[Dixielandjazz] Mike Meddings, Jelly Roll Morton scholar died June 30-- Hal Smith writes

Norman Vickers nvickers1 at cox.net
Thu Aug 8 12:41:55 PDT 2013

To:  Musicians and Jazzfans list;  DJML

From:  Norman Vickers, Jazz Society of Pensacola


Versatile drummer Hal Smith with the Jim Cullum Band in San Antonio sends
this note about his connection with Mike Meddings.  At my request, I asked
about Hal's current musical activity.  For those of you who don't know Hal,
he spent some time in New Orleans and for over a decade was connected with
the America's Finest  Dixieland Jazz Society in San Diego.  He has written a
number of articles on jazz history for the AFDJS newsletter.  He has other
historical interests as well.


So-here are Smith's comments on both.  Thanks Hal.



From: Hal Smith [mailto:hws08 at live.com] 
Sent: Thursday, August 08, 2013 10:41 AM
To: F. Norman Vickers
Subject: RE: Mike Meddings, Jelly Roll Morton scholar died June 30-- from
Ken Mathieson


Re Death of Mike Meddings: 

Very sorry to hear it.  Mike was a very nice man and he really worked hard
to preserve the music of Morton and his colleagues.


I didn't really know him except for our e-mail exchanges.  I wrote a few
articles for the Jelly Roll Morton site (to accompany the musician draft
cards) and sent some notes regarding Morton's band recording of "Big Fat



Re:  Hal's current musical schedule 

Nothing new to report here; still playing the regular schedule with the
Cullum Band: Mondays at Tucker's Kozy Korner; Tuesday through Thursday at
Bohanan's Prime Steaks and Seafood and Fridays at the Boardwalk Bistro.
Next out-of-town trips are in September.





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