Colors

25 February, marks the death of artist Mark Rothko in 1970. Rothko was born in Imperial Russia to a Jewish family. Rothko’s father, fearing the brutality and rampant anti-Semitism of pre-revolutionary Russia, fled to the …

Straight, No Chaser

17 February marks the day in 1982 that Jazz musician Thelonious Monk, died. Monk, composed less than 100 pieces, yet is the second greatest selling Jazz artist, coming in behind Duke Ellington, who composed over …

He Sang a Song of Freedom

21 January marks the birthday of Richie Havens. The son of a Blackfoot Indian and West Indian African, Havens grew up in Brooklyn, NY. Scheduled as the first performer at the Woodstock music festival, Havens …

Happy Days

15 January marks the debut of the television series, ‘HAPPY DAYS’ in 1974, which would remain on the air for 10 years. The program centered on the life and love of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, high school …

Sabor! Sabor!

It was on this date, 23 November, in 1964 that Cal Tjader completed the recording of his most successful album, ‘Soul Sauce’. Its title track, a Dizzy Gillespie cover Tjader had been toying with for …

Verboten?

It was on 20 September, 1932, that the German film, ‘Madchen in Uniform’ opened in American theaters. The film was directed by Leontine Sagan, a Jewish theater director, and depicted romantic feelings in an all …

Lonesome Traveler

5 September, marks the date that the book, ‘On the Road’ was published in 1957. The book was the result of numerous cross country travels by Kerouac, who kept notebooks in which he recorded the …