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Requiescat in pace Lee Konitz ---- Living out in the West my whole life I was only able to catch Lee a half dozen times ---- This is my favorite photo of him from my camera: He’s sitting in with Art Pepper’s Quartet at Donte’s in North Hollywood ---- January 15, 1981 (three days later they would go into the studio and record the album HIGH JINGO for the Japanese label Atlas) ---- John Dentz(drums), Bob Magnussen(bass), Mike Lang(piano) ---- photo by Mark Weber ---- Lee Konitz passed away April 15, 2020 age 92 a victim of Covid-19 in NYC

Requiescat in pace Lee Konitz —- Living out in the West my whole life I was only able to catch Lee a half dozen times —- This is my favorite photo of him from my camera: He’s sitting in with Art Pepper’s Quartet at Donte’s in North Hollywood —- January 15, 1981 (three days later they would go into the studio and record the album HIGH JINGO for the Japanese label Atlas) —- John Dentz (drums), Bob Magnussen (bass), Mike Lang (piano) —- photo by Mark Weber —- Lee Konitz passed away April 15, 2020 age 92 a victim of Covid-19 in NYC

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SubconsciousLee

So, I had this dream. Normally my dreams are just that: embarrassingly normal. They’re almost re-runs of Father Knows Best. My daily life is weirder than my dreams. Which begs the question: Maybe my dreams are my “real” life and vice versa? But, every once in a while I get a doozie, like the one where I was climbing a multi-colored rope up to the clouds, or the one where I was a hoplite (soldier) in the Peloponnesian War (not sure what side I was on, or if it matters, Sparta or Athens). Those kind of dreams that Freud can sink his teeth into (although, I’d turn a hose on Sigmund, run him and his clipboard off, but that’s a subject for another time).

So, this dream last night involves one of our local jazz clubs, the Outpost Performance Space. There’s a smattering of us there in the afternoon for a pre-concert workshop. The alto saxophonist David Sanborn has played a non-diatonic very interesting piece on the piano, then says, “Now, here’s what it sounds like on sax.” He plays but misses all the interesting notes. It’s a tonal piece so there’s certain notes that don’t fit, those are my favorite notes (what the late Peter Ecklund called Diatonic Avoidance Music – my kind! Peter was a cornetist and devotee of hot jazz). I was confused because I heard no relation between the piano thing and what he played on the alto, but the audience heard it and applauded profusely. Then, David morphed into Ray Anderson (David Sanborn has never played Outpost; Ray Anderson many times) and Ray has the alto strapped on and says, “Okay, now for something different,” and he attaches the slide part of his trombone onto the alto and although the dream isn’t so weird that he has three arms he is never-the-less fingering the saxophone while also manipulating the slide playing “Tiger Rag.” What does it mean? Obviously, (see, you don’t need that egghead Freud to figure these things out) I’m lamenting the cancellation of all upcoming concerts at our beloved Outpost and subconsciously worried there will never be live jazz again due to coronavirus contagion. God save us.

Marla Gibbs, Ishmael Hunter (then known as Ishmael Balaka) and Linda Hill looking at some of my photos ---- July 5, 1980 Watts Towers Jazz Festival ---- You know Marla from the TV series The Jeffersons, and Linda was pianist in the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, and Ishmael was a drummer in PAPA ---- photo by Mark Weber

Marla Gibbs, Ishmael Hunter (then known as Ishmael Balaka) and Linda Hill looking at some of my photos —- July 5, 1980 Watts Towers Jazz Festival —- You know Marla from the TV series The Jeffersons, and Linda was pianist in the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, and Ishmael was a drummer in PAPA —- photo by Mark Weber

That’s the two flutists Adele Sebastian and Aubrey Hart in the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra with Horace Tapscott conducting ---- July 7, 1979 Watts Towers Festival ---- photo by Mark Weber

That’s the two flutists Adele Sebastian and Aubrey Hart in the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra with Horace Tapscott conducting —- July 7, 1979 Watts Towers Festival —- photo by Mark Weber

Sheila Jordan always ---- gig in Albuquerque Feb 26, 1984 ---- We didn’t live here then, I think I was in jail that year, anyway ---- This location is now an Ayurvedic restaurant and it’s just up the street from the Outpost Performance Space, so, everyone eats there, for our health ----------NOTE that the X-cross-out is how I found this flyer taped to the front of one of Sheila’s album in the KUNM library

Sheila Jordan always —- gig in Albuquerque Feb 26, 1984 —- We didn’t live here then, I think I was in jail that year, anyway —- This location is now an Ayurvedic restaurant and it’s just up the street from the Outpost Performance Space, so, everyone eats there, for our health ———-NOTE that the X-cross-out is how I found this flyer taped to the front of one of Sheila’s album in the KUNM library

