I don’t know if you can see it clearly but that street sign says Charlie Parker Place / Avenue B and that guy in the yellow cap is about to cross 7th Street heading north — July 1, 1997 —- photo by Mark Weber —- In 1992 Avenue B between 7th and 10th Streets was rechristened Charlie Parker Place as Bird & Chan lived at 151 Avenue B the years 1950-1954 facing Tompkins Square Park
The Thursday Jazz Radio Show
June 29, 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)
A MOTHER’S WISDOM
My mom used to say: “Markie, it’s none of your businesswhat other people think about you”That’s pretty deep, if you think about it —-I think she picked that up in AA —- I’d tease her backand say: “Well, it’s kinda nice to know what your bossis thinking” what with expenses and allyou might need to be looking for a new jobAnother thing she used to tipwas regarding “fair-weather friends”when the shit hits the fan they’re goneBlack void swirling vortextit all awaits us somedayIt was the genius of the ancient Vedantic peopleof Indiawho out-smarted Deathunveiling reincarnation:We are all our ancestorsSome part of us is listening backMitochondrial EveAND TO THINK THAT I SAWa book the other day where a scientist waspurporting to “prove” that telepathy doesn’t existAND TO THINK THAT I SAW IT ON MULBERRY STREETa book my mom gave me when I was a child andI read and read and read this book with all of it’s crazyexaggerating pictures(and many many years later I made a point of visitingMulberry Street in Little Italy, Manhattan, to seewhere maestro Suess was coming from)There’s too much talking in the worldand not enough telepathy
The Gene Russell Trio at the Maiden Voyage, downtown Los Angeles — August 23, 1980 —- Whenever you got caught in L.A. around rush hour, rather than jump on whatever freeway it is you take to get home (there are ten different freeways that converge downtown), and sit in rush hour traffic and let your car over-heat (V8 engines need flowing air to cool them), I’d pop into the Maiden Voyage and kill an hour or two before jumping on the San Bernardino Frwy (10) back to Upland, one of the hundreds of “bedroom communities” that surround L.A. ———— Here’s Gene on piano (a great guy, I always had a good laugh with him); and fellow photographer Clarence Johnston on drums (he tipped me off that taking pictures at the boxing matches at the Olympic was a good score; and our man on bass: HENRY FRANKLIN the Skipper aka Nyimbo, who’s still all over Southern California playing that bass and who I just saw in the 2017 restored version of MONTEREY POP (1967) on my favorite set of that flick with Hugh Masekela —– I’ll tell you, when I first saw this film back in 1969 at a little art house on Sunset Blvd, and that huge black African face of Mr Masekela came on the screen like 14-feet across it scorched my white butt back into my seat as he shouted that wordless healing chant, still one of the strongest parts of that documentary, and Henry pulsing and swaying the time like a wave
SUPERSAX recital for music students at Cal Poly, Pomona — June 6, 1980 —- At one time I had a dream that Charles McPherson would be featured with this group (never happened) —- How cool would that be, whew —- Lou Levy (piano), Conte Candoli (trumpet), Frank DeLaRosa (bass), John Dentz (drums), saxophones Left to Right: Jay Migliori, Ray Reed, Med Flory, Lanny Morgan, Jack Nimitz —- photo by Mark Weber
Freddie Hubbard — October 1, 1979 — photo by Mark Weber
Art Blakey Jazz Messengers at Howard Rumsey’s Concerts by the Sea — January 17, 1980 — James Williams (piano), David Schnitter (tenor), Valerie Ponomarev (trumpet), Bobby Watson (alto), Dennis Irwin (bass) — photo by Mark Weber
Delmar Evans and Johnny Otis — October 14, 1979 — photo by Mark Weber — (Delmar aka Mighty Mouth) —-Johnny Otis had the hippest radio show on the planet every Saturday afternoon on KPFK in the 80s always LIVE and with guests ——— There’s something electric about live guests, over the telephone or visiting in the studio that can’t be matched with pre-recorded edited canned and drained of the blood of being in the moment visiting with a fellow human over the airwaves
Charles McPherson one of the great alto saxophonists of jazz — October 17, 1979 — We will be talking with the maestro this Thursday LIVE via telephone from his home in San Diego, California — He will bringing a quartet to the Albuquerque Museum July 29 ————- Besides being such a great musician I think of Charles McPherson and Bobby Bradford as the two most hip & articulate scholars on the music of Charlie Parker —— This will be Mr McPherson’s third telephone visit with us on KUNM and we’ll ask him about Barry Harris, CHARLES MINGUS, Lincoln Center Jazz Band, Toshiko Akiyoshi (I still haven’t heard this hard to find album!), Eddie Jefferson, Jaki Byard, Booker Ervin, Kenny Drew, Duke Jordan, Eric Dolphy, Paul Bley, Pepper Adams, Don Patterson, Pat Martino, and on & on, all the artists he’s recorded with over the years . . . .
That’s Todd Moore and James Crumley at a book signing in Albuquerque October 19, 1993 — photo by Mark Weber —– We went to pay our respects to this great author of hardboiled crime fiction set in the West with masterpieces THE WRONG CASE (1975), DANCING BEAR (1983), THE LAST GOOD KISS (1978) that opens with a couple drunks at a bar along with an alcoholic bulldog who is working out a hangover with a bowl of beer —- I don’t recommend his first novel (ONE TO COUNT CADENCE) but after that you owe it to yourself to read these from one of the best —– He didn’t write many books (he was a hard boozer) and I dropped off when his 1993 novel MEXICAN TREE DUCK opened with a recovering alcoholic returning to the bottle and being glad of it, too sad . . . . .
Claire deBrunner at soundcheck for Connie’s Memorial at Roulette, Brooklyn — November 13, 2o16 — my digital file says that it was 2:06 in the afternoon — photo by Mark Weber —- At Claire’s Facebook page she posted a photo she took in Barcelona on a recent trip showing a bassoonist on Gaudi’s cathedral, kinda where you’d normally see a gargoyle, there’s a bassoon player!
1976 —— When giants walked the earth — handbill from the collection of Mark Weber