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This is A Personal History - an Outline of North American Popular Music


Its Assimilation From and Merger

Into World Music


I have listened to most of the listed musicians live - since the mid-1950s - or I have personal music library copies of each of the categories of earlier performance(s), performer(s) - and types of music, interspersed amongst other types and sources of music - early to present - from around the globe.

The topic has many judgemental problems, simply because we do not all have the same preferences, in food, drink, temperature, or sounds. What we call Classical Music, or Renaissance, or Gregorian Chant, were and are forms of popular music... As are Ragas, Cumbia, Tango, Shamizen, Flamenco, Gamelan or ???

If you have trouble believing me, listen to a little Charles Alkan, or Godowsky from the Classical MIDI Archives (below)...


But don't forget to come back!!!!

My Problem is that I like most all of them, I even enjoy truly great accordian (bandoneon) players...

This Chronology is mostly about North American Popular Music forms other than Blue Grass, Country and Western or Rock 'n' Roll. If I were also to include the Caribbean, Central and South America, there would be a lot more branches on the tree. (Maybe later?) I am still looking forward to the next real innovation... Since the mid 1970s North American Popular Music has languished at edges of Heavy Metal, and pointless Angst Rock-and-Roll.

Of Course, I listen to the Local KPIG FM almost all day long, nor would I miss the Sunday Live Program - Please Stand By - 10AM California Time - American Music, very fun, funny commentaries, all available online 24/7

But, every once in a While... It's back to the old 33 RPM, or CDs


Music is What Keeps Me Sane.

Sharing Music Makes Lasting Friendships.

Making Music With Friends Is The Epitome of Sharing...

Sharing is CULTURE!

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For North America Only

Our Long Legacy via RADIO!

Playa Cofi Jukebox Our Musical Heritage

Name That Tune, Who Sang It?



Source Recordings



Band/Instrumental Styling


Lomax Recordings Songs of the South Fields/Slaves Field Hollers
Lomax Recordings Songs of the South Churches/Slaves Spirituals
1829-69 Louis Moreau Gottschalk

Oh, Yeah, Another Liszt!??

Solo Piano Rythmic and Chordal

Stunning Written and Improvational Piano Style

early 1900s

Urban Black Competitive Dance Music

1867-1944 Amy Beach

Her Own!

Solo Piano

1800-1990 Lomax Recordings Songs of the South Church Choirs Black Gospel
1868-1917 Scott Joplin Ragtime
1860-1908 Edward Macdowell

Sheet Music

1895-1988 Alberta Hunter New Orleans Brothel Blues


Antonia Brico

"Antonia: A Portrait of the Woman," - an inspired video of her career is an education for young musicians of either gender

Conducting debut in 1930 with Berlin Philharmonic; First All-woman orchestra "Women's Symphony Orchestra" begun 1935 in New York, became the Brico Orchestra on admission of men players in 1939; Conducted Denver Businessmen's Symphony, Littleton Symphony and Boulder Philharmonic - and others from 1950s-1980s.

Pianist, Conductor, Teacher, Mentor to many fine musicians -

1914 W.C. Handy St Louis, Blues Solo Blues
1900-1919 Original Dixieland Jazz Band New Orleans Jazz
1915-1980 Willie Dixon Blues Bass Lines


1920-1940 King Oliver Sydney Bechet/Freddy Keppard Bawdy Houses
1920s Jelly Roll Morton/ Robert P. Johnson Johnny Dodds/Kid Ory
mid 1920s Habanera Rythm/fusion Charleston
1920-1930s The Blues Singers Bessie Smith Fletcher Henderson/Don Redman Big Dance Band
1898-1937 George/Ira Gershwin I Got Rythm, etc. Porgy and Bess AMERICAN MUSIC



William Grant Still

Duke Ellington

Johnny Hodges/Cat Anderson Duke Ellington Orchestra



1930-1950s Teddy Wilson/Earl Hines Louis Armstrong/paraphrased Improvizational Jazz
1928-1950s "Little Richard" - starts up his career

