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This program includes a 1953 interview with Miles Davis, recorded several years before the trumpeter damaged his voice.

*Ashley Kahn, author of previous books about the landmark jazz albums Kind of Blue and A Love Supreme, has a new one coming out on the history of Blue Note Records.

*Miles before the rasp: check out this 1953 interview with Miles Davis, recorded several years before the trumpeter damaged his voice. This was not a good period for Miles (he was still struggling with his drug addiction) and he sounds a bit out of it, but it’s a nice historical find nonetheless.

*On the Mosaic Records front, bad news about the Ahmad Jamal set–it’s been delayed till either late this year or sometime in 2010.  On a better note, they’re going to do a Lucky Thompson Select 3-CD set. They are also reportedly contemplating a Keith Jarrett Select of the trio/quartet Atlantic/Vortex recordings

*Money jungle: Duke Ellington is now on a U.S. coin.

*WNET-NYC is beginning to post episodes of their 1968-1973 program Soul! for online viewing. Featured performers include jazz artists such as Max Roach and Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

*A non-jazz news item, but the British World War II mystery series Foyle’s War is returning for another season.

*Finally, esteemed jazz critic Larry Kart recently hipped Organissimo posters to this 1968 video of Al Cohn and Zoot Sims:

…and here’s guitar bluesman T-Bone Walker and an all-star jazz ensemble (including the recently-departed Louis Bellson) from a 1966 Jazz at the Philharmonic gig:

David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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