Our November 15, 2018 speaker, Garrin Hertel, is the publisher and editor of Nostalgia Magazine, and the bandleader of local band, Hot Club of Spokane. He graduated from Gonzaga University in 2003 with a degree in History and Philosophy. His history focus in college was early twentieth century Germany, especially the history of the resistance during the rise of the Third Reich. Garrin grew up in Spokane and went to North Central High School. He's married to Dena Hertel, and together they have a baseball team of kids ranging in age from about 10 to 28.
In 1946, Mildred Bailey was named Female Jazz Vocalist of the Year, ahead of both Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. But while everyone seems to have heard of Ella and Billie, very few know about Mildred Bailey, who was born in Tekoa, WA in 1900. Sadly, she died in 1951 without ever having been in a major motion picture or television show. Her many recordings are still available, and her legacy lives on in the jazz community. A very short, 15 minute, vignette on Mildred appeared in the recent documentary, Rumble: Indians Who Rocked the World, in which Garrin also appears briefly on the screen. At our November 15 meeting, Garrin will explore the basics of Mildred's life and some of the reasons why her name was lost in our cultural memories.
Please join us at the Airport Holiday Inn, 1616 S. Windsor Drive Spokane, Washington 99224. Contact Pat Holien by November 12th, for reservations. Pat's email is firstname.lastname@example.org and phone number is 509-951-2090
Mildred Bailey, Princess of Rhythm
Westerners Speakers Team
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Upper images are courtesy of the Northwest Room. The images to the left are courtesy of the Garrin Hertel. The image above is courtesy of the Nostalgia Magazine Collection.