The Jazz Thing

1982 – May 2 – Bobby & John play Washington DC in quartet ----- absolute proof / ticket stub provided by Michael Zelner

1982 – May 2 – Bobby & John play Washington DC in quartet —– absolute proof / ticket stub provided by Michael Zelner

The Thursday Jazz Radio Show

August 9, 2o18 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 JAZZ THING

Bobby Bradford has been mentor and teacher to so many of us Angelenos over the years, I once asked him What’s all this total absorption in jazz all about? Is there something wrong with us? And he quite sensibly responded: Mark, it’s not such a bad way to spend your life.

Bobby Bradford’s Brass N Bass – July 28, 2o18 San Francisco – photo by Mark Weber

Bobby Bradford’s Brass N Bass – July 28, 2o18 San Francisco – photo by Mark Weber

Bradford before the set speaking with fellow cornetist Theo Padouvas with Scott Walton in blue at Community Music Center in the Mission District – July 28, 2o18 – photo by Mark Weber

Bradford before the set speaking with fellow cornetist Theo Padouvas with Scott Walton in blue at Community Music Center in the Mission District – July 28, 2o18 – photo by Mark Weber

Afternoon rehearsal at Local 6 Musician’s Union, San Francisco ---- bassist Bill Noertker and Bobby Bradford – Saturday July 28, 2o18 – photo by Mark Weber

Afternoon rehearsal at Local 6 Musician’s Union, San Francisco —- bassist Bill Noertker and Bobby Bradford – Saturday July 28, 2o18 – photo by Mark Weber

The band called Bobby Bradford’s Brass N Bass at the Union Hall running over the music to be performed that night at Community Music Center, 544 Capp Street, San Francisco: Scott Walton & Bill Noertker(basses), Theo Padouvas & Bobby(cornets) ---- a fabulous off-the-map concert and a packed house, what a great space – photo by Mark Weber – July 28, 2o18 (this is a reunion for Scott, who played on Bobby’s cd ONE NIGHT STAND back in 1986; and Bill was a former student 2 decades earlier at Pasadena City College)

The band called Bobby Bradford’s Brass N Bass at the Union Hall running over the music to be performed that night at Community Music Center, 544 Capp Street, San Francisco: Scott Walton & Bill Noertker(basses), Theo Padouvas & Bobby(cornets) —- a fabulous off-the-map concert and a packed house, what a great space – photo by Mark Weber – July 28, 2o18 (this is a reunion for Scott, who played on Bobby’s cd ONE NIGHT STAND back in 1986; and Bill was a former student 2 decades earlier at Pasadena City College)

Bobby Bradford working me through the particulars of Bird’s “Now’s the Time,” a vastly more complicated tune that I ever imagined, in his studio – July 26, 2018 Altadena, California ---- The next day we hit the road for the 500 mile drive up to San Francisco – photo by Mark Weber

Bobby Bradford working me through the particulars of Bird’s “Now’s the Time,” a vastly more complicated tune that I ever imagined, in his studio – July 26, 2018 Altadena, California —- The next day we hit the road for the 500 mile drive up to San Francisco – photo by Mark Weber

It was so good to see Lisa Towles, again (in the 90s she was Lisa Polisar and a member of my MW Poetry band on flute here in Albuquerque) – Here she is meeting Bobby Bradford for the first time ---- July 28, 2o18 San Francisco ---- She moved to the Bay Area ten (?) years ago ---- photo by Mark Weber

It was so good to see Lisa Towles, again (in the 90s she was Lisa Polisar and a member of my MW Poetry band on flute here in Albuquerque) – Here she is meeting Bobby Bradford for the first time —- July 28, 2o18 San Francisco —- She moved to the Bay Area ten (?) years ago —- photo by Mark Weber

And look who else showed up! Our old friend, master of all clarinets, Beth Custer, with Bobby and MW (note my teeshirt ---------- I was Bobby’s “roadie” on this excursion to the north ----- July 28, 2o18 photo snapped by my long-time friend George Brooks ----- (Beth’s band Clarinet Thing has kept Bobby’s composition “Sticks & Stones” in their repertoire for years, arranged for 5 clarinets – see their cd AGONY PIPES AND MISERY STICKS)

