For about ten or 15 years this was my guide to fill that 75 seconds at the top of 12Noon before bringing in satellite radio ---------- Finding this brings back memories!

For about ten or 15 years this was my guide to fill that 75 seconds at the top of 12Noon before bringing in satellite radio ———- Finding this brings back memories!


One day you just wake up and realize it’s over. Simple as that. It was a long glorious run, my first shows were in August 1996, making it 24 years. Wide listenership, too! The KUNM terrestrial signal nearly blankets the state of New Mexico. But, 24 was enough, really. And streaming on the web nowadays made it worldwide. I interviewed countless numbers of jazz artists: Paul Horn, Fred Katz, Putter Smith, Gary Foster, Bobby Bradford was eloquent and a regular, Curtis Fuller, Vinny Golia, Chris Garcia, Benny Golson, Sheila Jordan many times, Kazzrie Jaxen, Buell Neidlinger, Jesse Sharps, Charley Krachy, Bobby Shew often, the jazz scholar Kirk Silsbee, Carol Liebowitz, Marty Krystal, Arlen Asher, Connie Crothers at least once a year! Andrea Wolper, Terry Gibbs, Bill Payne, Ted Brown, Kali Z Fasteau, Cameron Brown, Sam Newsome & Meg Okura, Hal McKusick, Ernie Andrews every December at Christmas his birthday, Leroy Jenkins, SUE RANEY, Johnny Smith (yes, the renowned guitarist), Mundell Lowe (the other renowned guitarist), Toshiko Akiyoshi, Buddy Collette, Ray Anderson, the magnificent Joshua Breakstone 3 or 4 times, KENNY DAVERN was my co-host during 2005-2006, Gene Cipriano Yo Cip! Lanny Morgan, Nick Lyons, Med Flory of Supersax twice, Janet Feder, Brother JAMES NEWTON (we came up together), Michael Anthony, accordionist Frank Marocco, Johnny Pisano (I got 4 of the original Chico Hamilton Quintet! but Chico got away before I got around), David Parlato, Richard Tabnik, Matt Wilson, Cal Haines, David Sherr, Mark Dresser, Dave Wayne, Robin Eubanks, Eddie Marshall, J.A.Deane, DARYL SHERMAN, Giacomo Gates, Dick Hyman, Butch Morris, Ali Ryerson, William Roper, Henry Franklin, Laurie Pepper curator of Art Pepper’s legacy, Adam Caine, Gildo Mahones, jazz philosopher Dan Morgenstern, Roswell Rudd, Steve Lacy, Charles McPherson, Bill Smith the clarinetist, Anthony Ortega, Warren Smith of M’Boom, poet Todd Moore, Matt Brewer (hilarious as I forgot and left my notes at home!), multiply that by ten and that’s how many guests I had either via telephone or live in-studio. AND all the local vibrant jazz scene, and the Outpost Performance Space w/ Tom Guralnick a regular. And I hope these talks will be useful to future historians, they are all archived at Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University, Newark NJ, and at my deposit at UCLA special collections. Live in-studio guests for the most part played their instruments right there in the control room with me.

I suppose it was the Covid Lockdown —- the station went to automation at the end of March (2020) —- and is still running that way for safety, this bug can kill you in a minute. RIP. As of today July 1, 2020) the death toll in the U.S. is 130,390, and worldwide 516,335 and climbing, RIP I’d say “only” 497 deaths in New Mexico but 497 is a lot, and more than half are up on the Navajo Reservation, so much grief. But, having a break from the treadmill made me realize 24 was enough and time for someone else to have some fun.

Others I still wanted to bring to the airwaves in live interviews: Carol Tristano, Jay Clayton, Jerry Bergonzi, Carla Bley, Lenny Popkin, Anthony Braxton, Abdullah Ibrahim, Anita Brown, Ratzo B Harris, John Pizzarelli, local tenor saxophonist Sarah Griego, and anon. Next time!

In production at the time of my decision (many shows mature over time and development): I wanted to do an over-view of boogie woogie; trumpeter/physician Eddie Henderson; the genesis of Coltrane’s “Impressions” which is actually ready to go, very interesting how it came into being; Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra; MORE Zoot! to continue where the late John Breckow left off with our Zoot Sims obsession; and an ethnography on the subculture of local jam sessions which I had been recording . . . . . I’ll sneak onto the airwaves and get those out there, someday.

