Van D. Young’s Jazz Shorts

With over 60 years playing or promoting jazz behind him Van David Young has collected a number of interesting stories about the people he has met. He shares them in this series of short anecdotes. They don’t count against your monthly article limit.

Jazz Short: Howard Alden

Of the hundreds, maybe thousands, of musicians hired for Elkhart’s jazz festival, Howard Alden was one of the youngsters. …only in his forties! Now, a

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Milton J. and Mona C. Hinton

Milt and Mona Hinton

Bassist Milt Hinton and his wife Mona thoroughly enjoyed going to Milt’s gigs scattered around the world. In the early ‘80’s, my wife Jean and

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Eddie Higgins

Remembering Eddie Higgins

Some folks called him by his true first name, Haydn. For most of us, a simple “Eddie” worked alright. I’ve introduced Eddie several times and

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louis on steps

Meeting Satchmo

The picture with Louis Armstrong and two young boys on the steps of his Queens home reminds me of my first wide eyed encounter with

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Portrait of George Brunis and Tony Parenti, Jimmy Ryan's (Club), New York, N.Y.

“Georg Brunis”

While seniors at Ball State, Jean and I married and began living off campus. The wedding occurred on Thursday, November 27, 1959. On that evening

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