Thursday, February 21, 2019

Monday, April 23, 2018

C.D. Wright's Letter to Ishmael Reed Seeking Employment at Before Columbus Foundation, August 28, 1979

Dear Ishmael Reed,

I sold the printing equipment in July and moved myself and the Lost Roads inventory to SF this month. Since I have been here I’ve had the flu, the blues, the hives, and a stopped up head. Now that’s all clearing up and I am ready to go back on line, finish my manuscript, continue with Frank’s work, and with Lost Roads, as well as, with some kind of employment. The latter being why I am writing to you. While I am aware the job I aspire to probably doesn’t exist, I’m still applying. As the publisher/editor and sole staff member of Lost Roads I’ve acquired some skills I’d like to put to use: I’ve learned the fundamentals of offset printing, done the typesetting, layout, camera work, stripping, plate burning, design, type and paper selection and ordering, silkscreening; coordinated distribution, edited manuscripts, handled correspondence, written grants, filled out legal forms, tax forms, done the mailing and the billing, etc., etc. I’ve spent my free time perusing the California literary scene, and the only one that makes any damn sense to me is the activity around Before Columbus, Y’bird, and Reed, Cannon and Johnson. With all those irons in the fire – even if all the printing and design work is jobbed out – you still have to maintain some semblance of a staff. Don’t you? If not maybe you have a lead or two for me. After three years as a grad assistant, two years on a grant, and a year running LR I am spoiled – I just don’t want to work for a fool. I want to work for who I want to work for – else I just don’t care what happens. I go to pot.

I have a standard resume if you want to see it.

And I have time at your convenience if you could talk to me about this.

I move into an apt this weekend but won’t have a phone for a few weeks. A message can be left for me at 552-5464 or a card at the LR p.o. would do. Meanwhile I may keep trying to reach you at Before Columbus.

My thanks, appreciation, the best,

CD Wright


Thursday, March 29, 2018

Race and the Totalitarian Century: Geopolitics in the Black Literary Imagination (July 2, 2017)

