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.

Howard Alden: Master of the Guitars

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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Cab Calloway

Cab Calloway’s Sidemen

Seems like yesterday that Cab Calloway was singing and dancing on black and white tv. Unfortunately, I never had a chance to meet Cab but

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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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Ray Brown Bass

Ray Brown and the lost Bass

For many jazz lovers, Ray Brown’s one of the “greats” with a long list of recordings where he’s the leader. He’s also listed on several

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Wild Bill Davison, Eddie Condon's, NYC, June 1946. Photography by William P. Gottlieb

Wild Bill and Anne Davison

Wild Bill became one of my favorite jazz musicians very early (1949). The Wild Bill reference applies to his playing, not his manners. However ,

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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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