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Kenny Clarke: The Magic Cymbal

Pianist Dick Katz said in an interview with Ira Gitler, “People don’t know that [Kenny Clarke] had one cymbal. It wasn’t very big, and we used to call it the magic cymbal, because when somebody would sit in on drums, … Continue reading

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Thelonious Monk’s Hand Sweaters

There was a drugstore near the original Birdland where musicians would sometimes hang out. This writer remembers seeing [Thelonious] Monk there one cold winter night in the late fifties surrounded by a few admirers as he very carefully pulled on a … Continue reading

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