November last year I published some pictures I had taken at the Vaasa Youth Festival summer 1971. This triggered some interesting responses.
- The blog and pictures have been viewed about 7 000 times by today. The picture below has been clicked most often.
- Facebook group dedicated to Vaasa Youth Festival found this blog. – I joined the group.
- Sax on the Web promoted the blog by keeping Dexter Gordon’s picture on the front page for several weeks, creating good traffic to the blog. – Thanks Harri.
- Jeroen, an admirer of Dexter Gordon from the Netherlands asked if he could get a copy of one of Dexter’s pictures. – Deal made.
- I met guitarist Ilpo Saastamoinen in one seminar in Helsinki last December. – He got prints of his pictures.
- SaxophonistEero Koivistoinen played in a concert in Helsinki last January. – He got prints of his pictures after the gig.
- I’ve been in contact with Martha Gaber (living now in Denmark), who sang and played lute. She sent me a nice piece of history information: “The poncho (which I naturally made myself) has long since gone to the Salvation Army, but the lute is still with me. Later I bought a guitar for my work as a Sotilaskotisisar, when I was taken all kinds of strange places in jeeps and boats to sing to the boys.” – Hope to meet you Martha one day in Denmark, and give you too some prints.
- One eager jazz music lover in Far East has made a YouTube video using my pictures at the background for Eero Koivistoinen’s recording “For Children”. – Should I be proud or irritated?
- I have donated the negatives of these photographs to The Finnish Jazz & Pop Archive (JAPA). – Big thank to their nice staff, Janne Mäkelä, Maaret Storgårds and Jouni Eerola (and to Finnish Jazz Federation’s Lauri Laurila, who guided me to JAPA).
- Today I got a mail, a very interesting one for two reasons. Firstly, the girl sitting next to Dexter Gordon in this picture has been identified! Secondly, I learned to know Seppo Lemponen, who was helping Dexter during his visit in Vaasa. He has written a super nice story (in Finnish) about three days (and nights) with “Nature Boy” Dexter. (Seppo has also written a doctor thesis titled “Swing to bop – hep to hip. A study in jazz parlance.”) – Thanks Seppo!