Linda, Slim and David

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This week in The Wall Street Journal, I interviewed retired singer Linda Ronstadt for my “House Call" column in the Mansion section (go here). We talked about growing up in Arizona, singing around her family house, Linda's fondness for Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney, and her new diagnosis (it's not Parkinson's).

Here's Linda singing Tracks of My Tears in 1975...



Jan Menu. Following my post on 10 Gerry Mulligan tribute albums, readers wanted to know a little more about baritone saxophonist Jan Menu and his album, Mulligan Moods (3D). Born in 1962, Jan is from the Netherlands and studied at the Conservatory of Music in Hilversum. He began as a tenor saxophonist but switched to the baritone and doubles on soprano. Backing him on the album are Jesse van Ruller (g), Clemens van der Feen (b) and Joost van Schaik (d). You can listen here.

Here's Jan and the Four Baritones featuring Katharina Thomsen...



And here's Gerry Mulligan's Motel...



Most famous home runs. Here are 20 of the most dramatic home runs in baseball history [photo above of Bobby Thompson, center, after clocking the ninth-inning “shot heard 'round the world" and helping the Giants beat the Dodgers to the National League pennant]...



Slim Gaillard radio. On Sunday (July 21), Symphony Sid Gribetz will host a five-hour radio broadcast celebrating composer, vocalist, pianist and guitarist Slim Gaillard on WKCR's Jazz Profiles from 2 to 7 p.m. To listen from anywhere in the world on your computer or smartphone, go here.

Here's Gaillard in action (dig the size of his hands and fingers, not to mention his superb keyboard technique)...



David Crosby. Here's the trailer to the new David Crosby documentary, Remember My Name...



Extraordinary vocal group. Here's Gente Stelar singing After the Love Has Gone...



Jazz 'n Roll. Here, this jazz group from Israel takes on Tears for Fears' Everybody Wants to Rule the World. Vocalist Ella Tadmor is backed by Omer Rizi (p), Alon Carmelly (b) and Asaf Dagan (d)...



Want more? Go here to Spotify.

What the heck: Here's Aretha Franklin in 1965 singing Steve Allen's This Could Be the Start of Something Big...

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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