Timeless As The Legend Who Sang It. Mr. Percy Sledge 1940-2015.

Percy Sledge


“When A Man Loves A Women”

This song has gone down in history as one of the most classic love soul ballads of all time. Something they just do not create anymore.

He left us yesterday April 14th but only in body for his voice and this song will reign Forever.

Befitting that it was released April 16th, 1966…. still soaring 49 years later.

Permanent engagement now in Heaven. Sing Sweet Percy, you will never be forgotten.



Written by Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright.




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Anthony “Tony Z” Zerilli Dies At 87, Detroit Media Silent.

Tony Zerilli

Updated: Wed. April 15 5:58AM.

Funeral Today. April 15, 2015.

Anthony Joseph Zerilli
(October 24, 1927 – March 31, 2015)

Anthony Joseph Zerilli, born October 24, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan to Giuseppi and Josephine Zerilli, passed away of natural causes while residing in his Weston, Florida home with his beloved wife, Rosalie.

His Legacy is carried on by his wife, five children and their spouses, sixteen grandchildren, one step-grandchild, and twelve great-grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 12:00pm At St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, 1301 SW 136 Ave. Davie, Florida 33325. In Michigan, a Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 10:00am at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 44633 Utica Rd. Utica, Michigan 48317

Arrangements by T.M. Ralph Funeral Home Sawgrass/Weston 371 NW 136 Avenue Sunrise, FL 33325 954 587-6888

April 14th,

I did Contact John Wisely of the Detroit Free Press today who did a rather in-depth article on July 15, 2014 when Jack “Blackjack” Tocco died last year at the age of 87 and asked why not the same coverage on Tony Z. His response he didn’t even know he had died.

Seems a lot of people don’t know he died or have chosen to ignore it.

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Sunday Eve Sermon ~ “Brothers Keeper” ~ Walter Trout Band.

This master blues guitarist will be back on tour starting in June after almost losing his life. Trout underwent a liver transplant in Sept. 2014 and a post-transplant surgery biopsy ended up giving him a very serious sepsis infection.

Thank God now he is doing well although a dramatic weight loss. Wish Detroit was on the tour list but the closest is Chicago in Aug.
He kicks it off June 15 at Royal Albert Hall, London UK then the USA through Sept. and on to Europe.

Whole tour list here.

Welcome back Walter, what a career you’ve had and hopefully will continue to have for another couple of decades.


Walter Trout

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Happy April Fools Day!

Happy April Fools Day

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Sunday Sleep In ~ “Soliloquy” ~ Mike Longo.

Soliloquy is everything you want in a jazz ballad and this Mike Longo composition defines his indescribable talent.

I’ll let you read his extensive Resume here with the Who’s Who of players this pianist has worked with through his long career.

He started playing at age three, by fifteen Oscar Peterson had become his idol and he also became his student. Need I say more. Longo was destined to become greatness.


Mike Longo and Oscar Peterson


Even though you don’t seem to hear his name with the same notoriety as other famous names don’t be fooled. He didn’t play with the likes of Red Allen, Gene Krupa, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, Zoot Sims, Clark Terry and then get hired the day after Dizzy Gillespie first heard him because he was no good.

On the contrary Longo was a masterpiece in the making and every well-known jazz artist and lover knows the sound of his piano keys. So enjoy the taste.

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Ted Cruz’s Demented Ideology.

How Fucking Contradictory and Hypocritical Can You Get?


Ted Cruz Lunacy


Yes the right-wing nut job Republicans can honestly tell people that they are against abortion because they are so “Right To Life” but all in the same breath proclaim they want to end health insurance for millions who just obtained it.

So in reality those who had pre-existing conditions can go back to not being able to get insurance.

Outcome: They grow sicker until DEAD.

How anybody can justify this way of thought process and function I will never comprehend.

Ted Cruz shut the government down, rambled on for 21 hours until further derangement about green ham and eggs and was among 47 senators who proceeded to stop any progress of our president’s agenda attempting to stop Iran’s nuclear program by writing a letter to them stating No Deal.

Canadian born.

No to abortion – right to life.
No to health insurance – right to death.

Cut social security, put back big tax breaks for the richest.

Yes, vote for Hypocrite Insanity.

Right To Life my ass.


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Sunday Sleep In ~ “Among My Souvenirs” ~ Clark Terry.



What an absolutely appropriate song title for this legend of a trumpet player and fluglehorn pioneer who just died last month on Feb. 21 at the age of 94.

Of course my first taste of Mr. Terry came watching the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and the infamous segment of Stump The Band. It would be Clark who most of the time made up a song that a member of the audience would come up with.

