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Happy 75, Village Vanguard! Café Mouffe Loves You

The venerable Greenwich Village jazz club is celebrating its 75th anniversary this week, so Café Mouffe joins the fête with this 1986 performance by the David Murray Quartet, which includes Ed Blackwell (drums), John Hicks (piano), and Fred Hopkins (bass). Continue reading






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Praying With John Coltrane at Antibes 1965

When I listened again to John Coltrane’s Alabama, I was moved by its prayerful tone. I heard the seeds of A Love Supreme in Coltrane’s soaring solo as well as Elvin Jones’ crashing cymbals. I hear the same life force in this live version of Naima, which the quartet performed on July 27, 1965 at the Antibes Jazz Festival. Miraculously, a fragment of A Love Supreme survives from the same gig. It makes me wonder if there are any complete live performances out there somewhere in the universe.






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The King of Swing at 100

Benny Goodman was born 100 years ago today. If my father were here to celebrate Benny’s centennial, he’d surely turn to this music from the legendary 1938 Carnegie Hall concert, the first jazz concert performed in that august space. NPR … Continue reading






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Café Mouffe: Back at the Chicken Shack

I heard a radio interview with drummer Shelly Mann back in the 1970s, and one evocative phrase stayed with me ever since. He was trying to explain what felt out of sync about Third Stream jazz back in the 1950s. … Continue reading






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Tonight Is Steve Schwerner’s Last WYSO Jazz Show

I’ve learned a lot about jazz over the years by listening to Steve Schwerner on WYSO 91.3 FM. After the radio station’s absurd suspension of local jazz programming several years back, it’s good that WYSO is showing Steve the love … Continue reading






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