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Recalling fountains of youth...

If you are old enough to remember a time when tape recorders became an affordable addition to your hi-fi system, you may well have had some silly fun turning yourself into a newscaster, disc jockey or interviewer. Nobody was immune to such fun, not even those who routinely faced microphones...not even Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Here they are having a good time in a San Francisco hotel room, or so I am told. Click here to enter the room. 



  1. How can I thank you ever, Chris? I'll never forget this treasure.

    1. Thank you, Ehsan. One has to wonder how much material is being kept out of circulation by people who hope some day to cash in on it. As the rightful owner of much material that is copyrighted, I respect the inherent protection, but some material ought not be suppressed for selfish reasons. I think my interviews with such artists as Lester Young, Lil Armstrong, Cannonball are good examples of something that should be out there.

  2. well spoken! keep going on!

    keep boppin´