Interlace

Kazzrie Jaxen at the Delaware River, Callicoon NY -- August 7, 2011 -- photo by Mark Weber

Kazzrie Jaxen at the Delaware River, Callicoon NY — August 7, 2011 — photo by Mark Weber

The Thursday Jazz Radio Show

April 28, 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)

INTERLACE

In the late 40s, floating on the wings of Bird and Prez, Warne Marsh and Lee Konitz developed a mellifluous interlace of saxophone lines like the ivy weaving it’s way up a trellis unraveling and raveling, telepathic and welcoming —-

I came of age in the rock & roll Sixties and in the late 60s early 70s the Allman Brothers had twin guitars doing that interlace thing, but I doubt they got that from Warne and Lee, the genesis for them was probably the twin guitars on Western Swing bands of the late 40s where you might check out Jimmy Wyble’s interlace guitar with Bob Wills and Spade Cooley.

Warne and Lee could do it flawlessly at the drop of a hat, they were temperamentally ready and prepared themselves in a natural way to be able to play this way spontaneously. Their genesis came from both Lennie Tristano and J.S. Bach, would be my guess.

Three saxophonists: Will Jhun, Ted Brown, Nick Lyons at Trumpets, New Jersey -- August 6, 2o11 ---- photo by Mark Weber

Three saxophonists: Will Jhun, Ted Brown, Nick Lyons at Trumpets, New Jersey — August 6, 2o11 —- photo by Mark Weber

Hill Green and Dori Levine in trio with Virg Dzurinko (Dori's trio) -- July 13, 2o10 -- Puppets Jazz Bar on 5th Avenue in Park Slope -- photo by Mark Weber -- I remember the airconditioner in there was set on arctic so that when you stepped outside into a New York City summer you wanted to kiss the atmosphere for being real

Hill Green and Dori Levine in trio with Virg Dzurinko (Dori’s trio) — July 13, 2o10 — Puppets Jazz Bar on 5th Avenue in Park Slope — photo by Mark Weber — I remember the airconditioner in there was set on arctic so that when you stepped outside into a New York City summer you wanted to kiss the atmosphere for being real

Connie Crothers and Anna Diorio -- May 9, 2o15 -- photo by Mark Weber

Connie Crothers and Anna Diorio — May 9, 2o15 — photo by Mark Weber

Panel discussion on Lennie Tristano at the Springsville Cool Jazz Conference: Dave MacKay, Billy Bauer, Ted Brown, Don Heckman (moderator) and a minute later Lee Konitz sat in -- May 28, 2004 -- this photo is so funky because I was laboring under the illusion of how cool it was to use the cheapest cameras available -- this is something I gleaned from Robert Frank -- but, those little $10 plastic disposable cameras are junk -- most of the shots on that camera are toast

Panel discussion on Lennie Tristano at the Springsville Cool Jazz Conference: Dave MacKay, Billy Bauer, Ted Brown, Don Heckman (moderator) and a minute later Lee Konitz sat in — May 28, 2004 — this photo is so funky because I was laboring under the illusion of how cool it was to use the cheapest cameras available — this is something I gleaned from Robert Frank — but, those little $10 plastic disposable cameras are junk — most of the shots on that camera are toast

Carol Liebowitz -- May 9, 2o15 Brooklyn -- photo by Mark Weber

Carol Liebowitz — May 9, 2o15 Brooklyn — photo by Mark Weber

This is Virg Dzurinko's set list from a little gig we did together in Connie's loft on November 16, 2o14 -- when I noticed this little piece of paper on the piano and after laying eyes on it I begged Virg for a copy, it is poetry itself

This is Virg Dzurinko’s set list from a little gig we did together in Connie’s loft on November 16, 2o14 — when I noticed this little piece of paper on the piano and after laying eyes on it I begged Virg for a copy, it is poetry itself

Art Pepper & Warne Marsh at Donte's -- January 26, 1977 -- photo by Mark Weber

Art Pepper & Warne Marsh at Donte’s — January 26, 1977 — photo by Mark Weber

Eva Lindal, violin, with Connie Crothers, piano, and Tomas Ulrich, cello -- August 22, 2o14 NYC -- photo by Mark Weber

Eva Lindal, violin, with Connie Crothers, piano, and Tomas Ulrich, cello — August 22, 2o14 NYC — photo by Mark Weber

