Michael Scullin

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About Michael Scullin


An anthropologist/archaeologist for more than thirty years Scullin became interested in jazz in 1953 when his writer father was doing a story on Glen Miller and he got to meet many of the musicians. Before long he was visiting the Metropole, Birdland, Eddie Condons, the Hickory House, and various other New York City jazz spots. in 1988 he began what was to be many years of guesting on Henry Busse Jr.'s jazz show on KMSU in Mankato, Minnesota. Ultimately he had his own show which lasted until 2004 when he retired from teaching. His interests tend toward mainstream jazz but include bebop and hard bop as well. Favoritie musicians include (in no order whatsoever) Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, Gerry Mulligan, Jim Hall, Steve Swallow and Carla Bley, Tal Farlow, Red Norvo, Count Basie, Charlie Haden, Steve Kuhn, Joe Lovano, Toots Thielmans, Bill Charlap, Dizzy Gillespie. He has been a subscriber to Jazz Times since it was printed in tabloid form on newsprint. He is currently engaged in research on the preservation of archaeological sites as well as maintaining a garden in which he and his wife Wendy are studying the ecology and productivity of Native American gardens of the past thousand or so years. Henry Busse Jr. called him the "Jazz Archaeologist" and the theme for his show was Parker's and Gillespie's "Anthropology."

Michael Scullin joined the JazzTimes community on Mar 30, 2009