December 21, 2012Serge
will You be so kind to send me - if it is possible - promo copy of
Your newest release? Because it is very important for my research
in contemporary Jazz.
I think You will agree that living in Siberia, even in such large
and quickly developing city as Novosibirsk, it is so hard to watch
most interesting and important events in contemporary music.
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May 03, 2012emin findikoglu
i have a beautiful recording by zip... from their 27/09/86 concert in istanbul... replete with introductions by mike and paul breslin... recorded off the console... and a photo too... it has great mood... the three of them were in great shape that night... i do not know what to do with it... it has too see the light... it is history... my cell phone is 90538 554 7222
March 10, 2012Ed Pettersen
I'm trying to help legendary sax man Giuseppi Logan. We made a record with Cooper Moore, Larry Roland, Tracy Silverman and myself which is pretty killer and I'd like to get his sax fixed (It's completely destroyed...I had to rent him one). Could you pass along this link to your friends? Thanks a lot!! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/710927283/the-giuseppi-logan-project-a-free-jazz-album
January 09, 2012Megan Yen
My name is Megan Yen and I am a student at Saratoga High School. A few of my friends and I are working together to create a short documentary about the Swing Youth Movement in Nazi Germany for the 2012 National History Day Competition. The documentary is completely non-commercial and non-profit. Can you recommend anyone we would be able to contact for more information regarding this subject? We would greatly appreciate any help.
January 04, 2012Julian Schoen
My name is Julian Schoen, I work for Friends of Friends Music, a label and PR hub based in Los Angeles. I stumbled on your site through the Jazz Journalists Association and wanted to establish a dialogue. If you're interested in receiving promos, let me know, I'd love to send you some great music. Thanks
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November 02, 2011Klaus Kugel
I hope you are well.
Are you still writing cd reviews ?
if yes, please let know your postal adress and the postman will bring you a few new releases !
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September 24, 2011Steinar Aadnekvam
Hi, I would like to get in touch with you regarding the release of the album "Steinar Aadnekvam Presents; from Pernambuco - Brasil: ABACAXEIRO" (MMYH Records, oct 12). I see you are a writer for jazznet - culturekiosque and i think you would take great interest in this release. Please inform me how i can submit a copy of the album and presskit for review. Have a look at www.steinaraadnekvam.com for a first insight. Best regards
August 08, 2011Dorio Lucich
I'm just a long time fan of Mike'S writing for various Jazz review publications... and I was noticing that I haven't seen anything new for quite some time... so I started searching and found out he passed last year... too bad really but he sure had a long and multifarious run... I'm truly amazed that one life can make such a difference to so many things, people and especially to the music.
June 17, 2011Richard Oppenheim
I'm following up on the recent release by Katchie & Le Monde Caché, "Tales & Tongues" (Harriton Carved Wax HCW111), which was sent to you a few weeks ago. Did you receive it and, if so, have you had a moment to listen? We'd be interested in your take on the project. Thanks in advance for the use of your ears. p.s.--Kenny Rupp, a friend of mine here in San Antonio, is apparently a former colleague of yours, dating back to the early '60s.
June 09, 2011Willis Salomon
I learned much of what I know and love about jazz from
reading Mike Zwerin's intelligent record reviews in Downbeat in the mid-60s. He recognized the importance of Herbie Hancock's Maiden Voyage when it came out, and his review of it was spot on. I still remember the review vividly, and I still think of it when I listen to the album.
June 02, 2011Dwayne Michaels
Jazz Recording Artist Kenny Love
We are corresponding to introduce you to Jazz recording artist Kenny Love and his new CD/Album release titled "cAsE sEnSiTiVe."
In a 2011 April/May pre-test marketing campaign, several of Kenny's compositions were acquired by approximately 50 stations worldwide that resulted in their adding several of the compositions to their regular playlists and providing regular broadcast rotation.
As such, the recording has now been officially released and is currently being promoted by nationally established radio promoters, with the first single (track #1) titled "Glide."
You can see what Jazz radio stations and Jazz fans alike are already saying about Kenny's music at http://www.kennylovejazz.com/Comments.html
We, graciously, request your consideration of listening to Kenny's original musical compositions at http://www.airplaydirect.com/music/KennyLove
His primary website is also available for your review at http://www.kennylovejazz.com
If you would like to receive a news release or a complete media kit, please inform us as such.
If you are interested in receiving a media kit we would, graciously, appreciate your informing us on your choice of receiving a digital/electronic media kit via email, or your preference in receiving a print version via postal mail.
