Connie Crothers & Andrea Wolper — Brooklyn — May 8, 2o15 — photo by Mark Weber
The Thursday Jazz Radio Show
July 23, 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)
Aftermath of a major 7 chord
Singers are the bravest people. The Celtic warrior king Vercingetorix would not have succumbed to Caesar if he had singers. Today on the the Thursday jazz show we’ll be visiting in-studio with vocalist Andrea Wolper who hails from the brave city of New York. Andrea is presently on retreat in Taos this summer and we’re lucky to have her break away from her reverie and quiet ease to spend some time with us.
Besides her own trio/quartet that works the clubs in the New York metropolitan area, she has a free music ensemble with Connie Crothers and Ken Filiano, as well, she books the Why Not Experiment? music series at the Whynot Jazz Room in Greenwich Village. Her creativity is always at the highest level (we’re friends via the scene, and I’ve been friends with her husband Ken for a million years).
Major 7 chords sound so wistful, full of promise and air. Andrea Wolper’s singing has the same open quality, it radiates outward.
Two bassists: Ken Filiano & Ratzo Harris — September 25, 2oo9 —- photo by Mark Weber
Tony Bennett — Cleveland, Ohio, December 9, 1987 — photo by Mark Weber — speaking of San Francisco, Andrea grew up in San Francisco (San Carlos) but has been in New York for some time now. So, I asked her if she likes the Grateful Dead: “Of course.” Those hometown loyalties.
Percy Heath and Connie Kay — April 10, 1987 — Cleveland, Ohio — photo by Mark Weber
Carmen McRae — Cleveland, Ohio — April 10, 1987 at Tri-C Jazz Festival at the State Theater — photo by Mark Weber (if anybody knows who the bass player is, please drop me a line)
Carol Liebowitz, piano, and Melissa Papalcure, yoga dance — May 9, 2o15 at I-Beam — photo by Mark Weber
Connie Crothers, Bill Payne, Kevin Norton — I-Beam, 168 7th Street, Brooklyn — May 9, 2o15 — photo by Mark Weber
Nick Lyons, alto, and Bill Payne, clarinet —- duet — May 9, 2o15 — photo by Mark Weber
Connie and Andrea — May 8, 2o15 — photo by Mark Weber —- Andrea can sing it all: From Broadway show tunes to free-association spontaneous improvised sky songs. From the Great American Song Book to the Book of Imagistes. (Sky songs are what delta blues rambler Bukka White called the songs he pulled out of the air.)
Andrea’s husband Ken Filiano and his seat — Albuquerque — May 24, 1997 —– Octotillo, east of Hillsboro, New Mexico — August 9, 1997 —- photos by Mark Weber
Mark Weber, Cal Haines, Colin Deuble, Michael Vlatkovich — session at Studio 725 — July 17, 2o15 — smart phone photo by Scott Haines (Cal’s brother who lives in Germany) — Today we’ll listen to something from this get-together —- These photos remind how intense a recording session can be (I can see it in my eyes — I was under headphones the entire time) and how easy jazz musicians go with the flow
MW on the old washed-out road to Mt Baldy in San Antonio Canyon above my hometown Upland, California (big flood in 1968)—- 11 a.m. June 21, 2o15 —-photo by brother Craig Weber