He was one of the very first black musicians to be part of a staff holding a position on a TV network (NBC-TV’s in-house corps of musicians). Started playing with “Tonight Show” band, in 1962 when Johnny Carson took over. But when the show left New York for California in 72′ Terry stayed in NY, though he would appear many many times more throughout the following years.

This man did it all. Playing in both The Duke Ellington and Count Basie Orchestra’s in the 40’s & 50’s and played with and among every elite jazz player along the way. He put together 17 piece big bands and traveled the world. Led his own bands from 1959 until 2005 also became a Jazz educator. Clark Terry did it with grace, style and class.

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Sunday Sleep In ~ “A World of Blue” ~ Matthew Pablo.

Film Noir Jazz

Beautiful composition written by Matthew Pablo in 2013 for a short film score. There is also a rendition with lyrics written by Ryan Stunkel and sung by Laila Smith whose on her way but still needs a little work. I really just got into the instrumental. It was recorded live at Perfection Studio in Charleston, MA.

Pablo has also created music for a film trailer, animations and video games, personally I think he found his forte with Jazz. Specifically Noir.

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Lesley Gore… Thanks for the songs of my youth.

Lesley Gore


Cancer sadly took another victim Feb 16th, Gore only 68 years old.

I was almost six when “It’s My Party” blasted the radio airways and went to #1 in 63′ but out of all her hits from the early-mid 60s, the song playing would ultimately become my favorite. “You Don’t Own Me” was released just 8 months later and really showcased her vocals. Only 10 years older than me at 16 her career took off.

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Sunday Sleep In ~ “Zig Zag” ~ ELB Trio_Peter Erskine, Nguyên Lê, Michel Benita.

ELB Trio_Jazz


All the musicians here are seasoned players each having produced albums on their own and apart of other bands of notoriety. Peter Erskine has performed the longest playing on over 500 albums and has won a Grammy when he was with Weather Report.

This particular song I just sort of latched onto. Written by guitarist Nguyên Lê it reminded me of an improvisation of three separate players only on the same song and it just worked. I like the European flavor.

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Sunday Sleep In ~ “Ballad For A Friend” ~ Till Brönner. ~~~~~~~~~~ In Memory of George Abick.

Till Brönner

Peter Herbolzheimer Rhythm Combination & Brass.

Written by Peter Herbolzheimer.
Originally released in 1993 off the album Friends and Silhouettes.

Live performance May 20, 2000 at Jazzwoche Burghausen in Germany.

Till Brönner – Trumpet.


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Facebook Locks Out Thousands, Now Wants Photo ID.

More like Hundreds of Thousands.

Facebook now Communists.

Option 1

We will accept any government-issued ID that contains your name and date of birth. Examples include:

Birth certificate
Driver’s license
Marriage certificate
Official name change paperwork
Personal or vehicle insurance card
Non-driver’s government ID (ex: disability, SNAP card, national ID card)
Green card, residence permit or immigration papers
Voter ID card

Option 2

You can provide two different forms of ID from the following list (ex: a bank statement and a library card, but not two bank statements). The names on your IDs must match each other, and one of the IDs must include a photo or date of birth that matches the information on your profile.

Below are some examples of IDs we’ll accept:

Bank statement
Bus card
Credit card
Employment verification
Library card
Magazine subscription stub
Medical record
Membership ID (ex: pension card, union membership, work ID, professional ID)
Paycheck stub
School card
School record
Social Security card
Utility bill
Yearbook photo (actual scan or photograph of the page in your yearbook)

Option 3

If you don’t have an ID that shows your authentic name as well as your photo or date of birth, you can provide two forms of ID from Option 2 above, and then provide a government ID that includes a date of birth or photo that matches the information on your profile. We won’t add the name or other information from the government ID to your account.


Bank Statements, Paycheck Stubs, Utility Bills???

Are these people out of their F’N minds.

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Sunday Sleep In ~ “A Voice in the Night” ~ Chico Hamilton Quintet.

Chico Hamilton


Chico Hamilton played among some masterful jazz artists and throughout his career starting in the 50s produced countless albums as leader but he regarded this particular line up of Charles Lloyd, Albert Stinson, Gabor Szabo and George Bohannon to be his greatest band.

Not too hard to hear why.

This Charles Lloyd composition is fabulous and also expresses and displays what a great sax player he was.

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Eat Shit Terrorists, Charlie Hebdo Sold Out by Dawn Wed.!

