The Jazz Session #100: Bernard Flanders (My Grandfather)


My grandfather was one of the biggest influences on my life, both in making me the man I am and in pointing me early on to the magic of music, and jazz in particular. To celebrate my 100th episode, I’m taking a break from the show’s normal format to share with you my remembrances of my grandpa and some of the music that he loved.

Here’s a photo of the band my grandfather played in. He’s in the exact center of the top row. This photo was taken in 1930:


Author: Jason Crane

6 thoughts on “The Jazz Session #100: Bernard Flanders (My Grandfather)

  1. Amazing tribute to Grandpa, Hon. He would have loved it and would have been so proud of you, as he ALWAYS was. It made me cry, of course, but happy tears … so many wonderful memories and so happy for the bond you two shared. Thank you … I’m so glad to have this to listen to over and over. Love you.

  2. Jason
    Thank you for bringing me back to the Haygard Apartments and sitting in the parlor near that big white provincial sterro that Bernie would always seem to have music playing on whenever we visited. That was a phenomenol tribute to a phenomenol person. I wished I could have had even a fraction of the itme that you had with Uncle Bernie, just to sit and talk and listen to him and, as you’ve just presented, enjoy his love of thes music as much as I have grown to love it. I could certainly hear the love in yoru voice come across and I’m sure a slight glisten in your eyes as you described your childhood memories with yoru Grandpa. He certainly was grand.
    Thank you for sharing and I hope others that may not have known Bernie enjoy it as much as we did.
    Our best to all, even your mom.

  3. Congratulations on 100 shows! That was an interesting and emotion provoking show. The only connection I have to Bernie Flanders is we share the same last name, but it brought me back to my grandparents and the fond memories I have of them. BF is proud!

  4. Jason: You don’t know me, but I grew up with your mom in Lenox….I remember your grandparents fondly, and you have certainly done your grandpa justice with this tribute. You were so lucky to have such loving, involved grandparents, but they were just as lucky to have such an amazing grandson. Kathy Kane

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