The Is Of Is Now

Your radio host in 1971 ---- I wish you could still get those Hardy boots, those were velourYour radio host in 1971 —- I wish you could still get those Hardy boots, those were velour

The Thursday Jazz Radio Show

February 25, 2o16 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)

THE IS OF IS NOW

I have nothing to say and I am saying it — I have nothing to write really for this page today
and so I take John Cage’s declaration out for a spin.
I could, I suppose, say something about the disk jockey thing.
Radio hosts of my sort are advocates for the artists, it’s a way to get out of yourself
and focus on someone else’s work — (AA advises this very thing, as do the Buddhists).
I’m proud of my ability to listen, and it’s a privilege to be able to represent this jazz music
and that’s all I’ve got to say.
As well, all the work that goes into keeping a radio station afloat should not be taken lightly. Nor do we take frivolous the listener’s time. I hope the listening is meaningful.

United Front in rehearsal at Carl's place ---- February 14, 1981 San Francisco ---- These guys were my hang buddies when I was back & forth those years between SF and L.A. ---- Carl Hoffman, drums; George Sams, trumpet; Lewis Jordan, alto saxophone; Mark Izu, bass ---- photo by Mark Weber

United Front in rehearsal at Carl’s place —- February 14, 1981 San Francisco —- These guys were my hang buddies when I was back & forth those years between SF and L.A. —- Carl Hoffman, drums; George Sams, trumpet; Lewis Jordan, alto saxophone; Mark Izu, bass —- photo by Mark Weber

Benny Powell & Jimmy Cleveland trading 4's & 8's --Bill Berry Big Band at Bonaventure Hotel, downtown Los Angeles -- August 29, 1979 ---- photo by Mark Weber

Benny Powell & Jimmy Cleveland trading 4’s & 8’s –Bill Berry Big Band at Bonaventure Hotel, downtown Los Angeles — August 29, 1979 —- photo by Mark Weber

Carl Hoffman, Lewis Jordan, Mark Izu, George Sams: United Front at Carl's place, San Francisco -- February 14, 1981 -- photo by Mark Weber
Carl Hoffman, Lewis Jordan, Mark Izu, George Sams: United Front at Carl’s place, San Francisco — February 14, 1981 — photo by Mark Weber

Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra at I.U.C.C. -- June 28, 1981 Los Angeles -- Left to right: Gary Bias (alto); Ufahamu Uweizi (alto -- obscured behind Sabir); Sabir Matteen (tenor solo spot); Dr James Benson (tenor); Ernie Roberts (baritone sax); Arthur Wells (tenor); Fundi LeGogn, (French-horn); Ernie Roberts (bass clarinet -- edge of frame) ---- photo by Mark Weber ----- I remembering knowing Mr Matteen as "Sabia" in these days, so, next time I run into him in NYC I got to ask . . . . I'm pretty sure that Horace used to address him as Sabia . . . . ?

Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra at I.U.C.C. — June 28, 1981 Los Angeles — Left to right: Gary Bias (alto); Ufahamu Uweizi (alto — obscured behind Sabir); Sabir Matteen (tenor solo spot); Dr James Benson (tenor); Ernie Roberts (baritone sax); Arthur Wells (tenor); Fundi LeGogn, (French-horn); Ernie Roberts (bass clarinet — edge of frame) —- photo by Mark Weber —– I remembering knowing Mr Matteen as “Sabia” in these days, so, next time I run into him in NYC I got to ask . . . . I’m pretty sure that Horace used to address him as Sabia . . . . ?

