[JPL] Boxing and Jazz

Bobby Jackson ftapache1 at sbcglobal.net
Wed Sep 24 00:03:34 EDT 2008

The Boxing and Jazz Awards......

I checked out the website.  Congrats on the recognition Jae!  I've  
done an interview with Evander Holyfield once  for Jazz Tracks.  We  
talked a little about boxing but mostly about Father's Day which the  
show was centered around.  He was one of many celebrities that I spoke  
with on that show.    There of course is the elements of style,  
preparation, surprise and improvisation that accompanies both idioms.

Pugilism and Jazz.  That's an interesting combination.  Miles Davis is  
the biggest connection for me to boxing.  He had a profound love for  
Sugar Ray Robinson and he was very good with his hands as is his son  
Gregory who won the Golden Gloves competition I believe.  I always  
think of that tune that Monte Croft wrote on the second of his two  
Columbia releases, "Survival Of The Spirit."  He wrote a tune for  
Muhammad Ali called, "Rumble, Young Man, Rumble."  It was recently  
redone on a Latin jazz recording by Craig Russo (I believe) in Afro- 
Cuban fashion.

Keep it swinging,


On Sep 23, 2008, at 9:22 PM, Jae Sinnett wrote:

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> This coming Saturday evening the Sporting and Entertainment Group  
> Inc. is having the "Boxing and Jazz Awards" presentation. They want  
> to honor me with an award. Great boxers like Ken Norton, Leon  
> Spinks, Hector Camacho, George Chuvalo and many, many more will be  
> there along with MC Bert Sugar. Najee will also be honored.  
> Literally...about two hours ago they called and ask me if I could  
> give a speech on a great jazz moment. I was thinking talking about  
> how fusion came into play (thinking this would be something they  
> could relate to with artists like Miles and such) then started  
> thinking...about tying jazz in with boxing somehow.
> I know Red Garland was a great boxer as was Miles. Can anyone offer  
> up some info on a boxing/jazz connection? I think that would go over  
> great with this crowd. Any help for this would be greatly  
> appreciated. Thanks,
> Jae Sinnett
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