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John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - Bird (1953) & Dizzy (1970)
November 14, 2022 6:00pm


John Hells Live Bootleg Bonanza
John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza - Monday 6-8PM Pacific - Bird (1953) & Dizzy (1970)

John Hell's Live Bootleg Bonanza
Monday's 6-8PM Pacific

I think my dad was the coolest cat on the block. Of course, for those of us who were lucky to have good fathers in our lives, who didn't think of their dad as the coolest? He was a working man; a watchmaker, and a small business owner. He was a high school dropout, who grew up in the working class neighborhood on the east side of Toledo, Ohio in the 40s, 50s and 60s. He spent much of his teenage years and early 20s rolling up through Ann Arbor and Detroit to race cars and see great live music.
When he wasn't working at his own father's store, he was under the hood of some mid-century classic automobile; usually a Chevy. He would buy cars, fix them up and sell them for a few extra bucks. Every so often he would get himself and my mom a real fun car for them to enjoy (OK, mostly for my dad to enjoy): a 1966 GTO, 1970 429 Super Cobra Jet in a Gran Torino body. And four Corvettes ('64, '66, '66, and '68). I was alive for the '66 and '68. I even took the '66 out for a spin when I was in my late teens. He checked the odometer and busted me for it, but not so bad that he didn't let me drive it with him next to me.

It was the music he turned me onto that has helped turn me into the music-lover I am today. He would always have Jazz and 60s Blues and R&B playing in the garage while I was growing up. The sounds coming from the small speaker were so foreign to my ear, but I was really drawn to them. I'm certain he was never into music like I am, but he always had a great ear for more than just pop. Music was never just in the background for him. He has a discerning ear. Music has always brought him joy. It's taken him to a higher place. I learned at a young age to take music listening seriously; there is always something to learn.

We went to record stores together, and I really love that he would take chances on artists he had never heard, based on the name of the band, or even the look of the record cover. Ha!

Though I wouldn't say Jazz was Harvey's go-to genre, it was my own love of Jazz that I thank him for. I learned to enjoy the composition and rush it because of him. To take it in.

Tonight I have a really great show from the one and only Dizzy Gillespie to share with you from Studio 104, Maison de la Radio, Paris, France, March 15, 1970. This FM broadcast features Dizzy at the prime of his performing years. It also features George Davis (guitar), Mike Longo (piano), Red Mitchell (double bass) and David Lee (drums). Sit back and enjoy this show.

Lineage: FM > Yamaha TX-330 > Audacity (WAV) > WaveLab > FLAC (level 8, sector-align)

I also have some filler at the start of the program: Charlie "Yardbird" Parker from Birdland, New York City, NY, May 29, 1953. This is only two tracks running about 13 minutes, but it's a real treat.

Charlie Parker - Alto sax
Bud Powell - Piano
Charles Mingus - Bass
Arthur Taylor - Drums
Candido Camero - Conga
Bob Garrity - Announcer

Lineage: WJZ broadcast > ? > "The Bird You Never Heard" (Stash STCD 10) > EAC > FLAC (secure mode)

You can find my mostly-complete list of live shows right here. Have a request? Leave a comment.

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Stick around Monday's 8-10PM Pacific for my weekly music mix, Hell's Kitchen Radio. Lots of new music to share with you every week.

Enjoy and pay it forward.


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