And look who else showed up! Our old friend, master of all clarinets, Beth Custer, with Bobby and MW (note my teeshirt ———- I was Bobby’s “roadie” on this excursion to the north —– July 28, 2o18 photo snapped by my long-time friend George Brooks —– (Beth’s band Clarinet Thing has kept Bobby’s composition “Sticks & Stones” in their repertoire for years, arranged for 5 clarinets – see their cd AGONY PIPES AND MISERY STICKS)

Jonathan Baldwin has proposed we collaborate on a radio show on the living Philadelphia Tenors (Benny Golson and Jimmy Heath) – John is a cornetist who caught the Jazztet on a double bill with Ornette Coleman (Golson was in the Jazztet) at the Five Spot in November 1959 ---- We’ll talk about that when we run this show down on Thursday August 16 ---- photo by Mark Weber – (John had a couple of his paintings in the Artspace group show) – July 15, 2o18

Jonathan Baldwin has proposed we collaborate on a radio show on the living Philadelphia Tenors (Benny Golson and Jimmy Heath) – John is a cornetist who caught the Jazztet on a double bill with Ornette Coleman (Golson was in the Jazztet) at the Five Spot in November 1959 —- We’ll talk about that when we run this show down on Thursday August 16 —- photo by Mark Weber – (John had a couple of his paintings in the Artspace group show) – July 15, 2o18

Mark Weaver and his woodblock print on rice paper “Greg’s C Melody Saxophone”(1983) as part of Inpost Artspace group show Musicians Making Art now showing at Outpost Performance Space – photo by Mark Weber – July 15, 2o18 Albuquerque (Mark Weaver is a tuba maestro who recently performed with Joseph Daley Trio on a little tour of New Mexico)

Mark Weaver and his woodblock print on rice paper “Greg’s C Melody Saxophone”(1983) as part of Inpost Artspace group show Musicians Making Art now showing at Outpost Performance Space – photo by Mark Weber – July 15, 2o18 Albuquerque (Mark Weaver is a tuba maestro who recently performed with Joseph Daley Trio on a little tour of New Mexico)

The Memphis P Tails – a local New Mexico electric blues outfit ---- I first heard the P Tails (I still don’t understand that name) about 25 years ago as I was traversing the University and I heard this scorching crack open the sky blues music and says to myself: Holy shit, a REAL blues band, in New Mexico? Over the years I catch them here & there and they never deliver less than full bore, an electricity and punch to bring back my old memories of hanging out in the bars of Watts ------ Here they are kicking up sand at Summer Fest on Central Avenue – July 21, 2o18: Darin Goldston(guitar & vocals), Skinny Dinnie Ferguson(harp), Mikey Wright(guitar), Jeff Sipe(bass), Charlie Brown(drums) ---- photo by Mark Weber

The Memphis P Tails – a local New Mexico electric blues outfit —- I first heard the P Tails (I still don’t understand that name) about 25 years ago as I was traversing the University and I heard this scorching crack open the sky blues music and says to myself: Holy shit, a REAL blues band, in New Mexico? Over the years I catch them here & there and they never deliver less than full bore, an electricity and punch to bring back my old memories of hanging out in the bars of Watts —— Here they are kicking up sand at Summer Fest on Central Avenue – July 21, 2o18: Darin Goldston (guitar & vocals), Skinny Dinnie Ferguson (harp), Mikey Wright (guitar), Jeff Sipe (bass), Charlie Brown (drums) —- photo by Mark Weber

I’ve always loved Susan Holmes posters she makes for the band Alpha Cats with whom she plays bass, and I’ll take credit for tipping the curators to get her into this group show Musicians Making Art, but I didn’t know she was an exquisite oil painter, whew, so much talent ---- That’s Susan and her painting “Bonanza Creek Cottonwoods, Looking East” (2o17) ----- “It’s Kansas,” she told me – photo by Mark Weber – July 15, 2o18 (you can see my 3 doodles To Susan’s right)

