Song to a Joni

J.A. Deane & Out of Context — February 28, 1997 @ Outpost — Joey Sabella, drums; Stefan Dill, guitar; Mark Weaver, tuba; Alicia Ultan, viola; Rod Harrison, text; Simon Welter, engineer; Courtney Smith, Celtic harp; Tom Guralnick, soprano sax & electronics; Dino, conduction & keys — photo by Mark Weber


September 27, 2o12 – 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 > – Current time zone offset: UTC*/GMT -6 hours (*Coordinated Universal Time)/Greenwich Mean Time)


On today’s radio show I thought we’d look into a corner of J.A. Deane’s psyche that I have over-looked over the years. For all of the sixteen years that I have known Dino he has always said that his five biggest influences were Coltrane, Miles, Gil, James Brown, and Joni Mitchell.

Like myself, Dino probably first heard Joni on Los Angeles radio when the deejay B. Mitchell Reed was excited about this new artist who hails from Canada (1968). It was song poetry & guitar & clear soprano voice those days.

So, I have asked J.A. Deane to be our guest today and to show us the jazz side of Joni.

J.A. Deane is a renowned sound designer and director of the musical ensemble Out of Context here in New Mexico. He has worked with everyone from Ike & Tina Turner to Jon Hassell, from Butch Morris to David Behrman, and Ken Keppeler to Steve Peters. He played trombone for 40 years but started out as a garage band drummer for a southern California surf band. Gave up trombone in 1997 to work with stringed instruments (lap steel dulcimer, and etc — see following) and laptop.

Words to describe Joni’s work:

coalesced, intertwined, bright & shining
complexities of being alive and the human heart, explicit(ness),
sanctity, multiplicity,
romantic, rebellious, winsome,
that wide-open feeling prevalent in the 60s, part idealism, part weary traveler.

Tom Guralnick & J.A. Deane in duet — soprano saxophone & trombone — June 21, 1997, Albuquerque — photo by Mark Weber

Simon Welter, soundman, and J.A. Deane, sound design — August 18, 1996 @ Outpost Performance Space, Albuquerque — photo by Mark Weber

TO clarify I asked J.A. Deane recently:

1) What string instruments do you play now?

>>>>>main instrument is the “lap-steel dulcimer” (the custom built electric instrument) the other string instruments that I have & play to different degrees (all flat-lap style) are:

1- solid body electric ukulele
2- nylon string acoustic guitar
3- nylon string acoustic mountain dulcimer
4- lapsteel guitar (the national I played with the bubbadinos – which is very modified

2) And other musical devices you now play?

1- sampler
2- keyboards
3- percussion
4- a shakuhachi-style flute

*the joni show i have been giving this allot of thought and this is the list of albums that I would like to draw from — bottom line: I think that these WILL be appropriate for the JAZZ radio show……..dino


  1. Mark Weber

    “Song to a Joni” is an allusion to the title of her first album

  2. Mark Weber

    playlist — KUNM Sept. 27, 2o12
    Noon jazz show
    1. “You Dream Flat Tires” cd TRAVELOGUE, 2002
    2. “The Jungle Line” HISSING OF SUMMER
    LAWNS, 1975
    3. “Edith and the Kingpin” as previous
    4. “Harry’s House/Centerpiece” as previous
    5. “Paprika Plains” DON JUAN’S RECKLESS
    DAUGHTER, 1977
    6. “Chair in the Sky” MINGUS, 1979
    7. “Turbulent Indigo” TURBULENT INDIGO, 1994
    8. “Be Cool” TRAVELOGUE

  3. Patti Littlefield


    I tried to call you during your great show…

    Yes, Joan is very much a “hands on in the studio” kinda gal.. she is also a “hands on in the mixing” and “hands on in the mastering”

    Her music is an aspect of her art and no one else is in charge except for Joan.. she will collaborate, like she did with Klein
    but then, she was married to him and actually still consults with him or rather, she did. But she has the last word. Always and completely.

    Great show.. good choices of tunes too



  4. Mark Weber

    The telephone lines were down, which, in this Digital Hightech Era is not uncommon.

    Would have been nice to talk with Patti (I call her Patsy Cline ’cause she’s a local New Mexico songbird, mostly jazz AND has sang Karoake with Joni) she’s personal friends with Joni (“Joan” to those of the in-crowd).

  5. Mark Weber

    San Francisco clarinetest BETH CUSTER sends this >

    Joni Mitchell’s Blue Presented by UnderCover, Faultline Studios, & KALX 90.7 FM
    Featuring 50+ Bay Area Artists
    Guest Music Director, Dina Maccabee
    Brava Theater
    2781 24th St.
    (cross is York)
    10-15 minute walk from 24th St. BART Station

    Saturday, September 29, 2012
    Doors: 7:30 PM
    Sunday, September 30, 2012
    Doors: 6 PM

    Ticket Prices: $12-35
    (Please note that prices are based on seating section)
    ADMISSION INCLUDES FREE STUDIO RECORDED ALBUM DOWNLOAD! Download code will be distributed at show with Keepsake Program.

    All ages
    Wheelchair accessible
    Saturday – Food for purchase by mamakSF (Malaysian Cuisine)
    Sunday – Food for purchase by Wise Sons Jewish Dellicatessan

    Side A
    1) KillBossa ~ All I Want (Tropicalia)
    2) Bharathi Palivela & Daniel Fabricant ~ My Old Man (South Indian Classical Jazz)
    3) Kelly McFarling ~ Little Green (Americana/Folk)
    4) The Beth Custer Ensemble ~ Carey (Jazz/Funk)
    5) Kitka ~ Blue (Balkan/Romani)


    Side B
    6) Amy X Neuburg ~ California (Electronic)
    7) Adam Theis (Jazz Mafia) ft. Aima the Dreamer & Erica Dee ~ This Flight Tonight (Hip Hop Symphony)
    8) Suzy Thompson ~ River (Blues)
    9) The Seshen ~ A Case of You (Afro-Pop)
    10) Katy Stephan + Classical Revolution ~ Last Time I Saw Richard (Chauntuese/Classical Chamber)

    This night is brought to you by:
    UnderCover Presents
    Faultline Studios
    KALX 90.7 FM
    J. Lohr Wines

    Artwork by Jeff Boozer

    UnderCover Presents is a small grassroots collective that gathers musicians from every corner of the San Francisco Bay Area’s music scene to celebrate the broad influence of classic albums. The concept is simple: bands are invited based on their enthusiasm for the album from a range of musical genres that reflect the diverse styles and cultures that make Bay Area music unique. Each band picks a different song from the album and infuses it with their distinctive sound and personality.

  6. Mark Weber

    ——-Corroborating Evidence—–
    on the radio show I had said that I thought it was Bud Shank who played the famous flute break on The Mamas & The Papas big hit “California Dreamin'” (1965) and a little search on the WWW proved it true — that Bud was playing an alto flute

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