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'if It Swings': An Asian-american Jazzman's Pioneering Career

5929415925161347682.jpgEnlarge image i Gabe Baltazar (fourth from left) at New York City's Birdland Club in 1962, with members of Stan Kenton's band and the Count Basie Orchestra. The photo, from Baltazar's collection, is signed by Kenton (fourth from from right) and trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison (second from right). Courtesy of Gabe Baltazar Gabe Baltazar (fourth from left) at New York City's Birdland Club in 1962, with members of Stan Kenton's band and the Count Basie Orchestra. The photo, from Baltazar's collection, is signed by Kenton (fourth from from right) and trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison (second from right). Courtesy of Gabe Baltazar Saxophonist Gabe Baltazar got his big break after Stan Kenton heard him playing in a college band and invited him to join his Orchestra in 1960. "One of my biggest highlights in Stan's band was being featured on a beautiful standard tune called 'Stairway to the Stars,'" the 83-year-old Baltazar says. "He liked that tune, and he thought it would be my signature song. And throughout my career, four years with the band, I was featured on that and it was just great." Read an excerpt Baltazar's story is an important chapter in the history of American jazz, says fellow musician Theo Garneau, who co-wrote Baltazar's new autobiography, If It Swings, It's Music. "Gabe's one of the pioneers of Asian-Americans in jazz," Garneau says. "Sometimes people say, 'What difference does it make if he's Asian-American or not?' And I think it's important to remember that there was a lot of exclusion going on in Los Angeles and across the mainland. Asian-Americans were severely discriminated against before and after the Second World War, and during the Second World War? and this is part of our history. This is part of American history; it's part of Asian-American history. " Before leaving for a career on the mainland, Baltazar grew up in Hawaii. His mother was Japanese-American, his father Filipino. Gabe Baltazar, Sr., encouraged his son to play music, and gave him a clarinet when he was 12. "He was a professional musician," Baltazar says of his father. "And then he came to Hawaii to play with a vaudeville show, to entertain the plantation people? you know, people working in the fields, the pineapple and sugarcane fields." Musicians from the mainland also came to Hawaii in the 1940s. "There was Artie Shaw's band? they were stationed in Pearl Harbor, and they performed in Waikiki Beach," Baltazar recalls. "And there [was] barbed wire fence on the beach, you know at that time, because this was WWII. And I used to crawl under the barbed wire, crawl under the sand and listen to the band." Back then, jazz wasn't taught in school. Baltazar learned alto saxophone playing alongside his Dad in dance bands. "They played about 300 tunes a night," he says. "That's how I got to learn the tunes? and had to learn to play by ear, play the harmony part and all that." Baltazar moved to Los Angeles in 1956, where he worked with other Asian Americans playing jazz. He made his first recording with drummer Paul Togawa, a Japanese-American from California who had been held in U.S. internment camps during the war. The record was Togawa's debut as well, but it was Baltazar's playing that caught the ears of critics. The Paul Togawa Quartet at the El Sereno Club in Los Angeles in the late 1950s. Left to right: Gabe Baltazar, Paul Togawa, Dick Johnston, Buddy Woodson. Courtesy of Gabe Baltazar The Paul Togawa Quartet at the El Sereno Club in Los Angeles in the late 1950s. Left to right: Gabe Baltazar, Paul Togawa, Dick Johnston, Buddy Woodson. Courtesy of Gabe Baltazar Baltazar went on to work with Dizzy Gillespie, Cannonball Adderly and Wes Montgomery. But after 13 years in Los Angeles, Theo Garneau says, Baltazar returned to Hawaii. "He came back to Hawaii in '69, so the world kind of forgot about him," Garneau says. "It's just the beauty and the allure of Hawaii, and the fact that he was a local guy, that he left when he was on top." During the day, Baltazar worked as the assistant bandmaster in the famous Royal Hawaiian Band. At night, he played jazz, often at a place called the Cavalier. Baltazar became something of a local hero by teaching many younger musicians and hiring them for his groups. He's revered by music fans on the islands, including Hawaii's governor, Neil Abercrombie. "He made a terrific difference in Hawaii, because he's given us a living example of what a master of melody can do," Abercrombie says. "The word is joy and the feeling is joy. When I think of Gabe Baltazar, that's what immediately comes to mind." These days, Gabe Baltazar rarely performs. But he's still eager to share a few tips he's learned a long the way. "You don't try get too fancy," he says. "You try to get more feeling in your music. I used to play like a thousand notes a minute, you know. But you gotta get your soul going, and the feeling. That's what music's all about. And swing, naturally."
