[JPL] Boxing and jazz....

Arturo Gomez arturo at kuvo.org
Wed Sep 24 13:19:40 EDT 2008

The original and sweetest, Sugar Ray Robinson was a huge jazz fan and lindy
hop dancer often jumping rope to the latest swinging recordings. After his
career concluded he became a singer and hoofer, I have 2 recordings of Sugar
Ray singing with the Earl "Fatha" Hines orchestra circa 1953.

Wayne Shorter is a huge boxing fan and is extremely knowledgeable of the
pugilistic sport.

Chucho Valdés was an amatuer boxer as a teen and still is a fanatical
follower of boxing. Roberto "Hands of Steel" or "No Más" Durán is a salsa
singer and conguero. Former Cuban feather weight world champion, "Kid
Chocolate" was an avid Cuban music and swing jazz fan and dancer with
excellent moves ala Sugar Ray.

Smokin' Joe Frazier is a jazz fan and for a while had a Las Vegas cabaret
revue albiet as an inferior singer and dancer. Count Basie Orchestra with
Paul Robeson singing recorded a tribute to Joe Louis Barrow-a former Denver
resident, "King Joe", there are other Joe Louis tribute songs as well
including Joe Louis Was A Fighting Man by the jubilee gospel group of the
1940s-The Dixieaires

Bert Sugar is also a huge fan and historian of jazz.

There are many songs in tribute to Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali including one
by the late Oscar Peterson.

Jazz and boxing as well as baseball have always been, pardon the pun, like a
good fitting glove on the hand.


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