Jazz for Mostly

“The Hand of Man – Homage a Alfred Stieglitz” ---- photo by Mark Weber ---- Wickapogue Beach, Southampton NY July 3, 1995 ---- see the Stieglitz shot of same title to see what I’m riffing off of

“The Hand of Man – Homage a Alfred Stieglitz” —- photo by Mark Weber —- Wickapogue Beach, Southampton NY July 3, 1995 —- see the Stieglitz shot of same title to see what I’m riffing off of

I’ve been thinking a lot about preservation lately. Not that I perceive that jazz is in any present danger of disappearing, but because of something Horace Tapscott (1934-1999) always stressed: We need to preserve all of this. He was seriously concerned about preservation of the African-American Tradition. Inasmuch as we know change is a constant, preservation of cultural history at least shows that we were here and we did good, and maligned politicos do not get to control the narrative. I looked up preservation in the dictionary: to protect from harm, to protect from damage, to keep safe for the future.

What do we keep and what remains? What becomes legend and what becomes a part of us? What’s so important about this idea of preservation? For example, what came out of Sumeria those thousands of years ago? Priest-kings, a priesthood, WHEAT, and a sort of ritualistic chant that became poetry. All of this is here now, foundational in some regards. I have 19 books on Beowulf. Don’t you think we should be asking our government legislators what books they read? Do they read? In many cases it’s doubtful. Books are so valuable, so incredibly beautiful the magic inside them.

 

Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra ---- June 28, 1981: Horace Tapscott (piano), Clortnee & Linda Hill & JuGeGr (vocals), David Bryant (bass) Louis Spears (cello) Fritz Wise (drums), saxophones: Ufahamu Uweizi, Arthur Wells, Sabir, Dr James “Jimmy” Benson, Gary Bias, Herbert Callies (alto-cl.); Moises Obligacion (conga), Fundi (Fr-horn); and my field notes say Ernie Roberts (bass-clarinet) but is that him on baritone sax? All surrounding the angel Adele Sebastian (flute)---- photo by Mark Weber

Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra —- June 28, 1981: Horace Tapscott (piano), Clortnee & Linda Hill & JuGeGr (vocals), David Bryant (bass) Louis Spears (cello) Fritz Wise (drums), saxophones: Ufahamu Uweizi, Arthur Wells, Sabir, Dr James “Jimmy” Benson, Gary Bias, Herbert Callies (alto-cl.); Moises Obligacion (conga), Fundi (Fr-horn); and my field notes say Ernie Roberts (bass-clarinet) but is that him on baritone sax? All surrounding the angel Adele Sebastian (flute)—- photo by Mark Weber

Pan African Peoples Arkestra – 1980: David Bryant(bass), Linda Hill(piano), child choir + Adele Sebastian & JeJeGr, Billy Hinton(drums), Aubrey Hart(flute), Sabir Matteen(tenor), Ufahamu Uweizi(alto), Fundi LeGogn(Fr-horn) ---- photo by Mark Weber

Pan African Peoples Arkestra – 1980: David Bryant (bass), Linda Hill (piano), child choir + Adele Sebastian & JeJeGr, Billy Hinton (drums), Aubrey Hart (flute), Sabir Matteen (tenor), Ufahamu Uweizi (alto), Fundi LeGogn (Fr-horn) —- photo by Mark Weber

I didn’t know Fundi LeGogn played flugelhorn! Usually and always he was on French-horn ---- Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra 1980 (possibly July 27) ---- photo by Mark Weber

I didn’t know Fundi LeGogn played flugelhorn! Usually and always he was on French-horn —- Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra 1980 (possibly July 27) —- photo by Mark Weber

Aubrey Hart(flute), Billy Hinton(drums), soprano sax is not known to me, could be James Andrews? Except James was the tenor player that stepped into Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra after the two saxophonists Michael Session and Jesse Sharps signed up for the U.S. Army in March 1979 ---- And that’s Ufahamu Uweizi(alto) at I.U.C.C. ---- and I’m not too sure what date this is, other than 1980, could be July 27 ---- photo by Mark Weber *[Note, this just in: Jesse Sharps says the soprano saxophonist is Kafi Roberts]

Aubrey Hart (flute), Billy Hinton (drums), soprano sax is not known to me, could be James Andrews? Except James was the tenor player that stepped into Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra after the two saxophonists Michael Session and Jesse Sharps signed up for the U.S. Army in March 1979 —- And that’s Ufahamu Uweizi (alto) at I.U.C.C. —- and I’m not too sure what date this is, other than 1980, could be July 27 —- photo by Mark Weber *[Note, this just in: Jesse Sharps says the soprano saxophonist is Kafi Roberts]

Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra ---- Fritz Wise(drums), Fundi LeGogn(French horn), Ufahamu Uweizi(alto), Tom Albach (Levi jacket) producer of Nimbus Records ---- April 26, 1981 ---- photo by MW

Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra —- Fritz Wise (drums), Fundi LeGogn (French horn), Ufahamu Uweizi (alto), Tom Albach (Levi jacket) producer of Nimbus Records —- April 26, 1981 —- photo by MW

Horace Tapscott and Linda Hill and Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra at Immanuel Church of Christ, 85th & Holmes, Los Angeles ---- April 26, 1981 ---- photo by Mark Weber ---- I’ve been listening to a lot of PAPA lately, a pretty strong statement being made there, an indictment against injustice, economic push-down, hatred.

Horace Tapscott and Linda Hill and Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra at Immanuel Church of Christ, 85th & Holmes, Los Angeles —- April 26, 1981 —- photo by Mark Weber —- I’ve been listening to a lot of PAPA lately, a pretty strong statement being made there, an indictment against injustice, economic push-down, hatred.

Dwight Trible, current & longtime member of Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra ---- In this shot he’s singing Bobby Bradford’s lyrics to “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” at LACMA Los Angeles Country Music of Art with Bobby’s band Tete-a-Tete ---- August 14, 2015

Dwight Trible, current & longtime member of Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra —- In this shot he’s singing Bobby Bradford’s lyrics to “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” at LACMA Los Angeles Country Music of Art with Bobby’s band Tete-a-Tete —- August 14, 2015

Horace Tapscott at Mad Hatter Studios during the Jesse Sharps sessions March 26, 1986 that produced the album SHARPS & FLATS (Nimbus West Records) ---- Mad Hatter is Chick Corea’s studio in Silverlake District of L.A. ---- photo by Mark Weber ---- Preservation includes living examples of honesty, fairness, fair play, lovingkindness, decency, all of which sum up in the quality we know as Integrity

Horace Tapscott at Mad Hatter Studios during the Jesse Sharps sessions March 26, 1986 that produced the album SHARPS & FLATS (Nimbus West Records) —- Mad Hatter is Chick Corea’s studio in Silverlake District of L.A. —- photo by Mark Weber —- Preservation includes living examples of honesty, fairness, fair play, lovingkindness, decency, all of which sum up in the quality we know as Integrity

Horace Tapscott and John Outterbridge, the presenter of Watts Towers Jazz Festival every summer ---- July 16, 1983 – photo by Mark Weber

Horace Tapscott and John Outterbridge, the presenter of Watts Towers Jazz Festival every summer —- July 16, 1983 – photo by Mark Weber

Jim Ahrend at Bobby Shew’s Friday session every Friday (except since Covid-thing Lockdown) ---- February 28, 2020 ---- photo by MW

Jim Ahrend at Bobby Shew’s Friday session every Friday (except since Covid-thing Lockdown) —- February 28, 2020 —- photo by MW

The master, Bobby Shew at home in his studio ---- February 28, 2020 – photo by MW

The master, Bobby Shew at home in his studio —- February 28, 2020 – photo by MW

One of the great scholars of Los Angeles music, Kirk Silsbee, at Bradford LACMA concert August 14, 2015 ---- Kirk said that tear in the film (from the lab where I dropped it off for development) it improved it, haha ---- photo by MW

One of the great scholars of Los Angeles music, Kirk Silsbee, at Bradford LACMA concert August 14, 2015 —- Kirk said that tear in the film (from the lab where I dropped it off for development) it improved it, haha —- photo by MW

Steven Isoardi & Vinny Golia after the Bobby Bradford concert at LACMA August 14, 2015 —- photo by MW —- I just finished reading Steven’s new book THE MUSIC FINDS A WAY (Darktree, 2020) and besides his exact eco-sociological analysis of Los Angeles tells personal stories about growing up in the 50s & 60s in South-Central

The four books of Steven Isoardi: THE DARK TREE (2oo6); THE MUSIC FINDS A WAY(2020); CENTRAL AVENUE SOUNDS (1998); SONGS OF THE UNSUNG – The Musical and Social Journey of Horace Tapscott (2001) ---- I recently reread all four and came away even more impressed than the first time I read them (that’s a drumstick Han Bennink tossed away cracked that I had him sign) ---- my bookshelf

The four books of Steven Isoardi: THE DARK TREE (2oo6); THE MUSIC FINDS A WAY(2020); CENTRAL AVENUE SOUNDS (1998); SONGS OF THE UNSUNG – The Musical and Social Journey of Horace Tapscott (2001) —- I recently reread all four and came away even more impressed than the first time I read them (that’s a drumstick Han Bennink tossed away cracked that I had him sign) —- my bookshelf

