Background: Born and raised in Boston. Discovered jazz on the radio as a teenager living in southern California. That freed me from having to listen to Elvis Presley and Pat Boone anymore. There's always new music to discover and old music to rediscover.
Nickname(s): The only nickname I ever had was while I was living in California during the late 1950s. Because of where I came from, my schoolmates began calling me "Boston Blackie." My grandchildren call me "Pops."
First album I ever owned: The Jazz Showcase, Introducing the Mastersounds. Bought in Los Angeles in 1959, 50 years ago. This music was just issued on CD for the first time by Fresh Sounds. It's great to hear it without all the surface noise that had accumulated on the original LP.
Five desert island albums: Duke Ellington, Piano in the Foreground (Columbia Records); Charles Mingus, Blues and Roots (Atlantic Records); Bill Evans, Sunday at the Village Vanguard (Riverside Records); Betty Carter, Inside Betty Carter (United Artists/Blue Note Records); The Beatles, The White Album (Capitol Records).
Favorite podcast: Real Time with Bill Maher
Greatest place to see live music: The Village Vanguard in New York City
Most memorable concert: Charles Mingus at Lennie's on the Turnpike in West Peabody, Massachusetts. Or was it John Coltrane's quartet at the Jazz Workshop on Boylston Street in Boston? Or was it...
Favorite movie about music/musician: 'Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris
Favorite book about music/musician: Chet Baker: As Though I Had Wings, The Lost Memoir
When not listening to jazz, I listen to talk radio (to hear what the world at large is talking about).
Most embarrassing moment on the air: Never had one
If I weren’t a radio host, I’d be a jazz night club owner on the island of Guadaloupe. Or maybe a bicycle mechanic (which I actually was before getting involved in jazz radio full time).