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Andrew Velez

Velez is a freelance writer whose work appears in Time Out, Genre and

About Me

The "gorgeous mosaic" of my life has included many years as a book publisher and editor, (Marlene Dietrich�s ABC, RKO Classic Screenplay Series, The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Agatha Christie, etc.) and an ongoing private practice as a psychoanalyst. I'm an educator, (The New School University), as well as guest lecturer at colleges, high schools and other organizations, and a freelance writer/editor. My longtime involvement with HIV activism began with participating in ACT UP�s first demonstration in Wall Street in 1987. Currently I write regularly for, and remain dedicated to the ACT UP mission of "ending the AIDS crisis through direct, non-violent action." Currently I am writing A LOTTA NERVE, a personal history of ACT UP and the HIV epidemic from the activist point of view. More recently I have become involved in working for SINGLE PAYER government healthcare to guarantee full coverage for everyone living in the United States. Writing liner notes for CDs is a favorite gig, and among those for whom I've written them are Ella Fitzgerald, Mildred Bailey, Fred Astaire, Buddy DeFranco, Rose "Chee-Chee" Murphy, Doris Day, Artie Shaw and Barbara Cook, as well as numerous cast recordings. Continuing to discover music that knocks me out is a neverending joy. It's what I call "living the dream." Lately Mildred Bailey, Jimmy Rushing and Count Basie are doing it for me out all over again.

My Favorites

  1. Billie Holiday - Lady In Satin
  2. Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Ella & Louis, Ella & Louis Again
  3. Mahalia Jackson At Newport
  4. Duke Ellington - Jungle Music
  5. Helen Merrill w/Clifford Brown
  6. Sarah Vaughan - How Long Has This Been Going On?
  7. Lee Wiley - West of the Moon
  8. Ethel Waters - The Incomparable
  9. Mildred Bailey - The Complete Recordings (Mosaic)
  10. Jimmy Rushing - Everyday I Have The Blues, Jazz Odyssey, Cat Meets Chick
  11. Duke Ellington - And His Mother Called Him Bill
  12. Dave Brubeck Quartet - Jazz at Oberlin
  13. Benny Goodman & Helen Forrest - Original Recordings of the 1940s
  14. Ruby Braff and Ellis Larkins - Duets (Vanguard)
  15. Sarah Vaughan Sings George Gershwin
  16. Dinah Washington - Drinking Again
  17. Shirley Horn - Here�s To Life
  18. Carmen McRae - Second to None
  19. Bill Evans - Live at the Vanguard
  20. Ben Webster - Atmosphere for Lovers
  21. Puccini TURANDOT Nilsson, Bjoerling
  22. Bud Shank & Bill Perkins - Fluted Columns
  23. Artie Shaw - Last Recordings Rare & Unreleased
  24. Gary Burton & Chick Corea - Crystal Silence
  25. James Galway - Song of the Seashore & Other Melodies of Japan
  26. archy and mehitabel - Carol Channing cast recording

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