Always Smile, We Don’t Know Where Any Of This Is Going

This photo is sort of confusing as it's from a vantage we don't usually see Onate Hall, corner of Campus (old arroyo) and Girard, Albuquerque, on the north-east corner of University of New Mexico campus -- for some reason I was standing in the bramble across the street when I snapped this one -- the entire top floor is KUNM (3rd floor) and the window with the balcony that's the actual control room that we broadcast out of -- photo by Mark Weber -- July 21, 2o11

This photo is sort of confusing as it’s from a vantage we don’t usually see Onate Hall, corner of Campus (old arroyo) and Girard, Albuquerque, on the north-east corner of University of New Mexico campus — for some reason I was standing in the bramble across the street when I snapped this one — the entire top floor is KUNM (3rd floor) and the window with the balcony that’s the actual control room that we broadcast out of — photo by Mark Weber — July 21, 2o11

The Thursday Jazz Radio Show

November 10, 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)

ALWAYS SMILE, WE DON’T KNOW WHERE ANY OF THIS IS GOING

We used to be more ethereal beings . . .
. . . I suppose I tend to idealize how humans would communicate without words, as if we’d be more magical and loving, but how could we have enacted our inventiveness without words? Humanity has gone so far down the path of words that we now think with them —-

I wonder if architects think with words? painters shouldn’t, dancers do not, and the best poets play with fire, thinking without words but using them and their sound/image to write their poems, musicians certainly think with words but not when they’re playing, that would be a hindrance, news journalists are infected with words, and politicians say whatever will get them voted with words, I call myself a writer but I’m suspicious of how words have completely taken over our brains, like a virus, they’ve over-ran what used to be there in our prelinguistic days, I love words but wish they would not dominate our thoughts . . . .

On the other hand, I wake up this morning to a rainy day in Albuquerque and remember that 60s song “In the early morning rain, with a dollar in my hand, and an aching in my heart and my pockets full of sand, I’m a long way from home and I miss my loved one so . . .”

What great evocative words.

Session at Connie Crother's loft in Williamsburg NYC -- Ed Schuller, bass; Connie, piano; Richard Tabnik, alto; Roger Mancuso, drums -- August 24, 2o12 -- photo by Mark Weber

Session at Connie Crother’s loft in Williamsburg NYC — Ed Schuller, bass; Connie, piano; Richard Tabnik, alto; Roger Mancuso, drums — August 24, 2o12 — photo by Mark Weber

Bill Payne at Connie's studio in Williamsburg -- December 5, 2004 -- This is the first time I ever heard Bill, was this day when Connie invited him to a recording session we were having -- photo by Mark Weber -- and of course he knocked me out, one of the great masters of clarinet

Bill Payne at Connie’s studio in Williamsburg — December 5, 2004 — This is the first time I ever heard Bill, was this day when Connie invited him to a recording session we were having — photo by Mark Weber — and of course he knocked me out, one of the great masters of clarinet

Roger Mancuso at Connie's studio -- December 5, 2oo4 -- photo by Mark Weber

Roger Mancuso at Connie’s studio — December 5, 2oo4 — photo by Mark Weber

Richard Tabnik -- August 24, 2o12 -- photo by Mark Weber

Richard Tabnik — August 24, 2o12 — photo by Mark Weber

I love this shot, it shows Connie's affection for Virg and Carol -- it was almost midnight and we were on a train platform in Park Slope, Brooklyn, waiting for a train -- Virg Dzurinko, Carol Liebowitz, Connie Crothers -- photo by Mark Weber

I love this shot, it shows Connie’s affection for Virg and Carol — it was almost midnight and we were on a train platform in Park Slope, Brooklyn, waiting for a train — Virg Dzurinko, Carol Liebowitz, Connie Crothers — photo by Mark Weber

The Connie Crothers Quintet: Ken Filiano, Roger Mancuso, CC, Mark Weber, Richard Tabnik -- outside The Stone, NYC evening of August 23, 2o14 before our set -- photo by Scott Friedlander

The Connie Crothers Quintet: Ken Filiano, Roger Mancuso, CC, Mark Weber, Richard Tabnik — outside The Stone, NYC evening of August 23, 2o14 before our set — photo by Scott Friedlander

