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What happened to Jonathan Ferrell?

Let me check my watch. What time is it? Is it 1963? Maybe it’s… 1973? In these long, bygone eras, a black man could not walk in just any old neighborhood and knock on any old door. There were rules. These rules were unwritten but were, nonetheless, enforced. If you were a black man walking in the wrong neighborhood, you were assumed to be a burglar. It was okay, even expected in some places, for the police to come, question you, arrest you and take you away. I guess one of my big problems is that I’ve been reading The New

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50th anniversary of Bill Evan’s Live at Village Vanguard

A friend of mine sent out this marvelous e-mail. I have to share it. Fifty years ago today a miracle occurred.  One of the best jazz albums of all times was recorded, Sunday at The Village Vanguard, featuring Bill Evans on piano, Paul Motian on drums (still playing the NY scene), and Scotty LaFaro on bass (killed in a car crash less than two weeks after this recording).  This is a desert-island disc and features some of the most telepathic communication between players ever heard in any form of music. Even people who know nothing about jazz are familiar with Miles

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Teddy Pendergrass

This is Soul Train version of Teddy P’s Love TKO.  I think that Love TKO shows the power and smoothness of Teddy’s voice. Close the Door is another great tune (see below). Teddy was a staple in the late ’70s and early ’80s. If you were throwing a party and needed a slow tune, you could throw on some Isleys, Luther or Teddy. When I think of Teddy P’s life, I’m kind of sad. He was a hit with Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. Then he exploded in his solo career. He had that Philly sound. (Think O’Jays.) He was

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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