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RIP – Pharoah Sanders (October 13, 1940 – September 24, 2022)

September 24th, 2022
  • Phaorah Sanders died – Rolling Stone

    Pharoah Sanders, Saxophonist Who Pushed Jazz Toward the Spiritual, Dead at 81
    “The Creator Has a Master Plan” legend was sideman on John Coltrane’s landmark avant-garde journeys before embarking on a decades-long career that concluded with 2021’s acclaimed Promises

  • Photo via Pharoah Sanders John Coltrane Welcome to Love

  • RIP Irene Papas, Singer, Actress

    September 14th, 2022

  • (Iphigenia)

  • (The Trojan Women)
    Irena Pappas was directed by Michael Cacoyannis in “Zorba the Greek”, “The Trojan Women”, “Iphigenia’ and “Electra”.


  • (“Christ Stopped at Eboli’ directed by Francesco Rosi.)

  • Irene Papas
    was a Greek actress and singer who starred in over 70 films in a career spanning more than 50 years. She gained international recognition through such popular award-winning films as The Guns of Navarone (1961)

    In 2013 she began to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.[54] She died on 14 September 2022, having spent her final years in Chiliomodi.

    (via wiki)

    Her wiki on her affair with Marlon Brando.

    In 1954 she met the actor Marlon Brando and they had a long love affair, which they kept secret at the time. Fifty years later, when Brando died, she recalled that “I have never since loved a man as I loved Marlon. He was the great passion of my life, absolutely the man I cared about the most and also the one I esteemed most, two things that generally are difficult to reconcile”

  • Manoel Oliveira directed Irene Papas in “Party” and “A Talking Picture”.

  • Frank Zappa – See a Documentary by Alex Winter

    May 25th, 2022
  • Photo via Frank Zappa Hot Rats Anniversary Collection

  • “Zappa” documentary directed by Alex Winter
    (Streaming at Kanopy)

    Alex Winter’s Documentary Hauntingly Captures the Skewed Passion of Frank Zappa, a One-of-a-Kind Rock Legend
    The film finds an emotional through line by taking Frank Zappa as seriously as he took himself.

    Zappa and Vaclav Havel – see the photo of them, here.
    (Zappa’s visit to Prague was covered in this documentary).


  • Letter to Edgard Varese, Zappa was 16 years old

    Dear Sir:

    Perhaps you might remember me from my stupid phone call last January, if not, my name again is Frank Zappa Jr. I am 16 years old … that might explain partly my disturbing you last winter. The reason for my letter at this time is that I am visiting relatives in Baltimore and as long as I am on the East Coast I hope I can get to see you.

    It might seem strange but ever since I was 13 I have been interested in your music. The whole thing stems from the time when the keeper of this little record store sold me your album “The Complete Works of Edgard Varèse, Vol.l.” The only reason I knew it existed was that an article in either LOOK or the POST mentioned it as being noisy and unmusical and only good for trying out the sound systems in high fidelity units (referring to your “IONIZATIONS” [sic]). I don’t know how the store I got it from ever obtained it, but, after several hearings, I became curious and bought it for $5.40, which, at the time seemed awfully high and being so young, kept me broke for three weeks. Now I wouldn’t trade it for anything and I am looking around for another copy as the one I have is very worn and scratchy.

  • Kronos

  • See Frank Zappa art

  • Zappa Homepage

  • Goodbye Vangelis

    May 19th, 2022
  • Vangelis composer of Chariots of Fire, Blade Runner dies

    Later in the decade he scored the Palme d’Or-winning Costa-Gavras political drama Missing, starring Jack Lemmon; the Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins drama The Bounty; and the Mickey Rourke-starring Francesco. He worked again with the Blade Runner director, Ridley Scott, on 1992 film 1492: Conquest of Paradise, and elsewhere during the 1990s, soundtracked Roman Polanski’s Bitter Moon and documentaries by Jacques Cousteau.

