Celebrating: Jazz and Brisket

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May 28, 2011

★~ Today’s Quote: “We all do ‘do, re, mi,’ but you have got to find the other notes yourself.” Louis Armstrong

★~ International Jazz Day:

Jazz started sometime in the late 1800s in the New Orleans area. It is a combination of ragtime, blues, and marching band music. Jazz was a change from the traditional music people were used to listening to. Many of the musicians could not read music very well (and sometimes not at all), so the music would come out sounding differently than intended. Nevertheless, it always entertained the crowd. There were many famous jazz musicians from the 1920s, but probably the most popular and well known is Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong.  When Louis Armstrong was asked what the definition of jazz was, he replied, “If you’ve got to ask, you’ll never know.”  International Jazz Day is a great day to sit back and enjoy some of your favorite jazz music while appreciating the talented musicians that pouring their heart and soul into their performances.

★~ Brisket Day:

While enjoying a Saturday full of all that jazz, consider slow-cooking a brisket to enjoy later in the day. It can be braised like a roast or slow-cooked on the grill and served up anyway you like it.

Jazz and brisket are a perfect pairing. It’s just a big easy sort of day….

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1934 – The Dionne quintuplets were born near Callender, Ontario to Oliva and Elzire Dionne. They were the first quints (that’s five babies, for those who may have forgotten) to survive infancy. This increase in Canada’s population became known as Marie, Cecile, Yvonne, Emilie and Annette.

♥~ 1959 – Able and Baker were two monkeys who survived a trip into space from a launch at Cape Canaveral, FL.

♥~ 1961 – Amnesty International was founded. It won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977.

♥~ 1966 – Percy Sledge hit number one with his first — and what turned out to be his biggest — hit. When a Man Loves a Woman would stay at the top of the pop music charts for two weeks. It was the singer’s only hit to make the top ten and was a million seller.

♥~ 2002 – John and Margaret Majerczyk of Floyd, Iowa, revealed they had a pet buzzard. Buzz sat on a window box each morning waiting for them to come out, then followed them everywhere. Buzz really liked hamburger.

★~ Born Today:

♥~ 1779 – Thomas Moore poet, lyricist: Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms, The Last Rose of Summer, Oft in the Stilly Night; died Feb 25, 1852

♥~ 1888 – Jim Thorpe -Charlotte and Hiram Thorpe had a son near Prague, Oklahoma. They named him Wah-tho-huck, meaning “bright path,” but the world would call him Jim. In 1950 the Associated Press called him the outstanding athlete of the first half of the 20th Century. Olympic gold medalist: decathlon, pentathlon, [Stockholm: 1912]; baseball: NY Giants, Boston Braves; football: All-American; president of what became the NFL

♥~ 1908 – Ian Fleming author: creator of Bond … James Bond; When he was 31, he joined British Naval Intelligence and spent the years during World War II plotting intelligence operations, some of which later wound up in his spy fiction. His first spy thriller was Casino Royale, published in1953, starring the British spy, the stylish James Bond. died Aug 12, 1964

♥~ 1910 – Aaron ‘T-Bone’ Walker Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician: guitar: pioneered the sound that helped create the blues; recorded such songs as T-Bone Blues and Stormy Monday; died Mar 16, 1975

♥~ 1931 – Irwin Winkler Academy Award-winning producer: Rocky [1977]; Double Trouble, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, Raging Bull, The Right Stuff, Goodfellas, The Mechanic, Home of the Brave, Life as a House, The Net

♥~ 1944 – Gladys (Maria) Knight singer: w/The Pips: Midnight Train to Georgia, If I Were Your Woman, I Heard It Through the Grapevine, Neither One of Us, Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me, Every Beat of My Heart

★~ Did You Know:

♥~ Jazz is generally thought to have begun in New Orleans, spreading to Chicago, Kansas City, New York City, and the West Coast.

♥~ Musician Jelly Roll Morton published the first ever jazz arrangement in print in 1915 with the title Jelly Roll Blues.

♥~ The first jazz record was recorded in 1913 by Society Orchestra, the first black group to come out with a record.

♥~ Louis Armstrong, a trumpeter, band leader and singer, is  known as the Ambassador of Jazz, what with his early innovations in jazz music.

♥~ jazz was slow to win acceptance by the general public, not only because of its cultural origin, but also because it tended to suggest loose morals and low social status. However, jazz gained a wide audience when white orchestras adapted or imitated it, and became legitimate entertainment in the late 1930s when Benny Goodman led racially mixed groups in concerts at Carnegie Hall.

★~ Today’s Silly:

Carrying two dead raccoons, a buzzard tries to check in at LAX for the red-eye to New York. “Sorry, sir,” says the ticket agent. “We allow only one item of carrion.”


If you are wondering why today’s silly is a goofy buzzard joke you obviously you did not read about John and Margaret’s  pet buzzard! Immediately return to, This Day In History (2002) and you will get my natural tie in with the buzzard. Or you won’t and you will wonder about me….but that will be nothing new. So what are you up to on this sensational Saturday? Please leave me a comment with all the fascinating details because Odd Loves Company!


4 thoughts on “Celebrating: Jazz and Brisket

  1. I have been an El Morno fan for awhile but finally got up enough nerve to try and leave a comment. El Morno is great! Every morning I take a new joke and some interesting daily tidbit on my senior citizen rounds. They love the “Old” news and especially the jokes. Its such a nice diversion from the usual weather and, “How are you?” Thanks for brightening a lot of people day.

    Have a great weekend.

  2. Three day weekend! Loved the buzzard Joke but think John and Margaret were a little buzzed. 😀

    Hope you have a great weekend!

  3. I’m way behind on my reading, Katybeth…

    I don’t think I’ve ever had brisket before, but I think I’d like it…

    I always felt sorry for the Dionne quintuplets…they didn’t end up leading very happy lives…

    Love Gladys Knight!


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