Big T

Senior Member
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Avis, Charlston, Jersey Shoe, Lock Haven, State College and Woolrich: all Pennsylvania locations featuring...great fishing, hunting, football wrestling, working as a furrier's apprentice, on the loading dock and as a cutters assistant at Woolrich Woolen Mills, and as a summer hire with the Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation...good times, great memories, but I cannot recall ever listening to Jazz during those years. That came later, much later, in life for me! :(
Familiar with them all! I graduated fromPenn State in 1974, and stayed on in State College for several years! Great bars and even better fishing!
 

Flanderian

Connoisseur
football wrestling,
Hmm . . . ? :icon_scratch:

;)

Domtar paper company, in passed decade, has invested over half a billion in rebuilding the mill. Still, the town has been known for very rough characters. In the prohibition era, north to Bradford was known as " Little Chicago" because of being the halfway point between NYC and Chicago.
Interesting, didn't know that. Though my gal did sock me once when I was teasing her. She had a surprising right hand! Rattled my molars! :icon_saint7kg:
 

eagle2250

Connoisseur/Curmudgeon Emeritus - Moderator
Familiar with them all! I graduated fromPenn State in 1974, and stayed on in State College for several years! Great bars and even better fishing!
"Fight on State!" A fellow Penn Stater, I graduated from Penn State in 1972. It appears we may have trod some of the same ground as we pursued our respective educations. Alas, the University Park campus has really changed!
 

Big T

Senior Member
"Fight on State!" A fellow Penn Stater, I graduated from Penn State in 1972. It appears we may have trod some of the same ground as we pursued our respective educations. Alas, the University Park campus has really changed!
I was there from 1970 until 74! College of Human Development, majored in Community Development, stayed for partial work on a masters in Public Administration, until I got fed up with the BS! But it was the 70's!

My fishing was at Whipple State Park and Spring Creek, my bar was The Rathskellar, and I lived at Blue Bell and Southgate apartment complexes. I was dirt poor, could hardly afford my four packs of Tiger Head Ale!

My entire family are PSU grads, my wife, our older two daughters, both son in laws and now our youngest daughter in engineering (she will take over my manufacturing plant).

The campus and town have changed drastically, but it still good, old Penn State! I do have to add, our oldest daughter, a registered architect, got her masters at Pitt(an insult to us PSU grads), in international finance.
 

eagle2250

Connoisseur/Curmudgeon Emeritus - Moderator
^^ Sorry, my friend. I thought I was posting a comment about your post, but it came out as an edit to your post. My comment was that I had never considered a violin as a potential player in a jazz concert, but the example you posted has changed that perspective.
 

Flanderian

Connoisseur
Just a John Jazz – Johnny Smith Guitar -

Highly regarded by other musicians, but less well known than some other popular jazz guitarists. Simply marvelous acoustic jazz guitar.



 

ChrisRS

Active Member with Corp. Privileges
I like the “gravitate towards” aspect of this conversation. I can listen to a live trio set and appreciate the apparent lack of structure all come together, but I always go back to that tower of power aspect of jazz. Glenn Miller big band, Chicago. Baritone and bass sax, trombone. Not just the solo display but the ability to bring cacophony to order.
 

Flanderian

Connoisseur
Jazz Daddy – Ellis Marsalis Jr. -

Jazz pianist and educator. Father of jazz musicians Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo, and Jason. Mentor of Terry Blanchard, Harry Connick Jr., Donald Harrison, etc. And an absolutely delightful jazz pianist.

Done enough Ellis!? :D


 

Flanderian

Connoisseur
Is it jazz? – Professor Longhair -

Blues, R&B and jazz all grew out of the same Delta cauldron of Afro-American music. So if it isn’t jazz in your book, it’s unquestionably its first cousin. Blues/R&B/Jazz legend pianist/vocalist Professor Longhair (AKA Henry “Roy” Byrd) had an up and down career and life. Growing up musically in New Orleans he learned early on that the piano is also a percussion instrument, beating out a rhythm on the piano with his foot while playing.

In the early era of Rock Professor Longhair gained a measure of success by recording, but never made it big as his music was deemed too “black” and raw to gain wider popularity, and he soon faded from sight. One report I read had him working as a custodian in a public school when his music began to be rediscovered in the early ‘70’s.

When Sir Paul McCartney was having his release party for Wings’ Venus and Mars on March 24, 1975 aboard the Queen Mary berthed in California it was Professor Longhair who was selected as the musical entertainment for the evening. I had also heard it was Sir Paul's birthday. Arguably, one of his finest performances ever, it helped him re-launch his musical career. His performance was released as an album, Professor Longhair, Live Aboard the Queen Mary.


 
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Flanderian

Connoisseur
Miles and Chet - Miles Davis and Chet Baker -

Two trumpet headliners of the era, some disparage the recording as a purely commercial pairing, but I like the music, and think it's a lot more.


 

eagle2250

Connoisseur/Curmudgeon Emeritus - Moderator
Miles and Chet - Miles Davis and Chet Baker -

Two trumpet headliners of the era, some disparage the recording as a purely commercial pairing, but I like the music, and think it's a lot more.


That was a rather nice collection of fine music, showcasing the commendable talent of two of the Greats! Thanks for sharing that one. ;)
 

ChrisRS

Active Member with Corp. Privileges
Let’s remember Dr. John. He was a study of Professor Longhair, mentioned above by member Flanderian and a New Orleans staple, much like my posts concerning all brass bands and Trombone Shorty. Not jazz, but it’s brother, the blues, and something just a bit more... weird and wonderful.
 

Flanderian

Connoisseur
Let’s remember Dr. John. He was a study of Professor Longhair, mentioned above by member Flanderian and a New Orleans staple, much like my posts concerning all brass bands and Trombone Shorty. Not jazz, but it’s brother, the blues, and something just a bit more... weird and wonderful.
R.I.P. Dr. John! :(

A marvelous talent!
 

Flanderian

Connoisseur
A Syncopated Swinger - Eliane Elias -

Brazilian pianist Eliane Elisas (First name pronounced El-eee-ahni, with accent on first syllable.) plays jazz in a swinging syncopated style usually interwoven amongst a Samba beat. Recently (Anything that's happened in the last 20 years! ;)) she's added her voice to her piano. And while obviously not her primary instrument, call it pop, or call it jazz, she's made some beautifully produced and arranged recordings.


 
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Winhes2

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Flanderian, you have provided us with many varied and interesting examples, but you prefer the slow stuff. So, I'll offer something you have probably enjoyed before but I consider beautiful: the Miles Davis Quintet's version of, "It never entered my mind" in which Red Garland's simple piano introduction is, to my ears, particularly lovely. The Killer and Little Richard have their place, but this is for a different state of mind. If you like this form of jazz, breath, relax, and, as Jerry Scoggins sang, set a spell, take your shoes off.
 
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