[JPL] Reney blog Sandy's Jazz Revival footage

Tom Reney tr at wfcr.org
Sat Nov 19 08:18:07 EST 2011

By George,
That's a good one about Mr. Venuti.  Thanks for sharing it with the 
list, and let that be a lesson to all: Never persist with a musician, 
especially an aging one, when he's got a lady in his lap!
Yeah, Ray Bryant was most impressive backing that front line of Texans 
at Sandy's.  I also saw Ray back then with bassist Jimmy Rowser three 
nights in a row at Bradley's, couldn't stay away.

On 11/18/2011 2:26 AM, George Thomas wrote:
> Well Tom, the Sandy's Jazz Revival footage brought back
> some memories. In 1976&  77 I alternated weeks with Charlie (?)
> doing a jazz show on WBRS, the Brandeis radio station.
> We would take turns traveling up to Sandy's to interview the musicians.
> I remember approaching Joe Venuti during the time when he
> was going through a revival and had a number of recent releases.
> A woman was sitting on his lap but I naively persisted in
> asking him for an interview and he looked none too thrilled.
> "So Mr Venuti," I began, "you have four new records out this year"
> and he snapped, "I have seven, do your homework, kid." That was the
> end of the interview but he played his ass off on violin and told
> his classic tale of inviting 28(the number varies) bass players
> to meet him on a street corner while he sat in an apartment across
> the street watching the bewildered bass players gather.
> I also was at that same session at Sandy's when Muse recorded
> three Texas-born legends: Buddy Tate, Arnett Cobb, and Eddle "Cleanhead" Vinson,
> accompanied by Ray Bryant, George Duvivier and Alan Dawson. Muse released
> three LPs from those sessions. Good as the horns were, the rhythm section
> took my breath away. I was going through a Ray Bryant phase and it was
> heightened by the rare chance to hear the legendary Boston drummer Alan Dawson
> playing with his equals.
> The height of my DJ days at Brandeis was when Charlie&  I interviewed Max Roach
> the day after his close South African friend Steven Biko had died. Max talked
> for three hours about his early days with Hawk, Clifford Brown, Sonny Rollins
> and, of course, politics. I wish I had those reel to reel tapes now.
> Thanks for connecting us with the clubs again Tom,
> George
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