(July 2, 2017)
This afternoon in the 5 o'clock hour, I am joined by Vaughn Rasberry for a discussion of his book, Race and the Totalitarian Century: Geopolitics in the Black Literary Imagination
Vaughn Rasberry studies African American and twenteth-century American literature, literature of the African Diaspora, postcolonial theory, and philosophical theories of modernity. In 2016, Harvard University Press published his first book, Race and the Totalitarian Century: Geopolitics in the Black Literary Imagination, recipient of the American Political Science Association's 2017 Ralph Bunche Award ("awarded annually for the best scholarly work in political science published in the previous calendar year on ethnic and cultural pluralism.") His book questions the notion that desegregation prompted African American writers and activists to acquiesce in the normative claims of postwar liberalism. Challenging accounts that portray black cultural workers in various postures of reaction to larger forces--namely U.S. liberalism or Soviet communism--his project argues instead that many writers were involved in a complex national and global dialogue with totalitarianism, a defining discourse of the twentieth century.
During World War II and the Cold War, his book shows, the United States government conscripted African Americans into the fight against Nazism and Stalinism. An array of black writers, however, deflected the appeals of liberalism and its anti-totalitarian propaganda in the service of decolonization. Richard Wright, W. E. B. Du Bois, Shirley Graham, C. L. R. James, John A. Williams, and others remained skeptical that totalitarian servitude and democratic liberty stood in stark opposition. Their skepticism, Race and the Totalitarian Centurycontends, allowed them to formulate an independent perspective that reimagined the anti-fascist, anti-communist narrative through the lens of racial injustice, with the United States as a tyrannical force in the Third World but also as an ironic agent of Asian and African independence.
His article, "'Now Describing You': James Baldwin and Cold War Liberalism," appears in an edited volume titled James Baldwin: America and Beyond (University of Michigan Press, 2011). A review essay, "Black Cultural Politics at the End of History," appears in the winter 2012 issue of American Literary History. An article, "Invoking Totalitarianism: Liberal Democracy versus the Global Jihad in Boualem Sansal's The German Mujahid," appears in the spring 2014 special issue of Novel: a Forum on Fiction. In 2015, he published a book chapter, "JFK and the Global Anticolonial Movement," in The Cambridge Companion to John F. Kennedy. He has another book chapter, "The 'Lost' Years or a 'Decade of Progress'? African American Writers and the Second World War," published in A Companion to the Harlem Renaissance (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015).  
For Black History Month, he published an op-ed essay, "The Shape of African American Geopolitics," in Al Jazeera English. 
An Annenberg Faculty Fellow at Stanford (2012-14), he has also received fellowships from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Humanities Center at the University of Pittsburgh.
Vaughn also teaches in collaboration with the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) and the programs in Modern Thought and Literature, African and African American Studies, and American Studies. 
Sunday 7/02/2017 @ 3:00PM - 6:00PM
Sonny StittThe StringOnly the BluesVerveOctober 11, 1957
Ben WebsterJive at SixKing of the TenorsVerveDecember 8, 1953
Bud PowellBud's BubbleBud Powell TrioRoyal RoostJanuary 10, 1947
Bud PowellOff MinorBud Powell TrioRoyal RoostJanuary 10, 1947
Gigi GryceNica's TempoGigi Gryce Quartet And OrchestraSavoyOctober 15, 1955
Miles DavisSwing SpringMiles Davis and the Modern Jazz GiantsPrestigeDecember 24, 1954
Thelonious MonkSkippy (alternate take)More Genius Of Thelonious MonkBlue Note - JapanMay 30, 1952
Thelonious MonkHornin' In (alternate take)More Genius Of Thelonious MonkBlue Note - JapanMay 30, 1952
Sarah VaughanI'm Glad There Is YouSarah VaughanEmArcyDecember 16, 1954
Sarah VaughanYou're Not the KindSarah VaughanEmArcyDecember 16, 1954
Sonny ClarkI Didn't Know What Time It WasSonny Clark TrioBlue NoteOctober 13, 1957
Sonny ClarkLittle SonnySonny Clark QuintetsBlue Note - JapanDecember 8, 1957
Betty CarterI Don't Want to Set the World on FireThe Modern Sound of Betty CarterABC-ParamountAugust 1960
Betty CarterRememberThe Modern Sound of Betty CarterABC-ParamountAugust 1960
Barry HarrisI Didn't Know What Time It WasNewer Than NewRiversideSeptember 28, 1961
Barry HarrisMake HasteNewer Than NewRiversideSeptember 28, 1961
Kenny DorhamBeautiful LoveMatadorUnited ArtistsApril 15, 1962
Kenny DorhamPreludeMatadorUnited ArtistsApril 15, 1962
Carmen McRaeIf You Could See Me NowBittersweetFocusc. 1964
Carmen McRaeHere's That Rainy DayBittersweetFocusc. 1964
Ted CursonAntibesPlenty of HornOld TownApril 11, 1961
Vaughn Rasberry in Conversation with Justin DesmanglesVaughn Rasberry in Conversation with Justin DesmanglesVaughn Rasberry in Conversation with Justin DesmanglesVaughn Rasberry in Conversation with Justin DesmanglesVaughn Rasberry in Conversation with Justin Desmangles
Pierre Dørge and Walt DickersonTai-GongLandscape With Open DoorSteepleChasec. 1979

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Just Us and Jeff Sessions: Evidence

Just Us and Jeff Sessions: Evidence
by Justin Desmangles

"Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress." ~ Frederick Douglass, If There Is No Struggle, There Is No Progress (1857)

In February of 2007 I was arrested for crimes that I did not commit. Despite my innocence, I was held for seven weeks at San Francisco County Jail - San Bruno, waiting for a bail hearing. The District Attorney’s office made an offer. They would dismiss the felony charges against me in exchange for a guilty plea to a misdemeanor, sending me back to jail for the year. There was one problem, I wasn’t guilty of anything. Despite the fact that a felony conviction would lead to a lengthy prison sentence, I refused the D.A.’s offer and spent the next ten months fighting my case. It destroyed my life, but I had my freedom in the end.

Despite what one sees on television and in the movies, juried criminal trials are rare in America. Typically, a person arrested will be charged with the maximum penalties available to the arresting officer. A simple jay-walking could be blown-up to obstructing traffic, adjusting your arms while handcuffed could become resisting arrest. Police always exaggerate far beyond the reality of the circumstances they encounter when detaining someone. Making a case for the D.A. to easily win is part of their job, they believe, and D.A.’s rarely if ever lose.