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Cookbook: Eating Your Way To A Healthier Life

Print 0 Healing Foods, Eat Your Way to a Healthier Life, by Susan Curtis, Pat Thomas and Dragana Vilinac, DK Books, 352 pages, $25 Heal Thyself By Janet Reynolds/HealthyLife If not doing harm? the opening salvo in the Hippocratic oath? works for the medical field, why can?t it work for cooking in your kitchen? That?s the basic premise of a new book called Healing Foods. Authored by a naturopath, journalist and medicinal herbalist, the book is part food encyclopedia, part recipe collection. It provides information on more than 175 healing foods, from apples to wheatgrass, as well as more than 150 recipes. It?s the kind of book that you can turn to for a solid dinner idea and thumb through in your leisure time when you just want to learn more about how what you put into your mouth can help you feel better. Healing Foods opens with specific information about the power of food. The authors discuss the protective power of various foods, the importance of varying your diet, and the pros and cons of supplements, among other concepts. From there the book looks at each food and outlines how it can specifically help heal or support your bodily functions. Each page also outlines the best way to eat it to maximize the food?s benefits. Apricots, for instance, can help promote clean skin, protect eye health, promote bowel regularity and protect against free-radical damage. (Excessive free radicals, the uncharged molecules that are created during metabolism, are increasingly thought to be damaging as we age.) Handy icons for various health concerns/options top each page and are echoed on each recipe to make it simple to see at a glance how a particular recipe can address your health concern. Healing Foods also has sections that can help you pick an entire day of eating healthily for specific issues. A Day of Heart Health, for instance, features a plan for a cholesterol-busting breakfast, omega-rich lunch, and heart-protective dinner. The book also has two indexes, one categorized by health area and one set up by foods. We chatted by e-mail with Susan Curtis, the naturopath based in England. Here?s what she had to say. What do you say to people who are skeptical that food can help heal? There is so much evidence now that changes to diet can improve certain areas of health, such as the work of Dr. Ornish on heart health and the control of type 2 diabetes with diet that the benefits of a healthy diet have become obvious to all. For people who want to take a step in this direction of eating in more healing ways but who may feel overwhelmed, what are a couple of tips you can give as good first steps? Probably the biggest difference you can make is to increase the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables you eat. The government?s recommendation of five portions a day is really an absolute minimum and many countries recommend eight or more portions a day (Canada, France, etc.). Secondly, I would say that having increased in one area to cut down the amount of real?baddies? would be good? so less sugar and white processed cereals. It doesn?t matter if you have a little as?treats,? but don?t base your everyday eating habits on them. Can eating just some of these healing foods help or do you have to go all the way, so to speak, i.e. only eat from these foods to have the health benefits? I?m a believer of the 80/20 rule: that if you eat 80-90 percent of good, healthy foods, then 10-20 percent of less ideal foods shouldn?t be a big problem.?Healthy foods? are actually an enormous range of foods, and in fact variety is very important, so it really shouldn?t be too hard. Are you literally saying eating a strong dose of foods relating, for example, to urinary health, could cure a urinary infection? Or are you saying with this book that eating this way could help stave off urinary issues down the road? Or both? If you have a disease condition then you will need to see a nutritional therapist to treat it, but by knowing what foods have a benefit in which area then you can learn how to manage health problems and hopefully prevent them from getting worse. If for example you have a tendency to urinary infections then why not eat more of those foods that are known to have beneficial nutrients in that area. What changes have you noticed in your own health since adopting this kind of eating style? I?ve pretty much always had an interest in a healthy diet and nutrition since my late teens anyway, and it seems to work for me so far? I stay pretty healthy and don?t have too many weight issues or other indications of major problems? and I have done my best to pass on good habits to my family. I have to say the most dramatic changes are seen in people who haven?t had a good diet and then go for a much healthier lifestyle. Then