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My Doodlin’ Lounge began to take shape in the 1970’s. As I learned about the small organ rooms throughout the so-called ‘Chitlin Circuit’ and within our inner cities, I began to imagine what it must have been like seeing Wild Bill Davis, Jimmy Smith or Baby Face Willette in those rooms back in the 50’s and 60’s. As I spoke to more and more jazz organists who performed in those rooms, I began to understand the importance of their music and the significance of their contributions to American Music. It was this Jazz Organ Era that would represent ‘the people’s music’ for me. In fact, it was a story that has not fully been understood, let alone told. Those smoke-filled rooms with smells of fish and chicken swirling in the back – the wooden seats and vinyl booths – the sounds of urban America coming down from a hard day’s work with a cold beer… all needed to be re-visited. As I began to visualize the heads bobbing up and down and the feet moving from side to side, I prepared for my own radio fantasy: My very own, ‘Doodlin’ Lounge’.
I have been programming jazz music on the radio since 1975 in both the Monterey Bay Area and the San
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