Every month

Every month I'll post a new "taste" of Art Pepper's music as a free download. These tastes are given away because they are "unreleasable" by virtue of the recording being cut off at beginning or end or by brief audio problems that occurred in the recording process.


I'll also post occasional snippets from my memoir of my life with Art or current journal entries including updates on new releases.

Monday, August 4, 2014


Happy birthday to ME. And next month it's Art's. I apologize for skipping July but I've been overwhelmed by the the work of creating an epub version of WISWAJJ (see sidebar and buy it if you haven't --- check out http://lauriepepper.net for reviews etc.).

Like it says, Art with Duke Jordan, David Williams, Carl Burnett

Click HERE to go the the album & click on Over the Rainbow to download RAINBOW for FREE.

The WHOLE album, more than 2 hours of magnificent music, was originally licensed to Fantasy Records (by me). It has been bootlegged everywhere.  For good reason.  I've been listening all morning. It's wonderful! AND...

I'm offering it NOW, more than 2 hours of magnificent music (plus downloadable liner notes), for only ten bucks (the price may go up) & if you buy it from ME you'll support the release of more Art Pepper.

Let me just say the 22 minute CARAVAN is phenomenal on this one.  One of the best Art ever played.  Well, really, it's all great: Besame at 16 minutes is divine, Cherokee is burning hot, Radio Blues is as funky as it gets (you know me by now. That's what I LIKE), and of course Duke and Art are ol' time beboppers so there are Rhythm-A-Ning, Good Bait (on clarinet!), etc., thrilling as well.) Guaranteed. 

Monday, June 30, 2014


FREE: Live at Dontes, Art Pepper, Milcho Leviev, Bob Magnusson, Carl Burnett 1980

 It's late! It's incomplete but it's free, folks!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Soundtrack to "ART"

I figure most people are like me, they want to see pictures of the people they read about (so I've got lots of pictures) and they want to hear the MUSIC, too. 

And, like me, they might be a little lazy and not want to plow through the internet, looking for photographs and tracks.

These are specific tracks I talk about in my memoir,
a selection just for readers,
a download just for reference.
 (All tracks but one were beautifully, professionally recorded. I've licensed them from the companies that own them).

 Click HERE to download or stream the MUSIC (and to download the FREEBIE*). And click HERE to buy the book. And click HERE to buy Art Pepper CDs.


Monday, May 12, 2014


Why I Stuck with a Junkie Jazzman - ART: Why I Stuck with a Junkie Jazzman

Published in 1979, Straight Life was the story of Art Pepper. He was a deeply troubled, madly gifted artist, an addict. Art told me his story, I wrote it down, and I fell in love with and married that complex and inspiring man. Straight Life, according to enthusiastic reviews in The New Yorker, Time, The Village Voice, etc. became (and remains) a classic. 

ART (at Amazon May 16, 2014)

In Straight Life Art cast himself as a lost, desperate genius and me, at the end, as his angel of rescue. During our marriage we worked successfully together to enact that story. But I was no angel, and we rescued each other. ART is a memoir of that marriage. This is a paperback book, 382 pages, 100 photos, and with a complete index

On May 16, the book will sell for $20


on May 13, 14, and 15

I'm selling it for 60% off. That's $8.00 
Go HERE, buy it, and when you check out
enter this discount code.  GF4UNB8B
It's only good for 3 days. 
Journalists, contact me for a super-deluxe discount code!


Thursday, April 17, 2014

FREE: But Beautiful! It's April...

...and my MEMOIR may very well be out next month!  Check out my SITE.

Okay: Here's the music, and it's FREE. But, well, you know…

Thursday, February 27, 2014


THE FREEBIE this month was suggested to me while I worked on my memoir of my life with Art -- Due out in April or May of this year.