The New Mexico outfit known as Straight Up, under the direction of drummer John Trentacosta, with his Staten Island running buddy Michael Morreale, trumpet, on his annual visit, and Arlen Asher, woodwinds -- I was using some outdated old damn film and these photos are toast -- July 18, 2o13 -- photo by Mark Weber -- We'll dip into Michael's new cd today LOVE & INFLUENCE (PepJack Records) his debut

The New Mexico outfit known as Straight Up, under the direction of drummer John Trentacosta, with his Staten Island running buddy Michael Morreale, trumpet, on his annual visit, and Arlen Asher, woodwinds — I was using some outdated old damn film and these photos are toast — July 18, 2o13 — photo by Mark Weber — We’ll dip into Michael’s new cd today LOVE & INFLUENCE (PepJack Records) his debut

Joshua Breakstone and Earl Sauls in KUNM control room broadcasting live on the Thursday Jazz Show ---- December 17, 2009 -------- AND I am pleased beyond measure that Joshua will be making a return engagement to the Thursday Jazz Show and bringing along his cellist Mike Richmond for some live in-studio music -- Joshua is right out of the Lester Young ethic of lyric melodic narrative story telling improvisation that ranges as far as it can stretch: my kind of music

Joshua Breakstone and Earl Sauls in KUNM control room broadcasting live on the Thursday Jazz Show —- December 17, 2009 ——– AND I am pleased beyond measure that Joshua will be making a return engagement to the Thursday Jazz Show and bringing along his cellist Mike Richmond for some live in-studio music — Joshua is right out of the Lester Young ethic of lyric melodic narrative story telling improvisation that ranges as far as it can stretch: my kind of music

Joshua Breakstone Trio at the Outpost Performance Space (John Trentacosta, drums; Earl Sauls, bass) -- December 17, 2oo9 -- photo by Mark Weber ---- Joshua is on a Way Out West Tour and swings into Albuquerque and Santa Fe November 10 & 11 with his Cello Quartet -- photo by Mark Weber ---- See Mel Minter's exponential review on Joshua's new cd by clicking <a href="http://www.melminter.com/2016/11/04/guitarist-joshua-breakstones-cello-quartet-fueled-by-tunes/">here...</a>

Joshua Breakstone Trio at the Outpost Performance Space (John Trentacosta, drums; Earl Sauls, bass) — December 17, 2oo9 — photo by Mark Weber —- Joshua is on a Way Out West Tour and swings into Albuquerque and Santa Fe November 10 & 11 with his Cello Quartet — photo by Mark Weber —- See Mel Minter’s exponential review on Joshua’s new cd by clicking here…

The duo that calls themselves TinBag: Mike Baggetta (guitar) and Kris Tiner (trumpet) who make the most exquisite music, composed and beyond -- November 10, 2o12 at UNM Arts Lab, Albuquerque -- photo by Mark Weber

The duo that calls themselves TinBag: Mike Baggetta (guitar) and Kris Tiner (trumpet) who make the most exquisite music, composed and beyond — November 10, 2o12 at UNM Arts Lab, Albuquerque — photo by Mark Weber

The Dave Scott-Tony Malaby Quartet at the old Outpost Performance Space in Albuquerque -- October 20, 1997 -- Dave Scott (piano & trumpet), Tony Malaby (tenor), Lou Scott (bass), and the incomparable Billy Mintz on drums -- photo by Mark Weber -- Billy will be in town as part of the Mike Baggetta Trio (Mike Baggetta: guitar / electronics; Jerome Harris: bass guitar; Billy Mintz: drums) Saturday, November 12th, 2o16 @ 8pm, $10 Tortuga Gallery, 901 Edith Blvd. SE, Albuquerque

The Dave Scott-Tony Malaby Quartet at the old Outpost Performance Space in Albuquerque — October 20, 1997 — Dave Scott (piano & trumpet), Tony Malaby (tenor), Lou Scott (bass), and the incomparable Billy Mintz on drums — photo by Mark Weber — Billy will be in town as part of the Mike Baggetta Trio (Mike Baggetta: guitar / electronics; Jerome Harris: bass guitar; Billy Mintz: drums) Saturday, November 12th, 2o16 @ 8pm, $10 Tortuga Gallery, 901 Edith Blvd. SE, Albuquerque

Poet Larry Goodell telling it like it is in Placitas, New Mexico, with Joshua Breakstone (guitar), John Trentacosta (drums), David Parlato (bass) -- September 13, 1998 -- photo by Mark Weber

