As I was driving along today between jobs listening to my car radio as I normally do, I was listening to OUR national broadcaster ABC News Radio (Australia) and, at certain times of the day they take different programmes for half hour segments from international broadcasters.As it happened at about 1pm local time they take the US Broadcaster NPR. And today they (NPR) started a four part programme on the hardship of old time Jazz Players with today interviews from Frank Foster ( Count Basie Band) and Billy Taylor. Let me say, it was most interesting however, sad to hear the on going battles of these latter day legends of Jazz and how they strive to survive into the later years. Frank Foster, made the point that in their younger day they lived for the day, mostly got paid in Cash because a Cheque would always bounce and you never put anything away for the future because as Frank said, you didn't expect to live past 50! Now on Social Securities and a small pension he says, that after paying rent and utilities there's nothing left. And he's in no physical state to perform any more so things are pretty rough. Apparently, Billy Taylor's a bit better off because of Radio and TV Contracts that has pulled him through a little better in his later years. However, Billy's says, that the New York Club scene has died over the past few years and the gigs are just not there anymore! Part 2 tomorrow !