Paolo Conte-Hero Of Musica Italiano

I first heard the music of Paolo Conte in the late 90’s, and was immediately captivated by his unique voice, personality, arranging skills, and nostalgic songwriting sensibility. For those of you who haven’t heard of Paolo Conte, don’t be surprised. He seems to be a well kept secret here in the U.S., even though he’s been at it since the 1960’s, and has a long solo discography dating back to 1974. It comes as no surprise to me that Conte is also a poet, painter, and lawyer in addition to being a hero of Musica Italiano.

New Joey Altruda Music-Hey Smigly!

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The latest Joey Altruda 3 song EP has just been released on iTunes, emusic, Napster, and about 80 other online music stores. Hey Smigley, Doo-Boo-Dee-Boo, and The Swingin’ Smigs are written and performed by Joey & his Cocktail Crew, and featured in Allen Mesquida’s animated series of Smigly cartoons. Joey is also the voice of Smigly.
To view he complete first season, go to smigly.tv.

Joe Bushkin & The Original Supermodels

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This is one of my all time favorite lounge record covers featuring pianist Joe Bushin surrounded by the biggest models of the 1950’s; on his shoulder-Gina Hall; on his lap- Nancy Berg; directly above him-Sunny Harnett; sprawled across the piano-Suzy Parker; on the very end-Ginny Taylor. These were the real supermodels of their time, decades before the term was coined, back when models were debutantes. Also of note is the photography by none other than Richard Avedon.
http://www.joebushkin.com/

Jack Nimitz R.I.P.

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Jack Nimitz was an institution here in Hollywood for more than six decades, playing sax with the likes of Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Supersax, Gerald Wilson, Benny Carter, the Lighthouse All Stars, The Beach Boys, and so many more. Known affectionately as “The Admiral”, Nimitz was born on January 11, 1930 in Washington D.C. and began playing clarinet at age 12, later switching to alto sax by 14, and performing professionally at 15. I had the great pleasure of working with Jack, when Anthony Wilson first formed his nonet in the late 90’s, and will never forget what a great player and gentleman he was. We’ll Miss You Jack!

D Is For Dope # 7

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(via vintagepaperbacks.com)

Hopefully the Photobucket Gestapo won’t yank this image for violation of content.
They’ve been known to do this to me in the past. I wonder what sort of uptight God fearing assholes are running that site. Are we really living in the McCarthy era all over again?!?!?!

Latest Bachelor Pad Magazine (issue # 8) Features Bernie Dexter

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The latest issue of Bachelor Pad Magazine (issue # 8) is hot off the press, featuring my pal Bernie Dexter in a super risqué centerfold, plus pin-up vixens Skye Sinclaire, Sable Sin Cyr, and Diamond Minx.
This issue is chock full of other fun articles covering Vegas, tiki culture, drink recipes, advice columns, music revues, fiction, humor and much much more!
Also be sure to check out Java’s Bachelor Pad Radio Online!