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Joseph Campbell: Jazz Musician
A Tribute to the Mythologist's Musical Side

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Joseph Campbell: Jazz Musician

A loving re-creation of one of the renowned mythologist's little-known performances as a 1920's jazz saxophonist!


Before he became known as the preeminent mythologist of our time, young Joseph Campbell spent much of the Roaring Twenties playing saxophone in a New York City-based jazz band, during his years as a student at Columbia University. At its peak, the band regularly played some of the prestigious nightspots of Prohibition-era New York, which opened up exciting new worlds of experience for Campbell.

On this tribute album, The Louis Armstrong Society Jazz Band, along with producer Phil Robinson (of the Campbell-inspired rock band, The Bliss Jockeys), highlight this little-known facet of Campbell's life by faithfully recreating the lineup, style and repertoire of Campbell's band, while adding their own special touch.


EXCLUSIVE LINER NOTES: The CD includes extensive liner notes featuring a well-researched essay illuminating and exploring Joseph Campbell's jazz career, contributed by Joseph Campbell Foundation columnist Stephen Gerringer himself, exclusive to the physical edition.


"Joseph Campbell: Jazz Musician was created with the full cooperation of the Joseph Campbell Foundation (JCF). Kudos to producer Phil Robinson and The Louis Armstrong Society Jazz Band for their loving and faithful re-creation of what a night with Joseph Campbell's jazz band would have sounded like! And boy, does it swing...!"

-- Stephen Gerringer,
Joseph Campbell Foundation


"Phil Robinson has done a memorable service for the entire (worldwide) Joseph Campbell community. While widely recognized for his contributions as the outstanding (American, if not World) mythologist of the 20th century, Campbell has not yet been celebrated as spellbinding storyteller, writer of fiction, musician, and even visual artist.

In his evolution as "cultural creative" Joe paid much of his way through Columbia College by playing in jazz bands. Maybe it was his way of including the right (musical, artistic, creative) along with the left hemisphere of words that constitutes academia. As it was, he played in important public venues all around NYC and earned enough money to pay part of his college tuition and expenses.

His was never, ever, a one-sided intellectual mind; but one full of the vibrant rhythms and images of the ages!"

-- Stephen Larsen,
Author (with Robin Larsen),
Joseph Campbell: A Fire in the Mind - The Authorized Biography
and 10 other books.
Co-Director (with Robin Larsen),
The Center for Symbolic Studies


1.     The Early Twenties Medley                                                        3:31
           A. Yes Sir, That's My Baby      
           B. Bye Bye Blackbird      
           C. You're Driving Me Crazy      
           D. Red Red Robin      
           E. My Blue Heaven      
2.     Alabamy Bound     2:46
3.     It Had to Be You     3:28
4.     Toot Toot Tootsie     2:27
5.     Five Foot Two     2:47
6.     Tell Me, Little Gypsy     2:29
7.     A Pretty Girl Medley     3:01
           A. A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody      
           B. You'd Be Surprised      
           C. Some Sunny Day      
8.     Swingin' Down the Lane Medley     3:12
           A. Swingin' Down the Lane      
           B. Stumbling      
           C. Ain't We Got Fun      
9.     When You're Smiling     2:44
10.     Avalon     2:24
11.     Linger Awhile     2:30
12.     I'll See You in My Dreams     3:03

Produced by Phil Robinson
Music Direction by Jimmy Maxwell
Principal Recording at Columbia University


Producer's Note    |   Biographical Essay

Musician Credits   |   Full Production Credits   |   Full Song Credits

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