Here’s how it works. The police ramp-up accusations of wrong-doing that are so egregious, carrying such intimidating punishments, that the D.A. will offer a plea bargain somewhere in the middle. Most defendants, not all but most, take the plea bargain as commonsense, being instructed to do so as they often are by legal counsel. My decision to fight for my freedom is almost unheard of in the contemporary criminal-justice system, with success falling below single digit percentiles.

Whether you are for or against mass incarceration of Blacks and Latinos, the factors leading to it are invariably the same, racial profiling, prosecutorial misconduct, and disproportionate sentencing. There is also a profit motive to keeping millions of Blacks and Latinos locked up, which I will get into a bit later in this essay.

Racial profiling has all but been legalized by directives emerging from the Justice Department under Jeff Sessions, endorsed heartily by Donald Trump, aided and abetted by a market-driven U.S. culture industry. The flames of irrational fear are continuously being fanned high by official statements coming from federal, state, and local law enforcement around the country. Mainstream film and television broadcasting throw gasoline on that same fire by surreptitiously presenting images of Blacks, Latinos, and increasingly Muslims, as those of virulent criminals. It is important here to remember that Jeff Sessions was one the earliest and most powerful supporters of Trump’s bid for the presidency, with one of Trump’s earliest institutional endorsements coming from the Fraternal Order of Police.

Sessions and the F.O.P. had a long wish list beginning January 20, 2017, and they expected results. The F.O.P. went so far as to issue a set of policy directives to the incoming administration the previous month in the form of a press release titled The First 100 Days. Despite whatever nonsense corporate news has drummed-up about dissention between Trump and Sessions, they’ve been getting those wishes fulfilled.

Trump has enjoyed playing the role of political Santa Claus with many of the most backward and criminal money-men in the Republican Party, rolling back and rescinding every Obama era rule and regulation possible.

Here are a few examples. In late February, 2017, Sessions directed the Justice Department to end Federal oversight of America’s police departments proven to have internal cultures of racial prejudice and abuse. The strategy had been implemented by the Obama administration to fight racial profiling and hold violent officers accountable. This in the wake of innumerable examples of brutality and murder that had gone unpunished. That same week, Sessions dropped any objections on the part of the Justice Department to a Texas voter-identification law that had been understood by the Obama administration as an unconstitutional violation of voting rights. That Texas law had been crafted in 2011 by the Republican Party to further negate the potential votes of Blacks and Latinos, as well as left-leaning young people, in their state. The Obama administration had been pursuing the case against Texas since 2013. As the New York Times correctly observed that month, “Under the Trump administration, the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department is expected to undergo the most severe shift in philosophy of any other section under the Trump administration, and Mr. Sessions appears to be quickly meeting those expectations.”

By the second week of March in 2017, Sessions had asked forty-six Obama-appointed U.S. attorneys in the Justice Department to resign. At the end of that same month, Sessions released a memo directing all those in the Department to immediately review activities and investigations “including collaborative investigations and prosecutions, grant making, technical assistance and training, compliance reviews, existing or contemplated consent decrees, and task force participation” to verify that they were in compliance with the Trump administration. The review of consent decrees was specifically meant to derail Federal investigations of existing police corruption, specifically in Chicago and Baltimore.

Returning to the aforementioned question of minimum sentencing and the radical expansion of the prison population as a result, it should be remembered that it was Bill Clinton who championed such measures well over a decade previously. In his administration’s capitulation to the so-called Gingrich Revolution, Clinton sponsored the Crime Omnibus Bill, subsequently incarcerating more Blacks and Latinos than the previous two presidents, Reagan and Bush, combined. During his wife’s second failed bid for the White House, the former president would apologize for the insistence on minimum sentencing, underlining it as a mistake and the root cause of racially biased mass incarceration. The Obama administration had worked to end the rules that bound judges to impose such draconian measures, as they had indeed proved to be invariably racist.

By May of 2017, Sessions was directing Federal prosecutors to seek the maximum sentence possible in all cases, charging defendants with the most severe crimes available to their circumstances, overturning the Obama administration’s previous directives. That July, Sessions reversed yet another Obama era rule, dramatically reinstating property seizures, such as cars and money, of those accused or suspected of a crime, even if the charges did not necessarily end in a conviction. Later that month, Trump told police gathered in Long Island for a speech on illegal immigration not to worry about injuring suspects during an arrest.

