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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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ON NOV. 19TH, 2007-

Greg Dahl invited me to the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles, to hear this great band he had heard during sound check. It was the John Rangel Quintet. The trumpet player in the band was the fabulous Larry Williams. I … Continue reading

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A Morning Love Song

It was a typical Ojai sunrise…purple, pink and orange sky…coloring to a heart stopping blue. She knew that she shouldn’t disturb his peaceful sleep…but she wanted to share this moment with him. Otherwise, he’d have to wait another day. What … Continue reading

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2013 MONUMENTAL DECISIONS

What an incredible year….and it’s not even Halloween! After living in my Chandler Blvd. House for 41 years, I made the difficult decision to sell and move on. It was time to leave behind all the beautiful memories….my life with … 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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