Magazine article IAJRC Journal

The Editor's Ramblings

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

The Editor's Ramblings

Article excerpt

I note what you say about your aspiration to edit a magazine. I am sending you by this mail a six-chambered revolver. Load it and fire every one into your head. You will thank me after you get to Hell and learn from other editors how dreadful their job was on earth - H.L. Mencken to William Saroyan, 1936)

This is my first issue as the new editor of the Journal. As one English member remarked on hearing the news: "You've got some big shoes to fill, following Andy Simons." My response to this was that "I have big feet!" In all seriousness, I do have some big shoes to fill and I'm very honored that I was chosen to replace Andy,.

As Mr. Simons moves on to pursue other ventures, I am of course starting one of my own . Some of you will have come across me in my capacities of Convention Committee Chair and Treasurer. However, few of you will know me well or fellow my jazz tastes. I'll try and fill you in.

I started listening to jazz in the early seventies when I "discovered" Miles, Duke, Count, Louis and many others for the first time - It was like a child walking into a candy store with a credit card! In 1977 I was instrumental in starting the Bury Jazz Society in England (the society still meets every Monday night 35 years Later). Three years after moving to Chicago, I started the Brookfield Jazz Society and through it, came across the IAJRC. One of the advantages of being a member of a local jazz society is that your interests are broadened by listening to presentations on musicians and styles of jazz that we would probably otherwise be unaware of. The IAJRC has further enhanced my jazz education.

My interest in jazz styles mostly encompasses the sounds of the early twenties up to Miles Davis' Bitches Brew, with a good dose of the blues thrown in for good measure. I usually listen to in excess of six hours of jazz every single day and can easily play the music of such diverse artistes as Duke Ellington, Tito Puente, Eddie Condon, Anita O'Day, Charles Mingus and Gato Barbieri in a single listening session. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.