From Paperback Paradise.
Acclaimed 94 year old Kiwi jazz musician Julian ‘Golden Ears’ Lee who has been blind since birth, plays piano for the first time since suffering a stroke several years ago, accompanied by fellow jazzman James Morrisson in a rendition of Ella Fitzgerald’s “After You’ve Gone.”
This is Maitiú Ó Casaide, Young Musician of the Year. He says:
“We are really lucky that our culture and language are still alive. The government and the West Brits are making every effort to suppress our Gaelic identity.”
Impassioned young native speaker blowing off steam?
Calm, reasoned, mutually respectful debate, anyone?
Long before skinny jeans, when vinyl was shellac and all bikes were fixies, there was Harry Gibson: the substance-abusing boogie-woogie stride pianist who first coined the term ‘hipster’.
Discovered by Fats Waller in 1939, Gibson – a precursor to the Beat Poets – played the jazz clubs of Manhattan as Harry ‘The Hipster’ Gibson until 1945.
In 1947, the controversial lyrics of his song ‘Who Put The Benzedrine in Mrs Murphy’s Ovaltine’ (set to the 1938 Max Fleischer Betty Boop cartoon classic “Sally Swing” above) resulted in all of his music being banned from radio play.
(Hat tip: KerryView)
Rosie. Just seven weeks old. Never had a lesson.