Joe Williams

Voice of the Blues

Coleman Hawkins/Lionel Hampton Band Jazz
1935-1950 Paul Whiteman/Dance/Jazz White Blues
1930s Bessie Smith Count Basie Orch/Lester Young Swing
Charlie Christian Benny Goodman/Eldridge/Carter Jam Sessions
1944 Norman Grantz(Verve)Presents Jazz at the Philharmonic Les Paul/Nat Cole/JJJohnson/etc Concert Jazz
1944-2001+ "Smoke on the Water" was written in 1944 by Zeke Clements and recorded shortly thereafter by Red Foley
 A recording of Foley's  was aired in August 2001 on "Hillbilly at Harvard" (WHRB in Cambridge). This information came from a recording in the collection of Tillman Franks via Hutch Hutchinson, and was from an Armed forces radio broadcast in 1944 over WXLD on the island of Saipan where they were building the airstrip to be used to bomb Japan. The band was "The Rainbow Boys" featured on the "Calico Jamboree," and known members included Tillman Franks, Merle Clayton on Vocals, and Pete Seeger on Banjo. "Smoke on the Water" is a famous and influential rock song by Deep Purple. It was first released on the album Machine Head.

1944 Norman Grantz(Verve)Presents Jazz at the Philharmonic Les Paul/Nat Cole/JJJohnson/etc Concert Jazz
1935-1955 Billy Strayhorn Billie Holliday Lester Young/Eddie Haywood Cabaret Jazz
1913 - Today Lalo Schiffrin Morton Gould/Elmer Bernstein Movie Music
1940-1950s Art Tatum/Oscar Peterson Nat Cole/Billie Eckstine Nelson Riddle Orchestra Popular Jazz
1946-1954 Thelonius Monk/Bud Powell Ella Fitzgerald/Lena Horn Dizzy Gillespie/Charlie Parker BeBop
1955-1990 Lennie Tristano/Erroll Garner Sarah Vaugn/Mel Torme LeeKonitz/StanGetz/JerryMulligan Sophisticated Jazz
1947-1965 Stan Kenton/Dance/Orchestra 4 Freshmen/June Christy Herman's Herd/Ellington Orchestra Concert Jazz
1947-1974 Atlantic Records Tiny Grimes/Ruth Brown Joe Turner/Ray Charles Rythm and Blues



Gunther Schuller - switches from the solo Horn position at the NY Met Opera to Jazz Orchestras and Composing - and - Now - Jazz Historian


Perhaps - Somethings and some irreplaceable sounds had to go -

Ray Charles/Quincy Jones

Gil Evans contributed prominently to Miles Davis's nonet recordings for Capitol - later issued as the LP "Birth of the Cool".

Parker, Gillespie, Max Roach, Charlie Mingus and Bud Powell are recorded in concert at Massey Hall in Toronto.

Armstrong wins Downbeat International Critic's poll, Downbeat Hall of Fame award, Melody Maker's Reader's poll, Melody Maker's Critic's poll, Jazz Hot poll in France & Jazz Echo poll in Germany.

John Coltrane Joins Miles davis' Group, and then is asked to leave due to his drug habit..

Betty Carter/Etta James

Third Stream - coined by Gunther Schuller

Duke Ellington led, and Gil Evans, While Gunther Schuller, Gerry Mulligan - composed - new styles, and long-lived melodies, that were not limited to Jazz, but exceeded all bounds.

Jerry Mulligan and Bob Brookmeyer - Salle Pleyel, Paris -1954

Mingus, Mingus, Mingus Founded the "Jazz Workshop," a group which enabled young composers to have their new works performed in concert and recorded.

Dave Brubeck Quartet - Live at Newport and Copenhagen

Blues Bands/Arranged by folks outside the mainstream of Traditional Jazz

Big bands and Soloist-led Groups had not only original tunes but other's melodies and pieces 'Arranged'. for them by great composer-arrangers.


Then there were those 'originals' such as Ornette Coleman who, in Los Angeles, eventually came to the attention of Percy Heath of the Modern Jazz Quartet - Coleman's first studio recording (for Contemporary in 1958) reveals fully formed style and sound. Then, John Lewis, pushed for both Coleman and trumpet-playing partner Don Cherry to attend the Lenox School of Jazz in 1959 - where they became students of Gunther Schuller et al.


BIG Changes happen -


R&B and Blues with Big Band Arrangements

Great - Well Recognized voices changed, and New Sounds were introduced - and had to deal with a fuzzy - olde-timey market place - defied by Disk Jockeys - who too often lost theirj obs for playing 'new jazz' sounds...

