Have your feet on the ground, a firm foundation, and a musical pair of socks before you pick up the saxophone —- Moody had a considerable success early on when in 1949 at age 24 his “I’m in the Mood for Love” was a hit —- Bobby Bradford remembers dancing to it in Dallas at high school dances —- Moody was one of the early jazz expats, spending a lot of time (1948-1951) living in Europe where his records those years emanated from Paris, Stockholm (“Mood”), Lausanne, Zurich, and some of the titles already reflect his life-long penchant for humor (and bop allegiance): “Three Bop Mice,” “I’m in the Mood for Bop,” “The Flight of the Bopple Bee” —- most of us remember him for his long tenure (1963-1971) with Dizzy’s Quintet and all the great records they made —- this photo is of the quartet he used at the Outpost Performance Space — April 21, 1997 Albuquerque: Left to Right: David Parlato, John Trentacosta, James Moody, Bob Fox — photo by Mark Weber
THE THURSDAY JAZZ RADIO SHOW
March 19, 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)
MOODY’S MOOD FOR PSYCHEDELIC SOCKS
There are some days that
just don’t get off to a good start
a flat tire day, or you can’t remember where you put your keys,
you lost your subway pass, or
the box of Wheaties was empty, your shoelace
broke . . . .
You got out of bed on the wrong side?
Which side is wrong, by the way?
Whichever way it was, even in the best of times
it’s necessary to start your day over:
Just stop and tell yourself: Okay, I’m going to wipe the chalkboard clean
and start over —-
Make a ceremony out of it if you want: Stop
right there on the sidewalk and say it outloud
(quietly) that This day is starting over —-
Be like James Moody and soften your gaze.
James Moody and his New Mexican Quartet — April 21, 1997 — photo by Mark Weber
Gretchen Parlato Quartet at the old Outpost — April 6, 1998 — David Parlato, bass; Michael Anthony, guitar; Bob Fox, piano; John Trentacosta, drums —- Let the record show that some of Gretchen’s earliest recordings from 1996-1997 were with my MW Poetry Band —- photo by Mark Weber
Warne Marsh – Pete Christlieb Quintet — October 7, 1976 — Donte’s, North Hollywood — I sometimes think only musicians really get what Warne is doing, and by extension, possibly only saxophonists really get what’s going on —- Warne was so involved in chords and complicated exercises in time . . . (for example it was years before I found out that his tune “Two Not One” meant that the first note you hear is actually the second note in the measure, which means I was already off in my count from the get-go) —- photo by Mark Weber —- Quintet this night was Lou Levy, piano; John Dentz, drums; Fred Atwood, bass
Marshall Royal and Lanny Morgan, alto saxophones, in sax section of Bill Berry Big Band playing at Local 47 for the Blue Mitchell Memorial — June 10, 1979 — photo by Mark Weber
Larance Marable was born and lived his entire 83 years in Los Angeles (d. July 4, 2o12) working and recording with everyone from Bird to Dexter to Chet, Zoot, Hampton Hawes, Teddy Edwards, Charlie Haden, etCetEra . . . photo by Mark Weber — June 10, 1979
Tom Williamson at Herrick Lounge, Occidental College, Los Angeles — January 16, 1969 — recording the first album of The New Art Jazz Ensemble SEEKING (Revelation Records) — photo by John William Hardy from the collection of Bobby Bradford
Peggy Gilbert & The Dixie Belles —- MacArthur Park, Los Angeles — August 22, 1982 — photo by Mark Weber
Peggy Gilbert & The Dixie Belles —- MacArthur Park Bandshell, downtown Los Angeles — August 22, 1982 —- Peggy was a major behind the scenes take-care-of-business force at Local 47 for years, she lived to age 102 (d. Feb.12, 2oo7) Please read her entry at Wikipedia —- I’m looking forward to reading the biography PEGGY GILBERT & HER ALL-GIRL BAND (also a film documentary of same name) —- possible members in this photo: Marnie Wells, trumpet; Pee Wee Preble, trombone; Natalie Robin, clarinet; Jerrie Thill, drums; Georgia Shilling, piano; Pearl Powers, bass; and Peggy Gilbert on tenor saxophone, (those are the members we’ll be listening to from a 1985 recording, minus Pee Wee Preble) — photo by Mark Weber
Bobby Shew shot over the shoulder of drummer Cal Haines —- Friday night club gig in Albuquerque —- Shew plays cornet, flugelhorn, & trumpet with this particular band of Mickey Patten’s (bass) called the Charlie Christian Project — August 2, 2o13 —- Bobby’s band plays at the Outpost same night as the radio show
Two Angeleno bass players: Tom Williamson and Roberto Miranda —- August 9, 2o13 —- Roberto had just performed with the Bobby Bradford Mo’tet at L.A. Country Museum of Art, Tom had drove out from Phillips Ranch/Pomona — photo by Mark Weber
The New Art Jazz Ensemble: John Carter, Bruz Freeman, Tom Williamson, Bobby Bradford — January 1969 at the Watts Local train stop at 103rd & Grandee (the Red Car went out of service Sept 1961) —- photo by John William Hardy
The New Art Jazz Ensemble circa 1968 — John Carter, saxophone; Bobby Bradford, trumpet; Bruz Freeman, drums, Tom Williamson, bass —- photographer unknown — from the collection of Bobby Bradford —– Tom got away from us March 2 (his memorial service is today — March 14 in Diamond Bar, California — BB & Lisa attending)
My compatriot J.A. Deane outside the old Outpost Performance Space, 119 Morningside SE, Albuquerque —- May 11, 1997 —- photo by Mark Weber —- See his current and comprehensive summary history of drum machines at this LINK > DRUM MACHINES : THE EARLY YEARS | Dino J.A. Deane