By the end of summer, Sessions, with Trump’s support, was redirecting the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department to investigate race-based preferences in college admissions. Preferences he viewed as possibly criminal. That September, Sessions defended far-right activists, including Neo-Nazis, as exercising free-speech as protected by the constitution. Before the year was out, Sessions would revoke 25 legal guidance documents used by the Department of Justice since 1975, saying they provoked “confusion.” Just before New Year’s Day, Sessions would reopen the legal doors to potentially enfranchise debtor’s prisons nationally for the poor and indigent.

All of which brings us to today. At the end of February this year, the Supreme Court reversed an earlier 9th Circuit Court ruling, Jennings v. Rodriguez, thus making it legal to detain immigrants indefinitely. This decision followed hot-on-the-heels of Sessions abolishment of an Obama administration rule barring Federal contracting with the private prison industry. It is no secret that this these for-profit private prisons are the main artery through which ICE channels those it detains. Many thousands of those detained are children, all are kept in deplorable conditions with little of the oversight one finds in government-run facilities. The private-prison industries are also a major source of funding for Republican candidates throughout the country.

As if to open the doors further for this money-making venture disguised as law-and-order, in early March, Sessions made a rare visit to California’s capitol, Sacramento, to announce litigation against the state’s “sanctuary cities.” Sessions delivered his remarks at the 26th annual Law Enforcement Legislative Day hosted by the California Peace Officers' Association, saying “California, we have a problem. A series of actions and events has occurred that directly and adversely impact the work of our federal officers. For example, the mayor of Oakland (Libby Schaaf) has been actively seeking to help illegal aliens avoid apprehension by ICE. Her actions support those who flout our laws and boldly validate the illegality. There's no other way to interpret her remarks. To make matters worse, the elected Lieutenant Governor (Gavin Newsome) of this state praised her for doing so. Bragging about and encouraging the obstruction of our law enforcement and the law is an embarrassment to this proud and important state. . . . In recent years, California has enacted a number of laws designed to intentionally obstruct the work of our sworn immigration enforcement officers--to intentionally use every power it has to undermine duly-established immigration law in America. . . . California has also claimed the authority to inspect facilities where ICE holds people in custody.”

Trump followed up soon after, using his weekly address to all but declare war on California, imploring congress to cut-off Federal dollars funding any municipality that supports “sanctuary” policies for immigrants. Trump stated unequivocally, “The State of California is sheltering dangerous criminals in a brazen and lawless attack on our Constitutional system of government.  Every state in our Union is subject to the laws and Constitution of the United States – including California.  Yet California’s leaders are in open defiance of federal law. They don’t care about crime. They don’t care about death and killings. They don’t care about robberies. They don’t care about the kind of things that you and I care about.”

Soon after, an official spokesman for ICE in California, James Schwab, resigned in protest, citing both Sessions and Trump’s exaggerations of the threats posed by immigrants in California. Speaking to the San Francisco Chronicle, Schwab said, “I quit because I didn’t want to perpetuate misleading facts. I asked them to change the information. I told them that the information was wrong, they asked me to deflect, and I didn’t agree with that. Then I took some time, and I quit.”

While the threat of so-called illegal immigration to the United States has most certainly been exaggerated by both Sessions and Trump, their very real threats to California cannot be overstated.  Unlike the Eastern states, or even those of the Mid-West and South, California was never entirely settled. These new threats are attempts to do just that in classic circle-the-wagons settler fashion. In point of fact, the 19th century was all but half-way over before California even joined the Union. Its status within the Republic has always occupied both the center and the absolute margins, socially, politically, economically, culturally. The Trump-Sessions junta in American politics should not only be supremely resisted, it should be destroyed. California is the only state with the power to do so with a democratic super-majority, leading the nation as it has in the past.

As it stands, another Obama policy upended by Trump at the behest of the F.O.P. and enthusiastically embraced by Sessions, is the continued arming of local police forces with military-grade arms and equipment. Gifts from Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. As all of the above changes continue unabated, it will not be long before we see more and more of this type of equipment being deployed by local police forces, as we did in Ferguson, MO. and Baltimore, MD.

ICE and the Justice Department are spoiling for a fight, particularly in Oakland, California and the greater Bay Area, as they made excruciatingly clear in the early weeks of March, 2018.

