Jazz Appreciation Month – Check Mate!

We have a winner! Yesterday’s JassOdyssey Question of the Day (JQD) was: What was the best-selling jazz album ever produced by CTI records? TeQuila McJunkins got it right when she answered ‘Deodato’s album.’ That was Prelude. So McJunkins will be getting a free copy of ii-V-I: A JassOdyssey. In the main time, everybody should continue to play–you might win a free copy of this jazz book classic. Now–on with the blog.


th-1Let me give a big shout out and congratulations to a good friend of mine John Guchemand (we call him John G). He’s an excellent chess player who’s been coaching students in the game for years. Through his tutelage, he led a group of students (including his sons) to the National Scholastics Chess Competition, and the team won, sharing First Place with two other national teams. Way to Go John! We knew you could do it.



I’m especially proud of John G. because he severed as one of the role models in my book ii-V-I:A JassOdyssey. Notice he’s holding a copy of an album by Stanley Clarke, the answer to one of our previous JQD’s. In the book, Park encounters a problem that seems insurmountable. But the friendly advice of John G’s character helps him to overcome the obstacle. You should read the book to find out what he said–it might be helpful to you one day.

The game of Chess is taken seriously by jazz musicians. Just ask Dizzy and Mingus. Even Ray Charles is no stranger to the game.

JassOdyssey Question of the Day (JQD)
Continuing with our Chess theme, What Chess Record Blues/Jazz artist recorded and made famous the megahit “At Last?”th-6

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