The Last Thursday Of 2016

I told Connie that I got tired of looking for the most appropriate adjectives and have resorted to using the word "Wow" -- it's easier -- and she said, "That's exactly why Lennie started using it" ---- We'll play today Lennie Tristano's 1949 sextet version of his tune "Wow" w/ Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh, and Billy Bauer ------ photo by Mark Weber -- May 22, 2o16 Reykjavik, Iceland

I told Connie that I got tired of looking for the most appropriate adjectives and have resorted to using the word “Wow” — it’s easier — and she said, “That’s exactly why Lennie started using it” —- We’ll play today Lennie Tristano’s 1949 sextet version of his tune “Wow” w/ Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh, and Billy Bauer —— photo by Mark Weber — May 22, 2o16 Reykjavik, Iceland

The Thursday Jazz Radio Show

December 29, 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)

THE LAST THURSDAY OF 2016

One of the most salient observations concerning the coming times came from Joshua Breakstone when he was in town and visited us on the Thursday jazz show last month. I’m trying to remember if I’ve ever seen this philosophical side of Joshua in evidence before? Maybe so, usually over green chile stew at The Frontier. I mostly think of him as a guitarist of long-line boundless Lestorian invention, all lyrical and flowing like a river. Here’s what he said on November 10 on the airwaves of New Mexico: I had asked him what it was like playing a gig on the night of the Presidential election and he said it was surprisingly well-attended, ” . . . and I guess, for those people that are feeling very very concerned about the future, feeling very apprehensive about the prospects for the future, ah . . . In a microcosm it shows us that what we need to do is, do things that we love, and pursue the things that we love, be around the people that we love to be around, and go about our lives, put together the happiest most creative, most interesting lives for ourselves. We have no ability really to control what’s going to happen with the government, and uh, we’re along for the ride, man: May you live in interesting times.”

Gary Bartz solo alto saxophone performance at Eric Dolphy Memorial Tribute in Los Angeles, April 22, 1978 -- and backstage at same concert John Carter (clarinet) and Bobby Bradford (cornet) warming up to go on stage -- photos by Mark Weber ------ Nick Lyons has a great affection for Bartz's alto playing and studied with him at Oberlin some years ago

Gary Bartz solo alto saxophone performance at Eric Dolphy Memorial Tribute in Los Angeles, April 22, 1978 — and backstage at same concert John Carter (clarinet) and Bobby Bradford (cornet) warming up to go on stage — photos by Mark Weber —— Nick Lyons has a great affection for Bartz’s alto playing and studied with him at Oberlin some years ago

William Roper and Vinny Golia after gig in Alhambra, California, with the Michael Vlatkovich 7-tet -- September 16, 1993 -- photo by Mark Weber

William Roper and Vinny Golia after gig in Alhambra, California, with the Michael Vlatkovich 7-tet — September 16, 1993 — photo by Mark Weber

One tends to think of Neal Cassady when strolling downtown Denver, in the 40s these were his streets, this is where he grew up and became the Cody Pomeroy and Dean Moriarty of Kerouac's novels -- And then here's this poet with a typewriter on the main drag -- 16th Street outside Tattered Cover Bookstore -- like a ghost of those holy beatnik days: Devan Kingsford and I didn't catch his dog's name -- October 30, 2o16 -- photo by Mark Weber

One tends to think of Neal Cassady when strolling downtown Denver, in the 40s these were his streets, this is where he grew up and became the Cody Pomeroy and Dean Moriarty of Kerouac’s novels — And then here’s this poet with a typewriter on the main drag — 16th Street outside Tattered Cover Bookstore — like a ghost of those holy beatnik days: Devan Kingsford and I didn’t catch his dog’s name — October 30, 2o16 — photo by Mark Weber

I told Nick to stand right in front of the Max Beckmann so it looked like he was part of the dinner party -- Nick Lyons at Metropolitan Museum of Art -- November 18, 2o16 -- photo by Mark Weber

I told Nick to stand right in front of the Max Beckmann so it looked like he was part of the dinner party — Nick Lyons at Metropolitan Museum of Art — November 18, 2o16 — photo by Mark Weber

Nick Lyons in Central Park en route to the Met to see Max Beckmann exhibit -- May 18, 2o16 -- photo by Mark Weber

Nick Lyons in Central Park en route to the Met to see Max Beckmann exhibit — May 18, 2o16 — photo by Mark Weber

A wino stopped by, no wait, that's Michael Anthony! He sure played good for a wino -- I had been talking with him about his new arrangement on "Polkadots & Moonbeams" so he stopped by 725 to run it down for me complete with commentary, ie. " . . . inner voices . . . . contrary movement . . . . here's a chord that Howard Roberts showed me . . . . and here's another key change (he modified it to 4 keys!)" -- photo by Mark Weber -- December 17, 2o16 -- That's about the most complicated stuff that was ever played on my old guitar