In the late 1940’s, the jazz standard, Just You, Just Me, was transformed by Thelonious Monk, becoming the original composition Just Us, later titled Justice, and finally known as Evidence. I think he had a point. Without evidence there will be no justice, and without either, it will stay just us, and if we’re not careful, each one of us will be left saying “just me.”

(this essay was originally published March 22, 2018 in Konch)

Monday, December 4, 2017

RIOT.STRIKE.RIOT Joshua Clover in Conversation with Justin Desmangles

New Day Jazz

Joshua Clover joins me this afternoon in the 5 o'clock hour to discuss his most recent book, Riot.Strike.Riot: The New Era of Uprisings
Conversation begins at 1:58:00 (see play list below) 
Joshua Clover is author of six books including Riot.Strike.Riot: The New Era of Uprisings (Verso 2016), a political economy of insurrection and renarration of capital’s history; and 1989: Bob Dylan Didn’t Have This To Sing About. He is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UC Davis and edits Studies in Revolution and Literature for Palgrave Macmillan.

Sunday 5/28/2017 @ 3:00PM - 6:00PM
Miles Davis / Gil EvansPrayer (Oh, Doctor Jesus)Porgy and BessColumbiaAugust 4, 1958
Miles Davis / Gil EvansFisherman, Strawberry and Devil CrabPorgy and BessColumbiaJuly 29, 1958
Miles Davis / Gil EvansMy Man's Gone NowPorgy and BessColumbiaJuly 22, 1958
Miles DavisDiner au motelAscenseur pour l'échafaudFontanaDecember 4 & 5, 1957
Miles DavisEvasion de JulianAscenseur pour l'échafaudFontanaDecember 4 & 5, 1957
Miles DavisVisite du vigileAscenseur pour l'échafaudFontanaDecember 4 & 5, 1957
Miles DavisAu bar du Petit BacAscenseur pour l'échafaudFontanaDecember 4 & 5, 1957
Miles DavisBoplicityBirth of the CoolCapitolApril 22, 1949
Miles DavisVenus de MiloBirth of the CoolCapitolApril 22, 1949
Miles DavisIsraelBirth of the CoolCapitolApril 22, 1949
Miles DavisRougeBirth of the CoolCapitolApril 22, 1949
Sun Ra and His ArkestraThe Blue SetSun Ra Singles Vol. 2Strut / ArtyardJune 14 1960
Sun Ra and His ArkestraBig City BluesSun Ra Singles Vol. 2Strut / ArtyardJune 14 1960
Sun Ra and His Astro Solar Infinity ArkestraBlues on Planet MarsSun Ra Singles Vol. 2Strut / ArtyardSeptember 22, 1968
Sun Ra and His Astro Solar Infinity ArkestraSaturn MoonSun Ra Singles Vol. 2Strut / ArtyardSeptember 22, 1968
Sun Ra and His Arkestra featuring Pat PatrickA Blue OneSun Ra Singles Vol. 2Strut / Artyardc. 1962
Sun Ra and His Arkestra featuring Pat PatrickOrbitration in BlueSun Ra Singles Vol. 2Strut / Artyardc. 1962
Sun Ra and His Astro Solar Infinity ArkestraI'm Gonna Unmask the BatmanSun Ra Singles Vol. 2Strut / ArtyardJuly 4, 1974
Sun Ra and His Astro Solar Infinity ArkestraThe Perfect ManSun Ra Singles Vol. 2Strut / ArtyardMay 24, 1973
Sun RaDisco 2021Sun Ra Singles Vol. 2Strut / ArtyardJanuary 23, 1978
Sun RaRough House BluesSun Ra Singles Vol. 2Strut / ArtyardMay 1979
Sun Ra and His Astro Solar Infinity ArkestraDiscipline 8Discipline 27-IIStrut / Artyardc. 1973
Sun Ra and His ArkestraCalling Planet Earth / We'll Wait For YouThunder of the GodsModern Harmonicc. 1973
Justin Desmangles in Conversation with Joshua CloverJustin Desmangles in Conversation with Joshua CloverJustin Desmangles in Conversation with Joshua CloverJustin Desmangles in Conversation with Joshua CloverJustin Desmangles in Conversation with Joshua Clover

Marc Anthony Richardson in Conversation with Justin Desmangles, June 4, 2017

Conversation begins at 2:05:00
 (see play list below)

