Our Teachers

The Underground Railroad ------- by Cameron Armstrong, 1977 -- Oberlin, Ohio -- photo by  Mark Weber -- April 30, 1988

The Underground Railroad ——- by Cameron Armstrong, 1977 — Oberlin, Ohio — photo by Mark Weber — April 30, 1988

THE THURSDAY JAZZ RADIO SHOW

May 14, 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)

OUR TEACHERS

Our teachers not only explain things
and point out various knowledge,
they model behavior, show us
how to act ——–

Curiosity
Capacity to learn
Investigation

I could say that you could learn from a bird, a cloud,
a cat, but that would be too specious, even if
this is a poem —-
You need something more directly meaningful:

You need something tangible, sometimes
mere intelligence isn’t enough, we need good people
to teach us, people with boundless spirit ——

As well, we can learn from bad moves: We see
someone muck things up and we make note not
to step in that mess ourselves ——

A good teacher knows there are no absolutes ——

The title of a poem is not the poem,
in the same way the handle of a bucket is not
the bucket: A bucket holds water, the title
of a poem is the handle ——

In the same way the teacher is not the teachings:
The teacher points the way

Han Bennink ---- This shot must be during soundcheck because I certainly wasn't crawling around on stage during the performance -- ICP in Albuquerque at Outpost Performance Space -- March 17, 2oo3 ---- photo by Mark Weber

Han Bennink —- This shot must be during soundcheck because I certainly wasn’t crawling around on stage during the performance — ICP in Albuquerque at Outpost Performance Space — March 17, 2oo3 —- photo by Mark Weber

Kenny Davern as member of the ICP ---- March 17, 2003 ---- Outpost Performance Space,  Albuquerque ---- KD flanked by Ab Baars and Michael Moore ---- photo by Mark Weber ---- One  wonders when they're going to release the recordings of this incredible evening?

Kenny Davern as member of the ICP —- March 17, 2003 —- Outpost Performance Space, Albuquerque —- KD flanked by Ab Baars and Michael Moore —- photo by Mark Weber —- One wonders when they’re going to release the recordings of this incredible evening?

Tim Berne Quartet ---- February 17, 1981 somewhere in Hollywood ---- Nels Cline, guitar; Roberto  Miranda, bass; Alex Cline, drumset; Tim Berne, alto saxophone ---- photo by Mark Weber -- I believe  this is when Nels got his first Stratocaster . . . .

Tim Berne Quartet —- February 17, 1981 somewhere in Hollywood —- Nels Cline, guitar; Roberto Miranda, bass; Alex Cline, drumset; Tim Berne, alto saxophone —- photo by Mark Weber — I believe this is when Nels got his first Stratocaster . . . .

Bob Cooper launches into the vapor trail of the Master of Time & Space (Lester Young) on the  band PREZ CONFERENCE ---- check out leader Dave Pell's admiration!  ---- Donte's, North  Hollywood -- April 29, 1980 ---- photo by Mark Weber

Bob Cooper launches into the vapor trail of the Master of Time & Space (Lester Young) on the band PREZ CONFERENCE —- check out leader Dave Pell’s admiration! —- Donte’s, North Hollywood — April 29, 1980 —- photo by Mark Weber

Philly Joe Jones -- Watts Towers Festival of the Drum -- September 23, 1984 -- photo by Mark Weber

Philly Joe Jones — Watts Towers Festival of the Drum — September 23, 1984 — photo by Mark Weber

Milt Jackson Quartet ---- Monty Alexander, piano; Andrew Simpkins, bass -- Howard Rumsey's Concerts  By The Sea, Redondo Beach CA ---- May 3, 1979 ---- photo by Mark Weber ---- everything turns into  the blues in Milt Jackson's hands, Bach, Mozart, Broadway show tunes . . . .

Milt Jackson Quartet —- Monty Alexander, piano; Andrew Simpkins, bass — Howard Rumsey’s Concerts By The Sea, Redondo Beach CA —- May 3, 1979 —- photo by Mark Weber —- everything turns into the blues in Milt Jackson’s hands, Bach, Mozart, Broadway show tunes . . . .