In advance, thank you.
Dwayne Michaels and Pat Dean, Media Publicists
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May 29, 2011slumgum
Hello, on May 9, you posted a letter regarding Slumgum's new album on Accretions. There is a link that was published to download the album that is meant for members of the press only. Could you please remove that link?
Thank you very much.
May 09, 2011Jonathan Armstrong
I got your name from the culturekiosque website. I am listening and very much enjoying your rendition of Peace right now as I write you.
I am contacting you regarding my Jazz group Slumgum's newest release "Quardboard Flavored Fiber" out on Accretions records. I have included in this our one sheet regarding the new release and we would love to get your ears and thoughts on it. You can download the music for free at the following website set up by Accretions.
Hope all is well, and thank you for your time.
Title: Quardboard Flavored Fiber
Label: Accretions (Cat. #alp052 CD)
Slumgum, a perpetually inventive quartet from Los Angeles, has
released a new album abounding with imagination. “Quardboard Flavored
Fiber,” the band’s second release, features colorful compositions that
reveal Slumgum’s wide-ranging influences, including jazz, world music,
and modern classical music. However, Slumgum’s unique voice stems
from years of collective music making, resulting in a language all
their own. With their new album, Slumgum is a capricious storyteller,
giving life to volatile moods against a vibrant sonic backdrop. On
each track, their original music is delivered with exhilarating
spontaneity, whether cradled as a delicate object, cast off with
reckless abandon, or ignited in ecstatic frenzy. Their long-standing
friendship allows these four musicians to collaborate with a facility
and playfulness that is rare for an ensemble. Their trust allows
Slumgum to take risks for the love of adventure and to explore the
mysteries of sound. The result is a vital music that projects their
sheer joy in playing together; for the listener, a joy that is
"An outstanding risk-taking jazz quartet from Los Angeles ... their
soloing is masterful, their veneer metropolitan and their technical
--Gabe Meline, North Bay Bohemian
"After hearing them in Aspen this past summer, NJMH Directors Loren
Schoenberg and Christian McBride agreed that Slumgum was a brilliant
band … we were both knocked out by their originality and artistry.”
--National Jazz Museum in Harlem
Slumgum is: Trevor Anderies – drums; Jon Armstrong – tenor sax,
clarinet; Rory Cowal – piano, rhodes; David Tranchina – bass,
For more information, or for an interview, contact Jonathan Armstrong by
telephone: (206) 390 – 5934, or by email: email@example.com. Or, visit
the website at www.slumgum.com.
March 30, 2011jochen behring
hi mike -
do you have a copy of "good golly miss nany" in stock ?
that would be great.
February 10, 2011Win Hinkle
I corresponded with Mike, but finally met him for the first time in Orlando, FL, when he was visiting his daughter in the early '90s. I now live in Boston but will be going to FL in a few days. I would love to meet his daughter if she still lives in the area and talk about Mike. Thank you.
February 03, 2011alfred leslie
i was a new york friend of mikes and was in contact w him in his last days at the hospital. i was hoping he knew the wherabouts of the wonderfull orchastration he did of a song of mine MAGIC THINKING . he was too ill to remeber anyhting. The score was lost in a disaterous 1966 fire that took down my studio. Wondering if you ever turned up anyhting of MAGIC THINKING in MIKES archive .
mike was one really great guy and we had some great moments together. and yr website ! so very fine!
all my bests alfred leslie
January 17, 2011Michael Simmons
Dear Zwerin Website,
I'm a musician, journalist and fan of Michael Zwerin's writing since the 1960s. Can someone contact me please? I have a query about something Zwerin.
November 23, 2010David Fairweather
I just read your liner notes to the Complete Birth of the Cool. I was struch by your remarks about Wardell Gray w/ Count Basie. I adore Wardell Gray and I can really relate to your comments about how memorable it was to see him in Prez' chair. You probably know that recordings do exist of some of those live dates. And you may recall that Anita O'Day was also featured as a vocalist with that same band. The last time I talked to Anita I asked her if she remembered Wardell in that band. Anita was still recovering from a stroke and her memory was affected. But after a long pause she said "Wardell? Wardell Gray? Wasn't he the fella that could play twenty choruses and make you wonder where each one came from?"
Thought you might enjoy hearing that!
November 05, 2010David Frazer Wray
I didn’t know that Mike had died. It came as a shock. Today I decided to look up some old friends and acquaintances on the Internet, just to see what had become of them, and I found this website with its tragic news.
