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Alex Pangman: An Appreciation

It was on the tiny yet always full dance floor at the revered Reservoir Lounge in early 1999 that this beautiful and energetic strawberry blonde, wearing a timelessly stylish red and white checkered dress, walked right up to me and, in a commanding, confident, yet strikingly lyrical voice, introduced herself. “Hi! I’m Alex Pangman. You sure can […]

Frankie 100: Frankie Manning Centennial Post Office Installation

    In spring 2014, Mandi Gould, a longtime friend, and one of several key figures in the now legendary late 1990s “second wave” Lindy Hop revival in Toronto, put out a request online for assistance with Frankie 100: Frankie Manning Centennial Celebration, a massive event endeavour she was project managing for the Frankie Manning Foundation, whose mission is […]

Goodbye Robin Williams

Rest in peace Robin Williams. As a child, he made me laugh hard, especially with Jonathan Winters at his side. In college he kept me company as I did my homework, watching in awe as he did his crazy characters on David Letterman. He was also so capable of a poignant earnestness and an intense tenor in his […]

Body And Soul (Edward Heyman Robert Sour Frank Eyton Johnny Green Cover) 10.18.11

So many have covered this song, let’s face it. Still, the sheet music was given to me in the late 90s by legendary session bassist (and jazz guitar virtuoso), Carol Kaye. I just had to learn how to play it. Great songs beg to be covered. And jazz standards have the best chord changes. I’m still […]

Busy Doin’ Nothin’ ( Beach Boys Brian Wilson Cover ) 10.18.11

Purchase music on iTunes by The Beach Boys and Brian Wilson. The song Busy Doin’ Nothin’, and the 1968 album Friends, from which this Beach Boys song lives, fell in the shadow of such masterworks as Pet Sounds (1966) and the then unreleased SMiLE (1967/2004/2011). I still consider this song one of Brian Wilson‘s finest achievements. […]

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