May 2003

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Mike Christopher from St. Augustine, FL wrote:

I have a question regarding Jazz musician Doug Carn, who performed in Philly with McCoy Tyner. During the week long celebration did Doug Carn receive a congressional achievement award for his contributions to jazz? Some say he did, others say he did not. We just want to set the record straight. Thanks for your help.


Evidently, Doug was one of a couple dozen jazz musicians to be recognized by Congress for their lifetime achievements. Here's a link to a page that mentions it:


Michael McLendon of Little Rock, AR wrote:

Do you know if there are any plans for the future release on CD of the Dave Brubeck Quartet's TIME IN and TIME CHANGES albums?


It is likely that both albums will eventually reissued by Columbia/Legacy in the U.S., though one or both may be available in Japan as CDs.

Doug Fulton of Syracuse, NY worte:

I have searched a long time for a copy of Lenny Breau album #1 Guitar Sounds from Lenny Breau, RCA # LSP-4076. Lots of his stuff has been reissued, but not this, at least to my knowledge. I would like a copy and have some original George Van Eps, Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel to trade or would buy at any $$ Thanks!


The first site I checked, euclidrecords.com, had the LP you're seeking in stock, for $9.99 plus shipping.

Margaret wrote:

I am looking for a tape or record for a friend. He's wanting to call and get it instead of getting it off line. He is looking for a guy named "Johnny Beecher" and the name of the tape or record is "Sax Fifth Avenue". Would like to know if you can help me. Thanks!!!!!!


Johnny Beecher was a pseudonym used by tenor saxophonist Plas Johnson, who was the featured soloist in Henry Mancini's famous recording "The Pink Panther." This LP is long out of print and hasn't been issued on CD. Oddly enough, Johnson called me recently, so I have contact information in case your friend can't find a suitable record. I don't know if he can provide a dub.

Sara Zimmer wrote:

I am looking for a site to purchase recordings by Kay Starr.


There are a number of Kay Starr CDs available through sites such as Half.com, Barnes & Noble (bn.com) and similar music dealers. If you are interested in LPs, try euclidrecords.com.

Mark Koch of New York, NY wrote:

In the late 70¹s there was a DJ on a station in Cincinnati Ohio, I believe KNOP out of Newport, Kentucky who would assemble fantastic shows with unusual music. He played, and I taped, something that he said was on a rare album called Escalator that included various artists. I don¹t even know who was playing but the music was incredible. I lost my tape and lost the music! Do you know what this is and how I could find it? I would appreciate any help you could give. Thanks.


The only release I can find with a similar name is Carla Bley & Paul Haines: Escalator Over the Hill, described as a sort of 120 minute blend of jazz and rock in a sort of opera form, with lots of artists, including Linda Ronstadt. It is on ECM and evidently still available on CD.

Martin Cummins from New York, NY wrote:

I recently picked-up a copy of The Phil Woods Six "Live From the Showboat", and heard the amazing guitar work of Harry Leahey for the first time. I am told he made a solo guitar recording "Unaccompanied Guitar" on the C.Macey Productions Label. Any ideas where to track this down?


This must be a very obscure release recorded for a tiny, local independent label, as it isn't even listed in Tom Lord's Jazz Discography. He only shows two dates by Leahy, both for Omnisound in the early 1980s, one trio and one duo session. In addition to Woods, he recorded with Mark Murphy, John Coates, and Michel Legrand, among others.

Neil McKean from Melbourne, Australia wrote:

Sorry did not see guidelines before sending email. Question regarding Cal Tjader. You may be my last chance at finding the answer to this question. Cal Tjader recorded the standard "What are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?".....I found reference to a version on an album titled Jazz- a-GoGo Vol 4, with various other artists. What was the title of the original release. I once had it on vinyl. As I recall it had a mainly black cover and I think it must have been on Fantasy . The year of release may have been between 1965 and 1972 or so. I live in Australia and wonder if it could have a local release only - I thought the album was self-titled. I have looked through the allmusic.com discography titles but many titles do not list the tracks. Hope you can help, regards.


Actually, you gave me more than enough info. Unfortunately, not every All Music Guide contributor adds lists of songs and personnel when they aren't already posted, something I do automatically, as I appreciate having other's information available to me when I'm doing research.

"What are You Doing the Rest of Your Life" appears on the Cal Tjader Fantasy LP called Tjader (#8406), which hasn't yet been reissued on CD. It evidently was recorded circa 1971-1972, but not issued until 1978.

I haven't found it yet with a cursory search, but it shouldn't be impossible to find, if you keep checking with various used record sites.

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