Poet Larry Goodell telling it like it is in Placitas, New Mexico, with Joshua Breakstone (guitar), John Trentacosta (drums), David Parlato (bass) — September 13, 1998 — photo by Mark Weber

The Rossonian on Welton Street at 27th in Five Points, Denver -- October 30, 2o16 -- on a short visit up to Colorado I asked my old friend Janet Feder to drive me over to Five Points to see some of these old 1950s jazz haunts -- The Rossonian Hotel would host after-hours jam sessions where everybody from Billie, Miles, Sarah, Nat King Cole, Basie, Dizzy would stay -- The corner of 27th and Welton is mentioned in Jack Kerouac's novel ON THE ROAD, where he and Neal Cassidy would frequent -- photo by Mark Weber -- Five Points was known as "The Harlem of the West"

The Rossonian on Welton Street at 27th in Five Points, Denver — October 30, 2o16 — on a short visit up to Colorado I asked my old friend Janet Feder to drive me over to Five Points to see some of these old 1950s jazz haunts — The Rossonian Hotel would host after-hours jam sessions where everybody from Billie, Miles, Sarah, Nat King Cole, Basie, Dizzy would stay — The corner of 27th and Welton is mentioned in Jack Kerouac’s novel ON THE ROAD, where he and Neal Cassidy would frequent — photo by Mark Weber — Five Points was known as “The Harlem of the West”

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  1. LOVE AND MUSIC:
    A CELEBRATION OF CONNIE CROTHERS

    SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2016
    4:30 pm sharp (Doors open at 4)
    Until 9:30 pm

    ROULETTE
    509 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY
    roulette.org
    free admission
    Roulette location and directions: Click
    Feel free to enter and re-enter at any time throughout the event.

    Schedule of Appearances
    (subject to shift)

    Charley Krachy — tenor sax
    Kazzrie Jaxen — Welcome
    Sheila Jordan, Cameron Brown video — voice, bass
    Paula Hackett, Rudi Mwongozi — poetry, piano
    Richard Tabnik, Harvey Diamond, Sean Smith, Lou Grassi — alto, piano, bass, drums
    Alexis Parsons, Frank Kimbrough — voice, piano
    Jemeel Moondoc, On Ka’a Davis, Ras Moshe, Felice Rosser, Reggie Sylvester — alto, electric guitar, tenor, bass and voice, drums
    Carmen Rivers, Dee McGuffey — speakers, photo projection
    Kazzrie Jaxen, Gary Levy, Jimmy Halperin, Joe Solomon, Roger Mancuso — piano and voice, alto, tenor, bass, drums
    Yuko Otomo — poetry
    Kevin Norton, Claire de Brunner, Daniel Carter, Ed Pastorini, Ed Schuller — vibes, bassoon, horns, piano, bass
    Deborah Masters — speaker, photo projection
    Carol Liebowitz, Nick Lyons, Lorenzo Sanguedolce, Ken Filiano, Roger Mancuso — piano, alto, tenor, bass, drums
    Carol Liebowitz, Bill Payne — piano, clarinet
    Warren Smith, Karen Borca, Andrew Lamb, Ken Filiano, Jackson Krall — vibes, bassoon, tenor, bass, drums
    Mark Weber, Ratzo B. Harris — poetry, bass
    Andrea Wolper, Patrick Holmes, Ken Filiano, Michael T.A. Thompson — voice and composition, clarinet, bass, soundrhythium
    Mara Rosenbloom, Adam Lane, Claire de Brunner, Adam Caine — piano, bass, bassoon, guitar
    Jay Clayton, Kirk Nurock — voice, piano
    Virg Dzurinko, Ryan Messina, Jessica Jones, Adam Lane, Federico Ughi — piano, trumpet, tenor, bass, drums
    Rachel Tristano — speaker
    Patricia Nicholson Parker, Bill Mazza, Jason Kao Hwang, Melanie Dyer,
    Michael Bisio, Angelica Sanchez, Michael T.A. Thompson, Jason Jordan — dance, art projections, violin, viola, bass, piano, soundrhythium, dance
    Steve Dalachinsky — poetry
    Henry Grimes — bass
    Steve Swell, Rob Brown, Larry Roland, Warren Smith — trombone, alto, bass, drums
    Dori Levine, Andy Fite — voice, guitar and voice
    Michael Bisio, Michael Wimberly, Jeff Schlanger — bass, drums, art projection
    Cheryl Richards, Nick Lyons, Adam Caine, Will Jhun — voice, alto, guitar, tenor

  2. John Trentacosta

    November 6, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Great Photos Mark. Thank You so much for sharing them.

