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Last Build Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:02:33 +0000


Ella Fitzgerald and Chick Webb: Jazz’s Odd CoupleCon Chapman

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:55:59 +0000

We live in what we congratulate ourselves to be tolerant times, but we have nothing in the current world of music to compare to drummer William Henry “Chick” Webb and singer Ella Fitzgerald, born a hundred… More(image)

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Fran Landesman and the Sad Songs of SpringCon Chapman

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:49:16 +0000

“When the hounds of spring are on winter’s traces,” wrote Swinburne, “The mother of months in meadow or plain/Fills the shadows and windy places/With lisp of leaves and ripple of rain”? And who are you… More(image)

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My Courageous Struggle With Preauricular SinusCon Chapman

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:37:27 +0000

For me, the weekends are the hardest.  Not because I’m lonely, like Charlie Rich, who sang that he made it all right from Monday morning to Friday night, but oh–those lonely weekends. Charlie Rich on… More(image)

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As Whole Language Yuppies Move In, Phonics Junkies Are Forced OutCon Chapman

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:16:22 +0000

BOSTON.  The neighborhood here known as the South End has historically been a transitional stop on the way up–or down–the social ladder.  “We got the winos and junkies who lost their last best hope of… More(image)

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The Forgotten Career and Sad Death of Sonny CrissCon Chapman

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:29:26 +0000

If one picks up several rather compendious reference works on jazz in this, the more or less twelfth decade of the music’s existence, you will find no mention of William “Sonny” Criss.  These include John… More(image)

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There’s Nothing Rougher Than a Genteel CrowdCon Chapmanboston1

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 14:02:16 +0000

It’s springtime, which means that across America, crowds are filling auditoriums with the sound of their voices, yelling loudly–sometimes angrily–as they watch young people crash into each other.  I’m not talking about the NBA Playoffs.  I’m referring to spring… More(image)

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Ode to a Bespectacled Optometrist MaidenCon Chapman

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:50:36 +0000

Dorothy Parker, just for a lark, wrote a poem we remember for what’s now called “snark”: “Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses,” rings down through the years and one guesses its laughter… More(image)

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My Chequered Career With Older WomenCon Chapmancaril

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:05:35 +0000

In retrospect, I wasn’t ready to leave home yet. I was full of myself and thought I could handle the wider world that my older siblings had set out to see before me. But I… More(image)

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Fed Chair: Sports Tchotchkes Next Bubble to BurstCon Chapmanyellenbradypillowssenate

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:40:18 +0000

WASHINGTON, D.C.  Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen warned Congress yesterday that a speculative bubble in over-priced sports “tchotchkes” threatens the nation’s fragile recovery, and could hamper more tasteful decorating schemes of female consumers. “It was… More(image)

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Pain of Divorce Leads One Golfer to Repay His Debt in KindCon Chapman

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:34:25 +0000

HYANNIS, Mass.  The self-absorption of many amateur golfers is a phenomenon too widely-known to require comment, but Dan Norkrantz, a “serial entrepreneur” who has built and sold many businesses at a handsome profit, was unaware… More(image)

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