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Man, but the Zango was cool. All these dudes were leaning in, Sonny Simmons was leaning out, only 50 centimeters of smoke–filled groove space free. Full of smoke and bebop. A chick under my elbow was trying to catch it on minivideo. Folks in the back were looking glum. Hey, they ain't deaf. And it sounded like, the guitarist failing, the bassist his eyes rolled back into his cranium, Sonny leaning slightly forward making hard bop look almost easy, sound cool. It's what real cool sounded – ah, sounds like!

photo, ponies in luxembourg, sunday Midget horsemen in the Luxembourg.

The last time I heard anything like it was... the night before in the Bistro 48 on Daguerre. It is the hotel Savoy's bar, right next door, out of the lobby and fifteen paces on the sidewalk. Milly was playing one of Sonny's CDs, said she could hear him practising through the wall too. And then, after I left, the poet came in there and uncle Den–Den went back and then some mean drunk objected to all the foreigners and when Milly tossed him out for being stinky an innocent window got broken.

I mean, I have to hand it to uncle Den–Den to arrange for us to have our own jazz musicians, put on a cool session in the jungle of the no–cover Zango. Well, they did have a sign saying a euro was to be added to drinks, but I never got anywhere near the bar.

Before you leave, check out my friend Sonny Simmon's Website. It has both a short bio and a long one, plus the gig schedules. It also has his CDs and you can buy them, so buy some so Sonny can stay in Europe and keep those horns of his doing the bebop business.

The 'Nearly a Dozen' Café Metropole Club 'Report'

Nearly a dozen members and the club's secretary were crammed together last Thursday for the first meet in November. All members posed all at once, together, for the famous photo. Only Yoko was missing. We missed you, Yoko. How we did! The entire report of this jumbo meeting is online, like shzam. It was a Turnout Hits Double–Digits of a meeting and the subhead was, Club Members Load Bases – in honor of baseball.

photo, footballs, windmills, toys, luxembourg Before the midget customers arrive.

The coming meeting of the Café Metropole Club will be on the second Thursday in November. The Saint of the Day on 9. November will be Saint–Théodore of Amasya, who was a Greek military saint and an earlier patron saint of Venice. Asked to reflect on his erring ways he chose to burn down the Temple of Cybele instead, so he in turn was burned down at the stake. In those days, around 390, followers of the Christian sects were considered to be dangerous lunatics and Cybele, the Great Mother of Anatolia, was not to be trifled with.

The infinitely more peaceful legend of the club is outlined on a thing named the About the Club Webpage. If you have logical powers of deduction examine the few true facts, some idle speculation, and don't overlook the club's hand–carved membership card before its doom, impending now for the past 19 months.

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This Was Metropole Ten Years Ago

This popular feature has fallen by the wayside after being updated every week for 9 mindbending years. However it continues its unavailability this week for no particular reason, but partly because Ed no longer has frisky and carefree fingers with which to cut and paste, cut and paste ad infinitum.

Café Life Légère 103.4

Cow Head Found Texas and Why

Shipwrecked but plucky characterized Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca when he crawled ashore on this day in 1528 to be the first European, by his own account published in 1542, to set foot on Texas dirt. Cabeza de Vaca, which means cow's head and the other castaway survivors suffered from heat, thirst, hunger and were at times enslaved by the locals, but they managed to discover Texas, New Mexico and Arizona before walking to Mexico City and safety. Cabeza de Vaca later went to South America where some political foes ratted on him, but he eventually got out of it. He died around 1559, somewhere, aged about 69.

The Republican Corner

There are a mere 55 days left of this year, the same number that 1860 had when Abraham Lincoln was elected as the first Republican president of the United States. Since 1854 a majority of the new Republican party had been pushing for the abolition of slavery. The Civil War began on Friday, 12. April 1861 when Confederate forces under the leadership of General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard began bombarding Fort Sumter in South Carolina. General Beauregard was born in Saint Bernard Parish just outside of New Orleans.

Cool Musical Pataphysics

This is totally unconnected to the fact that this year has used up 310 days, the same number that 1814 had when inventor Adolphe Sax was born in Dinant, Belgium. After making instruments at an early age Adolphe moved to Paris in 1841 to become famous for the invention of the saxophone, which he patented in 1846. This made him so famous that he got a lifetime job with the Paris Conservatoire. Adolphe Sax died in 1894 and was buried in the Cimetière de Montmartre, not far from the musical centre of the city.

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Sports Tears and Dribble

As hard as it might be to believe that basketball was invented by a Canadian named James Naismith, he really did do it in 1891. Based on the traditional Canadian game of Duck–on–a–Rock, the first game was played on 15. December and the rules were published one month later, including everything except dribble, and the rest is history. Today is Naismith's birthday and if he were still alive he would be 145 years old.

World's Blind Eye

It could be easily forgotten if it were not for Metropole to remind you that Mohandas Gandhi once said, "An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind." He was arrested on this day in 1913 while leading a protest march by Indian miners in South Africa.

The Question of Schleswig–Holstein

In 1553 the world was agog with the implications of the execution of Mustafa by his father, Suleiman the Magnificent, after he found out about a fake letter sent to the Shah of Persia asking for aid to bump off his dad. Today is Suleiman's birthday. Let us also remember the founding of the Halifax Rugby League Football Club today in 1873. Hardly less interesting was the first day of the October Revolution that started in Saint Petersburg on this date in 1917. Swedes on the other hand, waited until today in 1928 to start celebrating the death, in 1632, of Gustavus Adolphus, by eating pastries. Jump ahead to 1975 and we find the Sex Pistols performing their first concert at St. Martin's School of Art. Then, one year before the faux millennium, Australians voted to not become a republic and keep Elizabeth II as their head of state.

A bientôt à Paris
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