In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed director John Waters on growing up in Lutherville, Md. (go here). In the 1970s, I spent many hours in Boston movie theaters watching Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, The Diane Linkletter Story and Multiple Maniacs. Interviewing John, the King of Aging Trash, was rewarding, especially since he really grasped the nifty quality of my “House Call” column on celebrity childhood.
Also this week in the WSJ, I interviewed early-’60s American teen idol and Bye Bye Birdie star Bobby Rydell on his late-in-life passion for Tower of Power’s This Time It’s Real (go here).
And earlier in the week, I interviewed Donovan for my “Anatomy of a Song” column on Sunshine Superman and why the first psychedelic #1 pop-rock hit in 1966 began as a love song (go here).
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World Trick Shot Day. Here’s Harlem Globetrotter Buckets Blakes making a shot you won’t believe…
West Coast Jazz. On May 24-28, the Los Angeles Jazz Institute will hots its “Big Band Spectacular,” featuring Tom Kubis Big Band, Bill Watrous Big Band, Carl Saunders Bebop Big Band, Steve Huffsteter Big Band, Mike Barone Big Band, Phil Norman Tentet, Roger Neumann Rather Large Band, Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestra, Peter Myers Big Band, Les Hooper Big Band, Gary Urwin Jazz Orchestra, Ron King Big Band, Brent Fischer + Clare Fischer Big Band, Mike Price Big Band, Bill Cunliffe Big Band, the Luckman Jazz Orchestra, Bernie Dresel B.B.B., John Daniel Stephens Big Band, John Daversa Big Band, David Angel Big Band, Ann Patterson Maiden Voyage and Joey Sellers’ Jazz Aggregation. For more information, go here.
Denny Zeitlin at Mezzrow. In New York this week, April 19-22, pianist Denny Zeitlin will be at the Mezzrow Jazz Club at 163 W. 10th St. He’ll be playing solo on April 19 and 20 and with his trio on April 21 and 22. Joining Denny on the second two nights will be Buster Williams (b) and Matt Wilson (d). Sets on all four nights start at 8 and 9:30 p.m. If you’re out of town, there’s live streaming here. For more information and reservations, call (646) 476-4346.
Teri Roiger at Kitano. If you’re in New York on Thursday, April 20, vocalist Teri Roiger will be at Kitano Jazz, backed by Wayne Hawkins (p), Higb Menegon (b) and Steve Williams (d). They’ll be celebrating the release of Teri’s new album, Ghost of Yesterday: Shades of Lady Day (Dot Time). Sets are at 8 and 10 p.m.; there’s a $17 cover and a $20 minimum. For more information and reservations, call (212) 885-7000 or go here.
What the heck. Here’s the late great Teddy Pendergrass in 1982 singing The Whole Town’s Laughing at Me…
Oddball album cover of the week.