[JPL] Jack Brokensha

vikingjazz at aol.com vikingjazz at aol.com
Wed Nov 3 06:47:24 EDT 2010


Dick: We got the order and it is being mailed to you today. Thanks. In the meantime we will check the web site and the phone number. The actual phone number is 941-365-4736. Best

Gunnar






-----Original Message-----
From: Dick Crockett <bopndick at yahoo.com>
To: jazzproglist at jazzweek.com
Sent: Tue, Nov 2, 2010 8:49 pm
Subject: Re: [JPL] Jack Brokensha



unner:Thanks for the information on PuppyJazz.I tried to get the CD, "And Then 
 Said."Apparently,both  the website and phone number have been disconnected.I 
hought I made a purchase on Pay Pal.Apparently not for the message came 
ack.Your thoughts would be helpful.Dick Crockett
--- On Mon, 11/1/10, vikingjazz at aol.com <vikingjazz at aol.com> wrote:
From: vikingjazz at aol.com <vikingjazz at aol.com>
ubject: Re: [JPL] Jack Brokensha
o: jazzproglist at jazzweek.com
ate: Monday, November 1, 2010, 1:56 PM


n the past few years, Jack produced several CDs with various groups he had. 
hey are available only
rom www.Puppyjazz.com  on the Bravo label. Jack was a good friend and he will 
e sorely missed.
Gunnar A. Jacobsen



----Original Message-----
rom: Dick Crockett <bopndick at yahoo.com>
o: jazzproglist at jazzweek.com
ent: Mon, Nov 1, 2010 3:24 am
ubject: [JPL] Jack Brokensha

ick
ockett
nd
en I Said” was an LP recorded in 1963 on Savoy Records by the
ck Brokensha Quartet with Howard Lucas, piano, Danny Jordan, bass
d Art Mardigan, drums. It was part of an extensive series (MG
080) 12 “ LP of jazz recordings that are still in the then
mense Savoy jazz library.  If it still exits.
ny
zz classics are filed away in the dusty old archives of bygone
cord companies. Although I'm not saying that Savoy Records is gone,
r they've been rebirthed, no doubt, still have a large cache of bop
jazz recordings, somewhere.
en I
w from Mark Stryker's obit in the Detroit Free Press of Jack
okensha's passing and vividly recalled my connection with him.
 was
65. I was a student with a mass communication, major with a
terature / journalism minor  at Wayne State University. 

sted a two hour jazz show  on WQRS-FM, a listener supported radio
ation. It was the early days of  FM radio, when sets in use were
ry limited to any one who had a Grundig radio-when FM in car radio
ts were nil!  And the freedom to be creative, to  do live
oadcasts was a constant in those days, a rare thing in corporate
dia, nowadays.
 had
collection of Jack Brokensha LP's from his days with the Australian
zz Quintet, a band of Australian and American jazz musicians, Jack
okensha, vibes, Bryce Rohde, piano Dick Healy and or  Erroll
ddle, reeds, Frank Capp, drums and Jim Garrison, bass. 

call playing this one particular LP, “And Then I Said” that was
 the library because Jack used to host a show on the station.
en
ck Brokensha opened a restaurant on Lothrup,  two blocks away from
e GM building and the Fisher building in the New Center Area of
troit. 
QRS
cided to do a two hour nightly remote broadcast. I hosted the first
ur, spinning records on the main floor. We switched then to the
cond hour, where Jack Brokensha would perform with his quartet,
ss Boniar,. Piano, Danny Jordan, bass and Jerry McKensie, drums and
casionally Ursula Walker as vocalist. 
>From my
ew, it was one of those moments, that seem to happen every night in
venue where musicians would appear in town and prominent Detroit
mphony orchestra musicians would sit in with the band. 

call J.C. Heard and Frank Isola would try their taste.  It was a
gular thing in those days, that now is more memorable, for the
sic has changed so much. 
ack
okensha was very much a part of the Detroit scene in those days.
ether it was a performance with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra,  or
Motown session at the Universal Studios on Second Avenue, or a
ngle session for Jam Handy, where Jerry Bruckheimer sewed his oats,
 a Campbell Ewald Chevy ad for General Motors, Jack Brokensha, for
l his 5 foot six frame, was constantly on the go, packing his van
d running off to various gigs around the city.
emember those moments and other memories of a man so generous with
s time.
d
's Detroiters, who really appreciate his contributions to the music
ene.
most
member the out of print, “And Then I Said” LP on Savoy Records
d the best version of  Randy Weston ,“Little Niles”  I ever
ard.  
ackl
okensha's vibraphone was a slow tempo, a rondo that still
verberates my soul,  today. 

    
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