• IAJE Evening 3 - Jazz Wonk(a)

    January 12, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Golden Ticket

    Let's all pretend that I'm Grandpa Joe from Willie Wonka and The Chocolate Factory for a moment:

    I never thought my life could be
    Anything but catastrophe
    But suddenly I begin to see
    A bit of good luck for me

    'Cause I've got a golden ticket
    I've got a golden twinkle in my eye...

    I had a backstage pass for the NEA Jazz Masters ceremony. It's a very precious item to have. Why did I, a lowly jazz radio blogger, get this? Well, as it happens, for one night, I was God. Or more appropriately, the "Voice of God" during the show. Hear God here.

    Script

    But Friday Night was not about me, and everything about the Jazz Masters who have contributed their lives to this music. So, now that I've been reassigned to mere mortal status, we'll move on to the show in these next few posts... - Josh

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