Tommy Tedesco Quintet -- May 17, 1980 at Two Dollar Bills, Franklin Street, Hollywood CA -- photo by Mark Weber -------- If you get a chance catch the documentary THE WRECKING CREW (2o14) produced by Tommy's son Denny with behind-the-scenes background on the Hollywood studio scene of the 1960s & 70s

Tommy Tedesco Quintet — May 17, 1980 at Two Dollar Bills, Franklin Street, Hollywood CA — photo by Mark Weber ——– If you get a chance catch the documentary THE WRECKING CREW (2o14) produced by Tommy’s son Denny with behind-the-scenes background on the Hollywood studio scene of the 1960s & 70s

Freddie Hill, Harold Land, Martin Banks ---- May 10, 1981 -- Los Angeles  -- photo by Mark Weber --  Freddie and Martin were trumpet players,  Freddie had a smokin'  bop sextet with trombonist Lou Blackburn that included Horace Tapscott that made a couple  albums in 1963 (we'll spin some of it on the airwaves) ---- Martin made records with everyone from  Dexter to Sun Ra -- this photo always reminds me of how my colleague Kirk Silsbee personified Harold as  "the Dapper Buddhist"

Freddie Hill, Harold Land, Martin Banks —- May 10, 1981 — Los Angeles — photo by Mark Weber — Freddie and Martin were trumpet players, Freddie had a smokin’ bop sextet with trombonist Lou Blackburn that included Horace Tapscott that made a couple albums in 1963 (we’ll spin some of it on the airwaves) —- Martin made records with everyone from Dexter to Sun Ra — this photo always reminds me of how my colleague Kirk Silsbee personified Harold as “the Dapper Buddhist”

Sheila Jordan & Cameron Brown in control room of KUNM  during radio show March 5, 2o15 -- photo by Mark Weber ----  Sheila Jordan is the embodiment of redemption

Sheila Jordan & Cameron Brown in control room of KUNM during radio show March 5, 2o15 — photo by Mark Weber —- Sheila Jordan is the embodiment of redemption

Dave Frishberg at KPFK live broadcast from Studio A on John Breckow's  all-night jazz radio show -- May 27, 1979 -- photo by Mark Weber -- Dave lived in Los  Angeles (presumably in the Valley?) 1971-1986 (currently resides up the coast in Portland)  ---- this night after an evening of Prez Conference at Donte's we popped in at KPFK (drive down  Lankershim hang a left into Cahuenga Pass) and there's Dave Frishberg telling great stories  about his days with Al & Zoot ---- He had his home-grown rolled in peculiar papers that were  5-inches long (remember Zig-Zags were something like 3) he called this crop "Van Nuys Silver"

Dave Frishberg at KPFK live broadcast from Studio A on John Breckow’s all-night jazz radio show — May 27, 1979 — photo by Mark Weber — Dave lived in Los Angeles (presumably in the Valley?) 1971-1986 (currently resides up the coast in Portland) —- this night after an evening of Prez Conference at Donte’s we popped in at KPFK (drive down Lankershim hang a left into Cahuenga Pass) and there’s Dave Frishberg telling great stories about his days with Al & Zoot —- He had his home-grown rolled in peculiar papers that were 5-inches long (remember Zig-Zags were something like 3) he called this crop “Van Nuys Silver”

Earl Palmer sits in with Prez Conference ---- May 27, 1979 ---- photo by Mark Weber

Earl Palmer sits in with Prez Conference —- May 27, 1979 —- photo by Mark Weber

Two saxophonists: Jerome Richardson & Charles Owens -- August 21, 1982 Los Angeles -- photo  by Mark Weber

Two saxophonists: Jerome Richardson & Charles Owens — August 21, 1982 Los Angeles — photo by Mark Weber

Benny Goodman Sextet + Rare Silk: Gayle Gillaspie, Mary Lynn Gillaspie, Margueritte Juenemann ----  October 12, 1980 ---- Bridges Auditorium, Claremont Colleges, California -- photo by Mark Weber

Benny Goodman Sextet + Rare Silk: Gayle Gillaspie, Mary Lynn Gillaspie, Margueritte Juenemann —- October 12, 1980 —- Bridges Auditorium, Claremont Colleges, California — photo by Mark Weber

George Cables & Sonny Fortune in town for a Quintet gig with Frank Morgan -- This is their day  off and we were driving around checking out the sights -- Albuquerque -- May 24, 2003 -- photo by Mark Weber

George Cables & Sonny Fortune in town for a Quintet gig with Frank Morgan — This is their day off and we were driving around checking out the sights — Albuquerque — May 24, 2003 — photo by Mark Weber

11 Comments

  1. 3 THINGS

    1) Charles Owens just played in Joplin, Missouri, last Saturday night with a Bobby Shew Quintet performing music from Miles and Coltrane —– band consisted of Cal Haines, drums; Jim Ahrend, piano; Colin Deuble, bass

    2) In the photo of Charles Owens & Jerome you can see Red Holloway behind them

    3) Tommy Tedesco Quintet that night was: Tony Morillo, drums; Jon Kurnick, guitar; Paul Capritto, bass; Emil Richards, vibraphone; and Tommy on guitar & hat

  2. Wow – wonderful!

    That Tim Berne gig was at the Cathay De Grande in the first few months they had shows there. It became a legendary punk rock den of iniquity. My friend Phast Phreddie was a DJ there and he booked the show: Tim Berne & Alberan.

