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Broken up and dances
Michael Zwerin

126 pages, 21 x 15 cm

Frank Zappa Count Basie Ravi Shankar
Keith jarrett a history of 20th century
Pop music John Cage Miles Davis The
Warsaw Rag The Bermuda Triangle Stevie
Wonder with Fatha Hines in Russia Charlie
Parker Jimmy Carter Roswell Rudd Adolf
Hitler Johnny Hallyday Django Reinhardt
Sun Ra jazz in Bombay and more
Enter again the sweet forest.
Enter the hot dream.
Come with us.
Everything is broken up and dances.

Jim Morisson

Can Certain Music Harm One's Health?


What a lovely piece by Michael Zwerin (Voice, February 2, "The Other Miami")! He is more than the best jazz columnist at work today; he's a keen social observer. The purpose of this note is two-fold.
First, my gratitude for Zwerin's tribute to Ira Sullivan, ex Chicagoan. Ira's insatiable curiosity and wondrous growth (ignored by Chicago disk jockies at the time, including myself) was there for all to hear. Relatively few hear. (I might cop the plea of too many varied Interests of my own, but the verdict is still: guilty as hell. The charge: ignoring the home-growing artist.) Zwerin comes along and recognizes the genuine article, full grown in alien soil. The beauty part is, as your man points out, that in Sullivan there is not just jazz eclecticism but a natural continuity. He's never been the favorite kid of any in-group; just his own man. A flower to him and a flower to Zwerin.
Second, where the hell is my latest Issue of The Voice? Has my subscription expired or was the Chicago snow-in responsible? If the former, why didn't you warn me? If the latter, it's just one more score to settle with Mayor Daley.

Studs Terkel, Chicago


I don't know whether The Village Voice realizes it, but I Mike Zwerin you have uncovered the most sensitive writer on jazz since the late Otis Ferguson.
Thornhill was an old friend of mine, whose band I used to record in the early and middle '40s, and whose work I occasionally supervised in Benny Goodman and Billie Holliday sessions in the '30s. The picture Zwerin paints (Voice, September 9) of the discouraged and disillusioned Claude in 1958 la unforgettable.
I talked with Claude just three days before he died and he had pretty well rehabilitated himself. His band was making money and he had kicked alcohol sever years before. He was on his way to a comeback, something which rarely happens in jazz.
Please keep Zwerin because he and Jack Newfield are two of the best writers in New York.

John Hammond, Columbia Records

1st edition March, 1980
2nd edition (slightly enlarged) March 1980
3rd edition September, 1981
4th edition (completely revised and reset) March, 1982
©Michel Zverin
Lay out by Gordana Malesevic



Broken up and dances


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