[JPL] Talking about flugelists....

Jackson, Bobby Bobby.Jackson at ideastream.org
Fri Jun 29 12:40:55 EDT 2007


Peeps,

There are plans this year for a scholarship to be given to a deserving
music student in the name of Rahsaan Roland Kirk, in his hometown of
Columbus, Ohio.  A local patron of the arts in that area has committed
money that will ear marked each year to commemorate the brilliant
miracle worker that was Rahsaan Roland Kirk.  

I pulled together a twelve minute profile of Kirk last August that
commemorates Kirk and talks about this honor.  The voices in the package
include the legendary Joel Dorn, Columbus, OH reporter Jack Marchbanks,
Kirk's widow Dorthaan and none other than Rahsaan himself.  

We will air it again in early August and do a follow up report with the
first recipient and others that are involved in the RR Kirk Scholarship
fund.  

Aloha,

Bobby Jackson

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Subject: [JPL] Talking about flugelists....

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There are many fine flugelists or is flugelhornists? flugelhorn players?
anyhooo, I always enjoy hearing the under rated multi-instrumentalist
Ira
Sullivan blow his flugel. It never ceases to amaze me how easily he
changes
from a reed to a horn or the reverse in a single song while maintaining
proficiency on both insturments that require different emboucheres,
fingering and mindset. Ira recorded with Roland Kirk in the beginning of
Kirk's career, today I was reading the liners of a new 2-disc release by
LoneHill Jazz(what a fine re-issue label), Roland Kirk Quartet with Tete
Montoliu, Copenhagen concert-1963 & Newport Jazz '64, and I was smiling
at
the many quotes attributed to Roland and later on as Rahsaan, 2 in
particular hit home, "The Creator has blessed me with the ability to
play, 2
or 3 lines simultaneously and to play non-stop, but everything I've been
able to get together has usually been considered a gimmick or a trick,
this
bugs me. People have found it easy to dismiss the miracle which is my
contribution to the saxophone instead of trying to deal with what's
really
involved in it". The other one as Rahsaan is toooooo funnieeeee, "When I
die
I want them to play The Black and Crazy Blues, I want to be cremated,
put in
a bag of pot and I want beautiful people to smoke me and hope they get
something out of it"  Well, I have sure have gotten a lot of inspiration
from Kirk the man,  overcoming all obstacles to reach his goals and not
letting any physical handicap be an excuse. His life story should be
required reading in high schools across the land.

Arturo

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