Here's a shot of me on the MSU campus yesterday afternoon, performing at the third annual Charles Templeton Ragtime Jazz Festival.  More about that when I get back home early next week. 
Here's something else for you to check out -- a beautifully written 1959 portrait of my old friend Bill Russell.  Bill was a top authority on New Orleans jazz, a mentor to me and many of my friends.  Oh, and here's a great photo of Bill  in New Orleans, about the time the article was published. 



 
 
 
 

 The scene: Captiva Island, FL, where the temperature was 60 F warmer than in St. Paul on Sunday, 3/1/09

 

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    Scenes from Florida, 2/24-3/6.Backstage: a pensive Hal Smith, Marty Eggers retrofitting rented bass, Topsy Chapman puzzling. Post-concert: the trio, Topsy with daughters Jolynda and Yolanda.  Next day: gardenia, Sanibel sunset. 

    Pedal to the Metal 
    Last week I hit the road for a gig in Missouri.  It was an 8-hour drive.  Here's a look at the glamorous side of the music racket, starting with the morning vitamins.  

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