Davisville, July 1, 2024: Guaraldi time is here, 2nd edition

“Vince is always pulling splinters from his fingers, driven in when he claws at the wooden baseboard, behind the keys,” wrote Bay Area music critic Ralph Gleason, as quoted in Davis author Derrick Bang’s newly revised book Vince Guaraldi at the Piano. Splinters? They came from Guaraldi’s intense playing, Bang says, nearly nonstop performing, and the worn quality of the pianos he played in clubs.

Guaraldi, the Bay Area jazz musician known most for his Peanuts soundtracks and the song “Cast Your Fate to the Wind,” died in 1976 but is arguably more popular than ever, Bang says. Two recent signs: This month's latest archival release of music from a Peanuts special, It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown, and Bang’s updated book, which he will talk about 6:30 p.m. July 11 at the Avid Reader in Davis. On today’s Davisville we learn more about the music, new stories Bang heard while updating his book, and the baffling review Guaraldi received from the California Aggie the last time he played in Davis.


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