I Could Write A Book

The Terry Gibbs - Buddy DeFranco Quintet at Hollywood Bowl Playboy Jazz Festival -- June 20, 1981 -- Ross Tompkins (piano), Scott Morris (drums), Marshall Hawkins (bass) -- photo by Mark Weber ----- Terry Gibbs worked with Benny Goodman off & on for years and speaking of BG's legendary spaciness (page 118 of his memoir GOOD VIBES) Terry says: "He could memorize anything except your name. He called everybody in the world "Pops," women, children, dogs, fire hydrants, you name it. Everybody was Pops. One time we were rehearsing up at his house in Connecticut and his wife Alice came in and said, "Benny, should I bring the guys some Cokes?" Benny said, "Now now, Pops." He couldn't remember his own wife's name! He called her "Pops.""

The Terry Gibbs – Buddy DeFranco Quintet at Hollywood Bowl Playboy Jazz Festival — June 20, 1981 — Ross Tompkins (piano), Scott Morris (drums), Marshall Hawkins (bass) — photo by Mark Weber —– Terry Gibbs worked with Benny Goodman off & on for years and speaking of BG’s legendary spaciness (page 118 of his memoir GOOD VIBES) Terry says: “He could memorize anything except your name. He called everybody in the world “Pops,” women, children, dogs, fire hydrants, you name it. Everybody was Pops. One time we were rehearsing up at his house in Connecticut and his wife Alice came in and said, “Benny, should I bring the guys some Cokes?” Benny said, “Now now, Pops.” He couldn’t remember his own wife’s name! He called her “Pops.””

The Thursday Jazz Radio Show

February 9, 2o17 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)

I COULD WRITE A BOOK

Have you ever wondered why pigeons bob their heads when they walk? I mean, they really bob that thing. I tried doing it myself while walking to yoga the other day and it’s not easy. Too much like chewing gum and walking at the same time.

I have always regarded the theory that lizards do push-ups so that they can create a stereo image in their heads as quite plausible. A lizard laying prone on a rock in the sun will stay in the lower position for three seconds then lift into a higher position and hold that for three seconds, then repeat. I havent kept up with my herpetology but as far as I know we still don’t know why. You know birds and lizards are related. And they both have eyes on opposite sides of their heads. which means their brains translate two separate channels of information simultaneously. Humans can’t do that. And with two eyes they have 360 degrees field of vision. Also, birds can see both microscopically and into the further distance all at once. But, having only one eye for each field of vision (humans see only 200 degrees) means you (the lizards & birds, not you perzactly) have no depth of field. So, they bob their heads and they do push-ups.

Today on the jazz show, as always, we’ll be expanding our perspective.

Backstage at Hollywood Bowl Playboy Jazz Festival: Pianists Lou Levy and Ross Tompkins and I'm pretty sure that's the jazz scholar Patricia Willard that they are talking with -- June 20, 1981 -- photo by Mark Weber

Backstage at Hollywood Bowl Playboy Jazz Festival: Pianists Lou Levy and Ross Tompkins and I’m pretty sure that’s the jazz scholar Patricia Willard that they are talking with — June 20, 1981 — photo by Mark Weber

 Terry Gibbs unloading his vibraphone at Hollywood Bowl -- June 20, 1981 -- photo by Mark Weber (I think that might be his son Gerry the drummer that he's looking at)

Terry Gibbs unloading his vibraphone at Hollywood Bowl — June 20, 1981 — photo by Mark Weber (I think that might be his son Gerry the drummer that he’s looking at)

Buddy DeFranco -- June 20, 1981 -- Hollywood Bowl -- photo by Mark Weber

Buddy DeFranco — June 20, 1981 — Hollywood Bowl — photo by Mark Weber

Bass player Marshall Hawkins and Illinois Jacquet, who sat in with the Gibbs-DeFranco Quintet -- June 20, 1981 -- photo by Mark Weber -- In Terry Gibbs autobiography he says (page 40) that when they were kids in Brooklyn, Tiny Kahn dubbed Illinois: "Chicago Vestcoat" (and Big Sid Catlett as "Big Veal Cutlet")

