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Walking and Talking at Midnight!

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One of my all time favorite jazz pianists is Ahmad Jamal.  If you look at my Jukebox on the left, you will see listed one of his biggest hits, Poinciana.  I became a Jamal fan back in the late 1950s.  That’s right, he’s been around for almost 60 years.  I was dating a girl in St. Louis some 45 minutes away from my home and made the long trek home on weekend nights.  In the car, I always listed to the voice of St. Louis, KMOX.  The night disc jockey wad a guy named John McCormick. And he regularly played Ahmad Jamal, Dave Brubeck (Take Five), and Ramsey Lewis (The In Crowd).

 The D Jay, just before each song, would always say:”This is John McCormick”¦the man who walks and talks at midnight.”Â  I was on the radio at midnight just after Gustav hit Louisiana.  I made it a point in the wee hours to tell my listeners: “This is Jim Brown”¦.the man who walks and talks at midnight.”  I loved his show and learned a lot about good jazz.  And that’s how I became a Jamal fan.  He was in Baton Rouge performing last week, and I was in the number at the concert.  Below is Jamal performing.

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