I knew Mike in Paris 30 years ago. At the time, we were both writing intermittently for Paris Passion magazine, he as a respected music critic, I as a rookie journalist. I felt that I got to know him before we had even met, just by reading his articles with their effortless style and encyclopaedic knowledge of modern music.
Over the next 5 years we bumped into each other on a regular basis and got to know each other quite well on a professional level, although our social circles never really overlapped.
One particular episode lingers in my mind. Together with about 20 or so French journos, we had been invited to a press reception for Nina Simone. As everyone seemed to be reluctant to ask questions in English, including Mike, I ended up doing the interviewing for everyone. Eventually this led to Mike, Ms. Simone’s manager and I sitting over a drink long after everyone else had left. Her manager was spilling the beans about Nina’s drinking problem and his intention of ditching her.
For a lot of journalists this would have amounted to a juicy story, but not to Mike. He had too much humanity, dignity and respect for that. I took my lead from him. In spite of the protests of the managing editor, the story was never written.
Mike was a man to admire. You have my sincerest condolences.
August 25, 2010Erin Fusco
Dear Mr. Zwerin,
I would like to send you a copy of our latest jazz release, PORTRAIT OF JACK JOHNSON by virtuoso Chicago bassist Karl E. H. Seigfried, helped out by rising stars Greg Ward (sax) and Frank Rosaly (drums).
It features THE BOXING BASSIST SUITE - musical portrayals of three world champion boxers who were also jazz bass players: Jack Johnson, Archie Moore, and
It also includes PORTRAITS IN JAZZ - dedications to jazz artists that Seigfried has worked with (Fred Anderson, Jimmy Cheatham) or who have inspired his work
(Mary Lou Williams, Roswell Rudd, Sidney Bechet).
Would you mind sending me your postal address?
Imaginary Chicago Records
June 16, 2010Mike Spinrad
I loved Close Enough for Jazz--the only music biography I've read multiple times.
May 28, 2010Ken Lutes
Loved MZ's Parisian Jazz Chronicles v much and went hunting for Close Emough For Jazz, etc . My local library came through where bookshops & internet did not. Thanks VPL in V'couver BC. Mike Zw rules,. CEFJ is really just a warmup/precursor for PJC but worthwhile if you're lucky enough to find it. It's where he really gets on his Camus 4U. KL
May 24, 2010Ken Lutes
I'm reading and loving Mike's Parisian Jazz Chronicles and have just heard of his recent death. First of all, condolences to all in his extended family. What an amazing and admirable guy,
I've just started hunting for Close Enough For Jazz but it seems to be out of print. Any suggestions?
April 30, 2010Nick Aston
I am editorial assistant for a magazine called Music Trade Gazette and am contacting yourselves to request permission to use an image of Mike for publication for an obituary. Please can you let me know if this is ok? Thanks.
April 22, 2010Luciane Maia
I have to say that Mike scared me a bit at my first visit to his house in Paris...
I thought I wasn\'t cool enough, smart enough, hip enough for him.
It took me sometime and it probably took him sometime too, but we did get to be close in a very nice way.
I guess we shared a little bit of the same doubts and life anx sometimes...
We enjoyed few dinners and drinks together at the corner bar when Ben was not around.
Interesting man he was...
I will never forget our \"photo shooting day\" around Williamsburg.
Suddenly, I\'m the one who got a gig!
Not sure if it was Ben or Raed who made him laugh that way at the edge of the East River.
I\'m glad I was camera ready to catch such a great smile.
Hope you are smiling up there...
You are certainly being missed down here...
April 14, 2010Ilan Oz
With lot of chutzpa I called Mike up in Paris, it was autumn 1997, and proposed that he comes over to Belgium to make an article about the jazz scene.
To my great surprise he agreed. I put him up during his 3 days stay and we hit the clubs, went to visit & interview musicians, interview of Mike at the national radio and I invited everybody over for a drink to come and meet with him.
We hit it fine since the moment he stepped off the train and we had long conversations, stories and memories about his stint in Israel, Haifa that is also my home town.
The highlight of his visit was our visit to Toots Thielemans, while Mike was chatting Toots I went to help in the kitchen preparing lunch.
Then I drove him to the station, we talked and he was running his recorder. I asked why and he said he wants to do a feature about me as central figure.
I begged him not to and he sharply retorted « don’t tell me how to do my job ! » We parted on that sharp note.
Later on he told me that the IHT editor rejected the feature saying « Belgium, it’s a small story, nobody is interested »
Nevertheless, sometime later, on the occasion of Toots’ 75th birthday he did publish a big article with the interview he did at Toots place.
