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The LEFT BANK BEARCATS Story told by Al Leopold





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Published on Feb 26, 2010

I have posted music from the Left Bank Bearcats before. However, this is the actual story of how these recordings were made by Al Leopold (1915 - 2011) who was trombonist on the three Left Bank Bearcats albums. Al dictated this interview on cassette tape and snail-mailed it to jazz researcher Walter Bruyninckx in Belgium around 2003. Walter then mailed me the original cassette and I did a follow-up phone call with Al. At that time, Leopold told me that the third album P-5300 was actually recorded in a Media, Pa. bar - restaurant. I later visited Joe Kuhn's son and musician Kevin Kuhn and we both agreed this must have been The Towne House. Al Leopold was the trombonist in Jan Savitt's Orchestra. The Left Bank Bearcat catalog is now owned by Madacy Entertainment in Montréal. Efforts to obtain information from Madacy have been unsuccessful.

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