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***SPECIAL REQUEST - "Bonus Spotlight Performances"

**** We have been receiving many requests from many

Worldwide Visitors to recap . . .

"Bonus Spotlight Performances"

which were highlighted in our published book

"JAZZ Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow" 

Within the coming weeks we will be posting many of our produced favorite video clips beginning with the following: Gene Ammons playing "Two Different Worlds"





A few years ago while traveling and flying to Las Vegas with a over-night stay in Houston, Texas on Continental Airlines, which is now presently merged with United Airlines. During this dinner meeting at a nearby restaurant named Pappasito's Cantina located on Terminal Road close to Intercontinental Airport (IAH). We had discussions of the many music venues of the past that always featured Jazz musicians that were part of the straight-ahead & mainstream style of those years.  

Topics were mentioned about The Balcony Club on Abrams Road and other places that are currently featuring Jazz. Many of the musicians and vocalists from the past decades were always talked about including Ernestine Anderson, Kenny Dorham, Red Garland, Herb Ellis and the saxophones of "The Texas Tenors" including Buddy Tate, James Clay, Arnett Cobb, and Illinois Jacquet.

I have been requested to post this short video clip of Illinois Jacquet playing "Flying Home" for Mike Melloni, Dave Bennett, Bill & Susan Glassman plus other friends at this excellent Tex-Mex Restaurant.




FAVORITE RECORDINGS - Gene Ammons - "Two Different Worlds" 

  Since JAZZ is a culmination of various styles from Swing, Be-Bop, Rhythm & Blues, and Melodic Soulful Moods from the voice of a musician. I feel that it is necessary in "Passing The Baton" and share some of these audio samples in hopes to give insight to the Spontaneous, Improvisational, & Reflective shadings to the musical concept of JAZZ.

Please Note: Within the coming weeks I will be posting more Favorite Recordings that I have been fortunate to have in my collection throughout my career. Featuring Straightahead to Mainstream Saxophonists, Big Bands, Vocalists, and other musicians  that have been an inspiration to me through the years. From listening to these consumate professionals, I know that I have learned a great deal about our "American Art Form" called Jazz. 


Written by Al Frisch & Sid Wayne

"The Soulful Moods of Gene Ammons"

is an album by saxophonist Gene Ammons recorded in 1962

and released on the Moodsville label



Bom April 14, 1925 - Chicago, IL  -  Died August 6,1974 - Chicago, IL
The son of famed jazz pianist Albert Ammons, he studied music at Du Sable High School in Chicago. At the early age of 18 he left Chicago to join a band led by trumpeter King Kolax. During 1944 he joined Billy Eckstine's band as lead tenor saxophonist. A few years later he had the opportunity to work with Woody Herman's band for a brief time.
Joining forces with his longtime friend saxophonist Sonny Stitt, their sax battles on the bandstand are remembered as the most exciting performances ever. Although his approach to playing the tenor saxophone has been influenced by Lester Young, he was noted for the big well-rounded sound that has been recognized for its smooth lush and tasteful quality. His tastefulness in playing a ballad has a distinctive style of feeling and improvisation that will never be duplicated.




 During the late 1950s thru early 1970s gave me the opportunity to spend time in Atlantic City working various clubs in the area. While there, I had the opportunity of meeting friends also musicians that traveled with other bands from other cities to perform at major venues in Atlantic City such as The Famous Steel Pier, The Hialeah Club, Le Bistro Restaurant, Club Harlem and the famed 500 Club. 

It was during the Early 1960s while I was working with “Frank Virtue & the Virtues” at the Hialeah Club on Atlantic Avenue – and sitting-in Jam Sessions with Johnny Saint and “The Joyriders” at Fort Pitt located on New York Avenue a few blocks away from CLUB HARLEM. Our sets would end at 3:00am – since Club Harlem was open until the early morning hours past 6:00am . . . it was an after-hour gathering place to visit for many celebrities and fellow musicians to enjoy.  
I had the opportunity to meet Chris Columbo and shared many conversations about music and mutual friends.  
Chris played his first professional job with Fletcher Henderson in 1921. He led his own band from the 1930s into the late 1940s, holding a residency at the Savoy Ballroom in New York and played with Louis Jordan & his Tympani 5, Wild Bill Davis, recorded with Duke Ellington and many other Jazz artists. 
In addition, he also served as the vice president of Atlantic City’s Musician union Local 661-708.  His trio\quartet was a featured attraction in the lounge at Bally’s Park Place Casino. Thereafter, Colombo’s band went on to perform at practically every Atlantic City casino hotel. He performed at the Showboat Casino with the Showboat Dixieland Band until he suffered a stroke in 1993 and died in 2002 at the age of 100 Years old.
It has been written in many press interviews; Chris Columbo, the renowned musician at the Club Harlem: "In my early days in Atlantic City it was just a whole lot of fun, because we had a city that you didn’t have to have a key to the front door. No one ever locked their doors."




Wishing all . . . A Happy New Year and may “2013” bring happiness and joy.  We are looking forward to be posting more articles about Jazz related items reflecting upon Musicians, Venues, Landmarks, and personal Anecdotes shared with many Celebrities and Friends during my career in music.

We will also mention various excerpts and topics from my published book -“Jazz Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” . . .that covers 100 years of Jazz related topics. This publication contains many important, fascinating and entertaining aspects from more than 50 years of my experiences as a musician and in show business.

 We are working directly with the publisher DIANE Publishing to offer a discounted price for my book. More information will become avalailabe in the coming year 2013. 


Thank you,

Danny, Steve & Staff