Meeting and hosting Mike was a thrilling event.
April 12, 2010nicky
We would like to run an obituary for Mike Zwerin in the Guardian Newspaper this week. There are a few pictures on the website which we would be interested in using alongside the article - 2 portraits by Luciane Maia and one captioned w/Rock and Ben at The Swan in Paris. Please could you let me know if it would be possible for us to publish these pictures (we are happy to provide credit) and whether you would be able to send me copies of the images at a higher resolution. Please feel free to contact me if you need any further information
April 11, 2010Sebastian Scotney /LondonJazz
I will never forget how kind Mike was to me in the period snce I first met him in 2005. An inspiration through writing, a unique figure in jazz. Thank you Mike!
April 09, 2010CHARBAUT Frédéric
J'aimais croiser Mike dans les concerts avec sa passion intacte pour la bonne musique, il me (nous) manquera
April 08, 2010John Greaves
I always thought Mike’s greatest talent was to be able to nail the ceo in the Marriott in Frankfurt or Shanghai with a piece in the IHT about some jazz player of no interest whatsoever to his hapless reader and make it impossible not to lap up every last detail..A weekly victory for our side I always revelled in. Such was the immediacy of his writing, all the more poignant in his autobiographical work.
He said to me quite recently that if ever he had doubts about why he lived in Paris, a walk over the Pont Neuf of a spring evening would instantly dispel them. I took the walk last night and it still works. But a very significant something is now missing.
April 07, 2010Joe Golldiamond
I was an American living in Paris from the late 70s to the year 2000. In the mid-eighties, a friend introduced me to jazz and fter that I became a regular and avid reader of Mike's articles on jazz in the International Herald Tribune. That buddy and I saw Chet Baker's last jazz performance at the New Morning and shared a few beers with him at about fuur ia.m., when the music was over. I was touched to learn only a few months later that Baker had fallen from a window in Amsterdam, so what did I do? I called a man I had never met, Mike Zwerin at the IHT. He had written a beautiful story about Chet Baker, less an obit or a eulogy than an elegy and song of praise. So, Mike talked with me for about half an hour and he was perfectly friendly, natural and wise. I liked him instantly. One thing more, he was a journalist of the pre-Internet age, when taking your time to find the perfect word was akin to hitting the right note. His words sung.
April 06, 2010Randall Koral
Back in the 1980s I wanted Mike to write for the magazine I was editing here in Paris, but he didn't want to jeopardize his regular gig with the Herald Tribune. So we decided he would write under a pseudonym — Johnny Staccato — and I was sworn to secrecy. Every month when he handed in his column, Mike/Johnny would ask if his secret was safe, and every month I asssured him it was. I think he was genuinely worried someone would learn of his moonlighting but I also think he enjoying writing under cover. Johnny Staccato (no relation to the character played by John Cassavetes in the 1959 TV series) developed into a tough-talking Parisian horn player who saw "ghosts on every corner". Thanks for Johnny, Mike. Thanks for the music. Thanks for everything.
April 05, 2010Michael Lydon
Just heard of Michael's passing from my friend Jim Payne. God bless and keep him!! A fine writer and true music lover
April 05, 2010Glenn FERRIS
Mike Zwerin was really one of my favorite people .When I decided to stay in France in 1980, Mike was one of the first persons that I contacted. I didn't know Mike personnaly but I knew who he was, since 1964 when I discouvered Jazz..I read about and of him in Downbeat etc....and I bought the MACK THE KNIFE/SEXTET ORCHESTRA USA record and the record he recorded with Archie Shepp as well.I knew Mike was living in Paris and so I called him up one day. And that was the beginning of our 30 year friendship. Not only did we play together and hang out together from time to time but Mike really was an incredible supporter of me as an jazz artist-trombonist. He wrote about me and voted for me and was always so generous with his words. And Mike was surely blessed with the gift of the word.What a great writer he was. Not only in his articles about jazzmen and other artists but with his books as well. Sometimes I would ask Mike to send me weeks of articles he wrote for the International Herald Tribune, one's that I hadn't yet read and he would. I loved reading his books as well. Mike didn't play to often in the last few years but please check out his discography and you will hear some great soulful bone-bass trumpet playing.The man was definitely talented.Anyway, So I thank all the gods who blessed me to have had Mike as a friend. See you around Mike.
April 05, 2010Simon GOUBERT
Je viens d'apprendre le décès de Mike. Je ne le connaissais pas bien, mais depuis longtemps, et je n'ai joué avec lui qu'une seule fois. J'ai toujours gardé en tête certains de ses articles dans lesquels l'art et la sensibilité étaient toujours présents.
