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  • Today is the 100th anniv of Milt Hinton's birth .. we celebrated his 80th

    June 23, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Clark Terry was an MC. Ray Brown was the lead-off bass player, with youngster John Clayton. Sylvia Sims sang. Joe Williams sang. Doc Cheatham played duets with newcomer Wynton Marsalis. NY Mayor Dinkins sent a proclamation that June 23, 1990, was "Milt Hinton Day." A choir of first-call bassists canceled whatever to come together and celebrate.

    Bassists, from left: Lynn Seaton, Lonnie Plaxico, Charnett Moffit, Jack Lesberg, Bob Haggart, Milt Hinton, John Clayton, Eddie Gomez, Dick Hyman, Richard David, Bill Crow, Major Holley, Ron Carter and Rufus Reid perform "The Judge Meets the Section" at MH 80th Birthday Concert at Town Hall on June 23, 1990.  Photo by Tad Hershorn
    Bassists, from left: Lynn Seaton, Lonnie Plaxico, Charnett Moffett, Jack Lesberg, Bob Haggart, Milt Hinton, John Clayton, Eddie Gomez, Richard Davis, Bill Crow, Major Holley, Ron Carter and Rufus Reid perform at the MH 80th Birthday Concert at Town Hall on June 23, 1990. Photo by Tad Hershorn

    As host Michael Bourne noted on the two-hour broadcast, the young-at-heart elder statesman had played on more than 600 albums. He and wife Mona Hinton were loved. Milt closed the concert with some solo slap bass, then honored a request to sing "Old Man Time." Dick Hyman on piano, Bob Rosengarden on drums. Please listen.

  • Howlin' Wolf Centennial

    June 22, 2010. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    WBGO celebrates Howlin' Wolf's centennial this year.  Portraits In Blue host Bob Porter recently interviewed Mark Hoffman, author of Moanin' at Midnight, The Life and Times of Howlin' Wolf.  Listen to their special one-hour broadcast below. - Simon Rentner

  • Linda Manzer, Canadian luthier

    June 22, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

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    pikasso1The 2010 Montreal Guitar Show will be held July 2-4 at the Hyatt Regency Montreal, in connection with the Jazz Festival.

    At the 2009 Montreal Guitar Show, our guide Bill Milkowski -- interviewer, musician and writer -- was definite. We had to meet Linda Manzer. A couple of nights earlier, Julian Lage had performed at the Montreal Festival on a guitar custom-made by Linda. And as Bill said, "Linda's other claim to fame is having designed many guitars for Pat Metheny." Among them, there's the improbable Pikasso with four necks. (Photo from oddmusic.com.) Some strings sound like an autoharp, some like a koto, some like a bass. Linda describes designing it for Pat in this clip from the interview.

    Bill says that "Linda has revolutionized the instrument in an ergonomic sense." She introduced the wedge shaped guitar body in 1985. "It's wider on your knee but skinnier under your arm," Linda explains. The slight tapering makes holding the guitar much more comfortable.Wedge "You can squeeze the top under your arm, and look down on it. . ."

    Check out the incredible inlay by craftsman Mark Katz on this limited edition guitar, designed and signed by Manzer and Metheny. The inlay is a reproduction of Pat's doodles. Photos by Lauren Zarambo.

    Doodles