Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A man and his...(...recognition, as given by Allen Kanovsky.)

Submitted by Al Kanovsky 07/20/15

...music. Not music made by him but by others. JAZZ musicians in particular. 

I am talking about Ed Bell (WLRN 91.3FM). Ed has made JAZZ his since his days at the UM radio station in 1971. In 1977 he convinced Symphony Sid to return to radio and co-produced his show on an all JAZZ station WBUS. Ed readily admits learning lots of stuff from Sid who was legend in the JAZZ world. Disc jockeys of the time, not the disco spinners of today, played an important part in my life and continue to do so today. Melodius Mel, the Real Tracy Fields, Ted Grossman and Ed continue to supply me with music when e'er I am driving. I do not review the recorde music of today because I can't tell what is engineered or 'live'. Ed is and has always been a great source on radio. Extensive knowledge about the music and musicians has proven to be an invaluable asset. 

Sadly, I must report that Ed is retiring from WLRN at the end of September. I am sure he will not step away from JAZZ. Sorely missed will be his monthly live broadcasts to which I was, fortunately, invited. Radio had lots to do with my interest in JAZZ. Early on, my older sisters, Sissy(Florence) and Muriel listened to Martin Block(Make Believe Ballroom) who played big band Swing. When be-bop became part of the JAZZ genre it was Freddie Robbins(1280 WOV) and the 1280 Club. Late nights it was Symphony Sid starting at 11PM. I went to bed every night with the radio held close to my ear, listening to his theme of "After Hours" with Avery Parrish's incredible piano. 

I "Thank" all of them, past and present for bringing and keeping JAZZ alive. 

Al's Disclaimer:
A short note: The reason I write this is because I love music and words. I do not book acts. I do not promote acts. I do not accept invitations to review artists. I go to venues of my own choice. When and where is not influenced by anything other than who I would like to hear that night or day. If I don't like what I hear, I won't write about it. When I like it I let you all know. I never mention a name without asking permission. "Pardon me, Miss. Would you like to dance?" 

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