Django Reinhardt dies in 1953; Charlie Parker and James P. Johnson die in 1955

- A New Age of Jazz begins to grow and thrive...


 Miles Davis, Bill Evans and the Davis group, including John Coltrane on tenor sax record "Kind of Blue"

 Billy Holliday passes - the end on an Era  Sidney Bechet dies in Paris on May 14 - his birthday.  The end of an Era
1950-1965 Chuck Berry/Buddy Holly Elvis Presley/Bo Diddley Fusion of Country/Rhythm= Rock and Roll


Ink Spots/Johnny Ray

Everley Bros/Little Esther

Various Country Western Stars/ Marty Robbins/Willie Nelson

Juke Box Rock

1950-1963 Thelonius Monk/John Lewis Lambert/Hendricks/Ross Charlie Mingus/Sonny Rollins Modern Jazz
1918-1990 Leonard Bernstein West Side Story On The Town American Music
1950-1959 Gil Evans/Bill Evans Frank Sinatra Miles Davis/JJ Johnson/ Cool Jazz
1956-1963 The Weavers/Travellers Three Harry Belafonte Folk/Coffee House


Jimmy Smith/Wes Montgomery Joe Williams Cannonball Adderley Jazz Funk
1958-1962 Ivory Joe Hunter/Ray Charles Jackie Wilson/Lavern Baker BookerT. and the MG's Motown/R&B
1958-1969 Aretha Franklin/Wilson Pickett Etta James/Sam Cooke Roberta Flack/Donny Hathaway Soul/Funk
1960-1967 Little Stevie Wonder Diana Ross/Marvin Gaye Mary Wells/Martha Reeves Detroit R&B
1958-1963 Sonny Terry/Brownie McGee Kingston Trio/Joan Baez Peter, Paul and Mary Traditional/Folk Revival
1958-1970 Cal Tjader Watermelom Man Mongo Santa Maria - Congas Afro-Cuban Fusion
1960-1970 Bob Dylan Simon and Garfunkle Sandy Bull Folk Rock
1962-1968 Wilson Pickett/ Sam & Dave Esther Phillips/ Otis Redding Rythm and Blues
1962-1971 Leon Russel/Carol King Getz, Gilberto/Jobim Beach Boys/Poco K.Kristopherson Country/Cool/Surf Rock/Brazilian Influences
1960-1970 Miles Davis/Herbie Hancock Weather Report/ Zawinul/McLaughlin Coltrane/Ornette Coleman Free Jazz


Cecil Taylor Bill Chase/Don Ellis Orchestras Big Band Rock


Herbie Hancock/ Headhunters Miles Davis/Ravi Shankar Fusion Rock
1964 Beatles/Stones British Rock Invasion
1965 Stevie Wonder Joni Mitchell/Judy Collins Lydia Pense & Cold Blood New Backup Formats
1965 Big Brother & Holding Co. Grateful Dead/Moby Grape Country Joe/Jefferson Airplane Acid Rock
1965-1967 Watts Riots/civil unrest affect more than 100 cities Vietnam War escalation

Hippie/Yippie anti-war move

1966 The Who/The Experience Cat Stevens Frank Zappa/Mothers of Invention

Arena Rock

1967 Cream/Eric Clapton/Hendrix Janis Joplin/Otis Redding Monterey Pop Festival

UK Blues Rock

1967 Sgt. Pepper/Byrds/Doors Sam and Dave

Janis Joplin/Big Brother & Holding Co.

Hard Rock/Soul Fusion

1968 The Fugs/ Martin Luther King, jr. Robert Kennedy Assassinated


Led Zeppelin Muddy Water/ Electric Mud Butterfield Blues Band Heavy Metal/Blues Fusion


Bob Dylan/The Band

Credence Clearwater Revival

Leo Kotke/ Kweskin Jug Band Country Rock
1968-1970 EmersonLakePalmer Blood Rock CTA/Chicago Blood Sweat&Tears/ Poco/TowerOf Power Rock Band Music
1969 CrosbyStillsNashYoung Buffalo Springfield Woodstock Festival Concert Rock



Janis Joplin Passes

Allman Bros./Doobie Bros.