    Hope you are well!

    XO from St. Louis

    PS – Maybe I did just get that horrible Strat. I bought it from the guitarist in the band my then-wife DD managed (The Zippers), Lou Camarata…

    I think I actually have prints of photos you gave me of that gig somewhere still!
    And I may have misspelled Lou’s name. I think it’s actually Lew – not Lou – Camarata or Camerata or Camaratta or ??
    Anyway, I distinctly recall that it was a Sunday night and that there was a nice amount of water soaked into the carpeting because dudes at the previous night’s punk show had ripped the latrines out of the wall or something. When we arrived and walked downstairs it was squish squish squish!

  3. That day of the drum featured duets by
    Billy Higgins and Shelly Manne
    then
    Joseph Rudolph AKA “Philly Joe” Jones
    (July 15, 1923 – August 30, 1985)
    and Tootie Heath

    Papa Jo Jones (born Jonathan David Samuel Jones; October 7, 1911 – September 3, 1985) was also there being pushed around in a wheelchair by Mr. Billy Higgins………..

    lots of beautiful moments that day

  4. Thanks especially for your Kenny Davern photo.

  5. Weber is “The Eye”. His gift for capturing the moment is rare indeed.

  6. 4) Aztec drummer with feathers on stage with Philly Joe was with the group Esplendor Azteca that day

    5) A few months ago I asked Bobby Bradford when and where did the backbeat (strong accents on the 2 & 4) come into prominence. He said we’d have to dig into the records to track that down. You certainly wouldn’t be far off the track if you started with Earl Palmer who’s work in the 50s with Little Richard, Dave Bartholomew, et el. in New Orleans would be a good starting point for investigation — Earl was always a jazz drummer, but for the early proto-rock and R&B he distilled things, obviously part of a continuum

  7. Cuzzin' Patsy aka Lillie White

    May 6, 2015 at 12:31 am

    Fascinatin’ as usual.. what a treasure you have created..

  8. Mark:

    I was going to fill you in on the data for that gig with Tim Berne, but, lo and behold, Nels has already done it–BRO! Indeed: squish squish squish! Thanks!

  9. Zutty Singleton told me one evening (1954) at Jimmy Ryan’s
    on 52nd St. (we were working there with Danny Barker’s
    quintet) that he had invented that way of playing time, with
    the hihat on 2 and 4. Danny Barker only allowed the bass to
    play four to the bar when he said you could, otherwise it was
    strictly two beats to the bar. and that left the drum to fill in on
    2 and 4.

  10. gorgeous art… you do it again and again..
    what a vast, deep, universe of universal blues imagery fills the void.. whatta black and white library of finery..
    eye candy, your photos are…

  11. Upon return from NYC I fell victim to the chest cold that’s going around, so I missed last week’s show, but dragged myself down to the station today:

    ———————–playlist———————
    May 21, 2o15
    KUNM Albuquerque
    Host MARK WEBER

    1. Bobby Bradford-John Carter Quintet “She” –17nov75
    cd NO U TURN (Darktree Records, Paris)
    2. Donald Byrd “Cristo Redentor”(Duke Pearson) –12jan63 cd A NEW PERSPECTIVE (Blue Note)
    3. Deborah Latz “Love Theme from Spartacus” –Sept 2013 cd SUR L’INSTANT
    4. Joshua Breakstone Quartet “Thinging'”(Konitz) –4sept14 cd 2nd AVENUE (Capri)
    5. Thomas Heberer & Pascal Niggenkemper “black powder” –Jan.2o14 cd MINER’S PICK
    6. Tootie Heath solo frame drum “Cultural Frame of Reference” –1996 cd THE OFFERING
    7. Charlie Musselwhite “Help Me” –1967 Lp STAND BACK!
    8. Devin Gray Quartet “Transatlantic Transitions” –25may14
    9. Sandy Bull & Billy Higgins “Blend” –April 1963 Lp FANTASIAS (Vanguard)

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