Fall of 1959 Greenwich Village

The ghost of Ignatius J. Reilly ---- French Quarter, New Orleans, July 10, 1982 ---- New Orleans and the world has never been better depicted than with this cracked and cartwheeling book A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES by John Kennedy Toole ---- I snapped this shot off as a salute to Ignatius and his "world view" ---- photo by Mark Weber

The ghost of Ignatius J. Reilly —- French Quarter, New Orleans, July 10, 1982 —- New Orleans and the world has never been better depicted than with this cracked and cartwheeling book A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES by John Kennedy Toole —- I snapped this shot off as a salute to Ignatius and his “world view” —- photo by Mark Weber

The Thursday Jazz Radio Show

September 17, 2o15 Jazz @ Noon every Thursday (starts at 12:07 after the satellite news) Host MARK WEBER KUNM Albuquerque, USA 89.9 FM (Mountain Standard Time) also streaming on the web KUNM.org Current time zone offset: UTC*/GMT -6 hours (*Coordinated Universal Time)/Greenwich Mean Time)

FALL OF 1959 GREENWICH VILLAGE

at the Page Three cabaret Herbie Nichols worked for a few weeks or a few months and one of the singers he played piano for was Sheila Jordan, who says on page 136 of the indispensable biography on Nichols by Mark Miller —- after a disquieting rehearsal where Sheila wasn’t exactly sure how to work with him, comes the first night, Sheila says: “Oh my god, what’s this going to be like? But it was just unbelievable. I thought ‘Wow, this guy’s something else!’ I had one of those out of body experiences with Herbie Nichols. Twice. I haven’t had many in my life, maybe five or six, and two of them were with Herbie Nichols. . . . He would play a change and you’d say, ‘Wow, where is that going? But you’d go with it . . . . He took me someplace. I went someplace with him, and I’ve never been there since. Twice he took me there . . . I was just floating . . . I was floating above that club, and I was floating with his notes, his chords. I’ll never forget that feeling as long as I live.”

Bobby Shew Quartet -- December 30, 2o11 Albuquerque at Nahalat Shalom Temple -- Michael Glynn, bass; John Proulx, piano; Cal Haines, drums; Bobby Shew, trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn ---- photo by Mark Weber

Bobby Shew Quartet — December 30, 2o11 Albuquerque at Nahalat Shalom Temple — Michael Glynn, bass; John Proulx, piano; Cal Haines, drums; Bobby Shew, trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn —- photo by Mark Weber

Warne Marsh (w/Gary Foster) -- February 6, 1977 at Donte's and Warne's aunt Mae Marsh's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame -- August 13, 2o15 -- at the corner of Selma & Vine -- photos by Mark Weber

Warne Marsh (w/Gary Foster) — February 6, 1977 at Donte’s and Warne’s aunt Mae Marsh’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame — August 13, 2o15 — at the corner of Selma & Vine — photos by Mark Weber

Bobby Bradford riding shotgun down the Pasadena Freeway to Los Angeles -- August 14, 2o15 -- photo by Mark Weber

Bobby Bradford riding shotgun down the Pasadena Freeway to Los Angeles — August 14, 2o15 — photo by Mark Weber

Charles Tolliver Quintet -- all the microphones are for a recording, I think Jazz Alive, ask Michael Cuscuna, he was there -- May 10, 1981 at Maiden Voyage, Los Angeles -- Tony Dumas, bass; Bill Sunduza Henderson, piano; Buck Clarke, conga; Clifford Barbaro, drums -- photo by Mark Weber

Charles Tolliver Quintet — all the microphones are for a recording, I think Jazz Alive, ask Michael Cuscuna, he was there — May 10, 1981 at Maiden Voyage, Los Angeles — Tony Dumas, bass; Bill Sunduza Henderson, piano; Buck Clarke, conga; Clifford Barbaro, drums — photo by Mark Weber

Violist Alicia Ultan and vocalist (and my back-up on radio when I'm away) Patti Littlefield -- November 10, 2o11 -- photo by Mark Weber

Violist Alicia Ultan and vocalist (and my back-up on radio when I’m away) Patti Littlefield — November 10, 2o11 — photo by Mark Weber

Tenor saxophonist Doug Lawrence and his daughter Lyla in his 1957 Chevy Nomad outside our favorite restaurant Taj Mahal -- February 10, 2o12 Albuquerque -- photo by Mark Weber

Tenor saxophonist Doug Lawrence and his daughter Lyla in his 1957 Chevy Nomad outside our favorite restaurant Taj Mahal — February 10, 2o12 Albuquerque — photo by Mark Weber

Geri Allen Trio -- March 21, 2oo2, LaVeta Pass, Colorado with West Spanish Peak in background ---- Robert Hurst, Geri, Billy Hart ---- I was hired to drive them on a little tour around northern New Mexico and Colorado and we had a great time ---- Last week strolling up Broadway around 113th I stopped at a sidewalk vendor and found a little gem of a CD of Geri with Paul Motion and Charlie Haden that we'll start the show with on this day . . . .

