So it turns out that the word jazz didn’t start with music, but with baseball, first as the name for the curveball, and eventually synonymous for pep. Finally it got, through some not quite clear methods, to be used for the new kind of music that started in New Orleans but made its way to Chicago. Simply put, jazz and baseball go way back. Since we go way back too, we thought it might be fun to explore some of the connections of perhaps the greatest creations the United States has given the world, jazz and baseball. Sure, we’re going to push it a little, but that freeform silliness is just part of our charm, or at least that’s what we tell people. But get ready for everything from “Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit that Ball” by Taps Miller and Count Basie to Somos la Fuerza’s “Roberto Clemente,” from Lee Morgan’s “Sidewinder” to Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Jules Myshkin extolling their double play skills in the classic “O’Brien to Ryan to Goldberg.”

“Frank ‘n’ George” airs Tuesdays 10 am – 12 noon this quarter.

Joe DiMaggio and saxophone (images courtesy Wikimedia)

Joe DiMaggio and saxophone (images courtesy Wikimedia)