Tonight’s Jazz for Midnight queen - and every night’s jazz and blues queen - is Billie Holiday (April 7, 1915 - July 17, 1959), whose voice and phrasing was incomparable, regardless the quality of the material she was presented with…

Billie Holiday: Fine and Mellow - from the Dec. 8, 1957 television special, The Sound of Jazz

Personnel: Ben Webster – tenor saxophone, Lester Young – tenor saxophone, Vic Dickenson – trombone, Gerry Mulligan – baritone saxophone, Coleman Hawkins – tenor saxophone, Roy Eldridge – trumpet, Doc Cheatham – trumpet, Danny Barker – guitar, Milt Hinton – double bass, Mal Waldron – piano, Osie Johnson – drums

(the first six are listed in the order of their solos…)

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Birthday of Indian sitar master Ravi Shankar (April 7, 1920 - 2012), who first blew everybody in the West’s mind at the Monterey Pop Festival in the summer of 1967.

Pandit Ravi Shankar embodied that era’s attempt to bring East and West together in fruitful dialogue, whether musically or spiritually…

Ravi Shankar: Tala Sawari - from Sound of the Sitar (1965; World Pacific 1967)

w./ Alla Rakha, tabla

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Celebrating Gerry Mulligan’s birthday (Apr. 6, 1927 - 1996)…
We mark this with his likeness on the poster for the movie version of Kerouac’s The Subterraneans (1960), and a tune or two from the soundtrack to follow…

Celebrating Gerry Mulligan’s birthday (Apr. 6, 1927 - 1996)…

We mark this with his likeness on the poster for the movie version of Kerouac’s The Subterraneans (1960), and a tune or two from the soundtrack to follow…