Jan 23: The late Django Reinhardt was born in 1910

Jazz attracted me because in it I found a formal perfection and instrumental precision that I admire in classical music, but which popular music doesn’t have. ~Django Reinhardt Django Reinhardt was the first hugely influential jazz figure to emerge from Europe — and he remains the most influential European to this day… ~Richard S. Ginell (allmusic.com) A tribute video from youtube …

The Best Songs: Sometimes I feel like a motherless child

The Negro spiritual, Motherless Child Blues is a Negro Spiritual that turned into “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” (or simply “Motherless Child”) . The song dates back to the era of slavery in the United States when it was common practice to sell children of slaves away from their parents. An early performance of the song dates back …

Jan 05: The late Sam Phillips was born in 1923

Sam Phillips was not just one of the most important producers in rock history. There’s a good argument to be made that he was also one of the most important figures in 20th century American culture. ~Richie Unterberger (allmusic.com)  If you’re not doing something different, you’re not doing anything. ~Sam Phillips Great Sam Phillips documentary in two parts(Host: Billy Bob …

December 23: The late Chet Baker was born in 1929

“People said I’d never make 35, then I’d never make 40, 45; now I’m almost 50, so Im beginning to think maybe they might be wrong.” – Chet Baker “An Evening with Chet Baker” (aka “Live at Le Dreher 1980″) Director: Leon Terjanian (43min video):

December 12: Frank Sinatra birthday

“Alcohol may be man’s worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy.” ― Frank Sinatra “I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day.” ― Phil Harris (often used by Frank Sinatra) “I would like to be remembered as a man who had a …

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