Saturday, May 10, 2008

Ralph Salisbury on Jazz in the Midwest

I received this commentary on the Pete Fairchild poem below from compadre Ralph Salisbury, who has a new book out, Blind Pumper at the Well (SALT, 2008). Denise Low
My first ny publication was a photo I took of Duke Ellington, published in Downbeat magazine. The Duke couldn't get a hotel room in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and the college I attended had to make space for his entire band in the basement of our dormitory--where they improvized until about four in the morning. Great experience for me, just out of the segregated air force and looking for ways to perfect the world.