Charlie Hebdo Cover Jan. 14, 2015


5 Million copies printed, 1 million more in the process of being printed.

Sold Out by dawn Wed. morning in France.

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Where was the USA Representation in France’s Soladarity Rally Sunday?

France Unity Rally


When you can get Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas to attend and march in unity with all the bad blood between the two at war with each other, joining 50 world leaders along with millions of people. I can’t be the only one asking where in the hell was President Obama?


France Massive Rally World Leaders


France Rally World Leaders

From left:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, EU president Donald Tusk and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.


Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov t

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov. One obviously knows the history between these two countries as well, but they were there.


France Rally_World Leaders


Charlie Hebdo magazine shooting


Marching along with French President Francois Hollande, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Queen Rania, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the list goes on and on.

But no President Obama or Vice President Joe Biden, S.O.S. John Kerry, neither speaker John Boehner or Mitch McConnell.

My God, Attorney General Eric Holder was there for a meeting and he wouldn’t even join in the march with the other heads of State. The lone person? Ambassador to France Jane Hartley and who would know of her?

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Sunday Sleep In ~ “I Love Paris” ~ Michel Legrand & His Orchestra.

What more befitting music and album for this particular Sunday, Legrand’s first and a masterpiece.

Sad though it is in homage of the horrific tragedy that took place in France this week.

Today we all walk, mourn and rally with Parisians, anything but silenced.

God Speed to the families of all the victims in both locations and all of France.

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Je Suis Charlie …. To France With Love.

Je Suis Charlie_ Longshot's Blog



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Charlie Hebdo Freedom of Speech Will Never Die.

Charlie Hebdo


Staff & Victims at Charlie Hebdo


Was there a war where weapons were aimed, drawn and firing?

Journalists, Illustrationists, Satirists using pencils, Cowards came with machine guns and bullets over cartoons. They illustrated a sad example of what in their mind is God, once again demonizing the very thing they worship and they wonder why some question their deranged beliefs. What in-fact was accomplished by this slaughter, that Islam needs to be eradicated from this earth. The very thing the cartoons that upset them made fun of. They themselves convinced it in stone.

This French satirical paper is not dead. It now speaks more loudly and clearly than ever before. Stephane Charbonnier (Charb) along with Cartoonists Georges Wolinski, Jean Cabut and Bernard ‘Tignous’ Verlhac, as well as economist Bernard Maris, two police officers and the rest who were barbarically massacred will live on forever here on Earth and in Heaven.

The terrorists defining what hell is that they come from.

A sad day for France and many families but the Freedom Of Speech will live on, make no mistake about that. The explosions of pencils will be even more alive, drawings of truth the terrorists try to kill.

The sane world stands as one shouting “Je Suis Charlie”.

In Memory of Charlie Hebdo


This is what the Islam extremists God thinks of them.

David Fitzsimmons_In Memory of Charlie Hebdo

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Sunday Sleep In ~ “Pour une Femme” ~ Paolo Fresu Quintet.

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This beautiful ballad written by Italian native Paolo Fresu appears on two of his albums, “Qvarto” released in 1988 and “Night on the City” in 1995.

He has been playing for 30 years, based in Sardinia where he was born, Bologna & Paris he has over 300 recordings as well having written music for films, documentaries and theater.

This international artist has played throughout the world along with and amongst the biggest names of American music as well. If you didn’t know of him it’s about time you did. I lost count of the albums he has produced as leader and a part of since the early 80’s straight through this last year with many more works in progress.

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Sunday Sleep In ~ “Munastero ‘E Santa Chiara” ~ Danilo Rea Trio.

Danilo Rea- Jazz

This Italian native has been producing music since the early 70s. Started with the Italian rock band “Perigeo” then in 1975 joined “Rome Trio” and never looked back.

Danilo Rea has performed with some of Jazz’s elite, playing piano with the likes of Chet Baker, Art Farmer and many more. In the 80s he recorded more and more of his own works onto a plentiful supply of albums.

This particular trio does a beautiful arrangement & rendition of a Alberto Barberis classic. This entire album had me struggling of which song to highlight but then that saves more for a later time. Both bassist Ares Tavolazzi & drummer Roberto Gatto give the music the right amount of smoke to complete that full flavor.

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Christmas Blessing 2014.

horses and snow_Christmas

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Rock Pillar of Woodstock Joe Cocker dies.

Joe Cocker Career Montage


Another sad day when such an iconic artist that showcased the most historical concert of all time dies. Yes all of us are getting older but it still stings and stuns us when one from our own tribe, the boomer generation leaves us.

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Sunday Sleep In ~ “I Understand” ~ Zoot Sims Quartet.