Bass player Marshall Hawkins and Illinois Jacquet, who sat in with the Gibbs-DeFranco Quintet — June 20, 1981 — photo by Mark Weber — In Terry Gibbs autobiography he says (page 40) that when they were kids in Brooklyn, Tiny Kahn dubbed Illinois: “Chicago Vestcoat” (and Big Sid Catlett as “Big Veal Cutlet”)

Don Menza Quintet way out on Rt. 66 in Cucamonga, California, about an hour east of Los Angeles on a Sunday afternoon gig -- June 14, 1981 -- Dick Berk (drums), Chuck Findley (trumpet, flugel, cornet), Frank DeLaRosa (bass), Don Menza (tenor & flute), Frank Strazzeri (piano) -- photo by Mark Weber

Don Menza Quintet way out on Rt. 66 in Cucamonga, California, about an hour east of Los Angeles on a Sunday afternoon gig — June 14, 1981 — Dick Berk (drums), Chuck Findley (trumpet, flugel, cornet), Frank DeLaRosa (bass), Don Menza (tenor & flute), Frank Strazzeri (piano) — photo by Mark Weber

Soundcheck: Horace Tapscott Trio at Lobero Theater, Santa Barbara -- Son Ship (drums), Roberto Miranda (bass) -- November 12, 1981 -- photo by Mark Weber

Soundcheck: Horace Tapscott Trio at Lobero Theater, Santa Barbara — Son Ship (drums), Roberto Miranda (bass) — November 12, 1981 — photo by Mark Weber

Les Paul always let people set in at his regular Iridium gig on Broadway -- I would have loved to hear Mary Redhouse when she sang a Navajo grass dance with him, altho, I believe she started him out on "Slow Boat to China" -- This photo is Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks with their child, sitting in -- Susan sang "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody" w/ Les's regular trio Nicki Parrott (bass) and Lou Pallo (guitar) -- they killed it, it was so good, next time I was in town I dragged Connie Crothers there to hear Les -- July 22, 2oo2 -- photo by Mark Weber (RIP Derek's uncle Butch died January 24, 2017)

Les Paul always let people set in at his regular Iridium gig on Broadway — I would have loved to hear Mary Redhouse when she sang a Navajo grass dance with him, altho, I believe she started him out on “Slow Boat to China” — This photo is Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks with their child, sitting in — Susan sang “Rock-a-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody” w/ Les’s regular trio Nicki Parrott (bass) and Lou Pallo (guitar) — they killed it, it was so good, next time I was in town I dragged Connie Crothers there to hear Les — July 22, 2oo2 — photo by Mark Weber (RIP Derek’s uncle Butch died January 24, 2017)

Carol Liebowitz and Bill Payne duo (was suppose to be their trio with Eva Lindal but a performance Visa from U.S. State Dept was impossible -- Eva lives in Stockholm) ----- May 6, 2o16 Outpost Performance Space -- photo by Mark Weber -- Today we'll listen to their Trio cd preceded by a pre-recorded introduction to the music by Bill Payne ---- I think of how Connie always wanted a music that created itself out of intuition and instances of telepathy and thought transference, hence, she used hardly no arrangements, and no contrived pre-determined movements ---- spontaneously composed music is what Carol & Bill & Eva play

Carol Liebowitz and Bill Payne duo (was suppose to be their trio with Eva Lindal but a performance Visa from U.S. State Dept was impossible — Eva lives in Stockholm) —– May 6, 2o16 Outpost Performance Space — photo by Mark Weber — Today we’ll listen to their Trio cd preceded by a pre-recorded introduction to the music by Bill Payne —- I think of how Connie always wanted a music that created itself out of intuition and instances of telepathy and thought transference, hence, she used hardly no arrangements, and no contrived pre-determined movements —- spontaneously composed music is what Carol & Bill & Eva play

A pianist and a saxophonist: Virg Dzurinko and Charley Krachy -- May 5, 2o16 -- photo by Mark Weber

A pianist and a saxophonist: Virg Dzurinko and Charley Krachy — May 5, 2o16 — photo by Mark Weber

