Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I’m proud to let the world know that the latest release by Blues Diva Candye Kane is officially out. Superhero (Delta Groove Records) was recorded at the Joey Altruda recording facility (aka Joey’s Place) a few months back and the results are top notch-featuring blazing guitar work by Laura Chavez, with guest appearances by Kid Ramos, Dave Gonzales, and Mitch Kashmar.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Today marks Errol Flynn's centennial birthday-June 20,1909.
His daughter Rory has put together a remarkable website dedicated to his memory and place in Hollywood history-In Like Flynn
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
The Beatnik was designed by Gary “Chopit” Fioto from a 1955 Ford, grafting Lincoln and Cadillac components, a bubble top, and a small block Chevy V8. The current estimated value for this custom vehicle is between $350,00- $450,000.
Click Here For Extensive Article & Photos
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I first heard the music of Paolo Conte in the late 90’s, and was immediately captivated by his unique voice, personality, arranging skills, and nostalgic songwriting sensibility. For those of you who haven’t heard of Paolo Conte, don’t be surprised. He seems to be a well kept secret here in the U.S., even though he’s been at it since the 1960’s, and has a long solo discography dating back to 1974. It comes as no surprise to me that Conte is also a poet, painter, and lawyer in addition to being a hero of Musica Italiano.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
The latest Joey Altruda 3 song EP has just been released on iTunes, emusic, Napster, and about 80 other online music stores. Hey Smigley, Doo-Boo-Dee-Boo, and The Swingin’ Smigs are written and performed by Joey & his Cocktail Crew, and featured in Allen Mesquida’s animated series of Smigly cartoons. Joey is also the voice of Smigly.
To view he complete first season, go to smigly.tv.
This is one of my all time favorite lounge record covers featuring pianist Joe Bushin surrounded by the biggest models of the 1950’s; on his shoulder-Gina Hall; on his lap- Nancy Berg; directly above him-Sunny Harnett; sprawled across the piano-Suzy Parker; on the very end-Ginny Taylor. These were the real supermodels of their time, decades before the term was coined, back when models were debutantes. Also of note is the photography by none other than Richard Avedon.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
That’s right folks! After a couple months hiatus, I am back doing the Vinyl Meltdown podcasts for Reserve Radio every two weeks. These are archived so you can go back and re-listen any time you want, or download into your iPod via RSS feed. This current episode is one long mega-mix, without interruption, featuring:
Billy May, Les Baxter,Los Chakachas, Arcano Y Los Maravillas, Moondog, Frencesco De Masi & A. Allessandroni, Dick Grove Big Band, Miss Dee, Stan Getz & Cal Tjader, Astor Piazzolla & Gary Burton, Earl Grant, Ronnie Cook, Robert Williams, The Musical Lynn Twins, Alfred E. Newman, Ray Charles, George Braithe, Nancy Wilson, and Arthur Prysock.
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Jack Nimitz was an institution here in Hollywood for more than six decades, playing sax with the likes of Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Supersax, Gerald Wilson, Benny Carter, the Lighthouse All Stars, The Beach Boys, and so many more. Known affectionately as “The Admiral”, Nimitz was born on January 11, 1930 in Washington D.C. and began playing clarinet at age 12, later switching to alto sax by 14, and performing professionally at 15. I had the great pleasure of working with Jack, when Anthony Wilson first formed his nonet in the late 90’s, and will never forget what a great player and gentleman he was. We’ll Miss You Jack!
Here’s a great example of David Stone Martin’s versatility as an illustrator. His work is usually line oriented with a minimalist approach, but this particular piece really showcases his rendering skills. James P. Johnson (for those who don’t know) was an iconic stride and boogie-woogie pianist who played an important role in the transition from ragtime into the jazz era.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Hopefully the Photobucket Gestapo won’t yank this image for violation of content.
They’ve been known to do this to me in the past. I wonder what sort of uptight God fearing assholes are running that site. Are we really living in the McCarthy era all over again?!?!?!
The great tenor sax man Sam Butera , who was the driving force behind Louis Prima for 25 years, passed away on June 3rd at 81 years old. Butera was not only a solid musician, but also a very creative arranger, responsible for some of Prima’s most memorable hits- “Jump Jive & Wail”, “Just A Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody” , etc.
Friday, June 5, 2009
The latest issue of Bachelor Pad Magazine (issue # 8) is hot off the press, featuring my pal Bernie Dexter in a super risqué centerfold, plus pin-up vixens Skye Sinclaire, Sable Sin Cyr, and Diamond Minx.
This issue is chock full of other fun articles covering Vegas, tiki culture, drink recipes, advice columns, music revues, fiction, humor and much much more!
Also be sure to check out Java’s Bachelor Pad Radio Online!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
By GRANT PECK(Associated Press)
BANGKOK – Much like the character that made him famous, David Carradine was always seeking, both spiritually and professionally, his life forever intertwined with the Shaolin priest he played in the 1970s TV series "Kung Fu."
Carradine was found dead Thursday in Thailand. The 72-year-old actor appeared to have hanged himself in a suite at the luxury Swissotel Nai Lert Park Hotel, said Lt. Teerapop Luanseng, the officer responsible for investigating the death.
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Grammy Award-winning blues legend Koko Taylor, 80, died on June 3, 2009 in her hometown of Chicago, IL, as a result of complications following her May 19 surgery to correct a gastrointestinal bleed. On May 7, 2009, the critically acclaimed Taylor, known worldwide as the “Queen of the Blues,” won her 29th Blues Music Award (for Traditional Female Blues Artist Of The Year), making her the recipient of more Blues Music Awards than any other artist. In 2004 she received the NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award, which is among the highest honors given to an American artist. Her most recent CD, 2007’s Old School, was nominated for a Grammy (eight of her nine Alligator albums were Grammy-nominated). She won a Grammy in 1984 for her guest appearance on the compilation album Blues Explosion on Atlantic.
Joan A. Stanton, who was known as Joan Alexander in the 1940s when she was the voice of Lois Lane on the radio version of The Adventures of Superman, died Thursday in Manhattan. She was 94.
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JESÚS ALFONSO MIRÓ, musical director of Cuba's famed rumba group, Los Munequitos de Matanzas, passed away at the age of 60 in his beloved city of Matanzas, Cuba the morning of June 3, 2009. Alfonso is a world renown master percussionist, and composer of some of Cuba's classic rumbas, including including Congo Yambumba, La Llave, Chino Guaguao, Lengua de Obbara, Saludo a Nueva York, among others. As lovingly reported by Cary Diez, manager/producer of Los Munequitos de Matanza, and producer of LA RUMBA SOY YO, the Grammy winning recording, "Jesús gave his entire life to la rumba. Without a doubt his name is there with CHANO, TATA, PAPÍN, and all the greats of CUBAN MUSIC."
Luz ... (courtesy of curuye.com)
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
He Walked By Night is a great thriller/noir from 1948, starring Richard Basehart and co starring Jack Webb. John Alton’s cinematography makes this movie most noteworthy, as it captures a certain neo-realistic quality, much like the photos of Weegee, which was a brand new concept during this time period. This film is also significant as it was what inspired Jack Webb to create the Dragnet radio and later television series.