The background: In 1977 Art recorded for three nights at the Village Vanguard with George Cables, George Mraz, and Elvin Jones.  This tune was released on the very first album from that session, Thursday Night at the Village Vanguard, though it was recorded on Saturday, the final night. And it was edited a bit for that release by John Koenig who thought the ending "lugubrious." I always regretted that edit and was given a chance to restore the original just as Art played it when I worked with Fantasy Records to release a complete boxed set of the session. Unfortunately none of the Vanguard material is currently available from the label.

Here's the bit from my memoir that made me long to hear this tune again.

They recorded for three nights. What you can hear now in those recordings of Art’s voice on the last night was not a drug-induced stupor. It was a stupor induced by a lack of drugs: His nose had finally swollen shut. He hadn’t really slept for about a week, hadn’t been persuaded to eat much more than an occasional candy bar for longer than that. He could hardly stand. That evening he had passed out in the hotel room, his face on a glass-topped bed-table which held his last few lines of coke. I roused him and brought him to the gig. John's [John Snyder's] assistant helped me get him there. 

Photo by Mitchell Seidel

The table’s edge had left a deep crease in Art’s cheek, like a thick scar, and he was dead-eyed, yellowish, and emaciated inside these stiff, slightly iridescent clothes he’d bought earlier on the tour at some pimp shoppe he’d found in Dayton (of all places). In the kitchen of the Vanguard, waiting to perform, he passed out again. Then it was time to go on. "He stumbled to the stage, stood in front of the mike with his horn, and faced the audience," I wrote in the liner note for the release of the whole set years later: "and suddenly he was alive. Alive! And yes, he was a monster. Listen to him play 'Cherokee,' of all things, the tune he always said separated the real jazz players from the play ones. Listen to him fly." The album was released by John Koenig after Les died the following year. The reviews were rhapsodic and it was a hit––in the small, international way great jazz albums sometimes are. 

 If there is any track on any album that sums up the beauty and power of Art’s triumphant artist’s soul, his gift, it’s the heartbreaking “Goodbye” he played that night and dedicated to his old friend, Hampton Hawes, "Who’s holding a place up above for all of us cats here on the stage.” For me it’s the strongest and most passionate performance he ever gave. I’ve heard Art tell an audience that playing jazz was like an exorcism. He summoned up his demons to demolish them. He mined his pain, confusion, desperation, anger, grief (also his passion, tenderness, and joy), to triumph in his music. He used his emotional past, hectic present, and his terrible fears and wild hopes about the future to connect with his listeners. He gave form to their feeling. He was an artist, and he won the battle every time. He won it at the Vanguard.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Let's start the new year off with a FREEBIE!

Incomplete, but don't complain.  It's a stunner.

In 1980, Art performed at a club in Geneva, Switzerland: The New Morning.
One night of that gig was recorded and it's ALL just beautiful.  Meanwhile, here's a nine-minute taste I cooked up today.  Audio quality not great, but the music's fabulous.

In 2013 I promised a gift to all those who donated to Widow's Taste during the year. I'm giving you donors the whole TWO HOURS of music from that night. I'm immensely grateful for the encouragement and the cash. Download codes will be sent to you in a special email. Look for it.
I promise I'll make the whole thing available to everybody else (for a reasonable price) as a download later on in 2014.

P.S. I'm having a problem viewing and hearing the Player in Chrome! If you have problems with Chrome try another browser. It's here. Right here!

Monday, December 9, 2013

FREE for December: Rhythm-A-Ning

Photo:  Art and George Mraz at Fat Tuesday's 1981

Art Pepper, Milcho Leviev, George Mraz, Al Foster.  

It's free, but take note…..

It's Free, But

The music biz is awful
'cause some people like to steal it
But my little tiny label
Is saying, "Don't you FEEL it?
Everybody worked so HARD to record it and preserve it."
Nahh, the parasitic thieves, figure they just plain deserve it.

 If you respect the music, keep it flowing.
If you respect the artists keep them going.
If you respect my label drop some money in the bucket
Or I'll go broke, give up,
and finally say, "Oh…….."

P.S.  This year's donors: A New Year's Surprise is coming!