Connie’s studio at 7:30am ---- I slept over there, over-looking the East River, we’d had a big jam session the day before and that night we spent on the roof of this ten-story building talking about the world --- Anna Diorio, Nick Lyons, Connie Crothers, and Gary Levy with view of Manhattan ---- photo by MW September 11, 2o13 Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Connie’s studio at 7:30am —- I slept over there, over-looking the East River, we’d had a big jam session the day before and that night we spent on the roof of this ten-story building talking about the world — Anna Diorio, Nick Lyons, Connie Crothers, and Gary Levy with view of Manhattan —- photo by MW September 11, 2o13 Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The trio TranceFormation in concert at The Stone ---- September 20, 2009 NYC ---- Andrea Wolper(voice), Connie Crothers(piano) & Ken Filiano(bass) ---- photo by Mark Weber

The trio TranceFormation in concert at The Stone —- September 20, 2009 NYC —- Andrea Wolper (voice), Connie Crothers (piano) & Ken Filiano (bass) —- photo by Mark Weber

Kazzrie Jaxen & Bud Tristano ---- September 20, 2009 ---- photo by Mark Weber ---- their cd LENAPEWIATTUCK (New Artists Records) flows deep and fast as the river it’s named after

Kazzrie Jaxen & Bud Tristano —- September 20, 2009 —- photo by Mark Weber —- their cd LENAPEWIATTUCK (New Artists Records) flows deep and fast as the river it’s named after

Tootie Heath and his trio ---- July 12, 2018 at the Outpost Performance Space ---- photo by MW ----w/ Jeb Patton(piano) & David Wong(bass)

Tootie Heath and his trio —- July 12, 2018 at the Outpost Performance Space —- photo by MW —-w/ Jeb Patton (piano) & David Wong (bass)

Rudolfo Gonzales(flute) sits in with the Lisa Polisar Quartet: Lisa(flute), Jack Manno(piano), Michael Candito(drums), Tony Bellassai(bass) ---- when the Outpost Performance Space was on Morningside (they moved to present location in 2000) ---- photo by Mark Weber ---- December 7, 1998

Rudolfo Gonzales(flute) sits in with the Lisa Polisar Quartet: Lisa (flute), Jack Manno (piano), Michael Candito (drums), Tony Bellassai (bass) —- when the Outpost Performance Space was on Morningside (they moved to present location in 2000) —- photo by Mark Weber —- December 7, 1998

Willem Breuker Kolektief play the Outpost Performance Space ---- March 30, 2000 --- That’s Alex Coke and Willem front and center while violinist Lorre Lynn Trytten and saxophonist Hermine Duerloo sing along ---- photo by Mark Weber ---- Hermine also plays harmonica in this outfit

Willem Breuker Kolektief play the Outpost Performance Space —- March 30, 2000 — That’s Alex Coke and Willem front and center while violinist Lorre Lynn Trytten and saxophonist Hermine Deurloo sing along —- photo by Mark Weber —- Hermine also plays harmonica in this outfit

Steve Lacy & Irene Aebi ---- March 20, 2000 Albuquerque ---- photo by Mark Weber

Steve Lacy & Irene Aebi —- March 20, 2000 Albuquerque —- photo by Mark Weber

Ray Anderson Pocket Brass ---- October 12, 1999 ---- Eddie Allen(trumpet), Jose Davila(tuba), Johnny Vidacovich(drums), Ray(trombone) ---- Outpost Performance Space, Albuquerque ---- photo by Mark Weber

Ray Anderson Pocket Brass —- October 12, 1999 —- Eddie Allen (trumpet), Jose Davila (tuba), Johnny Vidacovich (drums), Ray (trombone) —- Outpost Performance Space, Albuquerque —- photo by Mark Weber

Remember JUSTINE FLYNN? She was all over Albuquerque music scene back in those days then she flew off to Oregon haven’t seen her since ---- She was in my band The MW Poetry Band among others ---- December 13, 1998 photo by Mark Weber

Remember JUSTINE FLYNN? She was all over Albuquerque music scene back in those days then she flew off to Oregon haven’t seen her since —- She was in my band The MW Poetry Band among others —- December 13, 1998 photo by Mark Weber

Libbie Jo Snyder(flute), Alex Murzyn(tenor), Bobby Shew(trumpet) playing Clifford Brown’s “Delilah” at Shew’s Friday session(s) ---- February 28, 2020 ---- photo by Mark Weber

Libbie Jo Snyder (flute), Alex Murzyn (tenor), Bobby Shew (trumpet) playing Clifford Brown’s “Delilah” at Shew’s Friday session(s) —- February 28, 2020 —- photo by Mark Weber