Zoot Sims_Jazz Legend

John Haley “Zoot” Sims was among jazz’s elite.

There wasn’t anybody who he didn’t record with or who didn’t want to record with him and everyone within jazz knew him as a legend. Yet for whatever reason his name strangely isn’t as synonymous as other sax greats.

His did his first session work in 1944 at the age of 19 after Benny Goodman discovered him, three years later he would join Woody Herman’s Second Herd.

At 25 he lead this particular quartet with Gerry Wiggins, Pierre Michelot and Kenny Clarke and laid down what would become one of my favorites works of his.

Recorded in Paris, France on June 16, 1950 “I Understand” seems to sum up what all his fans caught onto hearing his style of playing early on.

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Bill Bonds Final Commentary Oct. 21, 2008.

Bill Bonds, John Kelly, and Marilyn Turner Reunion Broadcast. After 8 years of Bush before the Nov. 08′ election.


You don’t think this man wasn’t brilliant?

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Detroit’s Journalism King Bill Bonds Dies.

Bill Bonds_Detroit

He was more than a TV news anchor although that’s one of the reasons he reigned number one and regarded as the King of the news here. No he was much more, Bill Bonds was hard-core journalist at its finest. Old school reporting, he wanted the what were and always should be the basic rules of the profession.

The Who, What, When, Where and Why.

He demanded the answers, from those he interviewed and from the reporters on the street working at the station. We all grew up in Detroit watching all three channels 2,4 & 7 and in the end it would always lead back to WXYZ for only one reason, Bill Bonds.

A powerhouse reporter who got down to the grit of a story and there was none better for not letting anyone off the hook until he gained the answers and what was the truth.

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Horse Adoption, The Moment That Will Change Two Lives.

You Will Never Regret It.




When the races are over and a new life begins.

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Sunday Sleep In ~ “Queen Of Hearts” ~ Gregg Allman


Happy Birthday Gregg Allman!

Originally posted on Longshot's Blog:

Once I was glad
Always happy, never sad
And everyday
Seemed like Sunday…………

I always felt sorry for Gregg, with the loss of Duane then a year later Barry it seemed the whole world was ripped out from under him. How he managed to forge through life at that point let alone music it still astounds me. But with his talent how could it have been kept down.

There’s a sadness in his first solo album “Laid Back” yet the songs come out like a fire from a broken still mending heart. Through thick and thin this man has blessed and given all of us the best part of that heart and that’s why the music within him will always carry on.

Queen of Hearts was just another expression of it.

Thank You Gregg.

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Sunday Sleep In ~ “Chinatown” ~ Nicholas Payton.

Film Noir

I have listened to this love theme at times up to 50 in a row in one sitting, I kid you not. Can anybody really play it like the original trumpeter who played in the film score, Uan Rasey? Simply No.

Rasey was the best there was yet his name seemed to sit in the shadows of the movie houses where we watched and heard it in. This mans trumpet would be heard in countless scores throughout Hollywood cinema history.

I’ve heard Terrance Blanchard’s rendition multiple times but I still always came back to Nicholas Payton’s.

He just seems to capture this atmospheric mood that composer Jerry Goldsmith wrote better than anyone else other than Rasey. From the very matching opening to the end, I love the brush drums throughout. What a piece of magic.

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Jockey Jane Magrell Injured At Thistledown In Last Race Of The 2014 Meet.

Jockey Jane Magrell


In her last mount of the card in the 9th race Jane Magrell’s horse, 4 year-old Aggie H who finished 7th collapsed just past the wire causing Magrell to take a very hard spill and lose consciousness.

Rushed to Hillcrest Hospital it is reported that she suffered a concussion and an MRI confirmed two fractures to the neck. Thankfully upon regaining consciousness she was able to move her extremities. As of this moment no surgery is needed.

Sources close to her say she will be closely monitored and will remain hospitalized 24-48 hours if no further complications. Will be in a neck brace for some time and will need much rest.

With the grace of God she should be OK.


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Sunday Sleep In ~ “La Boheme” ~ Javier Elorrieta Quintet.

Madrid, Spain born film director & composer Javier Elorrieta stepped out of cinema and slipped into his other passion, singing. Hooking up with four jazz musicians they all put out a great rendition of the 1965 French Classic, La Boheme.

Written by Jacques Plante and Charles Aznavour (sung by originally) it became an International hit.

This interpretation of the composition for me took it up a thousand notches.

I also added an Instrumental version by the French Jazz Trio underneath as their take was even more inviting without the vocals.


Javier Elorrieta Quintet

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