[JPL] Leeds International Jazz Conference

Jackson, Bobby Bobby.Jackson at ideastream.org
Mon Mar 26 11:14:10 EDT 2007

Hi Eric,

I bet that was fun!

I'm so sorry to hear about Cousin Mary.  I spoke with her about nine
years ago when I did a show about John Coltrane, Ray Charles and Les
McCann who all share the same birthday (Autumnal Equinox).  She told me
how much Trane loved banana pudding.  When he would come home to Philly
they'd have to make two pans of it.  One for the family, and one for
him.  We also talked about the St. John Coltrane Church in San Francisco
which she was voiced bewilderment and humility about.  Of course to
intro her I played the first 12 notes of Trane's tune "Cousin Mary" and
then said, "Cousin Mary, how are you and welcome to Jazz Tracks."  That
freaked more than a couple of people out who were listening and not
expecting her to actually answer me. It was one of the more fun moments
I've had on the radio.

Bobby Jackson

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Subject: [JPL] Leeds International Jazz Conference

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I just went to the Leeds International Jazz Conference held at Leeds
Of Music in England. I was part of a team consisting of Doctors Leonard
and Emmett Price from Northeastern. We did a presentation on John
The annual conference ran from March 22 through March 24. It's a small 
conference attended by a couple hundred people, mostly academicians, who

present and hear different papers on jazz. Keynote speaker was Lewis
In addition to the speech Lewis did another session showing rare video 
footage of a number of legends of this music.

In addition to being a pianist Emmett is the author of a recent book
Hip Hop Culture. Leonard is also a saxophonist and is one of the
founders of 
Boston's John Coltrane Memorial Concert, (http://www.jcmc.neu.edu/)  an 
annual concert that has been running for 30 years and often sells out a
seat auditorium in advance. In addition to the many different guest
who have appeared throughout the years, Trane's Cousin Mary attended
about every year, coming up from Philly. Sadly she had a stoke a few
ago and is unable to get around (or speak). Leonard has gotten approval
Oxford University Press to do a book on Coltrane. He has invited a
number of 
people to contribute a chapter to the book. I am one of the
contributors. Our 
presentation at Leeds was related to the upcoming book.

Eric Jackson
8 pm - mid Mon - Thurs
WGBH Boston
89.7 FM

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