Geri Allen Trio — March 21, 2oo2, LaVeta Pass, Colorado with West Spanish Peak in background —- Robert Hurst, Geri, Billy Hart —- I was hired to drive them on a little tour around northern New Mexico and Colorado and we had a great time —- Last week strolling up Broadway around 113th I stopped at a sidewalk vendor and found a little gem of a CD of Geri with Paul Motian and Charlie Haden that we’ll start the show with on this day . . . .

Michael Vlatkovich & Chris Garcia at Studio 725 Albuquerque -- May 20, 2003 -- photo by Mark Weber -- (among many hats Chris wears he drums in Bobby Bradford's Mo'tet and with the Grandmothers and with a pre-Columbian music duo)

Michael Vlatkovich & Chris Garcia at Studio 725 Albuquerque — May 20, 2003 — photo by Mark Weber — (among many hats Chris wears he drums in Bobby Bradford’s Mo’tet and with the Grandmothers and with a pre-Columbian music duo)

The search continues -- I've been doing this for fifty years and if I live long enough I'll do it for another fifty ----- photo by James Bongard -- June 5, 2o15 at his record store We Buy Music, Albuquerque USA

The search continues — I’ve been doing this for fifty years and if I live long enough I’ll do it for another fifty —– photo by James Bongard — June 5, 2o15 at his record store We Buy Music, Albuquerque USA

11 Comments

  1. In the opening scenes of the novel Ignatius J Reilly is a hotdog salesman pushing one of those same carts in the French Quarter . . . . .

  2. Doug———we’re going to air a track or two from this recent release: DOUG LAWRENCE SEXTET & TERI THORNTON cd but there is zero information on the package ——- when recorded? Who’s in the Sextet? Where recorded?

    • Recorded 1988 in NYC – DL – tenor, Tom Kirkpatrick – trumpet, Tardo Hammer – piano, Murray Wall – bass, Vernel Fournier – drums and of course the great Teri Thornton – vocals. All one takes – took literally 20 minutes to record 4 tunes. Recorded live to 2 track by Doug Pomeroy at the end of a rock session he was doing in Midtown at Sears Sound. Cost us $25! Was originally a demo for a wedding gig (we got the gig). My first gig as a musical director (and my easiest). Thornton was known as “One Take Teri” throughout her career. She always recorded live with the band, no overdubs.

  3. Billy the Celloist

    September 14, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Yo Mark, can you email me a phone # for Michael Cuscuna, please ? Thank You !
    i have lots of memories of playing at the Page 3 with Herbie and all the crossdressing
    “singers” we used to accompany. Sheila was probably one of the few real singers Herbie
    ever accompanied there. He was in and out of that dump three or four times over a couple
    of years; i also worked there with Richie Powell. it was a $20 a night gig.
    i probably ate some hot dogs from that guys cart ! 1959….wow, what a year !

  4. joanjobesmithvoss

    September 15, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    coooool, mark… jazz on and on..yr photos magnifico..

  5. ————playlist——————-
    THE MIXED BAG JAZZ RADIO SHOW
    Thursday September 17, 2o15
    KUNM Albuquerque
    Host Mark Weber

    1. Geri Allen – Paul Motion – Charlie Haden — Dec. 1990 — “A Prayer for Peace”
    2. Becky Kilgore & Nicki Parrott “Theme from the Valley of the Dolls” (Previn) — March 2o15
    3. Bobby Bradford solo cornet “Portrait of J.B.G.” — 30apr82 cd TANDEM remastered
    4. Eli Fountain Percussion Discussion “The Witch Doctor” + “No Fear” — January 2o15 –cd MASTERPIECE
    5. Chico Freeman Quintet cd ALL IN THE FAMILY — “What’s in Between” — Sept 2o14
    6. Herbie Nichols Trio “Sunday Stroll” — 7aug55 w/Max Roach & Al McKibbon
    7. Charles Tolliver & Music Inc “On the Nile” — summer 1969 — Lp THE RINGER (Arista)
    8. Metronome All-Stars w/Bird, Lennie Tristano, Fats Navarro, Buddy DeFranco “Victory Ball” — 3jan49
    9. Warne Marsh & Gary Foster & Alan Broadbent “Victory Ball” — October 1982
    10. Teri Thornton & Doug Lawrence Sextet “Devil May Care” — 1988 NYC
    11. Mike Barone Big Band “The Phantom” –27jan15 cd LA FIESTA

