This one's going to be a bit of a mixed bag today.
First things first, Happy Birthday John Coltrane. Here he is with the classic quartet playing his reported favorite composition:
Also thanks to Jon McCaslin at Four on The Floor for hipping me to the book about Papa Jo Jones that's out. Read about it here. I was thinking, if anyone deserves to have his own stamp at this point, it's Papa Jo. Maybe we can start a campaign and see if we can convince Obama!
Also want to mention I'll be playing at U of T tomorrow night (Sat. Sept. 24th) with the Rex Hotel Orchestra doing a tribute to Rick Wilkins. He really is one of Canada's great treasures. Playing his arrangements again reminds me how beautifully and economically he writes. I have learned so much from him! Here's some footage of him playing with Rob McConnell's quintet, it's doubly poignant because Rob and the great Jerry Fuller (drums) are no longer with us and Rick and Ed Bickert have retired from playing. Enjoy!