I asked her whether this was hip talk in Forties Chicago. "No, I sort of made that up - meaning, to relay news and gossip - but people did sing the riffs to those who'd not been at a concert by Miles or Dizzy, performers who were not mere cookie-cutters." The phrase has many possibilities: "Can you get to the meeting this morning?" "No, I'm busy. Swing by later and sing me the riffs."Reuse content
THE ELEGANT doyenne of jazz commentary in New York is Jean Bach, director of A Great Day in Harlem. Slang springs readily to her lips, in even the toniest restaurants. The pianist and singer Barbara Carroll said one recent lunchtime that she could not make a party that evening. "That's all right, I'll go, and sing you the riffs later," replied Jean.