Sunday 6/04/2017 @ 3:00PM - 6:00PM
Tony WilliamsExtrasSpringBlue NoteAugust 12, 1965
Tony WilliamsEchoSpringBlue NoteAugust 12, 1965
Myron O'Higgins (Gloria Foster)To a Young PoetA Hand Is on the GateVerve-FolkwaysSeptember 1966
James Vaughn (Roscoe Lee Browne)from Four QuestionsA Hand Is on the GateVerve-FolkwaysSeptember 1966
Eric DolphyStraight Up and DownOut to Lunch!Blue NoteFebruary 25, 1964
Cecil TaylorTales (8 Whisps)Unit StructuresBlue NoteMay 19, 1966
Art Blakey and the Jazz MessengersCalling Miss KhadijaIndestructible!Blue NoteMay 15, 1964
Art TaylorMoveA.T.'s DelightBlue NoteAugust 6, 1960
Max RoachFilideDeeds, Not WordsRiversideSeptember 4, 1958
Chet BakerDo It the Hard WayIt Could Happen to YouRiversideAugust 1958
Chet BakerI'm Old FashionedIt Could Happen to YouRiversideAugust 1958
Elvin JonesShadowlandElvin!RiversideDecember 27, 1961
Elvin JonesPretty BrownElvin!RiversideJuly 11, 1961
Andy and the Bey SistersLove is Just Around the Corner, I Love You, Love You Madly'Round MidnightPrestigec. 1965
Sam RiversUpstairs Blues DownstairsFuchsia Swing SongBlue NoteDecember 11, 1964
Sun RaCall for All DemonsSun Ra Singles Vol. 1Strut / Art Yardtba
The Cosmic RaysDreamingSun Ra Singles Vol. 1Strut / Art Yardtba
Sun RaGreat Balls of FireSun Ra Singles Vol. 1Strut / Art Yardtba
Sun Ra featuring Pat PatrickThe Blue OneSun Ra Singles Vol. 2Strut / Art Yardtba
Duke EllingtonMoney JungleMoney JungleUnited ArtistsSeptember 17, 1962
Duke EllingtonFleurette Africaine (African Flower)Money JungleUnited ArtistsSeptember 17, 1962
Marc Anthony Richardson in Conversation with Justin DesmanglesMarc Anthony Richardson in Conversation with Justin DesmanglesMarc Anthony Richardson in Conversation with Justin DesmanglesMarc Anthony Richardson in Conversation with Justin DesmanglesMarc Anthony Richardson in Conversation with Justin Desmangles
Jimmy GiuffreIn the Mornings Out ThereJimmy Giuffre 3ECM
Jimmy GiuffreGoodbyeJimmy Giuffre 3ECM

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Blues Jump Blues Jazz

New Day Jazz

Justin Desmangles
at right, detail from Watchmaker, 1946
Jacob Lawrence
original, tempera and graphite on paper, 30 1/2 × 21 1/2 in