My only regrets are the artists that won’t see airplay anymore, like my ten favorite pianists: Carol Liebowitz, Kazzrie Jaxen, Virg Dzurinko, Harvey Diamond, Wayne Peet, Connie Crothers, Don Preston, Alan Broadbent, Lennie Tristano, Horace Tapscott, and throw in Cecil Taylor for good measure! I loved turning the listeners on to artists they probably hadn’t heard before, Johnny Guarnieri, Don Byas, Jimmy Wyble, George Van Eps, Bud Freeman, Gigi Gryce, Lorraine Geller, Rob Blakeslee, Billy Lester, Melba Liston, Larry Koonse, George Barnes, Spike Robinson, Gene Bertoncini, Cheryl Richards, Andy Fite, Richie Kamuca, Ernie Krivda, Miff Mole, Joanne Grauer, MICHAEL VLATKOVICH, Marty Grosz, Bucky Pizzarelli, Mary Osborne, ad infinitum. Jazz is a living music as Kenny Davern kept driving into my head. Not that I didn’t know that already, but he was not fond of the idea of “repertoire music.” To him Irving Berlin and Pee Wee Russell were not dated or not right here with us, now.

It was Mark Weaver the tuba maestro who brought me on-board. Mark had the Thursday jazz show for 18 years before me. Seriously, before that I had zero aspirations to be a disk jockey. Sure, I’m a record collector and the notion has percentage in it. Growing up in L.A. I grew up in the golden age of radio and the exuberance and passion that went into music in the Sixties. Then, when FM came around and with that I discovered what radio could be, I lived in the vast suburbs and it was a lifeline. But, it never crossed my mind to be a host, not one whit, I’m a writer, a whole other bag. Which is what I have gained by stepping back, much more brain space to continue working on my jazz book. Selfish, yes, but I’m protective of my brain space and a weekly radio show takes at least 20 hours to prepare, or 40, a lot. I could never do jazz wallpaper radio, I had to respect the art, the listener, and myself, and deliver the best I could, no compromise. It’s no fun otherwise. KUNM afforded me that. I was left alone to deliver my idea of what jazz is. And thank you to General Manager Richard Towne, who was my ally all those years. You need allies. Long live public radio !

 


Playlist from the first months on KUNM when Mark Weaver was shadowing me ---- He knew all the buttons, levers, tubes, dials, switches, lights, faders, etc

Playlist from the first months on KUNM when Mark Weaver was shadowing me —- He knew all the buttons, levers, tubes, dials, switches, lights, faders, etc

Look this guy up, he was everywhere, in all the important NY bands of the 1950s in the woodwinds section, I was the beneficiary of his friendship and knowledge, like Bobby Bradford, he taught me a lot about jazz ---- This is in front of his 300-year-old barn where he did woodworking at his home in Sag Harbor NY ---- August 3, 2011

Look this guy up, he was everywhere, in all the important NY bands of the 1950s in the woodwinds section, I was the beneficiary of his friendship and knowledge, like Bobby Bradford, he taught me a lot about jazz —- This is in front of his 300-year-old barn where he did woodworking at his home in Sag Harbor NY —- August 3, 2011

Kazzrie Jaxen in the Delaware River near her home in Callicoon NY --- View looking upstream ---- It was hot that day and we were in and out of the studio but needed to jump in the water ---- August 7, 2011 ---- photo by Mark Weber

Kazzrie Jaxen in the Delaware River near her home in Callicoon NY — View looking upstream —- It was hot that day and we were in and out of the studio but needed to jump in the water —- August 7, 2011 —- photo by Mark Weber

Ernie Andrews and Plas Johnson at the Dolo Coker Love-In benefit Local 47 Los Angeles March 20, 1983 (Dolo dies April 13 of cancer) ---- Sherman Ferguson(drums), Frank De La Rosa(bass) ---- photo by Mark Weber

Ernie Andrews and Plas Johnson at the Dolo Coker Love-In benefit Local 47 Los Angeles March 20, 1983 (Dolo dies April 13 of cancer) —- Sherman Ferguson (drums), Frank De La Rosa (bass) —- photo by Mark Weber

 John C. Williams (we called him Johnny) the long-time baritone sax for Count Basie AND the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra —- February 10, 1980 —- photo by Mark Weber

John C. Williams (we called him Johnny) the long-time baritone sax for Count Basie AND the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra —- February 10, 1980 —- photo by Mark Weber

Danny Turner of Count Basie Orchestra and my running buddy Harold Howard ---- backstage February 10, 1980 Citrus College, California ---- photo by Mark Weber

Danny Turner of Count Basie Orchestra and my running buddy Harold Howard —- backstage February 10, 1980 Citrus College, California —- photo by Mark Weber

Horace Tapscott ---- January 30, 1977 ---- photo by Mark Weber ---- Horace is L.A., if ever there was a list of ten people who define L.A., Horace would be one of them

Horace Tapscott —- January 30, 1977 —- photo by Mark Weber —- Horace is L.A., if ever there was a list of ten people who define L.A., Horace would be one of them