A wino stopped by, no wait, that’s Michael Anthony! He sure played good for a wino — I had been talking with him about his new arrangement on “Polkadots & Moonbeams” so he stopped by 725 to run it down for me complete with commentary, ie. ” . . . inner voices . . . . contrary movement . . . . here’s a chord that Howard Roberts showed me . . . . and here’s another key change (he modified it to 4 keys!)” — photo by Mark Weber — December 17, 2o16 — That’s about the most complicated stuff that was ever played on my old guitar

Joshua Breakstone & Mike Richmond at KUNM November 10, 2016 on the Noon jazz show -- digital snapshot by Mark Weber

Joshua Breakstone & Mike Richmond at KUNM November 10, 2016 on the Noon jazz show — digital snapshot by Mark Weber

Recording session at Studio 725 -- Nick Lyons New Mexico Trio -- May 31, 2013 -- photo by Steve Schmidt, the recording engineer -- Left to Right: MW -- Nick Lyons -- Colin Deuble -- Cal Haines ---- This very trio will be making return engagement to the KUNM airwaves this afternoon, which means LIVE music of the highest order -- That's Nick on alto, Colin on bass, Cal on drums.

Recording session at Studio 725 — Nick Lyons New Mexico Trio — May 31, 2013 — photo by Steve Schmidt, the recording engineer — Left to Right: MW — Nick Lyons — Colin Deuble — Cal Haines —- This very trio will be making return engagement to the KUNM airwaves this afternoon, which means LIVE music of the highest order — That’s Nick on alto, Colin on bass, Cal on drums.

Kazzrie Jaxen Quartet on the road -- arrival in Albuquerque May 4, 2o16 -- Left to right: Don Messina, Charley Krachy, Kazzrie, and concert promoter Tom Guralnick -- photo by Mark Weber

Kazzrie Jaxen Quartet on the road — arrival in Albuquerque May 4, 2o16 — Left to right: Don Messina, Charley Krachy, Kazzrie, and concert promoter Tom Guralnick — photo by Mark Weber

I was going through a Robert Frank phase when I decided to use a $10 plastic disposable drug store camera for this event (I got over it)(remember Robert Frank used to enjoy fooling with anything that exposed film and himself went through a phase where'd he buy 6 or 7 of these little dumpy cameras at a time) -- This is guitarist Billy Bauer and jazz scholar Kirk Silsbee at the Springsville Jazz Conference, LAX Four Points Sheridan Hotel -- May 28, 2004 -- photo by Mark Weber

I was going through a Robert Frank phase when I decided to use a $10 plastic disposable drug store camera for this event (I got over it)(remember Robert Frank used to enjoy fooling with anything that exposed film and himself went through a phase where’d he buy 6 or 7 of these little dumpy cameras at a time) — This is guitarist Billy Bauer and jazz scholar Kirk Silsbee at the Springsville Jazz Conference, LAX Four Points Sheridan Hotel — May 28, 2004 — photo by Mark Weber

Todd Moore -- July 20, 1992 Albuquerque -- photo by Mark Weber

Todd Moore — July 20, 1992 Albuquerque — photo by Mark Weber

 

Kell Robertson at the Silver Dollar Saloon in Raton, New Mexico -- June 20, 1992 -- that's his wife Betsy with cig, and Mary Evans on his right, and Todd Moore across the table from him -- photo by Mark Weber

Kell Robertson at the Silver Dollar Saloon in Raton, New Mexico — June 20, 1992 — that’s his wife Betsy with cig, and Mary Evans on his right, and Todd Moore across the table from him — photo by Mark Weber

14 Comments

  1. Thank you my dearest Mark and have a beautiful holiday with your lovely wife. Love and hugs of Jazz…Sheila.

  2. Great photos. Thanks!

  3. From Poetry to Philosophy to pix….all great, Mark and always an honor to be included……..Best, Joshua

  4. Last night we (Virg Dzurinko, Nick Lyons, Michael Wimberly, Ken Filiano, Ryan Messina, and I) did a winter solstice Concert in the Dark in Brooklyn. After we finished, someone (was it Cheryl? I think so) said to me, “I can just hear Connie saying, ‘Wow!'” And now here’s this. Wow!

  5. Mark, you’re the best. Thanks for a great year of jazz, photos, and commentary.

  6. Hi Mark. Wishing you and your loved ones a safe and relaxing holiday. Thank you for all you do in support of the artists in our community. Have fun. Bob Gusch

  7. Today is not the last Thursday of 2016?

  8. Appreciate pictures of recent adventures and always, those of good times, slightly past.

    Thanks for keeping the learning curve in an upward smile!

    Greetings of the seasons to you and Janet!
    ❌❌

  9. cool photo of the guy becoming part of the Beckmann painting. Jill and I used to admire Beckmann in the 60’s. He seemed like the painters’ T.S.Eliot. These were the days when you’d carry a copy of “The Wasteland and Other Poems” in your back pocket to let people know how intellectual you were.