Paix à son Âme.
April 02, 2010Dr. Jazz
I am so very sad to hear of Mike's passing. I am thankful for the quality time I spent with him in San Sebastian.
February 14, 2010Reality Check
Your article about Cindy Blackman, still has my sides splitting with laughter!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I came across it on the Gretsch drums site. The first time I saw and heard her drum,was at a local music store. They had her drum DVD playing. Myself and 4 other drummer\'s asked the owner for barf bags. This wannabe chick drummer SUCKS!!!!!!! I then remembered that she had worked with Lenny Kravitz. She is even worse as a rock style player!!!!!!
I think that you must have been on drugs,when you wrote your hype about Cindy. She is sloppy and boring behind a kit.
I started drum study in 1968 and teaching in 94. Check out some of the top female drummer\'s on You tube.
I give Cindy a talent and ability rating of 3,on a scale of 20.
I wish that I could post a counter comment on the G drums site page. Cindy stands waaaaaaaay back in the long line of top female drummer\'s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
But I do thank you for your article of hype and humor about this,ALL ABOUT ME,drummer.
Live ready and look up 2 live!
JOHN 3:3=HAPPY ETERNITY
REVELATION 20:15= THE ETERNAL BURN
November 05, 2009GRZEGORZ MONKA
Dear Mr. MIKE ZWERIN,
my name is Grzegorz i read in Poland.
I have every CD's in Mr. I love Jazz.
I have cancer but I have 25 years old.
I dream about two signed photo for me from Mr. in CD or photo's.
Very very thank YOU!
My home address:
KAPELANOW WOJSKOWYCH 8D/17
October 21, 2009tod carver
I'm writing to thank you for your influence on my career, for better or for worse. In the spring of 1966, you wrote a review of in Down Beat of Ransey Lewis' recordiing of
"The In Crowd,"
In your review, you compared this tune to the Byrds' "Elght Miles High," which has been released that same spring (1966 was, for some reason, a great year for jazz and pop music).
I was a kid in Youngstown, Ohio who was listening to 'Trane, Miles, Mingus, and The Byrds in the spring of '66.
I was reading the jazz critics of the time, who despised James Brown, and considered any album with a Hammond organ, forget about conga drums, to besome form of anti-jazz commercialism. I'm sure you remember.
Of course, you were a musician, not a wannabe who got paid a couple of bucks for trashing hard working musicians.
At any rate, your comparison of "The In Crown" and Eight Miles High" in 1966 helped me focus on my career as a
jazz-rock musician, which led to the apex of my career,
playing with Tony Williams' band in 1979, and, well, here I am now, in Tokyo, playing jazz standards in posh hotels.
Could be worsee...
Anyway, I've wanted to thank you for that Down Beat review for forty years and now I've gotten the chance.
October 17, 2009marcela
I just finished reading your book, La Tristesse de Saint Louis, which I liked enormously. I am waiting to get The Silent Sound of Needles through inter-library loan, and I am also interested in The Parisian Jazz Chronicles.
Anyway, I also like your website, the quotations, and the music. May I ask if you have listened to the Cuban trombonists, especially Generoso Jimenez, or Jesus "Aguaje" Ramos of Buena Vista Social Club fame, or the
late Juan Pablo Torres. The rhythm and exuberance of these trombonists - not to mention the great Barry Rogers - make most jazz trombonists sound weak. Your sound appears to be an exception to this.
Also, if Chet Baker had only recorded the "Chet in Paris" release with Twardzik, or "Chet in Tokyo," or "The Last Great Concert," it would have been enough. In terms of lyricism, and rhythm, too, he leaves Miles Davis in the dust. I think the excessive emphasis on Miles Davis has been very negative for the appreciation of trumpeters like Baker. I cannot even listen to Davis much anymore - there is something extremely cold in his playing.
I look forward to reading your other books.
Marcela Jenkins aka Marcela Breton
October 16, 2009Louiza
bonjour Mr Mike...
Mr Jungk m a dit que du bien de vous...
Et en ecoutant votre morceau sur votre site je comprends maintenant pourquoi...
Au plaisir, louiza...
