Jazz critic Doug Ramsey, author of the highly acclaimed book Take Five, the Public and Private Lives of Paul Desmond is going to be speaking about the book and saxophonist Paul Desmond’s music in the
Kate Gleason Auditorium of Rochester Public Library, 115 South Avenue Rundel Auditorium on the 3rd floor of the Rundel Memorial Library Building, Rochester Public Library, 115 South Avenue, Saturday June 2nd at 2:00 pm. The discussion will be followed by a 3:00 pm book signing.
Ramsey has a long career in jazz writing, contributing to Jazz Times since 1975 and writing regularly for Down Beat before that. He was a contributing editor of Texas Monthly for twenty-five years and wrote a jazz column for The Dallas Morning News. His articles, reviews and op-ed pieces on music and on free press and First Amendment issues have appeared in The Wall Street Journal,The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Oregonian, and Congressional Quarterly, among other publications. Ramsey is a blogger. I've been linking to his Rifftides, a blog "founded on Doug's conviction that musicians and listeners who embrace and understand jazz have interests that run deep, wide and beyond jazz." Apparently, he's in town to attend the The Commission Project's Swing N' Jazz events and, perhaps, the Rochester International Jazz Festival at which I expect Dave Brubeck will be playing Desmond's song (is there ever a gig where he doesn't?). I enjoy reading Rifftides when I get a chance. Doug is a terrific writer and I hope to meet him while he's in town.