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Jay Z and his personal barber Johnny “Cake” Castellanos, photographed together in the Wynwood Arts District in Miami on Wednesday. Hov is staying with that fresh cut! 

On his wrist is an Audemars Piguet “Royal Oak Carbon Concept” timepiece. AP is known as the only watch company to master forged carbon technology, making their watches super lightweight. This concept piece was the first watch ever equipped with both the case and movement components in carbon ($310,000). 

Now for some history on Johnny Cake: Back in 1997, when his own barber fell through, Dame Dash brought Cake out to the Hamptons to cut Hov’s hair. No one else has cut it since. He has been flown out to Monaco, Japan, England, Romania, Brazil and more just to freshen Jay up. In an interview with Vibe magazine in May 2005 he had this to say about Cake: “I’ve only had two barbers in my life; and I didn’t know Johnny when I was a kid, so that shows how I feel about him.” You can find him at his cutting joint The Shop in Englewood, New Jersey.


Today, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a challenge to a buffer zone law that protects patients and staff at clinics in Massachusetts from anti-choice harassment and violence.

Across the country, extreme, often violent, anti-choice protesters physically block access to clinics and intimidate people exercising their constitutionally protected rights.  Learn more about this issue and the laws that exist to protect patients and their doctors.

anonymous asked:

Does Judy ever move closer to Quinn after her grandbabies are born and TJ getting older or is she too settled in Chicago? How about the Granddads, Connecticut, close enough or do they get even closer?

My original thought was that she’d be pretty settled in Chicago–maybe even find herself a new man. But lately I’ve been considering that she might be inclined to move closer to Quinn and her granddaughters once TJ is older and Frannie is fully back on her newly single, independent, don’t-need-no-controlling-man feet. 

I mean, it would be pretty tempting for Judy to have easier access to her little princesses. I could see her looking for a nice, cozy apartment (or retirement community) somewhere like Englewood, New Jersey–just across the Hudson from where Quinn and Rachel will end up buying a house. 

As for the Berrymen, they’re pretty content in Connecticut and not terribly far away for day trips and holiday visits. I think they’ll be staying where they are–at least as long as they’re able to live on their own. But I imagine that once one of them passes, Rachel will be moving the other closer to her. 

(And now I’m imagining some weird elderly odd couple set up with either Judy and Hiram or Judy and Leroy as roommates.)

Chuck Stewart     John Coltrane During the Recording Sessions for “A Love Supreme,” Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey     1964

“Sometimes I’d think I was making music through the wrong end of a magnifying glass.” John Coltrane

Eric Dolphy’s Out to Lunch: The Making of a Masterpiece

Although Eric Dolphy had recorded his quintet with Bobby Hutcherson’s vibes replacing the piano in the summer of 1963 (it was Woody Shaw’s recording debut), nothing could have prepared the jazz audience for “Out To Lunch” which was recorded on February 25, 1964 at Rudy Van Gelder’s studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

This was Dolphy’s first fully realized original music, breaking with hard bop tradition and crystalizing his preoccupation with wide intervallic leaps, off center rhythms and harmonic freedom. The five startling, diverse compositions that Dolphy created for this album are springboards for free improvisation, but they are intricate, complex pieces often with difficult time signatures and unexpected twists and turns. They are more advanced and original than anything Dolphy had written up to that point. His tributes to Thelonious Monk and Severino Gazzeloni are ingenious musical portraits.

It is clear from listening to these works that Dolphy wrote out parts for every instrument, even the drums. I doubt any other four people could have brought this music to life the way Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, Richard Davis and Tony Williams did. They had the considerable skills to play this difficult music accurately and the artistry to improvise within it inventively and in the spirit of Dolphy’s intensions. Freddie Hubbard told me that Dolphy was very proud of this music and rehearsed the band intensely before the record date, even doing a concert in Brooklyn that Freddie remembered being held despite a snow blizzard.

Eric Dolphy made the greatest and most adventurous album of his career for Blue Note. Sadly, Dolphy never had the opportunity to expand upon this masterpiece. It would be his last studio recording. After touring Europe with Charles Mingus, he died in Germany four months later at the age of 36.

-Michael Cuscuna

For a limited time only, Mosaic is offering limited edition fine art prints of six photographs taken by Francis Wolff during the Out of Lunch session. For more info and to order your photos, go here.

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John Coltrane, December 1964 by Chuck Stewart

On December 9, 1964, John Coltrane led a quartet that featured pianist McCoy Tyner, drummer Elvin Jones and bassist Jimmy Garrison into Rudy Van Gelder’s studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, where countless jazz recording sessions were held in the 1950s and ’60s. 

That day nearly 50 years ago the band recorded a Coltrane composition titled A Love Supreme, a profound expression of his spiritual awakening divided into four movements—“Acknowledgement,” “Resolution,” “Pursuance,” “Psalm.” For its soaring ambition, flawless execution and raw power, it was hailed as a ground breaking piece of music when it was released in February 1965 and is now considered one of the most important recordings of the 20th century

I hate the common question “ Do you have a boyfriend ?” at the dinner table with a passion. it makes me feel weird for being 19 and single. i’ve been with okay with it for a year now. I’m not rushing into anything, because i know what i’m looking for & i rather not date just to date so i can avoid the heartbreak. I do crave affection and attention, but it’s nothing that i’ve never had before. I just see so many wack and lame relationships nowadays, filled with drama. i’m just waiting for something “different” to come my way.