Renee Rosnes Quartet at the old Outpost: Walt Weiskopf (sax), Billy Drummond (drums), Peter Washington (bass), Renee (piano) -- March 24, 1997 -- photo by Mark Weber -- Today we'll listen to Renee Rosnes' deep dive into the elemental forces of life on Earth with her new cd WRITTEN IN THE ROCKS

Renee Rosnes Quartet at the old Outpost: Walt Weiskopf (sax), Billy Drummond (drums), Peter Washington (bass), Renee (piano) — March 24, 1997 — photo by Mark Weber — Today we’ll listen to Renee Rosnes’ deep dive into the elemental forces of life on Earth with her new cd WRITTEN IN THE ROCKS

Steve Lacy Quintet: George Lewis (trombone), John Betsch (drums), JJ Avenel (bass), Irene Aebi (vocal) -- on their annual visit to the Outpost Performance Space in Albuquerque -- June 25, 2001 -- photo by Mark Weber

Steve Lacy Quintet: George Lewis (trombone), John Betsch (drums), JJ Avenel (bass), Irene Aebi (vocal) — on their annual visit to the Outpost Performance Space in Albuquerque — June 25, 2001 — photo by Mark Weber

Mary Redhouse, one of the greatest free singers I've ever heard -- she might be one of the best straight jazz singers I ever heard, but I've never heard her sing straight, she always goes for the universe, she could go from Mildred Bailey, to Billie, to Loretta Lynn, to Sheila Jordan, all in a ten minute stretch, birds, whales, crickets, were all in there, someone comes in the room and she mimics the squeaky door. I once asked her how she can sing like Mildred, then Billie, then Sheila, or Patsy Cline, and she said "I just put on their masks." She sang in my Bubbadinos band, and another band I had called The Weeds. I haven't seen Mary in a coon's age. She lives in Tucson. Last I spoke with her she was working as a pre-school teacher. Photo by Mark Weber at Studio 725 Albuquerque -- October 30, 2000 -- (Mildred Bailey was Coeur d'Alene tribe)

Mary Redhouse, one of the greatest free singers I’ve ever heard — she might be one of the best straight jazz singers I ever heard, but I’ve never heard her sing straight, she always goes for the universe, she could go from Mildred Bailey, to Billie, to Loretta Lynn, to Sheila Jordan, all in a ten minute stretch, birds, whales, crickets, were all in there, someone comes in the room and she mimics the squeaky door. I once asked her how she can sing like Mildred, then Billie, then Sheila, or Patsy Cline, and she said “I just put on their masks.” She sang in my Bubbadinos band, and another band I had called The Weeds. I haven’t seen Mary in a coon’s age. She lives in Tucson. Last I spoke with her she was working as a pre-school teacher. Photo by Mark Weber at Studio 725 Albuquerque — October 30, 2000 — (Mildred Bailey was Coeur d’Alene tribe)

Mary Redhouse at 725 on October 30, 2000 ---------- Another time I was pounding out some barrelhouse on the piano and Mary started belting the blues like she was Bessie Smith -- we recorded that stuff, it was hilarious -------- photo by Mark Weber -- Today we'll listen to some of Mary's unbelievable singing

Mary Redhouse at 725 on October 30, 2000 ———- Another time I was pounding out some barrelhouse on the piano and Mary started belting the blues like she was Bessie Smith — we recorded that stuff, it was hilarious ——– photo by Mark Weber — Today we’ll listen to some of Mary’s unbelievable singing

That's the street I live on and that's Kenny Davern and it looks like it just rained? Weird. It hardly ever rains in Albuquerque -- July 4, 2oo4 -- When it does it's when the Tarahumara send the clouds north from the Cobre Sierra Madre Mountains in Chihuahua, Mexico -- Photo by Mark Weber

That’s the street I live on and that’s Kenny Davern and it looks like it just rained? Weird. It hardly ever rains in Albuquerque — July 4, 2oo4 — When it does it’s when the Tarahumara send the clouds north from the Cobre Sierra Madre Mountains in Chihuahua, Mexico — Photo by Mark Weber

