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Jazz On A Summer's Day

Posted by Jim Botticelli  January 20, 2014 10:30 PM

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In Franklin Park one lazy afternoon a small group gathers to hear a lone saxophonist speak his piece through his reed instrument. We can't guess what tune he is interpreting. Perhaps it is simply a solo constructed around an imaginary set of chord changes. More than likely he is playing a melody known to those around him. Roll out those lazy hazy crazy days of summer. Those days of soda and pretzels and beer.

We call this Jazz On A Summer's Day in honor of the 1960 film of the same name directed by Aram Avarkian and dedicated to the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival that featured, among others, Thelonius Monk, Anita O'Day, George Shearing, Gerry Mulligan, Chico Hamilton, Louis Armstrong and Chuck Berry. Yes, Chuck Berry. The show went on so long that Mahalia Jackson's appearance did not happen until after midnight. Reissued and out there to see.

Thanks to Wikipedia for recalling each performer in the film. Thanks too for Googlability.

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Jim Botticelli, a 1976 Northeastern University graduate, is a retired Boston Public Schools teacher. In college, he drove a cab and learned the city's cow paths. An avid collector of More »

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