I’ve always loved Susan Holmes posters she makes for the band Alpha Cats with whom she plays bass, and I’ll take credit for tipping the curators to get her into this group show Musicians Making Art, but I didn’t know she was an exquisite oil painter, whew, so much talent —- That’s Susan and her painting “Bonanza Creek Cottonwoods, Looking East” (2o17) —– “It’s Kansas,” she told me – photo by Mark Weber – July 15, 2o18 (you can see my 3 doodles To Susan’s right)

Triceratops & violin – photo by Mark Weber – 14july2o18

Triceratops & violin – photo by Mark Weber – 14july2o18

My favorite photo of Bob Dylan, and he’s not even in it, not bodily anyway. Taken by Lisa Law in her great book FLASHING ON THE SIXTIES. A writer’s desk. Did Homer’s look any different? Or the monk who composed Beowulf? I’ve surprised acquaintances who have asked about writing when I tell them they are lucky not to be under the pall of writing, it’s like a disease. A disease that you learn to live with, it’s always there, word puzzles, phraseology, the search for the opening sentence, do I put these thoughts into a poem or an essay or a short story? Words tumbling around all the time, taken over your brain. I have no idea what it’d be like otherwise. I’ve lost touch with reality. All America is in a depression anyway over the darkness that has overtaken our government, so my condition goes unnoticed. Rare this depression, our idealisms have blown up in our faces. “Ain’t it just like the night to play tricks when you’re trying to be so quiet?” (Visions of Johanna) It was 101 in Albuquerque yesterday, very rare to be that hot, and now this morning wailing winds, the Great Turbulence is beginning, I’m joking of course, sort of, the collapse of the natural ways seem to be near . . . . “Cinderella sweeping up on Desolation Row . . . .”

6 Comments

  1. Mark Weber

    August 10, 2018 at 7:08 am

    ———————————playlist—————————

    The untapped jazz radio show

    August 9, 2o18

    KUNM Albuquerque

    Host MARK WEBER

    1. Dave Brubeck Quartet “Audrey” w/ Paul Desmond, Joe Dodge, Bob Bates – 12oct54 from probably my favorite Brubeck album BRUBECK TIME (Col.)Four songs associated with CHARLIE PARKER
    2. Hampton Hawes Quartet “Groovin’ High”(Dizzy) November 1956 LA w/ Bruz Freeman (drums), Jim Hall (guitar), Red Mitchell (bass), Hawes (piano) cd ALL NIGHT SESSION (Contemporary)
    3. Supersax “Oh, Lady Be Good” (also, strongly associated with Lester Young – from Prez’s first recording session in 1936) – 1973 from their first album SUPERSAX PLAYS BIRD
    4. Dizzy Gillespie Sextet w/ Charlie Parker (alto), Clyde Hart (piano), Remo Palmieri (guitar), Cozy Cole (drums), Slam Stewart (bass), Dizzy (trpt) – 28feb45
    5. Lenny Popkin Trio w/ Carol Tristano (drums), Eddie Gomez (bass), Lenny (tenor) “New York Moment” –27feb04 from cd of same name
    6. Elmo Hope Trio “It’s a Lovely Day Today” w/ John Ore (bass), Elmo (piano), Willie Jones (drums) – 28july55 —- one of the great pianists of the bebop era and a big influence on Horace Tapscott
    7. Lee Konitz Quintet “Sunflower”(Ferrara) – 5may57 w/ Don Ferrara (trpt), Sal Mosca (p), Peter Ind (b), Shadow Wilson (d), Lee (alto) – album VERY COOL (Verve)
    8. Wes Montgomery Quintet “Tune Up”(Miles) w/ James Clay (flute), Victor Feldman (piano), Sam Jones (bass), Louis Hayes (drums), Wes on electric bass guitar! —12oct60 album MOVING ALONG (Riverside)
    9. Anita O’Day “Don’t Be That Way”(Benny Goodman’s theme song) –18dec56 out on the Coast w/ Joe Mondragon (b), Larry Bunker (vibes), Paul Smith (p), Barney Kessel (g), Alvin Stoller (d) – Los Angeles
    10. Mel Powell Trio “Makin’ Whoopie” w/ Paul Quinichette (tenor), Mel (piano), Bobby Donaldson (drums) – mid-50s – cd IT’S BEEN SO LONG (Vanguard)
    11. Benny Golson Quintet “Stablemates (second version)” – 12dec58 Paris w/ Bobby Timmons (p), Christian Garros (d), Pierre Michelot (b), Roger Guerin (trpt), Benny (tenor) cd BENNY GOLSON AND THE PHILADELPHIANS (Blue Note) except these are extra trax not with Philadelphians
    12. Joe Newman “Lil’ Darlin’”(Neal Hefti) –17march61 New Jersey w/ Frank Foster (tenor), Joe (trpt), Tommy Flanagan (p), Eddie Jones (b), Billy English (d) cd GOOD N GROOVY (Prestige)
    13. Bucky Pizzarelli & John both on 7-string guitars in duet “Contrasts”(Jimmy Dorsey) – 1 july 98 cd CONTRASTS (Arbors)
    14. Lee Konitz Quintet “Kary’s Trance” ibid.