Jimi Hendrix passes

Bill Withers/Taj Majal

Kent State Massacre Concert Rock
1970-1978 Loggins/Messina/Edgar Winter Canned Heat/Santana Moody Blues Production Blue/Latin/Rock

mid 1970s







Jaco Pastorius / Jeff Beck




Charles Mingus Passes

Freddie King/Johnny Winter

T-Bone Walker

Freddie King passes



John McLaughlin/Pointer Sisters




Elvis Presley passes


John Lennon passes







1980s Dr. John/Professor Longhair Richie Havens/Koko Taylor Neville Bros./Stevie Ray Vaughn Blues/Rock




Jaco Pastorius passes

Enya/SineadO'Connor Madonna/U2/Little Feat/LL Cool Pop Rock/Rap
1990s Abdullah Ibrahim Robert Cray/Robben Ford Joanna Connor Blues/Rock


Stevie Ray Vaughn Passes

Rock 'N' Roll Links

Los Lobos

Chicano Rock


Miles Davis Passes

Wallace Roney

All About Jazz


Albert King Passes

Astor Piazzola passes

Joshua Redman

Medeski, Martin & Wood

NY Fusion jazz


Frank Zappa Passes

Mumbo Gumbo et al.



Ella Fitzgerald Passes

Jerry Mulligan passes

Jon Jang & James Moody excell @MryJazzFestival

Howard Johnson and GRAVITY make your feet and mind Happy!

Brownie McGee Passes

Little New???


TRIO! Redman, McBride, Blades! WOW!

Jimmy Witherspoon passes/

Josef Zawinul/Sindicate still HOT!

Diane Krall can Sing, and Play Piano, too!

Blues By Nature/Karen Laurence and their young lead guitar Monster:

The New young Blues MoFos!




Jimmy Heath "retires" from teaching onto the Road Again with Percy and Tootie!!

Jack DeJohnette, Mike Cane, "Somebody" Paris, and Benny Maupin

Kick Ass!!!

We Be Waitin'

Some Old Young-Blowin MoFos!!!


Joe Williams passes

Mel Torme and

Lionel Hampton pass

We'll miss these great Musicians

20th Century American Composers and Other Music Celebrated Again by 37th Cabrillo Music Festival, Santa Cruz, CA,

Then there was this year's Monterey Jazz Festival:

Lots of Tributes to Duke Ellington, but the Asian American Band was primo, playing Anthony Brown's re"Vision" of the Asian Suite, with more Asian instruments, great soloists, and a sound that would have made both Duke and Strayhorn smile!

Check out

Marin Alsop Conducted Bernstein "Mass" 3 times to full houses; An Evening of Reich, Copland, Adams and Rouse; Torke, Copland, Hanson, and Daugherty's Le Tombeau de Liberace; and finishes a wonderful Festival with Shades of Delight with Danielpour, Beamish, MacMillan, and the FABULOUS Kernis Lament and Prayer for Solo Violin, Oboes, and Strings - Yumi Wang -WOW!

There is nothing like well chosen, well played music for resurrecting a warm, satisfying feeling that people can work together, and create messages that transcend the gnarly realities of Old, painful day to day bigotry, hatred and ... War amongst the ignorant.


Steve Allen, Stanley Turrentine pass on...

Mark O'Connor (Fiddle) Yo-Yo Ma (Cello) with Edgar Meyer (Bass) Allison Krauss (Violin) and James Taylor (Song) Appalachian Journey is a real musical treat.

KRONOS hits another high with "Caravan"

Santa Cruz' New Music Works was extra inspired: The Night of the Living Composers was a treat, wth Lou Harrison's up front and casual pre-concert talk - and then there was Robben Ford's evening with NMW!

Marin Alsop, does it again!

This year she matched up O'Connor and Krauss, for a delightful tour of fiddle/violin pieces, and then joined in a trio witten by O'Connor. The evening ended with O'Connor's Double Concerto, as originally written for himself, and Allison Krauss.

MRY Jazz Festival celebrated with 'trumpets' this year, along side the Charles Ford Reunion Band, Keb' Mo', Lou Rawls and Les McCann.


