[JPL] classic photos from Lennie's on the Turnpike

Eric Jackson eric_jackson1 at verizon.net
Thu Nov 10 15:53:37 EST 2011

Tom Marcello posted those pictures on my Facebook page on Monday.

I started on the air on B.U.'s AM station in February 1969, just 2 weeks 
after my 19th birthday. I only went to Lennie's once. That was in the 
spring of 1970. A friend had her parents' van and so 3 of us drove the 
15 miles to Lennie's. But we were broke. We didn't have any money. 
Rashaan was playing that night and I guess we were planning on trying to 
listen in the lobby. I had never met Lennie at that time but he saw us 
in the lobby and he let us in for free. It was a great night.

It turned out to be a very big night for me. On the way home we were 
listening to WBUR and Oscar Jackson ( no relation) was on the air. The 
station had another jazz announcer named Eric Levin. You can see his 
picture on Ornette's Live At Prince Street recording. While listening to 
Oscar that night I told my friends that I wanted to go to WBUR and meet 
Oscar because I was going to get a show on that station. I met him that 
night and he told me that Eric was about to leave the station. He asked 
me to get my radio license and to meet him one day at the station for an 
audition.As it turned out, Oscar arrived so late that the studio was 
busy by the time he got there. We talked about music for a long time. 
Finally Oscar just told me to come to the station the next time that he 
was on and he would be there and he would put on the air that night! 
That's what happened. That was my first paying radio gig. I got paid 
minimum wage for 4 hours a week! If I remember correctly that was $12.00.

I did spent a lot of listening hours in at the Jazz Workshop and Paull's 
Mall during the 70s when I worked at WBCN. We did weekly live broadcast 
from those clubs and I usually hosted them. I met just about everybody 
who played there. In fact, many of the guys used to stay at my apartment.

Eric Jackson
WGBH Boston
Mon -Thurs 8 PM - Mid
Sunday 10 PM - Mid.

> Now that you mention it Steve, in the documentary Mingus in Greenwich
> Village, there's a scene or two of Mingus at Lennie's with McPherson,
> Hillyer, and Richmond, maybe Bish too. I caught mostly blues at
> Lennie's, Muddy Waters, Paul Butterfield, Charlie Musselwhite with
> guitarist Fenton Robinson, along with shows by Clark Terry and Rahsaan.
> p.s. I've got one of the original pressings of Mingus at
> Monterey...thanks for letting me know it's worth some dough.
> On 11/10/2011 10:44 AM, Steve Schwartz wrote:
>> Thanks, Tom!
>> Great memories!
>> I spent many a night traveling up Route 1 from Boston to West Peabody,
>> MA. to hear and see great music at Lennie's.
>> I remember a night when Charles Mingus was playing: Charles McPherson,
>> Lonnie Hillyer, Walter Bishop, Jr, Dannie Richmond.
>> Sue Mingus was also there selling a 2-LP set that they had just put
>> out on their own label, Mingus Music. It was a limited edition, a
>> small number of copies made. "Mingus at Monterey." I've seen it
>> recently on line for anywhere from $160.00 to almost #1,000.
>> I also have pictures that I took that night. Other photos in my
>> collection from Lennie's include more Abbey Lincoln, Rahsaan Roland
>> Kirk, Illinois Jacquet. I'll have to dig those pictures out! Lennie
>> Sogoloff, THANK YOU!!!

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