This blues band kicks royal butt! The Memphis P-Tails, a local Albuquerque outfit for as long as I can remember ---- June 29, 2018 ---- photo by MW ---- I like to catch up with them every now & again and I’m always knocked out ---- See their FaceBook page

This blues band kicks royal butt! The Memphis P-Tails, a local Albuquerque outfit for as long as I can remember —- June 29, 2018 —- photo by MW —- I like to catch up with them every now & again and I’m always knocked out —- See their FaceBook page by clicking here… 

One of my favorite singers: Wendy Beach ---- June 30, 2018 ---- photo by Mark Weber

One of my favorite singers: Wendy Beach —- June 30, 2018 —- photo by Mark Weber

Sarah Griego running the voodoo down ---- What a great tenor player ---- February 22, 2020 Albuquerque ---- photo by her fan Mark Weber

Sarah Griego running the voodoo down —- What a great tenor player —- February 22, 2020 Albuquerque —- photo by her fan Mark Weber

James Burbank (check the shirt!) ---- June 28, 2o18 at KUNM control room ---- I try to have him come up every June to read his masterful poem “The Water Machine” regarding the annual maintenance of swamp coolers when in June we in New Mexico are getting them up and running ---- photo by Mark Weber ---- KUNM presently has been side-lined by the coronavirus epidemic pandemic and all music shows are now “virtual” aka automated by remote control since March 27, 2020 ---- my jazz shows on Thursday that you hear now are re-broadcasts of past shows . . . . Until further notice

James Burbank (check the shirt!) —- June 28, 2o18 at KUNM control room —- I try to have him come up every June to read his masterful poem “The Water Machine” regarding the annual maintenance of swamp coolers when in June we in New Mexico are getting them up and running —- photo by Mark Weber —- KUNM presently has been side-lined by the coronavirus epidemic pandemic and all music shows are now “virtual” aka automated by remote control since March 27, 2020 —- my jazz shows on Thursday that you hear now are re-broadcasts of past shows . . . . Until further notice

My Janet and her sister Barbara Levy Simon emerging from the underground in Barbara’s neighborhood ---- September 1, 1996 Manhattan ---- with all our thoughts & prayers for the greatest jazz town in the world NEW YORK CITY now under siege ---- Barbara is a professor at Columbia University ---- photo by MW

My Janet and her sister Barbara Levy Simon emerging from the underground in Barbara’s neighborhood —- September 1, 1996 Manhattan —- with all our thoughts & prayers for the greatest jazz town in the world NEW YORK CITY now under siege —- Barbara is a professor at Columbia University —- photo by MW

Line drawing by MW 2015

Line drawing by MW 2015

5 Comments

  1. Andrea Wolper

    When I saw the flyer for Sheila and Harvie it hit me that you must be the most organized person ever. Flyers don’t usually have years on them (as this one doesn’t) but you always know your dates. Bravo. (I would have been able tell you that TranceFormation date at The Stone, but only because it’s printed inside the CD packet.)

  2. Mark Weber

    Dear dear Andrea, thanks for making Comment. I get so little feedback on these pages, one has wonder . . . . Well, as to figuring out dates on old posters: there are only 14 iterations of the Gregorian Calendar, so you can pretty much suss it out. On your other point, being organized can be a curse. Or, worse, people think I have OCD (I don’t). I’m as much a writer as I am a historian and I understand things better when I can see the TimeLine. On yet another point, do you remember when you had to correct me when I had mistakenly called the trio TransFormation? I still laugh over that one. Silly me. Okay, we just got out of the mountains — nice long hike —- And guess what was on our porch when we pulled up in the driveway? A big box from Zabars! Yaahoo. I was both hoping and dreading that it was full of Rugelach, and well, the Gods are looking out for me because I have no resistance to Not eating Zabars pastries, but this box from Janet’s sisters on 113th Street was a pastrami/corned beef sandwich airdrop. . . . . So . . . .

    • Andrea Wolper

      That’s okay – even Connie wrote “Transformation” and I had to reminder HER it was TranceFormation!
      To answer your other comment about recordings — we made only one: TranceFormation in Concert, with tracks from the above-mentioned gig at The Stone and from Korzo (Brooklyn) Feb. 2, 2010. Of course we probably had rehearsal recordings…as you know, Connie recorded everything.

  3. Kurt Fisher

    Giuseppie Logan passes from Covid-19 April 17, 2020. https://www.wbgo.org/post/giuseppi-logan-free-jazz-multireedist-who-returned-once-oblivion-has-died-84#stream/0

  4. Carol Tristano

    I hear ya, Mark. Haunting and wonderful memories and photos. God save us indeed. We will move on from this some how, but I know exactly what you’re feeling! Thinking of you, Janet, and your whole Albuquerque team!

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