September 30, 2009Nicole Poole
Dear Mr. Zwerin - I'm reading your translation of Boris Vian's "Round About Close to Midnight," and cling to your work like a lizard on a sea wall. Let me explain - I'm an American actor who works in a compositional sign language called Soundpainting, and my proposal to do a project based on the multi-disciplinary works of Vian was taken up by a mess of French jazz musicians. Apparently we're going to show something in Bordeaux next summer. My French is terrible and I don't play an instrument...so I have been terrified, and up until now, bluffing with abstract ideas. Nonetheless, I feel a strong connection to Vian and I stick with it, but with remedial French it hasn't been easy. Your natural fealty for the form and affinity with his style has helped in ways I can't yet express; I feel I finally have an anchor for the work I hope to achieve. Thank you, and then some. I hope the world is treating you kindly.
September 16, 2009Bob Blumenthal
I hope this finds you well, and I'm ashamed to admit that I don't seem to have your email address.
A friend is heading to Paris October 2-6 and asked me to recommend jazz clubs. Finding nothing of use on the internet, I thought that you might have a few suggestions.
As of June, I am no longer consulting with Marsalis Music. I have a Sonny Rollins book in the works with the photographer John Abbott, but otherwise am "between projects." Looking forward to hearing from you./Bob
August 23, 2009Robert Rosner
Loved your article from 2002 "Eddie Rosner Revival : The First Authentic Ghost Band In Russia" at www.culturekiosque.com
regarding my cousin, Addy Rosner. Filled in some holes. Very cool! Thanks. Now I have to get my hands on the "Jazzman" film about him. Heard it is on DVD, but the European PAL version. Nice tunes on your site :O) Smoooth!
August 10, 2009Tom Overrill
I got a copy of Not Much Noise at a stall at the Nice Jazz Festival 30 odd years ago, Christian Escoude had been a big attraction that year. It has always been one of my go to late night records. It still sounds fresh (especially compared with so much from that era that has dated badly). Great stuff from the man who kept Joe Zawinal from the last in all the encyclopedias of jazz.
August 05, 2009Sidney Tweel
Hey Mike, I'm a washed up bone player who has been getting into Miles these days. I just found out who you are. You are the Man.
March 06, 2009Pat Williams
I liked your site.
January 28, 2009Guy Onyeoru.
I love your site and i dey hereeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
January 25, 2009Joris
I just read your liner notes on my latest catch ‘The complete birth of the cool’ and ended up here on your site (thnx Google). Great read, your way into the Birth of the Cool group. Good laughs in the Secrets & Lies section: I might print Shelly Manne’s definition on my guitar case. Time providing, I’ll be back for those articles. Thanks, Joris
January 22, 2009Lieve Beurghs
Hello Mike, I'm in my last year at the Music Conservatory of Leuven (the Lemmens institute), Belgium. Jazz Department.I'm writing my thesis about music in times of war (I got inspired while working with Dré Pallemaerts -one of my teachers- on the Armistice Project that he plays with Bill Carothers). I want to find out about the meaning of music in times of misery: war, oppression, times of big losses and pain... To me music is a universal language, something that gives us the opportunity to connect with each other and also with something greater than ourselves. I want to know about music(ians) in times of war: does music really connect people in those times? or is it some sort of luxury you don't really think about when you are in such pain? would I still feel a musician in times of war?? or would I basically not give a damn about music when I'm too hungry to think straight?
I'm reading your book 'La tristesse de Saint-Louis. I would like to meet you and talk to you about this subject. Have to hand in my thesis in march, so there's not much time left, but still, I wanted to try and contact you this way. Maybe I can come over to Paris and meet you there.
My jazz history teacher Marc Van Den Hoof is the one who advised me to read your book and to contact you. I hope to hear from you soon.
January 19, 2009Stephanie Thompson
Hi there! I am a good friend of Raed's in New York, and after reading the great article you wrote about him years back, he led me to your book, The Parisian Jazz Chronicles. I just finished it and told Ben I wanted to write to tell you how much I enjoyed and appreciated it and how much it inspired me. I am trying to do my own writing after a decade as a trade journalist covering marketing and your honesty, bravery and wit was so refreshing...The methadone/Manischewitz connection made me laugh out loud and resonated so clearly, as did so much else in the book. It is real as so much is not, and for that I thank you profusely! Best wishes,
January 07, 2009Rodolfo
Please do deliver this message to Mr Zwerin thank you very much for your kindness in advance, thanks for all.
I am a great admirer of yours with only 24 years, and a fan of your music. I imagine you, the great artists receive hundreds of letters each day as mine, but I need to ask a favor, you can send a photo with a signed his dedication to me. I do receive such a big illusion precious treasure for me, and I'm calling Rodolfo de Barcelona (Spain).
I await your answer, if so, send him my postal address.
Thanks to devote a few minutes of your time.