  6. I think I’ll park this playlist right here . . . .

    —————–playlist———————————-
    DARN THAT DREAM JAZZ RADIO SHOW
    September 24, 2o15
    KUNM Albuquerque
    Host MARK WEBER

    1. Curtis Fuller Quintet w/Sal Nistico “Blue Monk” –6dec78 (Mosaic box) BEEHIVE SESSIONS
    2. Pat Malone Trio w/Cal Haines & Michael Glynn — “I’ll Remember April” — 16jan12
    3. Duke Ellington “Sam Woodyard’s Blues” –18july66 (Fantasy) THE PIANIST
    4. Lester Young “Back Home in Indiana” — 1may44 (Savoy)
    5. Allan & Warren Vache “What Am I Here For” (Ellington-Strayhorn) –cd MRS VACHE’S BOYS, 1999
    6. Carol Liebowitz-Eva Lindal-Bill Payne “ever since” — 12june12 (Line Art Records)
    7. Jeff Denson solo bass “Subconscious Lee” — Feb.2o15 — cd Jeff Denson Trio + Lee Konitz (Ridgeway Records)
    8. James Chirillo & Howard Alden guitar duet “Nobody Else But Me” — 10june2005 on Kenny Davern & Ken Peplowski’s cd DIALOGUES
    9. Lennie Tristano solo “Autumn Leaves” –31oct65 cd CONCERT IN COPENHAGEN (Jazz Records)
    10. Lennie Tristano solo “Darn that Dream” — 2nov65 Stockholm — Lp SOLO IN EUROPE (Unique 21)
    11. Michael Kanan & David Sills “Milestones” –Dec.2011 cd THE SWEETEST MELODY
    12. Miles Davis All-Stars w/Bird “Milestones” –14aug47 (Savoy)
    13. Rotem Sivan Trio “Angel Eyes” –Jan.2015 (Fresh Sound Records)
    14. Sal Mosca w/Don Messina & Bill Chattin “How High the Moon” –3may2004 cd THING-AH-MAJIG (Zinnia)

  7. Met Mark Weber in 1991 I am pretty sure while traveling across the US on tour with
    THE MICHAEL VLATKOVICH QUARTET,
    performing some of the most original music “this side of Venus”.

    That group did 3 tours starting in Los Angeles and playing all the way across ending up in Toronto(!) and back.
    26 performances in 30 days, 10,000 miles in a van.
    (One day there will be a mini series about it)
    you can guess who will play Vlatkovich and Mark………

    Oh yeah
    the band was
    1st tour,
    1991
    Bill Plake – tenor
    Anders Swanson – acoustic bass
    Michael and myself

    2nd tour,
    1992
    add Rob Blakeslee – trumpet, flugelhorn

    3rd tour,
    1993
    add Vinny Golia – clarinets, Bb, A, Alto Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Contra bass clarinet
    Michael Bisio – acoustic bass

    William Roper was originally supposed to go on this tour but it didn’t happen
    BUT
    there is a ferocious recording of the band performing at THE ALLIGATOR LOUNGE in Santa Monica, CA
    (NOD TO NELS CLINE)

    every year the band made more money so instead of keeping it a quartet we added members……….

    Mark was our host and eventually a very good friend.

    We have performed on the air, off the air, (and sometimes) in the air,
    in different cities and in different states
    sometimes engulfed in Vlatkovich Music
    sometimes accompanying Mark Weber and his poetry
    (check out COWBOY CUT)
    one of my favorite tracks of all time

    Mark has always had BIG EARS
    and his feedback, comments and conversations, and questions are always welcomed
    AS ALWAYS THANK YOU MARK

    and on another subject
    MOTIAN not MOTION

  8. When the young Lyla Lawrence purses her lips like that she is mimicking her father with a saxophone (she climbs up on stage when Doug is playing in town and pretends to be fussing with embouchure, it is so cute) — as her mother Cara says, “She’s a daddy’s girl”

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