Two bass players: Ken Filiano & Ratzo Harris ---- September 25, 2009 ---- photo by Mark Weber --- I see this shot daily as it hangs on the wall of our staircase here at Studio 725

Two bass players: Ken Filiano & Ratzo Harris —- September 25, 2009 —- photo by Mark Weber — I see this shot daily as it hangs on the wall of our staircase here at Studio 725

Andy Fite at The Stone, Lower East Side, Manhattan ---- September 17, 2009 ---- photo by Mark Weber

Andy Fite at The Stone, Lower East Side, Manhattan —- September 17, 2009 —- photo by Mark Weber

Playlist from my early days on KUNM

Playlist from my early days on KUNM

The Long Shot Trio backyard concert under the Covid Lockdown high up on Nob Hill, Albuquerque ---- June 20, 2020 ---- photo by Mark Weber ---- Alex Murzyn on 1954 Selmer Super Balance Action tenor; Cal Haines on DW custom drums; Terry Burns, bass ---------- Be sure and go to YouTube under “Cal Haines” listing to see this entire concert on film (by Victoria).

The Long Shot Trio backyard concert under the Covid Lockdown high up on Nob Hill, Albuquerque —- June 20, 2020 —- photo by Mark Weber —- Alex Murzyn on 1954 Selmer Super Balance Action tenor; Cal Haines on DW custom drums; Terry Burns, bass ———- Be sure and go to YouTube under “Cal Haines” listing to see this entire concert on film (by Victoria).

June 20, 2020 the Solstice with the Long Shot Trio and there’s my recording rig, most prominent the Behringer mixer the late Quincy Adams bought me on my 50th birthday, he knowing how much I was going to need this portable mixer in my future, barely does a month pass in these 16 years that I haven’t used it ---- photo by Mark Weber at the controls

June 20, 2020 the Solstice with the Long Shot Trio and there’s my recording rig, most prominent the Behringer mixer the late Quincy Adams bought me on my 50th birthday, he knowing how much I was going to need this portable mixer in my future, barely does a month pass in these 16 years that I haven’t used it —- photo by Mark Weber at the controls

Two saxophonists. This is so real. You send us your Atlantic border easterners out here to the Deep West and they walk around with a squint. That’s Steve Lacy and Tom Guralnick standing in front of the old Outpost Performance Space on Morningside July 18, 1993 ---- photo by Mark Weber ---- Lacy gave an impromptu afternoon solo performance over a remote signal to KUNM --------- When we first moved here (summer 1991) I noticed all the ranchers never wore sunglasses, it just wasn’t part of the culture they came up in, look at the movies from the 60s, Hud doesn’t wear sunglasses, neither does John Wayne. This sun is so bright I think it contraindicated not to wear them. You need eye protection from the Ultraviolet Rays. And wear long-sleeve shirts and hats.

Two saxophonists. This is so real. You send us your Atlantic border easterners out here to the Deep West and they walk around with a squint. That’s Steve Lacy and Tom Guralnick standing in front of the old Outpost Performance Space on Morningside July 18, 1993 —- photo by Mark Weber —- Lacy gave an impromptu afternoon solo performance over a remote signal to KUNM ——— When we first moved here (summer 1991) I noticed all the ranchers never wore sunglasses, it just wasn’t part of the culture they came up in, look at the movies from the 60s, Hud doesn’t wear sunglasses, neither does John Wayne. This sun is so bright I think it contraindicated not to wear them. You need eye protection from the Ultraviolet Rays. And wear long-sleeve shirts and hats.

Summertime in the backyard always feels like childhood. Déjà vu. Stasis. . . . . . Me and the tortoise having watermelon on the second-to-last day of June (2020) while I try to read Marshall McLuhan, interesting stuff, but sort’ve dated, with a preponderance of high-flown surmise and certainties, some of which I chalk up to 1968, others I am merely circumspect not to take them on-board, and still others I’m in complete agreement, his long-standing warnings of a coming “electronic age” in which the medium of delivery will take over from content, and content will be old school, who needs it? Well, he’s the guy we were all reading back then. He’s in his grave now saying I told you so. Photo by Mark Weber

Summertime in the backyard always feels like childhood. Déjà vu. Stasis. . . . . . Me and the tortoise having watermelon on the second-to-last day of June (2020) while I try to read Marshall McLuhan, interesting stuff, but sort’ve dated, with a preponderance of high-flown surmise and certainties, some of which I chalk up to 1968, others I am merely circumspect not to take them on-board, and still others I’m in complete agreement, his long-standing warnings of a coming “electronic age” in which the medium of delivery will take over from content, and content will be old school, who needs it? Well, he’s the guy we were all reading back then. He’s in his grave now saying I told you so. Photo by Mark Weber