  3. To put it in an oversimplified way, yes, architects do think with words: Hadid, Brutalism, Minimalist, Corbu, Wright, light and shadow, Barragan, texture and color and many, many more that influence us moment to moment; and also in pictures. That would be obvious, I think.

    Thanks Mark, for an always interesting set of pics and thoughts. Keep it coming.
    Wayne

  4. Really digging this post Mark ,and such beautiful photos. I love the one with Connie, Carol and Virg – it’s pure feeling – a wordless, or should we say photoless photo. Your scene about words is thought provoking – Ha Ha! Seriously, it’s a philosophical situation.

    The Celebration of Connie is going to be an extraordinary event!

    Connie had a philosophical mind – and an incredible humor that could go along with it!
    Here’s to you Connie!

  5. Thanks for the great article and memories. Looking forward to you this Sunday…

  6. loved looking at Connie… what a delightful woman… your photos live on… lovelove..

  7. ————————————playlist———————————–
    the jazz thanksgiving radio show
    Thursday November 24, 2o16
    KUNM Albuquerque USA
    Host MARK WEBER

    1. Marian McPartland Trio “Afternoon in Paris”(John Lewis)–Sept 2007 cd TWILIGHT WORLD — the first version of John Lewis’s bop tune was Oct.1949 w/ JJ Johnson Quintet — Sheila Jordan wrote words to it
    when she was still in Detroit before moving to NYC in 1952
    2. Paul Chambers Quartet “Dear Old Stockholm” w/Kenny Burrell –14july57 cd BASS ON TOP
    3. Sheila Jordan w/Cameron Brown “Hum Drum Blues”
    4. & “Mood Indigo” from her birthday party cd CELEBRATION — 18nov2oo4
    5. Kenny Davern Quartet “Traveling All Alone” w/Howard Alden(g), Bobby Rosengarten(d), Bob Haggart(b)–11sept91 cd MY INSPIRATION
    6. Al Casey title track from BUCK JUMPIN’ (Prestige Swingville) –7march60
    7. Richie Kamuca w/Stan Levey(d), Leroy Vinnegar(b), Carl Perkins(p) –blues “Rain Drain” –June 1957 cd
    RICHIE KAMUCA 4 (Mode)
    8. Kenny Davern Quintet “Since My Best Gal Turned Me Down” –June 1996 cd BREEZIN’ ALONG (Arbors)
    9. Bucky Pizzarelli Five Guitars Quintet “Davenport Blues”(Bix) — 1974 (Audiophile)
    10. Buddy DeFranco Quintet “Groove Yard”(Carl Perkins) –1992 cd CHIP OFF THE OLD BOP (Concord)
    11. Abbey Lincoln “The World is Falling Down” — Feb.1990 title track w/Jackie McLean alto solo
    12. Lanny Morgan Quartet w/Lou Levy(p), Tom Warrington(b), Paul Kreibich(d), Lanny(alto) “Marmaduke”(Bird) — Sept or Oct 1997 cd A SUITE FOR YARDBIRD
    13. Cheryl Richards w/ Adam Caine(g), Nick Lyons(alto) “A Sailboat in the Moonlight” –2015 cd IF NOT FOR YOU (New Artists Records)
    14. Mike Cuozzo Quintet w/Kenny Clarke(d), Ronnie Ball(p), Eddie Costa(vibes), Vinnie Burke(b), Mike(tenor) “What is this Thing Called Love” — 22nov55 cd MIGHTY MIKE CUOZZO (Fresh Sound)

  8. Hi Mark,
    Thought we’d lost you, probably because I changed emails and you never had Lanny’s (below). Thanks for playing him once in a while…always a treat to know the ol’ bebopper is out there on the waves occasionally. Any chance you’ll be in L.A. again one day? Would love to see you other than in your vast collection of photos, which are also much appreciated.
    Keep it all alive!
    All the best,
    Marty Morgan

  9. We know exactly where this is going, Mark–straight ahead.

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