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Swinging for the Fences

Newk meets Newk; Don Newcombe with Sonny Rollins

Like jazz, baseball is an American treasure. Both were celebrated in Columbia, Mo., on April 28, 2001, at the auction-fundraiser “A Night of Jazz and Baseball” benefiting the not-for-profit “We Always Swing” Jazz Series Endowment Fund and Education Project.

There were nine heavy hitter musicians on the stage-musical director James Williams, Von Freeman, Bobby Watson, Steve Wilson, Terell Stafford, Ray Drummond, Christian McBride, Tony Reedus and Sue Raney-and the selections served as tips of the hat to baseball: “The Sidewinder,” “Viva Cepeda,” “Newk’s Fadeaway,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing,” and “Minor League.”

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