14 Comments

  1. ————————————–playlist——————————-
    The Clothing Optional Jazz Radio Show
    February 2, 2o17
    KUNM Albuquerque
    Host MARK WEBER

    1. Joe Newman Sextet “Mean to Me” — 8jan57 w/ Frank Wess(tenor & flute), Frank Rehak (trombone), Joe Newman (trumpet) ————– cd THE HAPPY CATS (Fresh Sound)
    2. Terry Gibbs – Buddy DeFranco Quintet “Fickle Fingers”(TG) — I especially dig the drums on this track —
    layered rhythms from Gerry Gibbs — August 1988 (Contemporary/Fantasy Records) Terry and Buddy started their association in 1981 and kept it going 20 years
    3. Billy Mitchell Quintet + Thad Jones (trumpet) “Brother Peabody” w/ Herman Wright(bass), Richard Wyand (piano), Billy Mitchell (tenor), Kenny Burrell (guitar), Oliver Jackson (drums) Lp A LITTLE JUICY (Smash)
    4. Pat Martino Quartet “Along Came Betty” w/ Eddie Green (elec-piano), Sherman Ferguson (drums) Tyrone Brown (bass), Pat Martino (guitar) — 7oct74 cd HEAD AND HEART
    5. Horace Tapscott solo piano “Getting Ready” — early 1980s cd VOLUME TEN SOLO TAPSCOTT SESSIONS (Nimbus West)
    6. Bill Payne introduces the next track and explains it’s genesis — from telcon 27jan2o17 wMW
    7. Bill Payne & Connie Crothers — clarinet & piano duets “The Desert & the City” — Oct. 2006 cd CONVERSATIONS (New Artists Records)
    8. Lee Konitz Quartet “Dream Variation” (ie. You Stepped Out of a Dream) cd THE NEW YORK ALBUM
    9. Barney Kessel & Jim Hall guitar duet “You Stepped Out of a Dream” –5nov67 Lp BERLIN FESTIVAL GUITAR WORKSHOP (Pausa)
    10. Renee Rosnes quartet “Lucy From Afar” –June 2o15 cd WRITTEN IN THE ROCKS
    11. Terry Gibbs Dream Band “Stardust” (arranged by Bill Holman) — March 1959 cd DREAM BAND vol. 1
    12. Michael Moss & Billy Stein — clarinet & guitar duet “Flutter” — Feb.2o13 cd INTERVALS
    13. Mary Redhouse & Lee Gardner — vocals & bass duet “Bent Axis (Blues)” –4jan2000 Live at Mat Bevel Institute, Tucson, Arizona
    14. Gary Foster Quartet “Dixie’s Dilemma” (Warne Marsh’s line on All of the Things You Are) –Sept.1977 w/ Alan Broadbent (piano), Jim Hughart (bass), Larry Bunker (drums) cd IMAGINATION (RCA Japan)
    15. Terry Gibbs Orchestra “Just Plain Meyer” — tenor solo by Al Cohn — 8oct56 cd SWINGIN (Fresh Sound)
    vibraphone solo by Terry Gibbs

  2. The playlist (above) is a preview for the February 9 show . . . .

  3. Wow, great playlist…..I’ll be listening…
    Mark, I burst out laughing with the image of you walking and trying to bob your head like a pigeon..!!!
    Love Ya,
    charley

  4. I remember Illinois Jacquet at Playboy Jazz that year, Mark. He played “‘Round Midnight” on a bassoon during his set. Afterward I had a couple of words with him in the press tent and had to bring up his participation in that great little movie “Jammin’ The Blues.” He said that at one point Humphrey Bogart came around to the set and asked what they were making. “That’s not enough,” Bogie told them. “Ask for more.” So there was a short strike during the filming.

  5. Hi Mark, Your photos and stories are always such a pleasant change of pace from so much
    depressing news these days.
    Thanks.
    Ted Brown

  6. Just a hi from Bob. Keep it coming. Buddy DeFranco!

  7. Hi Mark, digging your stories and photos. Got a good chuckle outta Benny and “Pops”. Enlightening information about birds and lizards!

