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#1 Fri, 2013-07-05 08:20
ihorsr
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on 'advice to medics' that appears on the 'super sonic jazz' album, is
sun ra channeling mr. rogers, or was mr. rogers a secret sun ra fan?
:-) it could go either way. :-) i believe that mr. rogers (fred
rogers) performed all the keyboards music on his television program.

that whole 'super sonic jazz' album is nice. somehow, it has snuck
into regular rotation over the past couple of weeks.

I-) ihor
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Fri, 2013-07-05 18:15
Alan B Saul
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>on 'advice to medics' that appears on the 'super sonic jazz' album, is
>sun ra channeling mr. rogers, or was mr. rogers a secret sun ra fan?

I'm not sure what you're hearing here.

>:-) it could go either way. :-) i believe that mr. rogers (fred
>rogers) performed all the keyboards music on his television program.

Although Fred Rogers was an excellent musician, and he and his wife
Joanne had a pair of grand pianos in their apartment and played
regularly, the pianist who performed on Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood was
the amazing Johnny Costa. Costa was out of the Tatum tradition. Check
him out, a true wonder.

Sat, 2013-07-06 07:15 (Reply to #2)
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>> on 'advice to medics' that appears on the 'super sonic jazz' album, is
>> sun ra channeling mr. rogers, or was mr. rogers a secret sun ra fan?
>

Super-Sonic Jazz was recorded around 1956, and Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood
debuted in 1968.

On a related note: Anthony Braxton expressed his admiration for Fred
Rogers to me, and was delighted to hear that the show was produced in
Pittsburgh. He said he dedicated several compositions to Fred. He also
said that he and his wife would watch the show and found it comforting
in difficult times.

>> :-) it could go either way. :-) i believe that mr. rogers (fred
>> rogers) performed all the keyboards music on his television program.
>
> Although Fred Rogers was an excellent musician, and he and his wife
> Joanne had a pair of grand pianos in their apartment and played
> regularly, the pianist who performed on Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood was
> the amazing Johnny Costa. Costa was out of the Tatum tradition. Check
> him out, a true wonder.
>

Yes...the band played in real time during shooting, making it impossible
for Fred to have played the piano parts. The celesta Johnny used (the
same instrument through the entire run of the series) was donated to the
Carnegie Mellon School of Music. I've had the chance to plunk a few
notes on it, it's a beautiful instrument.
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Mon, 2013-07-08 07:00
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thanks, Alan and Ben, for the info on johnny costa being the keyboard
player on the 'mister rogers' teevee show. you are right, of course -
the music was played as fred rogers was on screen, so it could not
have been fred rogers playing the music.

> Costa was out of the Tatum tradition. Check
> him out, a true wonder.

thanks! i wonder if sun ra was exploring art tatum in 'advice to medics'?

what led me to make that association was that both musics - sun ra on
'advice to medics' and the johnny costa on 'mister rogers' - have that
carefree and light feel to them.

I-) ihor
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