  10. ———————————-playlist——————————-
    The Reindeer Can Really Fly Jazz Radio Show
    (The 2nd-to-last-Thursday of 2o16)
    December 22, 2016
    KUNM Albuquerque
    Host MARK WEBER

    1. Lionel Hampton “White Christmas” — 11jan62 w/ Tommy Flanagan(piano), Lionel(vibes), Bill Mackel(guitar), George Duvivier(bass), Osie Johnson(drums), and 4 trombones: Eddie Bert, Bob McGarity, Robert Byrne, Richard Hixson
    2. Frank Sinatra “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”
    3. Shorty Rogers “Blue Reeds” –1960 — from THE SWINGING NUTCRACKER
    4. Todd Moore poem “the only job” –23dec08
    5. Bucky Pizzarelli & vocal group Monday Off — “Baby, it’s cold outside” –2001 cd CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE (Victoria records)
    6. Todd Moore “the bartender”
    7. Bobby Shew & Michael Anthony “Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas” –25dec08
    8. Dave McKenna “Santa Claus is coming to town” –1997 cd CHRISTMAS IVORY (Concord)
    9. Sheila Jordan & Harvie S “God Rest Ye/We Three Kings” –1985
    *ALERT: Sheila & Cameron Brown will be at Carnelia Street Cafe in the Village — December 31
    10. Lord Buckley “The Nazz” — 1960 — hipster rendering of Biblical Jesu Cristo Jesus Christ the Nazarene
    11. Donald Byrd “Cristo Rendentor”(Duke Pearson) — 1963
    12. Todd Moore “6 year old”
    13. Count Basie Orchestra “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” w/ Carmen Bradford singing and
    Doug Lawrence, tenor solo –2014 cd A VERY SWINGING BASIE CHRISTMAS
    14. Harry the Hipster “T’was the Night before Christmas” –1976 cd HARRY THE HIPSTER DIGS CHRISTMAS
    15. Kazzrie Jaxen “Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer” — 2005 from private recordings A CALICOON CHRISTMAS
    16. Todd Moore “i used to”
    17. Al Grey “Christmas Stocking Stuffer” — 1990 cd CHRISTMAS STOCKING STUFFER (Capri)
    18. Bobby Timmons Trio “Winter Wonderland” played this track for Cal Haines –24nov64 from cd THE CHRISTMAS COLLECTION (OJC Prestige) w/ Butch Warren(bass) and Walter Perkins(drums)

  11. Great photos, Mark! Great Dizzy Gillespie poem( by Todd Moore?)

  12. ——————————————playlist—————————-
    The Dark Skies Jazz Radio Show
    December 29, 2o16
    KUNM Albuquerque
    Host MARK WEBER
    Guests: Nick Lyons (alto saxophone), Colin Deuble (bass), Cal Haines (drums)

    1. The Nick Lyons New Mexico Trio “All the Things You Are”
    2. Nick Lyons New Mexico Trio “Star Eyes”
    3. Warne Marsh & Gary Foster “Bach 2-part Invention #13” –25oct69 cd NE PLUS ULTRA
    4. Nick Lyons New Mex Trio “How High the Moon”
    5. Bill Payne – Eva Lindal – Carol Liebowitz —- short piece for radio: clarinet, violin, piano –11june2o12
    *short pieces they recorded for my radio show to use as interludes
    6. Nick Lyons New Mex Trio —- free stretch
    7. Lennie Tristano Sextet — 4march1949 “Wow” w/Warne Marsh, Lee Konitz, Billy Bauer, Arnold Fishkin, Harold Granowsky (Atlantic records, produced by Pete Rugolo)
    8. William Roper (tuba) & Michael Vlatkovich (trombone) title track from cd CHOBRATY — 2004
    9. Nick Lyons New Mex Trio “What is this thing stretch”
    * I announced this piece as “Lennie’s Pennies” but the trio changed their minds at last minute . . . .
    10. Nick Lyons New Mex Trio — blues/ “Pound Cake”(Prez)
    11. Bill Payne – Eva Lindal – Carol Liebowitz ibid.
    12. Nick Lyons New Mexico Trio “All of Me”
    13. Connie Crothers – Lennie Popkin Quartet w/Carol Tristano & Cameron Brown “Another Era” from cd LOVE ENERGY (New Artists Records) — April 1988

  13. Hi Mark, I enjoyed this post. And yes, thank you for a year of poetry, photos, music and insight.

  14. wow, mark, wish I had a CD of your xmas broadcast /all those cool xmasmen: Frank to Todd to Count Basie.. maybe add Fats Domino’s Jingle Bells–but that’s R&B… happy new year, dear music man… thanks for your good posts and pix for 2016 which made my crazy life a bit more bearable…lovelove

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