Sep 132013
 
Thelonious Monk Big Band Rehearsing at the Jazz Loft for Historic Town Hall Concert, 1959 (photo by W. Eugene Smith

Thelonious Monk Big Band Rehearsing at the Jazz Loft for Historic Town Hall Concert, 1959 (photo by W. Eugene Smith)

Happy Friday the Thirteenth! I’ve long considered Friday the 13th to be a lucky day — among other things, my youngest son was born on a Friday the 13th. “Friday the Thirteenth” is also the title of one of my favorite Thelonious Monk compositions. I just learned today that saxophonist Steve Lacy, a Monk protege, compiled a list of his words of wisdom. Much food for thought here: Steve Lacy's list of Monkisms

Jul 212013
 

Interactive Map, Cass Technical High School – original location (DetroitUrbex.com)

Looking for urban exploration (“UrbEx”) photography, I came across this cool interactive map of Cass Tech — the original building, that is, which was closed in 2005 and demolished in the summer of 2011. This was the Detroit magnet high school attended by so many jazz musicians, Geri Allen, Tommy Flanagan, Frank Rosolino, Donald Byrd, Regina Carter, Kenny Burrell, Paul Chambers, Ron Carter, Wardell Gray, and Lucky Thompson among them. Diana Ross and Jack White went to Cass, too.

Wow, I bet they had some great pep bands!

Chemistry Lab, 5 Years After School Closed (DetroitUrbex.com)

Biology Class, Back in the Day (DetroitUrbex.com)

Today Cass Tech is alive and thriving in a new location. Here’s hoping they keep on producing illustrious graduates!

Cass Tech Today

Cass Tech Today (DesignShare.com)