Sunday 7/09/2017 @ 3:00PM - 6:00PM
Ray CharlesWhat'd I SayWhat'd I SayAtlanticFebruary 18, 1959
Hank BallardKansas CityWhat You Get When the Gettin Gets GoodCharly R&BNovember 13, 1958
T-Bone WalkerThe Natural BluesThe Natural BluesCharly R&Bc. 1946
J.B. HuttoCombination BluesCombination BluesCharly R&Bc. 1954
Howlin' WolfWell That's AlrightThe Legendary Sun PerformersCharly R&BApril 17, 1952
Snooky PryorSomeone to Love MeCombination BluesCharly R&Bc. 1956
Eddie Cleanhead VinsonHold It Right ThereBack In TownCharly R&BSeptember 1957
Willie NixAll By MyselfCombination BluesCharly R&Bc. 1953
Hadda BrooksRomance in the DarkRomance in the DarkJukebox Lilc. 1946
Lloyd GlennMidnight BoogieTexas ManJukebox LilDecember 26, 1947
Roy HamiltonBlue Turning GreyBig Fat MamaJukebox LilDecember 27, 1947
Savannah ChurchillThe Things You Do to MeTime Out For TearsJukebox LilAutumn 1948
James MoodyI'm in the Mood for LoveJames Moody and His Swedish CrownsDragonOctober 12, 1949
Big Jay McNeelyWillie the Cool CatRoad House BoogieSaxophonographFebruary 1949
Smiley LewisGumbo BluesCaldonia's PartyK.C.c. 1952
Washboard SamRiver Hip MamaWashboard SamB.O.B.February 10, 1942
Illinois JacquetDiggin' the CountThe Fabulous Apollo SessionsVogueMay 21, 1947
Little George SmithOopin' Doopin' Doopin'Oopin' Doopin' Doopin'Acec. 1956
Sister Rosetta TharpeStrange Things Happening Every DayBoogie Blues: Women Sing & Play Boogie WoogieRosetta RecordsSeptember 22, 1944
Dinah WashingtonWise Woman BluesWise Woman BluesRosetta RecordsDecember 1945
Mary Lou WilliamsBoogie MisteriosoBoogie Blues: Women Sing & Play Boogie WoogieRosetta RecordsJuly 24, 1946
Nora King LeeCanonballSorry But I Can't Take You: Women's Railroad BluesRosetta RecordsFebruary 9, 1942
Memphis MinnieShout the BoogieBoogie Blues: Women Sing & Play Boogie WoogieRosetta RecordsDecember 27, 1947
Hadda BrooksBully Wooly BoogieBoogie Blues: Women Sing & Play Boogie WoogieRosetta Recordsc. 1946
Ethel WatersPush OutThe Complete Bluebird SessionsRosetta RecordsAugust 15, 1939
Sam Price (Jimmie Gordon)Sail with MeSinging with Sammy Vol. 1SwingtimeMay 18, 1938
Sam Price (Yack Taylor)Whip It to a JellySinging with Sammy Vol. 1SwingtimeJuly 23, 1941
Charles BrownMy Heart is MendedSunny RoadRoute 66May 20, 1955
Bull Moose JacksonBig Fat Mama's Are Back in StyleBig Fat Mama's Are Back in StyleRoute 66September 27, 1950
Ella FitzgeraldLouisville, KentuckyForever Young: Ella Fitzgerald Vol. 2SwingtimeJanuary 8, 1941
Leo Watson (Artie Shaw)FreewheelingLeo Watson: The Scat ManSwingtimeSeptember 17, 1937
Big Joe Turner (Joe Sullivan)Lowdown Dirty ShameStart to Jump Because It's JubileeSwingtimeFebruary 9, 1940
John Lee HookerHigh Priced WomanHouse of the BluesCharly R&Bc. 1951
Muddy WatersScreamin' and Cryin'The Real Folk BluesCharly R&Bc. 1949
Lowell FulsonSwingin' PartyLowell FulsonCharly R&Bc. 1962
Miles Davis (Leonard Bernstein)Sweet Sue, Just YouWhat Is Jazz?ColumbiaSeptember 10, 1956
Ray CharlesThat's EnoughWhat'd I SayAtlanticMay 28, 1957
Hank BallardSexy WaysWhat You Get When the Gettin Gets GoodCharly R&BApril 24, 1954
Eddie Cleanhead VinsonCleanhead's Back in TownBack In TownCharly R&BSeptember 1957
Toni HarperCandy Store BluesCandy Store BluesOfficialDecember 26, 1947
Dinah WashingtonPillow BluesThe Complete Dinah Washington Vol. 8OfficialMay 6, 1952
Carmen McRaeMoonrayInvitationOfficialFebruary 1958
Michel LegrandWild Man BluesLegrand JazzColumbiaJune 25, 1958
Michel LegrandDjangoLegrand JazzColumbiaJune 25, 1958
Django ReinhardtI'll See You In My DreamsSolos/Duets/Trios, Volume 2Inner Cityc. 1937
Django ReinhardtImprovisationSolos/Duets/Trios, Volume 2Inner Cityc. 1937
Django ReinhardtViper's DreamThe Quintet Of The Hot Club Of FranceInner CityNovember 11, 1937
Savannah ChurchillMy Baby-kinTime Out For TearsJukebox Lilc. 1947
Hadda BrooksClose Your EyesRomance in the DarkJukebox Lilc. 1949
Hadda BrooksHungary (Gypsy) excerptRomance in the DarkJukebox Lilc. 1947
The Brass Ensembles of the Jazz and Classical Music SocietyThree Little FeelingsMusic For BrassColumbiaOctober 20, 1956