Category: Fun

When We Were Your Age

Back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, telephone numbers began with 2 letters. Think PEnnsylvania 6-5000, BUtterfield-8, and BEachwood 45789. This cool web site gives you young’uns a glimpse into a time when phone numbers weren’t all numerical. Click on the Search Our Database link to find historical information on these exchanges sent in by numerous contributors.

Reach for the Stars!

It could be said that some poets and some jazz musicians are spacey. Now you can be spacey yourself with this marvelous free downloadable program, Stellarium. Enter your earthly coordinates and view the night (or daytime) sky as seen from your location. This “open source planetarium” allows you to be a sky pilot right in your own home, or out on the deck if you have wireless.

Hello, Lily

The most recent issue (vol. 25, no. 1) of the journal American Music contains a transcription of reminiscences recorded by Lil Hardin Armstrong about her life, and her courtship and marriage to Louis Armstrong. Since the Mudd subscribes to American Music, you can view Satchmo and Me online. A primary source at its best.


So you say, “Jazz is ok, but I’m really a fan of the Baroque, you know, Bach and all that.” Never fear! Try some of Porter Heap’s Swinging Bach (or Toccata and Fugue in d Minor) from the CD Orgel-Feuerwerk III, available from Or check out this version in the Mudd:

[CD] M385.B15 L6

Play Bach

Toccata et fugue en ré mineur (12:00)

Jacques Loussier, piano ; Christian Garros, percussion ; Pierre Michelot, double bass.

H-B, Herbie!

In keeping with Jazz Appreciation Month (see below) Herbie Hancock was conveniently born 67 years ago today. It may not surprise you to know the Mudd has 18 recordings of Mr. Hancock at the piano. But we also have quite a few recordings of his compositions interpreted by other artists.

To find CDs of Mr. Hancock the performer, try this Keyword anywhere phrase in quotation marks in LUCIA:

herbie hancock piano

To find everything,

herbie hancock