Untitled Poem


Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, alto; Leo Blevins, guitar; Bobby Blevins, organ; unknown trombonist — Rubaiyat Room, 1400 S. Western Avenue, Los Angeles March 5, 1977 | Photo by Mark Weber

You’d be coming from someplace
and going to another
criss-crossing the giant city
always at night
always with lights, neon and incandescent
headlights of the freeways
street lamps
the little light over the bartender
Cleanhead said to the waitress “Did you put
your finger in it, baby?” as she handed him
his little drink
in those days I always had a double

Cleanhead and the Blevins Brothers had that
Sunday night gig for several years
just a click north of the Santa Monica Freeway
on Western Avenue

a little stop along the way . . . .

Mark Weber | 19feb12


Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, alto; Leo Blevins, guitar; Bobby Blevins, organ; unknown trombonist — Rubaiyat Room, 1400 S. Western Avenue, Los Angeles March 5, 1977 | Photo by Mark Weber

11 Comments

  1. What a lovely poem and photos of the band. That’s so long ago. You are the best and I can’t thank you enough for keeping the music alive…..Love Sheila

  2. michael vlatkovich

    February 19, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    mArk,

    Really nice!!!!! the photos and the poem……

    mPv

  3. Simple, yet profound

    I’ve always felt that jazz happens at night because, instead of sharing the “space ways” with everyone’s waking egos, we are instead flying with everyone’s dreams…

    Mark, thanks again for following your muse…

  4. Very Nice. Eddie Cleanhead Vinson could play his ass off.

  5. phew! wish i could’ve been there.
    excellent poem…

  6. You always tell it, Mark and your pictures always show it..thanks for keeping me on your list..

    Love,

    Patti

  7. mark — wonderful poem and photos. so atmospheric, right mood. it just takes us there. and i continue to learn so much about l.a. and the music from just a few of your lines. — steve

  8. Note: that Leo Blevins not only made a gang of records with Gene Ammons but he’s also the guitarist on the Clifford Brown-Max Roach Live at the Beehive, Chicago, recordings.

  9. Mark:

    Fantastic! Beautiful poem and accompanying images. Thanks to you, this lives even in this very moment. Gratitude!

    Alex

  10. I WAS THINKING OF ONE OF THE FINEST GUITAR PLAYERS I HAVE I HAVE EVER HEARD AND I WANDER WHERE HE IS AND WHATS HE DOING HERE IN 2014 ??
    LEO BLEVINS

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