I used to love Thurman Barker's drumming, this is him and John Lindberg (bass) in trio with Billy Bang in Los Angeles -- Century City Playhouse -- September 30, 1979 ----- we'll reacquaint ourselves with this music after years away ---- photo by Mark Weber

I used to love Thurman Barker’s drumming, this is him and John Lindberg (bass) in trio with Billy Bang in Los Angeles — Century City Playhouse — September 30, 1979 —– we’ll reacquaint ourselves with this music after years away —- photo by Mark Weber

Toshiko Akiyoshi - Lew Tabackin Big Band at the Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles -- July 28, 1980 ---- photo by Mark Weber

Toshiko Akiyoshi – Lew Tabackin Big Band at the Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles — July 28, 1980 —- photo by Mark Weber

One of these days I'm going to do an entire show on the music of Freddie Redd, the guy with four D's in his name -- Here he is in Los Angeles with his band Western Union at Snooky's, 12021 W. Pico Blvd -- October 27, 1979 ---- photo by Mark Weber

One of these days I’m going to do an entire show on the music of Freddie Redd, the guy with four D’s in his name — Here he is in Los Angeles with his band Western Union at Snooky’s, 12021 W. Pico Blvd — October 27, 1979 —- photo by Mark Weber

Two pianists: Jon Easton and Carol Liebowitz ---- August 6, 2o11 ---- photo by Mark Weber

Two pianists: Jon Easton and Carol Liebowitz —- August 6, 2o11 —- photo by Mark Weber

Ted Brown Quartet -- August 6, 2o11 at Trumpets jazz club, Montclair, New Jersey -- Bill Chattin, drums; Don Messina, bass; Jon Easton, piano ---- photo by Mark Weber

Ted Brown Quartet — August 6, 2o11 at Trumpets jazz club, Montclair, New Jersey — Bill Chattin, drums; Don Messina, bass; Jon Easton, piano —- photo by Mark Weber

Miya Masaoka (koto) with Toshiko Akiyoshi Big Band -- Popejoy Auditorium, University of New Mexico -- October 26, 1997 ---- photo by Mark Weber

Miya Masaoka (koto) with Toshiko Akiyoshi Big Band — Popejoy Auditorium, University of New Mexico — October 26, 1997 —- photo by Mark Weber

Line drawing by Mark Weber

Line drawing by Mark Weber

11 Comments

  1. Billy the Celloist

    February 24, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    yo Mark, is that not John EATON ?
    yo

  2. experiment in spontaneous writing
    for Carol T ——-
    —————————————————————————-

    and so, in the middle of
    all that, you could spawn, or spin-out,
    or jump ship, nobody’ll notice, as
    long as yr quick, sure-footed, sugar-
    coated, salmon-protected, smart phone
    in hand, never far from a pizza ceremony, (have the
    slice in left hand before you salute), subway rumbling
    at 90mph while a drunk entertains the
    tribe holding aloft a decapitated horned beast head,
    a bag of Skittles falls out of his pocket, yells some-
    thing in what sounds like proto-Indo-European, falters when
    the train brakes, I keep my bag of vinyl close,
    my precious records from a bygone age
    when turntables ruled the earth

    24feb16 —- 7:45am w/morning tea

  3. GREAT PICTURE OF A YOUNGER MARK……..!!!!!

  4. Who’s Charlie Eaton? which photo?

  5. Great photos my friend. So nice to see all these wonderful musicians again. Freddy Redd use to come to my loft on 26th between 7th and 8th avenue all the time. Great guy and just as sweet as could be. Ted Brown is still doing his thing too. Love and Thanks….xoxoxoxo Sheila

  6. I think Sabir is living in Italy these days, tho could be wrong.

  7. Mark! Imagine my surprise! I was just about to leave a reply when I saw your poem – I love it! Ever since your posts on the other thread I’ve been thinking about this subject. What you just created makes me say – you give the rapping free stylers (who I have a great respect for) a run for their money! And that’s all I have to say…..except thank you for this and for your expressions in writing and radio on behalf of artists!

  8. Dear Mark: BLESSINGS & PEACE!! a jigantic THANKZ on knowing that i was actuaLLY in the photo = obscured!!! i wouLd Like to add a correction or 2: Herbert CaLLis had an ALTO CLARINET=right edge of frame. On baritone sax was Fuwasi(Ernie Roberts). Last time i checked, Fuwasi had a Nice “scene” hapnin in GermanY. i am finaLLY sending U mY 2 LIVE RECORDINGS today!

