On a recent trip to California, I was lucky enough to be at this spot as the sun rose over the southern Big Sur coast.
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:
On a recent visit to the beautiful city of Asheville, in the midst of a couple of stimulating hours looking at art in the Blue Spiral Gallery, even the view out the window was inspiring.
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!
Today Cass Tech is alive and thriving in a new location. Here’s hoping they keep on producing illustrious graduates!