Rahsaan Roland Kirk (August 7, 1935 – December 5, 1977) was a jazz multi-instrumentalist who played tenor saxophone, flute and many other instruments. He was renowned for his onstage vitality, during which virtuoso improvisation was accompanied by comic banter, political ranting, and the ability to play several instruments simultaneously.
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The Top 100
One more to swing out 2010: The curtains in the background are designed by yours truly, recorded at Skylab 3/14/10, the Top 100 2009 exhibition still going strong, The Murder Party from Columbus, Ohio in their first gig ever, in a memorable performance that at the time I listed in the second top 10 of the year (see post: Skylab, April 8, 2010), the last entry for the Top 100 2010 in 2010. The video posted by their guitarist Royce Icon, makes it that a performance I saw live, can be…
Jazz Photography by Francis Wolff
Francis Wolff was a record company executive, photographer and record producer. Wolff's skills, as an executive and a photographer, were important contributions to the success of the Blue Note record label. After a career as a commercial photographer in Germany, Wolff emigrated to the United States. A Jew, he left Berlin for New York in the late 1930s. In 1939 in New York his childhood friend Alfred Lion had co-founded Blue Note Records (with sleeping partner Max Margulis, who soon dropped…