Recent arrival in Albuquerque ---- Matt Whitehurst hard at it transferring reels from the Nimbus West Records vaults ---- May 18, 2020 photo by MW ---- Coming up real soon is a 3-Lp release of Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra Live at Century City Playhouse 1979 and it’s a doozie ---- Matt has many further discoveries from the archives to drop on us, I’ve been over there and my mind is sufficiently blown ---------- NOTE: Please don’t support the bootleggers, there’s been some incursions into Nimbus in that vein. The only licensed company to release Nimbus is Pure Pleasure who are doing exact replications of already previously released Nimbus LPs. Nimbus West is still very much active and Matt is taking over direction while Tom Albach is still in the mix, and they’ll be releasing heretofore previously unreleased music from Horace Tapscott and others from his circle.

Recent arrival in Albuquerque —- Matt Whitehurst hard at it transferring reels from the Nimbus West Records vaults —- May 18, 2020 photo by MW —- Coming up real soon is a 3-Lp release of Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra Live at Century City Playhouse 1979 and it’s a doozie —- Matt has many further discoveries from the archives to drop on us, I’ve been over there and my mind is sufficiently blown ———- NOTE: Please don’t support the bootleggers, there’s been some incursions into Nimbus in that vein. The only licensed company to release Nimbus is Pure Pleasure who are doing exact replications of already previously released Nimbus LPs. Nimbus West is still very much active and Matt is taking over direction while Tom Albach is still in the mix, and they’ll be releasing heretofore previously unreleased music from Horace Tapscott and others from his circle.

6 Comments

  1. Greg Cohen

    Thank you Mark! Once again – a great piece you wrote! Brings back good memories of hearing the Arkestra in LA way back when. It was a big influence on me, as I was playing mostly straight ahead stuff. And they helped open my mind to a fresh new approach. Maybe – in a way, preparing me for Ornette.

  2. Mark Weber

    Hot tea suburban lockdown
    We’re in a world of danger
    Tick tock tick tock
    Put a hat on that clock
    Search yr pocket for a shamrock
    The world seems farther away
    You look at the maps and wonder if
    you’ll ever travel again
    You could die out there
    Not unless it rains vaccines

  3. Christopher Garcia

    have a new recording in various formats

    aka CD
    aka album
    aka download

    coming out on a label from England (!)
    with
    Dwight Trible – voice
    Pablo Calogero – woodwinds
    Derf Reklaw – hand percussion, bottle, flute
    Breeze Smith – kit, electronics
    John B Williams – basses, poetry
    and
    myself – EL MONSTRO, percussion of North and South India and Mesoamerica

    AKA

    COSMIC VIBRATIONZ
    https://cosmicvibrationz.weebly.com/home.html

    “Transcendence isn’t something you generally think of encountering when you go see a band these days….”
    ​LA WEEKLY

    EXCERPT
    from
    MR.MUSICHEAD GALLERY in Los(t) Angeles
    on the LEFT COAST
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9oOpNQm-6A

    been together for the last 3 years or so doing
    ALL IMPROVISED CONCERTS
    between the 6 of us
    to SRO audiences

    which continues to surprise each of us
    i.e.,
    we KNOW folks are not coming out it because of what we look like

    the only direction is Dwight usually pointing to someone and saying
    “you start”
    no key
    no time signature
    no style(?)
    just PLAY
    anything can and does happen

    we stop when it ends……..
    sometimes it does,
    sometimes it doesn’t

    never the same way once
    all the time
    every time

    do audiences actually come out
    sit down
    and
    LISTEN to MUSIC
    with no preconceived structure of any kind
    and get engulfed by
    the INTENTION
    and
    RESONANCE
    and
    the SILENCE?

    so far

    the journey continues to be an
    ORGANIC and interesting one………..
    i.e.,
    it doesnt make sense but it is and has been happening

    VIVA LA VIDA

  4. Chuck Koton

    Beautiful!

  5. Steven Isoardi

    Mark – great post and thanks for the comments on the books. Much appreciated! Just a couple of notes…. Ernie Roberts changed his name to Fuasi Abdul-Khaliq a few years before that concert, and he has worn it proudly since that day. Also, to give Buddy Collette his props, I also edited his autobiography, “Jazz Generations: a life in american music and society” (Duke University Press, 2000).

  6. steven isoardi

    Mark — Oops! Buddy’s book was not published by Duke, but by Continuum! I guess I was in Horace mode when I was typing that response….

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