the improvements in their health and well-being can be huge? which is always really exciting to see. Why Choose Organic? For optimal health, eat fresh organic seasonal vegetables and fruits. Organic produce contains higher percentages of many nutrients, as shown here. 63% More Calcium 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley leaves, plus leaves to garnish Method Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy saucepan over medium to low heat. Add the shallots and a pinch of salt, and stir until the shallots begin to turn translucent. Add a dash of water to bring the temperature down and to add moisture to the pan. After 2-3 minutes, add the oregano or marjoram and the peppers. Cook until the peppers have softened. Add the eggplant and the zucchini and when the liquid in the pan has reduced, add the tomatoes. Let the mixture simmer for 15 minutes over low heat, taking care not to let the vegetables stick to the bottom of the pan and burn. Add the garlic, and a little more olive oil for added flavor and cook for a further 15 minutes. Stir in the chopped parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve on a bed of browned basmati rice with some parsley scattered on top. Swiss Chard and Sweet Potatoes Online Exclusive: Swiss Chard and Sweet Potato Serves 4 Helps fight inflammation, helps maintain water balance, helps protect eye health, aids healthy digestion Ingredients 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed 9 ounces Swiss chard, stalks removed and finely chopped and leaves finely sliced salt and pepper to taste Method Heat the olive oil with a tablespoon of water over low heat in a medium sauce pan with a lid. Add the shallots and coriander seeds and cook, stirring occasionally, until the shallots have softened. Add the chile and garlic, and cook for 1 minute. Add the sweet potato and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, adding a dash of water if necessary. Them add the chopped chard stalks, cover with the lid and cook for 10 minutes. When the sweet potato is almost cooked, add the shredded chard leaves, cover and let them wilt for about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, drizzled over a few drops of olive oil and serve. Photos: Courtesy DK Books

Anne Maxfield: And You Think Your Kitchen Is Small: Discover Rachel Khoo

5897980813280013540.jpgdigg reddit stumble As you may have noticed recently, the Accidental Locavore has become a big fan of Rachel Khoo. It started completely by accident, watching the Cooking Channel. If you don't know it, Khoo's show is Little Paris Kitchen and she's British, living, working and cooking in a tiny Paris apartment. Watching what she manages to cook, with just a hot plate, a toaster oven and an old le Creuset green cocotte in a kitchen probably no bigger than a square meter, is amazing enough, but the food looks delicious, uncomplicated and like something you'd probably have most of the ingredients for already. Just as we were filling up the DVR with episodes, hoping to replicate some of the dishes, she came out with a cookbook based on the show. Since I've been on kind of a no-more-new-cookbooks thing (witness my office overflowing with books), I was trying really hard not to add this to the collection. Then, one of the blogs I follow, Lost in Cheeseland (have to love it for the title alone) had an interview with her and a book give-away. Well, that was a guilt-free way of possibly acquiring the book, so I eagerly commented and days later The Little Paris Kitchen was being fought over by my husband and me. It's a charming book and the recipes are easy to follow. When she takes liberties with French classics, it's always interesting, rather than "why on earth would you mess with that?" Case in point, her Croque Madame Muffins, which I've made a couple of times already. She has it under "Snacks" (something very un-French) but I've made it for Sunday brunch and it's delicious! Might even inspire me to go out and buy a muffin tin. The other recipe I've tackled was the Pot au Feu. Since I had some wonderful, local, grass-fed oxtails and beef shanks from Brykill Farms , it seemed like the perfect use for them. I added cabbage and potatoes, which may or may not be authentic, but sure were tasty! Prep and cooking times are a big help. The photos are lovely, as are her illustrations. There's a guide to her favorite places in Paris at the end. My only complaint about the book is the way it's ordered: Everyday Cooking, Snack Time, Summer Picnics, etc. I still prefer to have things grouped into categories so all the fish dishes are together etc., but that's a small complaint as the index is comprehensive. I don't know about you, but for me the sign of a good cookbook is wanting (and making) more than one recipe in the book. God only knows why I don't just scan and save the one recipe from the books I have and deaccession the stacks, but I don't (although it's an awfully good idea-stay tuned). There are still a lot of intriguing things to try in The Little Paris Kitchen, one of which is the boeuf bourguignon with dumplings made from baguettes. If this stupid weather doesn't get warmer, it may be on the menu this weekend! Follow Anne Maxfield on Twitter: www.twitter.com/alocavore FOLLOW TASTE