    Vangelis wiki

    As a hobby, Vangelis enjoyed painting. His first exhibition, of 70 paintings, was held in 2003 at Almudin in Valencia, Spain. It then toured South America until the end of 2004.[42][79][80]

    Vangelis died on 17 May 2022, aged 79, at a hospital in France while receiving treatment for COVID-19.

  • Rolling Stones Journalist Ben Fong Torres – See a Documentary of His Life

    May 10th, 2022
  • One of the most captivating documentaries about a journalist I’ve seen in a long while. If you are parents of teenagers, show this film, they can learn important history of America, not just Rock’n Roll.

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    (Ben Fong-Torres (left) and Art Garfunkel (right) mimic a famous album cover)

  • Ben Fong Torres wiki

    He conducted interviews for Rolling Stone of entertainment figures including Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, comedian Steve Martin and Linda Ronstadt’s first cover story in 1975. He also profiled Marvin Gaye, Sly and the Family Stone, Bonnie Raitt, Paul McCartney and Rodney Dangerfield. A Fong-Torres interview with Ray Charles was awarded the Deems Taylor Award for Magazine Writing in 1974.

    Fong-Torres was also a rock DJ for San Francisco radio station KSAN-FM in the 1970s. He later hosted a live, weekly entertainment and talk show, Fog City Radio, on NPR affiliate KQED-FM. On television, he is the five-time Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of the Chinese New Year Parade broadcast on KTVU (Fox) in San Francisco.

  • Sting Sings Russians for Ukraine Refugees

    March 7th, 2022

    Sting sings Russians for Ukraine refuges


  • Body Armor Ukraine – fight Russia to the last drop of Ukrainian blood

  • A Memoir, The History of Bones – by John Lurie

    December 14th, 2021

  • (Happy birthday John Lurie – December 14)

    John Lurie’s father used to take him to fishing. John Lurie is a hard working, self taught artist in music, acting and in painting. Basquiat painted and slept at his place. Basquiat was a close friend that Lurie wrote a lot about in this memoir.
    John Lurie is a world traveller.
    He wrote about Africa, one of many places Lurie visited. He wrote.
    “I had been depressed for a long, long time. I could not get out of it. Africa saved me. You can feel life started there.

  • More paintings at his Gallery with great soundtrack from John Lurie’s Strange and Beautiful homepage

  • Strange and Beautiful John Lurie (previous post)

  • Listen to his playing here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_864xjMQY8)

  • John Lurie: ‘I wanted to break into Martha Stewart’s house and change the curtains. My lawyer said no’
    (He’s hung out with Warhol and gone ice fishing with Willem Dafoe, but the Fishing With John man’s new series stars just him and his canvas)


  • (A man, a bull and of course, the Soldier Bunnies. – John Lurie)

  • Stephen Sondheim -(March 22, 1930 – November 26, 2021)

    November 26th, 2021

  • Stephen Sondheim, Bernadette Peters and Mandy Patinkin in rehearsal for Sunday in the Park with George (1984)

  • Stephen Sondheim

    Sondheim’s best-known works as composer and lyricist include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962), Company (1970), Follies (1971), A Little Night Music (1973), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979), Sunday in the Park with George (1984), and Into the Woods (1987). He was also known for writing the lyrics for West Side Story (1957) and Gypsy (1959).

  • A must see – on youtube James Lipton interviewed Stephen Sondheim

  • BBC obit see photos of Elizabeth Taylor and Stephen Sondheim (Also Judy Dench video of singing his song)

  • The Stephen Sondheim cameo you didn’t realize was in Tick, Tick…Boom

    Stephen Sondheim’s Voice End of Tick Tick Boom

    “When I showed him the finished film, he said, ‘You treated me gently and royally, for which I’m grateful,'” says Miranda. “And then he wrote me and said, ‘But the last phone message to Jon, the language feels a little trite. I don’t feel like I would ever really say that. Can I rewrite it?’ I was like, ‘Gosh, a rewrite from Stephen Sondheim — do I accept this?'”
    There was only one problem — Whitford had already wrapped his work on the project and was unavailable to re-record it. Sondheim offered to record the new version for Miranda, and it’s his voice that audiences can hear in the final cut.
    “It makes me weep to even think about,” gushes Miranda. “Because he was such a mentor to Jon and generations of songwriters. But yes, he rewrote that message and recorded it himself and just sent it to me.”
    He’s not good, he’s not nice, he’s Stephen Sondheim.

