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As an author I found it fascinating interviewing luminaries of the
world for over 15 years, beginning with a phone call from Red Rodney on a Thanksgiving Day in 1989 and then a phone call from Stan Getz on Christmas Day; their comments set in motion the quest to write a book about my first husband, Al Haig, the chosen pianist of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie (who gave me the moniker 'Lady Haig' one blustery cold night outside of Birdland on a January night) - and later Stan Getz.”
Grange Lady Haig Rutan
Being plied with fine food always puts me in mind of the slammer, cause the food was jumpin' in there too--high in fat but nice and salty. You know what the worst deprivation in there was My music. Radio belonged to my cell mate, the Blonde Hammer. He was into that
-fusion thing at the time. I tell you what, enough Spyro Gyra and you're hoping you'll get killed in a knife fight.
I think there are only three things America will be known for 2,000 years from now when they study this civilization the Constitution,
music, and baseball.
It seems to me monstrous that anyone should believe that the
rhythm expresses America.
rhythm expresses the primitive savage.
attracted me because in it I found a formal perfection and instrumental precision that I admire in classical music, but which popular music doesn't have.
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