There are several ways to ring in the New Year, and New Millennium, in San Francisco, but there is a 'best' way:

Beach Blanket Babylon worked! My music amigos from the mid 1960s, my wife and I revelled in the Club Fugazi, with several hundred others, to Great Music, Great Theater, and one Hell of a Good Party atmosphere.


Les Brown, passes

Just wait!

Phil Collins and the New music Group of Santa Cruz have filled a unique niche - first evolved by Lou Harrison, the Group's musical guru. Everything from house music, to full blown recitals, to open air concerts and garden parties - these folks mix and match modern music, om all over the world - and never leave you wondering if you have had yet another 'expeience' - Always top rate.

American Music Rules!


Paco de Lucia, and seven Great Players including Flamenco Bailero - Joaquin Grilo; with Rafael de Utrera - doing those compelling Gypsy Songs

Solo, o con dos Cajas, adding one or two players at a time up to the full Ensemble of three guitars, a bass/mandolin, the singer, the flute/sax man - and then the guy doing the Gypsy Rythm foot tapping and clapping Jumps up! and Dances - you can tell immediately why he ain't got no ass...

The Lights go down –

Paco takes his seat - within the circle of the Overhead Spot. Chills and Thrills begin with a quiet solo, a graceful exercise in Spanish Guitar technique- Step by step the Heat Rises, until that amazing Flamenco dancer takes the center stage – to stomp, spin sinuously, and kick off the real show. It just gets better from there. By the finish, the eternal haunting sounds of North Africa, the gypsies, and Pure España take you for an exciting ride - and culminate with El Bailero spinning in place - light hues unhurridly shifting, to catch the perspiration from his body mid-flight – then... Silence!

Clearly, when it all comes down to the way to reach your innner heat

– Gypsy Music Rules!


Flamenco is total ensemble, total body art!


Medeski, Martin and Wood - raise the ante -

as the 'opening set' for

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe!

Well - its like someone reinvented Hip-Hop!!! (just for us 'Old F_cks) These are some of the best sounding Riffs and Solos I've heard in years - and the occaisional lyrics are not only clean, but COOL!

MM&W have their voice,


Karl Denson has krafted a tight, upbeat boogie band with such appeal that you are immediately tempted to dig into your early 1970s jazz-fusion and funk albums to see just how they compare.

MM&W are maturing (John shaved his pate to camouflage his receding hairline) and their music has even more Punch! than when we saw them 10 years ago.

Karl Denson is a true voice from the past, a "Tenor Man" working with a tight crew "Tiny Universe" whose bottom line is fast 4 Hip-Hop beat - with a Cannonball Adderly + Nat, and a Young Jimi Hendrix-sound-alike, plus a fine 'Synthesized organ', a Pounding bass and Hot tasteful drummer- all waiting for the "Hubert Laws" flute solo....

This is a generally kick-ass show. See This one!

Denson and MM&W are touring as a double bill.

American Music Rocks!


This has Been a tough year in Jazz History, as so many have passed...

Chico O'Farrill, `Ozzie'' Brown, Milton Barnes, Billy Higgins, Les Brown, JJ Johnson, Joe Henderson, John Lewis, Lorez Alexandria, Susanna McCorkle, Papa John Phillips, John Fahey, John Lee Hooker, Smith Dobson from Monterey Bay Jazz Scene... and so many more

- A jazz musician dies and goes to heaven where he is told -

"Hey man, welcome! You have been elected to the Jazz All-Stars of Heaven -- right up there with Satchmo, Miles, Django -- all the greats! We have a gig tonight.

Only one problem... God's girlfriend gets to sing."

Marin Alsop, does it again!

This year she matched up great scores with great visuals, including one of the most powerful Multi-Media events I have ever witnessed... and I seen a few... Phillip Glass' truly minimal score, only serves as your 'pacemaker' during this amazing performance of a 3 Act Play -


The Choreography, alone was a 'show', but from the first gunshot, the near opera-like schizo-story of Eadweard Muybridge, the man whose stop-image camera techniques have fascinated all ages, for nearly a century - was true ART!


Then there was the historical 1937 Farm Services Administration' Pare Lorentz documentary, narrated by Milton Thomas, with score by Virgil Thomson, and a great script by Pare Lorentz...