  2. joan jobe smith

    August 10, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    hey, mark w, markus weberski,,, been wondering where u b this long hot summer… so seeing this is so refreshing while you refresh my jazz instinctions… love these people… thanks for these exciting happy pix… and nice seeing yr face in their midst… love to u & j….

  3. ———————————–playlist————————————-
    The whisper not jazz radio show
    August 16, 2018
    KUNM Albuquerque
    Co-hosts JONATHAN BALDWIN & Mark Weber
    *This show was Jon’s idea
    1. The Jazztet “Blues on Down”(Golson) –16sept60 album BIG CITY SOUNDS (Argo) w/ Art Farmer(trpt), Benny Golson(tenor), Tom McIntosh(trombone), Cedar Walton(p), Tommy Williams(b), Tootie Heath(d)
    2. Art Blakey Jazz Messengers “Along Came Betty”(Golson) –30oct58 w/ Lee Morgan(trpt), Benny Golson(tenor), Bobby Timmons(p), Jymie Merritt(b), Blakey(d) * see pp 98-99 of Benny Golson’s autobiography for hilarious background story on this composition
    3. Miles Davis “C.T.A.” (Jimmy Heath) –20april53 (Blue Note) w/ Jimmy Heath(tenor),Gil Coggins(p), Miles(trpt), Percy Heath(b), Art Blakey(d), JJ Johnson(trombone)
    4. Chet Baker “For Minor’s Only”(Jimmy Heath) – 20nov56 Hollywood —- album PICTURE OF HEATH aka PLAYBOYS w/ Art Pepper(alto), Phil Urso(tenor), Chet(trpt), Larance Marable(d), Curtis Counce(b), Carl Perkins(p)
    5. Ornette “Congeniality” –22may59 L.A. album THE SHAPE OF JAZZ TO COME —– Ornette’s first album on Atlantic w/ Billy Higgins(d), Charlie Haden(b), Don Cherry(trpt), Ornette(alto) *Jon played this and the following track to illustrate what he heard in November 1959 at the Five Spot when Ornette debuted in NYC on a double-bill with The Jazztet, who were also making their NYC debut
    6. The Jazztet “Five Spot After Dark”(Golson) same as track 1
    7. Heath Brothers “South Filthy”(J. Heath) –Feb.1977 cd AS WE WERE SAYING (Concord)
    8. Jimmy Heath Sextet “The Quota”(J.Heath) – 14 or 20 April 1961 — re-issued on cd as THE QUOTA AND TRIPLE THREAT (Fresh Sound) w/ Julius Watkins(Fr-horn), Freddie Hubbard(trpt), Cedar Walton(p), Tootie Heath(d), Percy Heath(b), Jimmy(tenor)
    9. Gene Bertoncini & Michael Moore, guitar & bass duet “Killer Joe”(Golson) – March 1989 cd TWO IN TIME (Chiaroscuro)
    10. Dizzy Gillespie Big Band at Newport “I Remember Clifford”(Golson) *see pp 195-196 of Benny Golson’s autobio for drama surrounding this performance and how
    they had arrived without their sheet music and had to play only from memory
    11. Jimmy Heath Big Band “A Time and a Place”(J.Heath) — Oct. 2o11 cd TOGETHERNESS

