Author Archives: Joy Magruder

Spring 2017

Spring has sprung in Ojai! Indeed. As Larry and I do our walking commute around town, we are overwhelmed by the explosions of color and scents. Every tree seems to be covered in blossoms. Greenery and wild flowers are everywhere. … Continue reading

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Joy’s Monktet

Here are some sample tracks of my record, “Joy Bop” by the Magruder Monktet. PERSONNEL: Ron Singer-alto sax /Bob Crosby-tenor sax /Phil Moore-bari sax Vince Suzuki- tenor sax on “Trite Me Twinks” Roy Wiegand III- trumpet /Dave Wells- trombone Rick … Continue reading

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REMEMBERING CARMEN

My beautiful talented sister, Carmen passed away 30 years ago this month. Carmen was a professional dancer, (on stage and TV) and started out at a very young age. George Balanchine wanted to be her mentor if she could move … Continue reading

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Easy Come, Easy Go

I’ve written stories before about some of my adventures at a world championship event in Mexico City in 1968. Here is another one. The American team members were staying at the Mexico City Hilton where we were invited to a … Continue reading

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Remembering November 19, 2007

I loved going to Ruth Price’s original “Jazz Bakery” in L.A. The music and performers were always excellent. The room was small enough to make the audience feel up close and personal. When my friend, Greg Dahl called to tell … Continue reading

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My Red Carpet Days

I’m looking forward to watching the Oscars on TV today. It’s always a fun show but most of all… it brings back memories of the two times I was invited to the Academy Awards Ceremony as a guest. The first … Continue reading

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JAMMIN’ AT JOY’S….with chinese

JAMMIN’ AT JOY’S…with chinese.                                               NOV 12, 2012 My house was built for music. If it could speak…its words would explode with happiness. There is music everywhere …all the time. All photos courtesy of Greg Dahl. Between Larry Williams and myself, … Continue reading

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Touching History

I have always been a person of many passions and interests… and am constantly curious about history and events. Have you ever come close to touching history? Perhaps you attended an historical event or been introduced to a person of … Continue reading

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My Best Birthday

It just happened that this year… my Birthday fell on a Wednesday… Monktet Rehearsal Night. I thought it would be great fun to celebrate with my band and a few friends. Since I usually spoil my musicians by setting out … Continue reading

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Hollywood Invades Magruders June 1976

Chaos Broke out at the home of John and Joy Magruder when a variety of escapees from nearby studios invaded the celebration of the Magruder Machine’s Third birthday. It was reported that the first to arrive was a tribe of … Continue reading

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