Why this tune?
This week’s tune is a jazz waltz I wrote in 2008, which was originally supposed to have lyrics. I was trying to describe the sight and sounds of autumn in the Boston area where we lived. I worked on the lyrics for a while, but found that they were just not working out. The only ones I remember are “pumpkin in coffee, pumpkin in beer, there’s pumpkin in everything this time of year.” That’s a cute line, but not what I was trying to achieve
with the song. I decided to leave the tune as an instrumental. I think it still has some of that autumnal quality.
I want to dedicate this week’s tune to the legendary jazz producer and musician George Wein, who passed away on Sept. 13 at age 95. We heard about Wein from our father Mel, who knew George in Boston where they were both born and raised. Our father spent many evenings hanging out in Wein’s club Storyville, and traveled to Newport for at least a few of Wein’s first festivals there. I think this photo of Wein and his wife Joyce Alexander was shot at one of those festivals.
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