[JPL] Elevating the Instrumental Artist

Kenneth Irwin ken-irwin at comcast.net
Thu Apr 6 13:27:43 EDT 2006

I remember that concert, I don't remember what year it was, early 80's
maybe, but it was a great nite.  MJQ were sublime, and although Ella had to
lean on the piano, she had been having such a difficult time with her legs,
she still had that girlish elegance of voice and amazing warmth and
presence.  During a quiet moment between songs, a woman in the crowd
shouted, "We love you Ella."  She chuckled and said, "I love you too sugar."

It was a very special moment.  I can't tell you how many people attended,
though the shed was full, and the lawn was too.

Ken Irwin
Jazz Music Director and Co-Host of Java Jazz
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
105 Lincoln Campus Center
Amherst, MA 01003

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Certainly not Tanglewood; that campus place busts at the seams with 20,000,

and they rarely get that many (only when James Taylor appears. Of course,
a  carryover from Music Inn and the nearby, long-gone Berkshire Music Barn, 
where  MJQ and other Jazz greats also played. But I don't think they ever
that  kind of crowd, either. A forthcoming documentary film on Music Inn may

shed some  light on that)..
In a message dated 4/4/2006 9:17:23 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
wblv.wblu.fm at gmail.com writes:

I recall  talking to Milt
Jackson who said the MJQ on the same bill with Ella played  to 70,000
at Tanglewood, I think it was.


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