  • Listen to 22 best “I am still here

  • Albert Camus The Plague, Leonard Cohen & Joni Mitchell – Nov 7 2021

    November 7th, 2021
  • William Hurt and Sandrine Bonniare in Plague (youtube)

    Albert Camus

    Camus albertmaria and Maria Casarès

    Camus and his women

    Camus had met Maria Casares, later star of Cocteau’s Orpheus but already an established actress, in 1944. Daughter of a rich Spanish Republican, a refugee from Franco, she was a passionate, wilful, intelligent woman. She was probably the only one of his lovers who had a relationship of equality with him. In addition, Todd says, ‘If he was a Don Juan, she was a Don Juana’.

  • (Albert Camus and Viggo Mortensen)
    Far from Men Viggo Mortensen

  • Leonard Cohen archive (Cohen died on Nov 7,2016.)

    Happy birthday Joni Mitchell
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  • Ji Hye Lee Orchestra

    May 24th, 2021
  • Ji Hye Lee

  • Birthday of Gerry Mulligan April 6, & Billie Holiday April 7

    April 6th, 2021
  • Billie Holiday

    Billie Holiday born on this date April 7 in 1915 as Eleanora Fagan and later called Lady Day, sings this song God Bless the Child for you.

  • Gerry Mulligan film credits
    Gerry Mulligan homepage via

  • Chet Baker
    and Gerry Mulligan

  • Sandy & Gerry Mulligan
    Dennis lived with prominent jazz musician Gerry Mulligan from 1965 until they split up in 1974. (Via Sandy Dennis wiki)

  • RIP Milford Graves – Pioneering Jazz Drummer and Polymath

    February 13th, 2021

  • (Milford Graves, Dojo dance)

    Wiki

    Milford Graves (August 20, 1941 – February 12, 2021) was an American jazz drummer, percussionist, Professor Emeritus of Music,[4][5] researcher/inventor,[6][7] visual artist/sculptor,[8][9][10][11] gardener/herbalist,[12] [13] and martial artist.[14][15] Graves is noteworthy for his early avant-garde contributions in the 1960s with Paul Bley, Albert Ayler, and the New York Art Quartet, and is considered to be a free jazz pioneer, liberating percussion from its timekeeping role. The composer and saxophonist John Zorn referred to Graves as “basically a 20th-century shaman.

    Artforum Obit

    Only two weeks ago did “Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal,” a major exhibition of his work at the Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art, draw to a close after a five-month run.

    Pioneering Drummer and Polymath dies at 79

  • Milford Graves a Mind Body deal

    As a young drummer, Milford performed at John Coltrane’s funeral and led successful Latin music combos, drawing on his Afro-Caribbean roots. When he was barely old enough to vote, his life had taken off in a half-dozen different directions that led to revolutions in music, activism, medicine, botany, and even martial arts. He led the charge in bringing the drums out from the back of the bandstand, to a position equal with the “melodic” instruments. An anchor in the New York Art Quartet with Amiri Baraka, he was also active in the collective-bargaining movement of the Jazz Composers Guild. At the same time, he began his training as a cardiac technician with zeal; he invented a martial art form called Yara based on the movements of the Praying Mantis, boxing, West African ritual dance, and Lindy Hop; and he had an abiding interest in botany and herbology, inherited from his grandmother. By the time he began his nearly 40-year career at Bennington College, as a professor of music and holistic medicine, his fecund intellect had begun to explore radical connections between rhythm and the universe: in music, in movement, in healing, in the subatomic, in the activity of the heart and other organs.