George Wein

Key Of G: Notes From George Wein

Various thoughts from George Wein’s blog

That same week, I was attending a concert of the Bechet Society and I heard a young Israeli lady on clarinet play a duet with guitarist Howard Alden on Jelly Roll Morton’s “Shreveport Stomp.”  It was amazing and it was the first time I met Anat Cohen.  I asked for her email.

I’ve always used the expression ”Jazz is a music from J to Z”.  I have felt this from almost the beginning of my career.  At Storyville I had Art Tatum play with Sidney Bechet and at a Sunday afternoon jam session I asked Charlie Parker to play with my group, which featured Doc Cheatham and Vic Dickenson.  Bird blew us away on Royal Garden Blues.

The first night of the Newport Jazz Festival, 1954, along with Dizzy, Billie Holiday, Gene Krupa among others, I programmed Eddie Condon, with Bobby Hackett, Pee Wee Russell, etc. to appear on stage before Lennie Tristano with Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh.  So I asked Laura Kaminsky to work with the Sidney Bechet Society in presenting an evening in New Orleans (June 23) featuring Evan Christopher, John Allred, Ari Roland and Eli Yamin.  Evan ranks with Anat Cohen and Ken Peplowski as my idea of a clarinet triumvirate.

I felt jazz should have more of an exposure uptown, so I asked Laura Kaminsky of Symphony Space to work with me.  We have produced some interesting concerts which include the contribution of Eric Offner and the Bechet Society.

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