This twenty minute movie shows the consequences of industrial deforestation of the Mississippi Valley, the various mining and iron-related industrialization, colonization by share-croppers, urbanization, and the complete devolution of a once productive watershed, into a mud generating near-desert - all used in creation of new buildings and export products for European industry - all wonderful ideas, but in the long run, completely negative in terms of 'balanced ecosystems', and true sustainability...

How many of our grandparents would be able to sit through this one, sans tears?

Last, but not least, the Finale, the San Juan Batista Mission Concert, provided this year's aural treasures, as two short luscious works of Chris Rouse (b1949) and James MacMillan, (b1959) - introduced by the composers - filled the Mission with truly aetherial music...

The last 'sounds' were Einjuhani Rautavaara's "Angel of Light" or Symphony No. VII reflecting his early stay at the Sibelius Academy and the lush tonality that emanates from high latitude composers as they 'resolve' their experiences, and hope for the light to emerge.



The piano quartet formerly known as 'Tiramisu' - now the 'Mozart Piano Quartet -
started off with an early work by Mozart - his Quartet in E-Flat Major, K493 - and it was very immediately clear that this was not just another 'violin', 'piano', 'viola' and 'Cello' wading their way from solo line to solo line.


All early music - rejected or lost or 'rebuilt' from 'notes' - Scnittke, et al.

Lucky us. What a Blend - the power of complete togetherness as in one grand intsrument. Whew.


The liner notes were startling.

The two ladies, piano and violin were from Australia - Two early age virtuousi - and yet about as far apart as one might imagine - Asian violonist (short-dark haired) and the eastern Caucasis European with auburn-red hair, who started at age 2 and was playing for the public at 4) -

Now hanging with a pair of Musicke Hochschule dudes from Vienna and Switzerland.


These folks played "MUSIC"!


Monday night at Kuumbwa Jazz Center - in Santa Cruz - where we watched and listened to John Scofield's new
Quartet - including a young bass guitar dude from Santa Cruz who we have watched grow - and a 'mad' Rythm guitar player from somewhere in eastern Europe - with
a mess of 'sampler' controller hardware in front of him - and a percussion guy -
whose near total musical anastymosis to the Bass guy was worth the trip.

As I was being blown away by what these guys were playing - I kept poking Kathy and telling her that what they needed was to meet Karl Denson - and Mike Medeski et al. because they were 'ready'. When the concert was over, I headed for the pisoir, and met Kathy on the way out. I made
a similar comment to the Club Owners, and one said -"You will be happy, very soon", spying the CD in Kathy's hands. - She had slowed down enough to buy Scofield's 'New CD'.

We were both pretty hyped - and not ready for sleep when we got home. So I peeled away the layers of impossible plastic wrap etc, and put the New CD disk on to play - 'explaining' to Beaker as I let him out for his evening flyover - that
this was what he had been waiting so patiently for.

Beaker was excited as ever to hear the cross-chordal sounds and rythmic energy - and let that be known in his own eager sing-along style.

Then I read the notes on the disk...

Denson and Medeski are each featured -
within the group sound-scape on two each of four separate pieces.





Another Monday, we saw the Mingus Big band - at Kuumbwa - and got there early enough (I had to meet Kathy after work in Santa Cruz) for us to park nearby, and go have a Murphy's at the local Irish Pub - Cancer Creation Centre - cough, cough, cough - then walk a few yards to the Club to settle in for good seats, and some chips and dip, etc. The band had just broken up after a quick warmup rehearsal and sound check - and were eating dinner from the food kitchen, and wine/beer back wall - All were drinking diet drinks or cold bottled teas???

Maybe there are lessons being learned.

I was fascinated by the age disparities, as there were three generations of players, and the 'manager' was in the middle group, and caring for everyone
involved from band guys to Club folks. Getting them rounded up to eat, drink, and sign photos of the band for the Club to Exhibit...

The audience strolled in - not quite filling 200 seats


the DownBeat was a recognizable Mingus Tune - with a new twist.

Sue Mingus - Charles amazing wife jumped up on the stage and introduced herself - and the fact that she had been 'busted' at "StreetLights Records" for stealing bootleg "Charlie" Mingus CDs and records.

She explained to us that Charles Mingus never let anyone use "CHARLIE" on any of his legitimate recordings.