January 07, 2009Paul Murty
A perceptive friend gave me "Swing under the Nazis" for Zmas. There is so much to love and so much fun in that book. I'm raving about it to everyone who will listen. Thanks a lot.
January 01, 2009Dennis
I was in despair today reading what passes for music criticism in the New Yorker today. See http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/01/05/090105fa_fact_sanneh
Oy vay, this is terrible, warmed over Rolling Stone magazine stuff.
My cringe at reading this contrasts with the great pleasure I had over the years reading your criticism in the IHT during my life and career working around the world. You set a standard that these young guys are having a real problem living up to (and I say that as someone closer to their age than yours.)
December 21, 2008basile KAMIR
I hope you are happy and well.
Maybe you remember those quite days in Louveciennes ?
Just to tell you how often i think about you; seeing the world
getting "balkenizid" a little more every day.
I m so sorry your were dam right.
Anyway we just keep on truckin !
October 28, 2008Margarita Salasyuk
Bonjour Mike, I am a friend of Raed Khazen. Raed had a copy of Jazz Chronicles lying around in the house, and I surreptitiously (or so I thought) stole it for the day... Perhaps it would warm your heart to know that another soul laughed all day long enjoying your wit and take on life. Thank you for the pleasure!
ps Raed always speaks fondly of you.
October 01, 2008Andr ea Venegas
I was wondering if you are the Michael Zwerin who wrote the book - a while back now - The Silent Sound of Needles.
September 25, 2008lado pengov-pengall
Ola Monsieur Zwerin,
on and on I'm listening to Your music.What un musicien Vous-etez,arregementz and solos! what a musician You are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
August 14, 2008Christopher Wicking
You and I met a couple of times in Paris a good many years ago now, via John Jeremy, when I was trying to finance a number of TV shows, including 'The Jazz Department' and I was hoping to involve you. But you quite rightly figured it would never get off the ground! I've just found your wonderful website (having lost you post-IHT) - and feel very delighted to have access again to your thoughts and enthusiasms. I'm now living between Nimes and Montpellier. I don't get to Paris very often but next time I do, maybe I can look you up?. In the meantime, please keep up the great work on your most elegant site!
all good wishes - Chris
July 09, 2008Hal Singer
I went to the meeting for Ricky Ford and was hoping to see you again there with all the musicians for this photo shot.
I have lost your contact and would like to ear from you.
Our phone is 01 39 52 30 08. We live in Chatu.
Best wishes to you. Hal Singer
February 27, 2008gozin
would like to know where your next performance will be held ?
Love your work.
February 06, 2008ken wilkie
Have just had a great hour on your website. Really dig it. It's the only website I've arrived on that swings.
How are you? I'm in Paris from time to time doing the offline edit on my first film. Doing a book a year and travel writing still. Send me your telephone number and email and I'll let you know when I'm next in town and maybe we can meet and catch up on the lost chords.
January 28, 2008kenny colman
Hi Mike, long time no hear..hope you still swingin' ? I know you must be, as we older cats just keep on kepin on eh ?
I amstill out there hustling for gigs anywhere I can..just found out today I did not get the gig at Hotel de Paris for this summer..it is a sad day for me today..I wanted that gig..Idid the Vncouver Jazz Fest this past July 1st..to over 2000 in atendance it was an overwhelming experience that my hoe town showed me..check out my web www.kennycolman.com also check out www.vancouverjazz.com re an interview and post comments and some TV footage of me just strating oyt KC & the Chris Gage trio...from 1964...ouch ! also on "you Tube more of the smae form that TV show 4 more songs one with Barney Kessel..I am going to go and locate your book chronical memoirs...be well, and I hope you are well..thanks, getting my name eout there, it was my pleasure..sir Mike..later Kenny
January 22, 2008Eric Liftig
Just wondering if there is a new book in the works. Really look forward to reading more of your writing. Sorely miss your articles in Herald Tribune ( can't get Bloomberg News here in Sweden) Thanks for many enjoyable hours of reading pleasure. Best, Eric Liftig Gbg, Sweden
January 18, 2008Laurie Gay Robinson
Hay Mike, Do you remember a young 15 year old you met at a Janis Joplin in Buffalo? Well I remember you very well and wondered if you were still around. I went to here a Jazz writer for the NY Times and he told me how to get ahold of you! I am now 56, and artist and a mother of an 19 yearold. Our sexual explotes had a profound affect of me so I wanted to contact you. Please email me, Thak you
October 29, 2007reuben jackson
Thanks for the review of the Ayler film. I have often imagined Ayler playing on, say, K Street here in Washington, DC ( the lawyer haven in this burg) a prophet in the midst of cell phones and blackberrys... That sad/hopeful, trembling sound... Thanks again.
