins and others (and perhaps the only room in town to boast an August Förster piano, brilliant-sounding). Oh, and Zinno’s, on 13th just west of 6th – had a small music room in the ’90s to early ’00s where some great players worked, e.g. Gene Bertoncini and Michael Moore, and the wonderful trio of John Bunch, Bucky Pizzarelli, and Jay Leonhart.
    Kelly’s Stable was another one on the old 52nd St. I have a 1947 issue of The New Yorker somewhere that I will try to dig up to see what others of that era were listed. There was a spacious room in the basement level of the Empire State Building for a time in the ’70s – I remember hearing Sy Oliver’s big band there – but I can’t remember the name; you entered on the southwest corner of 5th and 34th and walked downstairs.
    I should have mentioned that I learned about your map project through my friend Mike McGinnis liking it on Facebook; I know Mike through Alec Wilder music connections. I live in Peabody MA and work (on those days when I travel to the office) in Quincy, where I see you are from. Keep on making music!

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  11. Takeshi Ogura says:

    There was a club on 6th Ave between 9th and 10th St where I first met Barry Harris while Benny Carter’s group was playing in the late 1980’s. Barry was sipping “Virgin Mary” at the bar. I cannot recall the name of the club. I’d appreciate if you could find out the name.

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  14. joel Baumwoll says:

    We saw the sad performance of Chet baker there with an empty house. He died not log after, I think. I did not appreciate how fortunate we were to have this place across from my building on W. 86th st.

  15. Jim Eigo says:

    I have an extensive archive of jazz memorabilia, flyers, posters, magazines from the 70s and 80s.

    I remember going to Stryker’s maybe for Sheila Jordan or Gerry Mulligan I can’t remember, but I do remember this club and if I turn up anything I’ll be happy to share with you.

  16. Jukkis Uotila says:

    Saw Lee Konitz Nonet at Stryker’s in November 1977. I think the place was still there in July 1979 if I’m not mistaken.

  17. Jon De Lucia says:

    Thanks very much Jim and all, would love to see anything you might have. Do feel free to email me at jondelucia at gmail.com. Have been busy promoting a record, finishing a book etc but will post a follow up club feature soon!

  18. Susan Blumenkrantz says:

    I used to go and hear chet baker and drink Martells in the early 70’s with a boyfriend that really introduced me to jazz…I was in my early twenties….really special time in my life

  19. Günter Schelberger says:

    Hi!
    I’d immediately buy if it was available as some kind of e-book. Is there something in the works? Cheers, Günter

  20. Jon De Lucia says:

    Yes, I think I will release the ebook pdf in the next month or so, am still finishing some details! Thanks for you interest, it will be posted on my store as soon as it is ready. If you subscribe to the blog I will also post it there.

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  25. Claus says:

    Interesting book. It’s a pity that shipping costs to Germany almost double the price.

    Any eBook version planned?

    Btw, what does “Just Freundes” mean?

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  29. Jim Kangas says:

    Great article. This really helped tie a lot of things together for me. I’m a guitarist trying to find some new ways to play solo, and using polyphony/counterpoint as a way to ease the burden of a “rhythm section” seems to have some strong roots in west coast jazz, etc.

  30. Tarik T says:

    This was a fantastic read! Thanks for the dedication and time spent transcribing his solos. Desmond is my favorite jazz musician for these reasons you listed here.

  31. Jon De Lucia says:

    Yes it seems to be something that got left behind with bebop a bit, but the west coast kept alive, like Gerry said, continuing the dixieland tradition in a way. Thanks for reading!

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  33. Az Samad says:

    You’re welcome Jon!

    I sure hope the lecture will be online – it would be great for more folks to be able to listen to you talk about it! 🙂

  34. Michelle says:

    I worked as a waitress at Strykers in the mid 70’s. I had just graduated from college and lived sround corner on West 87th. Olivia was a very tough boss! I can see her now, wearing an elegant head wrap, sitting at the bar and giving orders. Jerry Stiller and Ann Meara were regulars. They were very kind to this inexperienced waitress and generous tippers. They would come to hear Chet Baker and Lee Konitz. It was a privlege to hear them play. Baker was very quiet and kept mostly to himself. misic. I remember bringing him water but I never had a comversation with him. His playing was just beautiful. The life he lived was in his music.

  35. Joe says:

    Hi Jon
    Got your book a while ago. It is part of my daily practice routine. I really enjoy the sounds coming from my tenor. I started to listen to Bach as well.
    Looking forward to the tutorial and the next book.

  36. Jon De Lucia says:

    Hey Joe,
    I really appreciate you letting me know! Thanks for picking up the book, and I will of course post here as soon as new materials become available. Happy practicing!

  37. Robert Rosenthal says:

    I heard an Eddie Condon side on Pandora last night and it brought back so many memories. I’m 81 and Condon’s used to be my “Best-Date” place to go on 56th Street. First dinner at Romeo Salta’s then on for jazz. I became a regular because I loved the Condon style of jazz. Condon would recognize me and say “hello.” It impressed my dates. Besides that it was not overly expensive.
    He was a pure gentleman. When I was on active duty, I was an officer in the Army, he would pick up the check if I came in uniform. Once I brought a woman Marine officer. We were both in uniform after a meeting. He stopped the music and said, “Here they are, America’s first line of defense!”
    I miss the great NY jazz clubs. A bygone era.