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September 29, 2007

The Jazz Image - Cheers to Leigh Kamman

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I'm listening to the last broadcast of The Jazz Image on MPR -- hosted by Leigh Kamman.

Here is a link to his farewell message to those of us in the audience.

I've enjoyed the show for years. There's something both exciting and soothing about his theme music from Alice Babs -- she hits those sweet high notes just like butter. His show provided my broadest and deepest exposure to jazz, and I am thankful for it.

Jon Bream's column in the Strib this morning noted that Leigh was the "Voice of Jazz" for 6 decades. Now 85, Kamman has interviewed countless jazz musicians and played their music on his weekly show. Now that he's signing off of the show, he plans to return to writing a book he began in the 1970s. Good for him!! Congratulations and godspeed! and thanks...

Here's a site where you can contribute your memories of his program and read what others have said.

And now, back to listening....

Posted by hgroteva at September 29, 2007 9:30 PM | Music - of all kinds