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Joan Belgrave in the Doodlin' Lounge
June 18, 2020 04:02 PM PDT
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Vocalist Joan Belgrave makes a long overdue 'appearance' in my Doodlin' Lounge to talk about her life and times as well as to share some fabulous recordings made with her late husband, Marcus Belgrave. Having known Joan from her many years on the west coast, I felt a simpatico with what she said and how she felt about the music and the balancing act many musicians have to play between their careers and their domestic responsibilities. I hope you enjoy the dialog and music from one of the best singers on the scene today.

Charles Earland's Organ Summit in the Doodlin' Lounge
May 24, 2020 04:41 PM PDT
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This show brings back treasured memories for me. It began with a collaboration between Ron Levy (who worked for Cannonball Records at the time) and organist Charles Earland. The idea was to gather together four or five of the finest jazz organists around and produce an Organ Summit to rivals those seen and heard in Newark, NYC and anywhere else where jazz organ has been celebrated. It was to take place at the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago. I was asked to MC this historic event and the end product (a CD) was to be released by Cannonball Records. Oh yes, it was also to take place on Charles' birthday: May 24, 1997. What a night! This Doodlin' Lounge presents some of the music recorded that had with Charles one year later, reminiscing our shared recollections. I hope you enjoy

Big John Patton in the Doodlin' Lounge
May 17, 2020 09:08 AM PDT
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John Patton (7-12-35 to 3-19-02) was a good friend. There were stories about him as a dubious band leader or sideman but for me John was a good man with a big heart. He may have been misunderstood by some but the bigger tragedy was how the music industry often over-looked him as a recording artist and live performer. I brought him and his wife Thelma out west a couple of times and he always put on a memorable show. A show that we did with Big John and George Braith and George Freeman in Chicago's Elbow Room was one that I will never forget. He had an unmistakable groove that was different than that of the other jazz organists. His was a deep groove of church and funk and a whole lot of grease. Bless folks like John Zorn and Mike Flanigin who took time out of their own lives to help promote Big John. He was an important player in the world of Jazz Organ who has always deserved wider recognition.

OGD in the Doodlin' Lounge
May 03, 2020 10:52 PM PDT
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This episode is a bit different from the others. I wanted to explore the many aspects of the organ combo - often referred to as OGD. Organ, guitar and drums made up the very first organ combo (that I'm aware of) created by Wild Bill Davis. In this episode, I start by re-visiting the comments I recorded from the late Bill Davis many years ago. Next we hear from 93 year old guitarist, George Freeman followed by eight other guitarists who have had strong ties with the organ: George Benson, Pat Martino, Perry Hughes, Dave Stryker, Mimi Fox, Ed Cherry, Bobby Broom and finally Peter Bernstein. After each speaker, an associated recording is heard. Admittedly, this is merely a tiny peek into this segment of the jazz world but it's a start for me and my Doodlin' Lounge. Let me know which other guitarists you'd like to hear from...

Benny Green in the Doodlin' Lounge
May 02, 2020 01:50 PM PDT
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Pianist Benny Green stops by my Doodlin' Lounge with words of wisdom and hand-selected tracks. It was a sheer pleasure to finally chop it up with Benny. He shared his beliefs about music and talked about this amazing career in a most intriguing manner. I mean, how many folks can say they played with Ray Brown, Freddie Hubbard, Betty Carter and Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers? It was an honest-to-goodness honor for me to chat with him and air his music. I hope you like...

Bootsie Barnes in the Doodlin' Lounge
April 22, 2020 03:58 PM PDT
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In light of today's loss of this great man, I re-submit this DL show I did with Bootsie in 2015. May he Rest in Peace ... He was truly one of the Good Guys in this crazy world. Photo credit for this pic is unknown to me. Please let me know if anyone wants me to take this down