  4. ———————————–playlist————————————-
    The effervescent jazz radio show
    August 23, 2o18 —————–KUNM Albuquerque
    *I ran out of time and never did get to play “Effervescent Blues”(1939) by John Kirby Sextet
    Host MARK WEBER
    1. Kenny Davern “The Rhythm Man”(Fats Waller) –15june95 – cd KENNY DAVERN AND THE RHYTHM MEN (Arbors) – John Bunch(p), Bucky Pizzarelli(g), Bob Haggart(b), Tony DeNicola(d), KD(clarinet)
    2. Benny Goodman Sextet w/ Charlie Christian “Six Appeal” –11june40
    3. Dick Hyman in trio “Sweet and Low Down” w/ Dan Levinson(C-melody sax) & Bob Leary(guitar), Dick(p) cd IF BIX PLAYED GERSHWIN(Arbors)
    4. Barney Kessel “Mountain Greenery” – 1956
    5. Kenny Davern & Dick Wellstood “Travelin’ All Alone” — 15jan84 cd NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS
    6. Lester Bowie “Hello Dali” in duet with John Hicks(piano) — Sept. 1974 Lp FAST LAST! (Muse)
    7. Whitey Mitchell Sextet “Young Lesley” w/ Steve Lacy – 1956
    8. Jack Teagarden “Misery and the Blues” 1954 w/ Kenny Davern, 19 years old
    9. Tony Fruscella – Brew Moore Quintet “Slow Blues” – 22mar54 cd 1954 UNISSUED ATLANTIC SESSION
    10. Johnny Hodges “Goin’ Out the Back Way” – 7nov40
    11. James P Johnson & Blue Note Jazzmen “Victory Stride” w/ Sidney DeParis(trpt), Vic Dickenson(trombone), Ben Webster(tenor), James P(piano), John Simmons(b), Sid Catlett(d), Jimmy Shirley(g)
    12. SUMMIT REUNION – Bob Wilber & Kenny Davern “Palesteena” –May 1990 w/ Dick Hyman, Bucky Pizzarelli, Milt Hinton, Bobby Rosengarden
    13. Rebecca Kilgore “Loch Lomond” –January 2004 w/ Bobby Gordon Trio – cd MAKE SOMEONE HAPPY (Audiophile)
    14. Marty Grosz & His Hot Combination “If It Ain’t Love” (Fats Waller) —Feb.2005 on Arbors Records
    15. Benny Golson Quintet “Cherry”(Don Redman) –Feb.2004 w/ Mike Ledonne(p), Eddie Henderson(p), Carl Allen(d), Buster Williams(b), Golson(tenor) –cd TERMINAL 1

  5. ———————————————-playlist———————
    The noon midnight jazz radio show
    August 30, 2o18 —— KUNM Albuquerque
    Host MARK WEBER
    1. Lennie Tristano Trio “Just Prez” 1965/1993 cd NOTE TO NOTE w/ Sonny Dallas(bass) & Carol Tristano(drumset)
    2. Benny Golson “Terminal 1” — Feb. 2004 cd TERMINAL ONE w/ Eddie Henderson(trpt), Mike LeDonne(piano), Buster Williams(bass)
    Carl Allen(drums), Benny(tenor)
    3. Del Close “How to Speak Hip” —–1959
    4. Milt Jackson 6 “Jaybone”(Jackson) w/ JJ Johnson(trombone), John Collins(guitar), Tom Rainer(piano), Ray Brown(bass), Roy McCurdy(drums), Milt(vibraphone) cd JACKSON, JOHNSON, BROWN (Pablo)
    5. Horace Tapscott Trio “Blues for Dee Bee” —-3may1980 L.A. —- cd AUTUMN COLORS (Interplay – Japanese) w/ Everett Brown Jr(drums) & David Bryant(bass) & Horace(piano)
    6. Ruby Braff – George Barnes Quartet “s Wonderful” cd PLAYS GERSHWINN (Concord)
    7. Kazzrie Jaxen Quartet “When You’re Smiling” —26aug2012 cd QUATERNITY w/ Don Messina(bass), Charley Krachy(tenor), Bill Chattin(drums), Kazzrie(piano)
    8. Bud Tristano – Kazzrie Jaxen —– guitar & piano duet “Prophecy of the Fourth Crow” —-2007-2013 cd LENAPEWIATTUCK (New Artists Records)
    9. John Coltrane’s first album COLTRANE (Prestige) 31may57 “Time Was” w/ Red Garland(piano), Paul Chambers(bass), Tootie Heath(drums)
    10. Ron Carter “Tamalpais”(Oscar Pettiford) —–2001 w/ Benn Golson(tenor), Ron Carter(bass), Joe Locke(vibes), Roland Hanna(piano), Lenny White(drums) cd STARDUST (Blue Note)

