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Classic Jazz

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To explain the revival of "Jazz on the West Coast" Mr. Levin begins with memories of late 1930's radio broadcasts and an on the scene report of the Palormar Ballroom Fire (Best Article Award-1997 IAJRC), Les Konig's Good Time Records contribution (now a Fantasy imprint), Turk Murphy's influence in San Francisco, Capitol Records recording of trumpeter Pete Daily's influence as a model for Jack Webb in the film "Pete Kelly's Blues", The Association of Southern California Jazz Club's presentation of "Hello Louis" on July 3, 1070 that finally included Bob McCracken and a few pages on early musicians who performed in Floyd's own jazz series "A Night In New Orleans", co-produced with Barry Martyn during the 70's. Reed specialist Rick Fay recounting how his friendship with Mat and Rachel Domber began Arbors Records.

The final chapter chronicles Floyd's efforts to raise funds for a statue for Louis Armstrong in New Orleans envisioned by Danny Barker (and first championed by Clark Terry), the saga of planning "Hello Louis" for a 70th Birthday tribute in Los Angles to the delivering of Elizabeth Catlett's statue to Louis Armstrong Park in New Orleans.

As a new century begins Floyd Levin's "Classic Jazz" will always be a captivating summary of the musicians that kept the founders' tradition alive.

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