Giant Steps — 1959

It began again a few weeks back — mad scrambles by terrified jazz folks pulling their hair out because the revered Coltrane House in Philadelphia was being threatened again. This time the fear ran hot for good reason. Award-winning architectural critic Inga Saffron sounded the alarm with a column that…


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“I got your number from Tyrone. Can you fill in this Friday? I need a drummer just for the first set.”

The scratchy voice on the other end was undeniable. It was Chico. Of course, Tim accepted. Immediately. He’d been feeling feverish and a bit draggy, but this was Wednesday…


Very thoughtful and enlightening essay, Steve QJ. I will be sharing this with my students. Keep writing and I will keep following!


You're definitely scary, Kurt, so I'm following. Oh, BTW, how are the woeful Republicans gonna wind up?


By Suzanne Cloud

Photography by Michael Perez

It was quite a place to grow up for a young man. His home at 1927 Federal Street in South Philadelphia was the place for musicians to hang and jam with his much older brothers: saxophonist Jimmy Heath and bassist Percy Heath. So it wasn’t hard to…


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He sees you as “disgusting” and he was glad COVID-19 infected our country because now he has an excuse for not shaking hands with you. His good friend talk show host Howard Stern has said that Trump actually “despises” you. Trump insists you adore him inside and side-by-side at rallies…


Coronavirus coverage as of 3/15/2020. Heatmap/Center for Systems Science and Engineering at John Hopkins University — Clay Banks (Unsplash)

I have never been one to indulge in conspiracy theories. Never. I always want the solid facts at hand before following the conclusion jumpers off the cliff into the magical world of paranoia. In fact, I wrote a recent essay on the subject for the Broad Street Review, a Philadelphia…


Photographer Jasmin Sessler Upsplash

I’ve always been a recycler. When I was a kid, my best friend Willy and me would take our wagon from house to house and collect empty soda bottles to claim the 2 cents for each one at Doc’s pharmacy. Later in life, when I would visit my mom in…


By Lorie Shaull from St Paul, United States — George Floyd Mattered graffiti along 38th St in Minneapolis on Wednesday, after the death of George Floyd on Monday night in Minneapolis, Minnesota

I am so outraged, my eyes almost bleeding from watching the news and only the news. The marchers, mostly young people, in the streets are so brave, daring COVID and the police to kill them for standing up to finally see justice done. …


Andy Griffith as Lonesome Rhodes in A Face in the Crowd

Director Elia Kazan’s 1957 film, A Face in the Crowd, predicted the rise of a narcissistic entertainer/politician and the havoc someone like Trump could wreak on a body politic in the future. …

Suzanne Cloud

Writer, historian, jazz singer-songwriter, PhD American Studies. Authored 6 YA history books and the play “Last Call at the Downbeat”

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