  9. ——————————–playlist———————————–
    The Golden Opportunity Jazz Radio Show
    February 25, 2o16
    KUNM Albuquerque
    Host MARK WEBER

    1. Thurman Barker Strike Force, percussion ensemble (Brian Carrott, Eli Fountain, Wilson Moorman, Ray Mantilla) “A Rise” (Thurman Barker)– 24june2003
    2. Gene Harris Quartet (Ron Eschete, Ray Brown, Jeff Hamilton) “Blues for Jezebel” — March 1989 cd LISTEN HERE (Concord)
    3. Joe Giglio Trio (Rob Thomas, violin; Ron McClure, bass) “317 East 32nd Street”(L.Tristano) c.2005 cd 3 SPIRITS
    4. Lennie Tristano solo “Scene and Variations: a) Carol b) Tania c) Bud” cd THE NEW TRISTANO — 1961 (Atlantic)
    5. Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra “Clarrise”(Jesse Sharps) circa 1980 cd FLIGHT 17 (New Artists Records)
    6. Freddie Redd Trio “Dawn Mist” –Sept.1956 cd FREDDIE REDD IN SWEDEN (Lonehilljazz)
    7. Bobby Bradford discusses his composition “Comin’ On” –13aug15 interview with MW
    8. Bobby Bradford-John Carter Quintet (Roberto Miranda, Stanley Carter, William Jeffrey) “Comin’ On” (19-plus minutes) –17nov75 LIVE IN PASADENA (Darktree Records) —–coincidentally this concert produced by the new KUNM Friday jazz host John Breckow way back when we all lived in Los Angeles area, and the reels laid in the vaults for 39 years before finally going public)
    9. Sheila Jordan w/ Harvie S and Alan Broadbent “Confirmation” (Charlie Parker) — April 1991 BETTER THAN ANYTHING: LIVE at Kimballs, Oakland, California (There Records)

    • ALSO: I had my all-time favorite Toshiko Akiyoshi Trio record all set to go —-DEDICATIONS (Inner City, 1977) but ran out of time SO we’ll get to it next Thursday—————-she reveals her love of the Miles Davis Blue Note era
      recordings on this LP

  10. —————————————–playlist—————————–
    Spinning Along jazz radio show
    March 3, 2o16
    KUNM Albuquerque
    Host MARK WEBER

    1. Lowell Fulson “I Want to Know” (Chess) –2june60
    2. Max Roach & Mal Waldron duet “Action + Interaction + One” 3 sections from set one –20sept95 cd EXPLORATIONS TO THE Nth DEGREE
    3. Lanny Morgan Quartet “Subconscious Lee” — June 1993
    4. Lee Konitz w/ Stan Kenton “Of All Things” arranged by Bill Holman — March 1954
    5. Bobby Shew w/ Metropole Orchestra “Speak Low” –1988
    *appearing at Popejoy Auditorium March 5 w/NM Phil + jazz band
    6. Helen Sung (excerpted) “Epistrophy” cd ANTHEM FOR A NEW DAY
    *she’s appearing at Outpost March 4
    7. Joshua Breakstone “For Me” –2009 cd NO ONE NEW (Capri)
    *appearing at Scalo March 3 (we’re going with the Breckows)
    8. Claude Williamson Trio “Jersey Bounce” –19jan56
    9. Claude Williamson Trio “June Bug” ibid from cd Complete 1956 Trios (Fresh Sound)
    10. Oscar Pettiford’s Manhattan Jazz Septette (Hal McKusick, Barry Galbraith, Urbie Green, Herbie Mann, Osie Johnson, Eddie Costa, arr by Manny Albam) — 7june56 “Love of my Life”
    11. Lester Young Quintet (Kenny Kersey, Shadow Wilson, Billy Hadnott, Irving Ashby) “D.B. Blues” –April 1946 — Jubilee Show #190
    12. Philip Catherine & Martin Wind duet (guitar & bass) “Winter Moon”(Hoagy Carmichael) –2013 cd NEW FOLKS
    13. Red Norvo Quintet “Cookin’ at the Continental” cd THE FORWARD LOOK –31dec57

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