  8. Another word for Connie’s way with music is: artifice: she never employed artifice [:not originating naturally or pretended] ———————-
    In terms of pre-planning we found out that when I worked with her it was best to make arrangements for the poems —- which would be maybe: Poem plus bass, and on another we’d have a stanza where the drums would drop out, or
    maybe we’d decide on an opening chord or if the poem would be in minor—– I sure hope a copy of the recording
    of our August 23, 2o14 concert at The Stone exists (Ben Manley recorded) we put a lot of work into that . . . .

  9. NOTE to self: I had this feeling on the radio last Thursday that I was saying Miss Rosnes name wrong — I see at Wikipedia that her first name is pronounced REE-nee, which is probably derived from her birth name of Irene

  10. hey, mark… more fascinatin’ rhythms, pics & prose and pigeons, too… is that Edward Field you’ve got up there? when did you meet him?

  11. ——————————————–playlist————————–
    The KUNM Cooking Show
    February 9, 2o17
    Chief Chef: MARK WEBER
    1. Steve Lacy Trio “The Wane” — January 1998 cd THE HOLY La w/ John Betsch & JJ Avenel
    2. Terry Gibbs Quartet “Gibberish” — 14setp55 w/ Terry Pollard (piano), Nils-Bertil Dahlander (drums), Herman Wright (bass) cd TERRY GIBBS QUARTET (Emarcy re-issued on Fresh Sound)
    3. Charley Krachy Quartet “Keep the Change” –4march2003 cd JAZZMAN’S SERENADE (Zinnia Records)
    w/ Ed Fuqua(bass), Charles Sibirsky (piano), Pete Scattaretico (drums)
    4. Miles Davis Quintet “I Could Write a Book” –26oct56 (Prestige) w/ Red Garland (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), Philly Joe (drums), John Coltrane (tenor)
    5. Bill Payne explains & sets-up next track (from telcon 26jan2o17)
    6. Bill Payne (clarinet), Eva Lindal (violin), Carol Liebowitz (piano) “What We Are Saying” — 12june2o12 cd PAYNE LINDAL LIEBOWITZ (Line Art Records)
    7. Herbie Mann Sextet “When the Sun Comes Out” — April 1957 — Herbie (alto flute), Jack Nimitz (bass clarinet), Urbie Green (trombone), Joe Puma (guitar), Oscar Pettiford (bass), Charlie Smith (drums) — cd SULTRY SERENADE (Riverside)
    8. Mary Redhouse & Lee Gardner, vocal & bass “Prismatic Frequencies” — January 2000
    9. Terry Gibbs “Lemon Drop”(George Wallington) cd 52nd & BROADWAY: SONGS OF THE BEBOP ERA (Mack Avenue Records) –January 2004 w/ Tom Ranier (piano) and scatting by Sam Most & Terry w/ full orchestra of strings arranged by Tom + jazz rhythm section
    10. Renee Rosnes “From Here to a Star” w/ Steve Nelson (vibes), Peter Washington (bass), Bill Stewart (drums), Renee (piano) — June 2015 cd WRITTEN IN THE ROCKS (Smoke Sessions Records)
    11. Terry Gibbs – Buddy DeFranco Quintet “Cherokee” — 1987 cd CHICAGO FIRE (Contemporary) Live at Joe Segal’s Jazz Showcase in Chicago

    *all dates refer to time of recording

  12. Bill’s set-up for the trio track (track 5 above) is so perfect, I wish Connie could have heard it, she was always so concerned about getting the word out on her friend’s music and more notoriety for New Artists Records that this would have warmed her heart

    • Thanks Mark for playing a really challenging piece of music (to some) “What We Are Saying.” Much appreciated!!! There are very few radio hosts that would take that chance.

  13. Craig Allan Sherman AKA Cracked AKA Crab

    May 1, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Hey, Marc long time no lookee. It’s the “Crab” walkin’ sideways in Saigon. Man,wazup essay, we’re still alive ain’t we Holmes? I’m an English teacher(post colonial indoctrinator in pseudo academia) I’ve got a 35 year old Cambodian girl who lives with me along with our daughter of six years.I’d love to get back in touch. Love your work

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