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New Cinema: We, The People

5923041418853647060.jpgWe, the people Andrzej Wajda on his hero, Lech Walesa Sep 14th 2013 Tweet LECH WALESA is one of the best-known Poles after Pope John Paul II, even if, at home at least, his reputation has become rather tarnished. Now Andrzej Wajda, Poland?s leading film director, is hoping to give the former Solidarity leader a good buffing. Mr Wajda, 87, whose long career includes four nominations for best foreign-language film at the Oscars (most recently for?Katyn? in 2008) has called it his most difficult film. People are wondering whether it may be his last. ?Walesa: Man of Hope? shows the rise of the man, played by Robert Wieckiewicz (pictured), from electrician to household name. Agnieszka Grochowska is his fresh-faced, long-suffering wife Danuta, who collected his Nobel peace prize in Oslo in 1983. The action shifts between the historic events in the Gdansk shipyard and the domesticity of the Walesas? flat, always full of cooking and children. (They have eight.) Three times the camera zooms in on Walesa?s watch and wedding ring, which he leaves at home as he rushes off to a strike. His wife can sell them if he does not return. In this section Entertainment awards Mr Wajda has known Mr Walesa since the days of Solidarity and clearly still admires him. The film closes the trilogy that began with?Man of Marble? (1977) and?Man of Iron? (1981), set in the trade union?s early days. He is smart enough not to take his hero too seriously. The dialogue is full of irony. To keep the swarms of foreign journalists at bay, Mr Walesa sticks a sign reading?Typhus: No Entry? on the door of his flat. He wakes his sons in the dead of the night so?they can see how the Communist authorities take their father away?. Oriana Fallaci, the veteran Italian reporter played here by Maria Rosaria Omaggio, looks wonderfully out of place in Mr Walesa?s living room, where she interviews him.?This is the home of a man who leads a trade union of 10m?? she asks her interpreter afterwards. Scenes filmed on location in Gdansk sit alongside archival footage, though the real Lech Walesa makes an appearance only towards the end. Foreign audiences may wonder what happened next. Mr Wajda breaks off before 1990, when Mr Walesa was elected to a disappointing term as president. The film closes with his speech to Congress in Washington, DC, in 1989, in which he begins?We, the people?? (The original title of the film.) Mr Walesa, who saw the film with his son, told a radio station afterwards:?I was not such a buffoon.? But Jaroslaw Walesa says he might have seen his father reach for a handkerchief a few times.?Walesa? was shown at the Venice film festival earlier this month and opens in Polish cinemas on October 4th. There it will face its real critics.
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Lawyer Writes New Book About Near Death Experience

Lawyer Writes New Book About Near Death Experience Author, Tommie Little writes first book about his life before and after a near death episode I want to eliminate the fear of death, it was the most fantastic experience of my life and I think of it every single day. WILMINGTON, Del (PRWEB) September 24, 2013 There are more than half a million cases annually of the deadly parasitic disease cerebral malaria, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine and author Tommie Little is one of the survivors. Little?s memoir?A Lonesome Warrior? is about his journey, from childhood to adulthood, and how he lived his adventuresome life before and after facing a near death experience with cerebral malaria in 1994 while volunteering and living in a small tribal Namibian village of Sikosinyaya, Africa. ?The best NDE (near death experience) book I have read,? Gloria Mitchen said, from Amazon Reviews.?Once you start the book you won't put it down.? Little?s memoir discusses his unusual upbringing as a foster child and his time served as a drill instructor and judo instructor in the Marine Corps. "I want to eliminate the fear of death, it was the most fantastic experience of my life and I think of it every single day," Little said. ?A Lonesome Warrior? showcases Little?s trials and tribulations before and after his near death experience along with his incredible effort and strong will power to succeed. For more information, visit http://tommielittle123.wix.com/the-lonesome-warrior. ?A Lonesome Warrior?