  6. Mark Weber

    September 8, 2018 at 7:37 am

    The Transparency Jazz Radio Show
    September 6, 2o18
    KUNM Albuquerque
    Host MARK WEBER

    With a pre-emption imminent (KUNM running the senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Trump appointee Cavanaugh) —— jazz shows all week have had their front ends truncated, so I was ready with some hard-charging fire-breathing in-yr-face jazz, hence Archie Shepp, then a cry to the heavens from Pharoah Sanders, and then a very deeply thoughtful Horace Tapscott, then a wailing Sonny Criss, followed by Murray burning down the ship ———–

    1. Archie Shepp “The Mac Man” –12aug65 —- I quoted Shepp’s liner notes: that a Mac Man was 1950s Negro street argot for a charlatan, a womanizer, a jive cat who has a high opinion of himself and dedicated the playing of this track “to you know who” —- w/ Henry Grimes (bass), Rashied Ali (drumset), Ed Blackwell (rhythm logs), Shepp (tenor), Bobby Hutcherson (vibes) – cd ON THIS NIGHT (Impulse!)

    2. Pharoah Sanders in quartet w/ Eddie Marshall (drums), Peter Barshay (bass), & Ed Kelly (piano) – “You’ve Got to Have Freedom”(Sanders) –1978 on the Bay Area record label Theresa: Lp ED KELLY & FRIEND
    3. Horace Tapscott solo piano “Little Niles”(Randy Weston RIP Sept 1) – recorded early 80s – cd Vol. 8 THE TAPSCOTT SESSIONS (Nimbus West)
    4. Sonny Criss plays the music of Horace Tapscott cd SONNY’S DREAM (Prestige) – 8may68 LA —- “Sandy & Niles” w/tentet w/ our friend David Sherr in the sax section sitting with Teddy Edwards & Pete Christlieb; Conte Candoli (trpt solo!), Ray Draper (tuba), Dick Nash (trombone), Tommy Flanagan (piano), AL McKibbon (bass), Everett Brown Jr (drums), Sonny (alto)
    5. David Murray from 3D FAMILY (hat ART) “In Memory of Jomo Kenyatta” – 3sept78 w/ Andrew Cyrille (drums), Johnny Dyani (bass), Murray (tenor)
    6. Pat Malone & Cal Haines, guitar & drum duet “Autumn Leaves” — 16jan2o12 session at KUNM Studio A SHOWCASE of the music of pianist CAROL LIEBOWITZ
    7. “Invisible Colors” cd POETRY FROM THE FUTURE/TO BE CONTINUED . . . (Line Art Records) 18mar2o17 w/ Claire de Brunner (bassoon), Daniel Carter (flute), Kevin Norton (vibes)
    8. “Malita-Malika” from cd MALITA-MALIKA(Leo Records) duets with Berlin tenor saxophonist Birgitta Flick – 6nov2o17
    9. Carol solo piano & voice “Pennies in Minor”(L. Tristano) – 11oct2008 unreleased performance at Ico Gallery, 27 North Moore Street, NYC
    10. Trio w/ Bill Payne (clarinet) & Eva Lindal (violin) — “Blue Flame” – 12june2o12 cd PAYNE/LINDAL/LIEBOWITZ (Line Art)

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