Don Messina, Jimmy Halperin, Kazzrie Jaxen at Connie's studio -- November 16, 2o14 -- photo by Mark Weber ----- He have got to listen to some Jimmy Halperin tenor saxophone today

Don Messina, Jimmy Halperin, Kazzrie Jaxen at Connie’s studio — November 16, 2o14 — photo by Mark Weber —– He have got to listen to some Jimmy Halperin tenor saxophone today

These two instantly became fast friends in the fraternity of clarinets -- I told Kenny he needed to check this guy out and when he did he flipped, and then later he showed Bill some tricks and some alternate fingerings and let Bill play Pee Wee Russell's clarinet -- December 16, 2005 at KD & Elsa's place in Sandia Park, New Mexico -- photo by Mark Weber

These two instantly became fast friends in the fraternity of clarinets — I told Kenny he needed to check this guy out and when he did he flipped, and then later he showed Bill some tricks and some alternate fingerings and let Bill play Pee Wee Russell’s clarinet — December 16, 2005 at KD & Elsa’s place in Sandia Park, New Mexico — photo by Mark Weber

Lee Konitz being interviewed by Loren Schoenberg -- May 8, 2008 Manhattan -- photo by Mark Weber

Lee Konitz being interviewed by Loren Schoenberg — May 8, 2008 Manhattan — photo by Mark Weber

Andy Fite (guitar), Lorenzo Sanguedolce (tenor), Adam Lane (bass) -- session at drummer John Wagner's studio near the Navy shipyards in Brooklyn -- May 6, 2008 -- photo by Mark Weber

Andy Fite (guitar), Lorenzo Sanguedolce (tenor), Adam Lane (bass) — session at drummer John Wagner’s studio near the Navy shipyards in Brooklyn — May 6, 2008 — photo by Mark Weber

Louis Armstrong's house & museum in Corona, Queens, NYC -- December 7, 2004 -- (that's Connie Crothers under that umbrella) -- photo by Mark Weber

Louis Armstrong’s house & museum in Corona, Queens, NYC — December 7, 2004 — (that’s Connie Crothers under that umbrella) — photo by Mark Weber

Young trooper Mark Weber reporting for duty, sir -- Cucamonga, California

Young trooper Mark Weber reporting for duty, sir — Cucamonga, California

8 Comments

  1. Carol Tristano

    April 25, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    There are so many fantastic photos here! Joy – exuberance – soulfulness! And there’s little Mark – soulful eyes – with a tinge of sadness? Already an artist waiting for the chance….perhaps
    Which makes me ask – when did you start writing?

    As always, thank you for sharing all this.

  2. When did I start writing. I’ve always been a writer. I started drawing and drawing and drawing, incessantly. My grandmother Irene was a proof reader for the Progress Bulletin, the local newspaper and she used to bring me home the last ten feet or so of newsprint paper on the 30″ roll that wasn’t used (however wide a newspaper is) and I did my line drawings on that.

    I’ve spent a lot of time in graphics in this life.

    In school I always had my own easel. My kindergarten teacher always thought I was going to be an artist or a musician (she says I used to pick out tunes on the piano but I don’t remember a piano curiously enough, I do remember painting a red firetruck that had two fronts! It was a hook & ladder.

    Anyway.

    My mom says I used to write her 6 or ten page letters giving my opinion on the state of our household. Mostly about my brothers who I felt were not tidy enough, we shared a bedroom. And in school I was always given leeway to spend whole days writing my little stories that went on and on and on, I don’t think I knew how to stop! That would be about 3rd grade.

    I can fairly well narrow down the year (probably 1969 age 16) when I decided I was a writer. After years of saying I was going to be a writer I read Alan Watts book called THE BOOK, I think it was subtitled: On Being Who You Are or some such (Alan Watts was all the rage back then) and in that book he suggested not telling yourself what you were going to be some day but to BE that person now. That blew me away. So, from then on I just said I was a writer.

    Also, along about that time I found out that writing is where I could say exactly what I wanted to say without interruption. You know how kids are, so full of energy and talk and new experience that when Mr Serious (me) tried to pontificate on some recent piece of baloney I thought everybody should know about they’d run over me with a truck. It didn’t help that I was sort of shy and I’ve never been aggressive. So, mousey writer in my garret I became.