May 07, 2007Steve Finn
Mike, thanks for your article on Jaco. He worked hard at his music and it is what mattered to him. The problems he had were mysteries he never figured out how to deal with, and people often let that overshadow the rest of who Jaco was.
April 13, 2007lado pengov-pengall
I am on Your internet pages reading about Minton,Miles and All Killian and Your youth experience playing jazz in N.Y.I read You were playing with All in N.Y.I am Killian fan from my youth.i have got an article about his death.HE WAS FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE 5 HOURS!!!!!Nobody took him to the hospital!that was time of Korean war and surgeris were much more modern as before.
I was reading Buck Clayton biography where he has some sentencies about him.Buck hated him quite obviously.Would You be so kind and in future write me some sentences about Killian what a person he was?Si Vous ete si gentile Quand Vous sera "in the mood"?Seulment quelqes parole?
beacoup de solutations
Lado Pengov-Pengall,peintre-66 ans
April 10, 2007Paul Maher Jr.
Mike, I would like permission to reprint the following for a book of Miles Davis interfviews and encounters:
April 9, 1998 - "The Prince of Silence"
July 23, 1998 - "Miles The Painter: Colorful Flowing Lines
August 5, 1998 - "Miles the Movie Star - Dingo"
This is for Chicago Review Press, print run of 5000 at 14.95
North American Rights
I thank you for your consideration in this matter.
Best, Paul Maher Jr.
April 03, 2007Howard Kanovitz
You'll find this refreshing.
1957 (winter) .Dennis Cunninghan you and I to Mannheim and Heidelburg in your deux cheveaux. From there to Grenoble where Paul Haines was living. You and I played a couple of sessions as "Mike & Ike" (two bones). written about with photos in a half page article in Grenoble daily
We dropped off Dennis. Then we went on to Geneva where we spent an alarmingly funny night and a day with Terry
Southern. Lots more about that time yet to tell.
And recall The Upper Boohemia Six (ca. 1959?-correct me
on date if mistaken) Monday nights at the newer Five Spot.,
A fab agregation it was. Richard Davis, Freddie Redd, later Mal Waldron, Joe Chambers,, jay Cameron and (as they say) last but not least, Larry Riivers, toi et moi.. lots of photos. You would love them.
Am spending second winter in Nice with lover of ten years. We married in October. Painting, pastelling, showing next in Frankfurt. No more trombone for me. Left shoulder torn rotator cuff put stop to my love affair with the horn. Noodle some every day on melodica and recorder, recalling the great tunes.
Love to hearc from you
March 28, 2007Roberto Cappai
My name is Roberto, I'm italian and I frequent my last year in an italian college in paris.
I want to make my exam talking about Jazz in Nazist period...my only source is internet, so I have an answer: can you say me where i can find informations?
March 22, 2007HANJA
I've been reading about you - and others - in Phyllis's memoirs. Fun remembering the bad old days. Our young days. I was 70 last week. Phew!
I've written my story as a roman a clef but can't even get Hi Hi Mike
I've been reading about you - and others - in Phyllis's memoirs. Fun remembering the bad old days. Our young days. I was 70 last week. Phew!
I hope you're well.
March 09, 2007craig Sams
We have archived back issues of Seed Magazine online and they include some of your stuff. If you\\\'re interested they\\\'re at www.craigsams.com/pages/seed/index.html
Hope all is well.
February 19, 2007mario lago
Mr Zwerin, you have, finally, reappeared.
As a regular reader of IHT and an old jazz fan and an amateur drummer (we have a small group playing standards )I was missing your intelligent and subtle comments. The Italian Musica Jazz monthly enabled me now to follow you up.
Keep swinging and good luck.
Keep swinging and all the best.
February 13, 2007einar moos
great site, mike!
hope to see one of these ds -
February 05, 2007Graziano Dal Fitto
Hello Mike, my name is Graziano. I'm a your fan. I'd like to receive a your photo with autograph.
My address is:
Dal Fitto Graziano c/o Dott. Tibaldo Silvano
via lorenzoni 39/a
36075 Montecchio Maggiore VICENZA
Thank you very much!!
February 02, 2007Feyza, singer from Istanbul
Just wanted to say hi again...and hope all's well...
I am reading your articles with great pleasure.
Thanks..and look forward to more!
all my best,