Jonathan, Gilles and Rebecca – JazzWax


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In The Wall Street Journal this week,
I interviewed celebrity chef Jonathan Waxman for my “House Call” column in the Mansion section (go here). Jonathan is a pioneer in California farm-to-table Italian cuisine. If you were around in L.A. in the 1980s, you probably remember Michael’s in Santa Monica. In New York before the virus, Jonathan was in the kitchen at Barbuto and Jams. [Photo above of Jonathan Waxman courtesy of Jonathan Waxman]

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Growing up, Jonathan was aimless. He was a trombonist in rock bands but after disco put many live musicians out of work, his life didn’t begin to come together until his father introduced him to a guy who needed a salesman at his Ferrari dealership. The owner’s wife sensed Jonathan loved food and sent him off to cooking school. The head of the school sent loved him and set him to cooking school in Paris. And that’s how star chefs are born, with the help of people who see something in them. Jonathan has a terrific book out: The Barbuto Cookbook: California-Italian Cooking From the Beloved West Village Restaurant (go here).

Email from Paris. Last week, Gilles D’Elia, a terrific photographer in Paris, sent along the image above and the following:

Hi Marc. Morning accident, attached. The sky of Paris was filled with migrator birds. You just have to look on the ground after the rain to see them go! Paris is a bit like New York right now: asleep and getting ready to be reborn soon. The days are short, there’s little light and you have to be very focused to take pictures because there are only three hours of beautiful light per day (on days when it is not raining!). But it’s a season that I love despite everything.

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Letter from the Netherlands. Following my review of Sonny Rollins’s Rollins in Holland (Resonance), I received the following emails from my friends in the Netherlands. Here’s Jaap van de Klomp:

Hi Marc. in 1967, I organized Sonny Rollins’ dates in the Netherlands, He also played at my club, Persepolis, in Utrecht (photo above). I did a little video for an online publication here that JazzWax readers might want to see. They may not understand the entire video, but they’ll figure it out. Thank you for your review. This release means a lot to me after all these yours. The impossible became possible!

And here’s Matthijs Willemsen:

Thanks Marc. Rollins in Holland is a great album, especially for me as a Dutchman and admirer of drummer Han Bennink. We used to live in the same village for years. Even then, Han was developing into his more experimental playing, playing drum solos on objects such as flowerpots. During a gig in Arnhem, saxophonist Hans Dulfer and one of the organizers, asked him no to do so.

I think that’s part of the raw energy you hear in this record. Also in 1967, he founded ICP together with Mischa Mengelberg and Willem Breuker. It’s great to hear these great musicians play so well together that year, which was a tipping point in Dutch jazz history.

Dave Thompson sent along the following clip of him playing Darn That Dream in the Bill Evans style…


The music goes round and round. Last week, Bob McKeon sent along a photo of a music typewriter that let composers and copyists type notes, bars and clefs on music paper. The typewriter was developed by San Francisco’s Robert H. Keaton and issued in the 1950s for $250. Of course, the technology left me a little baffled. Wouldn’t writing music by hand be four times faster? For more on this machine, go here. Here’s a video demonstration…

And here’s Hal Kemp with Saxie Dowell on vocal in 1935…

And finally
. Here’s Rebecca Kilgore singing Burt Bacharach and Larry Kusik’s The Bell That Couldn’t Jingle

And here’s the original, by Paul Evans, in 1962…


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