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Armand Hirsch and Other Young Masters

One of the greatest kicks in my autumnal years is suddenly finding a young jazz improviser who has simply “got it.” That’s why 20-year-old alto saxophonist Hailey Niswanger and 24-year-old Aaron Weinstein each have chapters in my new book, At the Jazz Band Ball: Sixty Years on the Jazz Scene (University of California).

It’s happened again. Recently, there was an event connected with my book at the Strand bookstore, the nation’s largest haven for used books, usually filled with customers who haven’t learned that Americans don’t read books anymore. Responsible for the music was Hank O’Neal, a record producer, internationally known photographer and author of The Ghosts of Harlem (Vanderbilt University).

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