    My late friend Geno has a poem I published in 7th grade school newspaper. It’s around here somewhere.

    Oh, the other thing I can say. When I dabble in the other arts, like drawing, painting, playing guitar, singing, I never disappear into the moment. But, when I write I’m gone, two hours can fly by that feels like three minutes. In fact I have to be careful when I sit down that I don’t miss appointments. So, I must be a writer, have pity on me –LOL.

    When I’m (infrequently) asked to speak to classrooms about writing my first question is: Who wants to grow up to be a professional writer? I just want to see what these poor sots look like, and say a prayer for them. Because it’s a long road. (It took me until age 28 to have a final breakthrough where writing just flowed — all up till then it was very hard, and I was never really connected up to my thoughts, because writing, like music, is powerful and it can take over your page if you let it. I’m a big believer that the words should be at the service of the writer not the other way around.)

  3. PS————— Carol,
    I have a journal note from a last week that says: I want to write the way Lenny Popkin plays saxophone.

  4. Mark – these are great stories!
    And what a beautiful thing to say about Lenny’s sax playing.

  5. . . . I was sitting there listening to Lenny Popkin Trio cd and how Lenny on tenor sax (always on tenor sax) just kept going and going and inventing and turning this way and that way and exploring one tunnel here and climbing this vista there and crossing that bubbling stream and maybe doing a little fishing for a minute then down the sidewalk to have a taste at that pleasant little cafe and then going home to his wife and child and having a nice dinner and putting on a J.S. Bach record for dinner music . . . . . . and I realized that’s how to do it, that’s what I got to get to

  6. ——————————————playlist——————————-
    the infinite variability jazz radio show
    KUNM Albuquerque USA
    Host MARK WEBER
    April 28, 2o16

    1. Peter Ind “Pennies from Heaven” solo bass 1967 cd TIME FOR IMPROVISATION (Wave 4)
    2. Lennie Tristano Trio (Jeff Morton, drums; Peter Ind, bass) “East Thirty Second” –1955
    3. Lennie Tristano Quartet (Lee Konitz, Gene Ramey, Art Taylor) “These Foolish Things” –summer 1955
    4. Charley Krachy “Keep the Change” –4mar03 cd JAZZMAN’S SERENADE
    5. Gerry Mulligan Quartet (Art Farmer, Bill Crow, Dave Bailey) –23dec58 “Utter Chaos” cd WHAT IS THERE TO SAY (Columbia)
    6. Carol Liebowitz solo “Melancholy Baby” concert recording 11oct08
    7. Carol Liebowitz Quintet (Will Jhun, Nick Lyons, Bill Chattin, Don Messina) “All the Things You Are” — Live 1may11 at Trumpets — recording from Carol’s website
    8. Andy Fite Trio Sergey Vasilyev, bass; Pavel Timoteev, drums) “Nowhere” — c.1998-2008 cd THE FUN I’M HAVING NOW
    9. Kazzrie Jaxen solo “Two Hands Made of Sun” –c.1998 cd FOR THE BEAUTY OF THE EARTH (New Artists Records)
    10. Virg Dzurinko & Ryan Messina “Out of Nowhere” –2dec15 cd UNDERTOW (New Artists)
    11. Warren Vache Sixtet w/ Kenny Davern “All of Me” –6dec76 cd FIRST TIME OUT
    12. Kazzrie Jaxen Quartet “What is This Thing Called Love” –19mar11 cd QUATERNITY (New Artists)

  7. Carol Tristano

    April 30, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Hey – great show! It’s Saturday in Paris, but for me it’s Thursday in Albuquerque! You just announced that Charley ‘l be there next week – great! Dug that Keep the Change. Oh – next up Carol L. – one of my favorites!

  8. Carol Tristano

    April 30, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Wanted to say from last week too – thanks for hipping me to Virg and Ryan’s new CD. Beautiful.
    But something happened in the middle of the Warren Vache Sixtet – it suddenly jumped to another program of your’s! Anyway – I heard most of it and I have Quaternity.
    And wow – how ’bout Kazzrie’s masterpiece “Two Hands Made of Sun”! That first photo of her certainly radiates that sentiment.
    Well – à la prochaine!

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