Sue had even gone so far as to scope the place out, ask the guy behind the register for a large Plastic carryout bag - and unloaded every disk with the wrong lable with 'Charlies' name on them into it - and - Walked out through the electronic equivalent of BofA Super Vault.

Bells, whistles, clerks, and a guy about 7' 24" came down the street after her - as she strolled away. They snagged her - and dragged her back to the store - where she requested they call the POLICE. They did - and she will see them in court. However, she has deposited the 'stash of disks' with the Police - and will win, once again, because she has been doing this same scam on Fink-Fuck-Musicians-Shop owners for decades - in many countries.

Meanwhile, back at Kuumbwa - The Band was AMAZING!!!!
Totally Mingus, loose, yet togther - loud, and yet soft - and every piece had a great long-assed Bass intro - improvisation by a mid thrities guy named BORIS -
blue eyes, stocky - Russian!
Who Played Mingus - well - like

It was really pleasing and emotionally buzzing to see the Old and New generation - PLAYING and Grooving on one another's shit! - Oh, and Sue Mingus was sitting in front of me - and everytime I let out a peep - just went Wow!
She would turn around and SMILE - and shake here head - as if to say - Yes! Yes!! YES!!! (as in - "You know it too, baby - this is LIFE for all of us!") Whoeeeeeee! YES!


May Day!

A phone call from my Music Buddy - David Nyman - from FAO Jazz Club Daze - who is now situated in Santiago, Chile, where there is more music than most 'developing countries' - including both my Andean favorites and it's own very active Jazz Club.

I realized that I had been remiss.

David's brother, Michael Nyman - is one of Europe's great 'jazz'
musician-writers - I found that out before connecting with David back in 1978 - David is now in Santiago - where I have had so many amazing music moments, from the Opera House - to the streets - to the Peñas - Chile has its own music world - including the Santiago Jazz Society - where I saw and heard Gerry Mulligan Quartet at a local theatre one night in 1989 before I left for home...

Well, as in most things fate had Gerry and I meet again in the Santiago airport waiting room as we all headed north. We had a long conversation about folks who we shared as colleagues and musical highlites over our shared years.

He and I shared one experience as members of the 2nd Air Force Band when we were stationed at Barksdale AFB - The band barracks is next door to the Air Police - and the canine corps kennels. (I ate my lunch most days with an AirPolice dude whose dog I really liked...)

Bark for Barksdale - anyone?

Gerry asked and liked why I was in Chile - (I was there for FAO to assist Chilean Fisheries managers on developing ocean monitoring) - Gerry was not just a braindead saxophonist - We swapped telephone numbers for a future conversation - and should I get far enough north to arrange a visit.

Gerry died in 1996 from bungled knee surgery.


Where do the next great players come from? and Who will know and support them?

The Wait is Over!

Just go out and Buy "Sergio & Odair Assad Play Piazzola".
They PLAY Piazzola. Most people just play with Piazzola.

Good Music Rules!


and the LIST Grows Longer, and Longer.....


or is that shorter and shorter...

Well, my brother Ray called last week - a complete mess after preparing to go see The Who - and then discovering that John Entwhistle had died the night before - in Las Vegas. I started quickly trying to understand why this one Who performer - Mr. Bass - had instilled such respect and love in my Brother...

Then I remembered the photo that Ray had sent me some years before - when he and my nephew Rob had spent a good part of an afternoon with Entwhistle - that later John signed.

The fun - and pain - are part of life.

The great players and writers are what make life pleasant- even tolerable - Well, what comes around goes around...

- a few days later my NPR station is broadcasting Jazz at 7:30AM -

A Tribute to the late, Great Ray Brown - the basist's Bass Player had died the night before - July 2nd, after a gig in Chicago...

The Blues do set in...

and now I hear that Warren Devon was diagnosed with lung cancer - Warren Who?

Meanwhile, back at home - first the Santa Cruz Blues Festival, where the Bone Shakers started off by getting everyone on their feet - and the Dakota family quartet -Indigenous- raised Guitar Blues to levels that Jimmy Hendricks would have loved -

Then the Monterey Jazz Festival - where I took Leonid Klyashtorin for his first immersion in Americana. He loved it, and the total attitude of the rich mix of cultures - all enjoying - in peace - dozens of bands - and Alligator's 5 year old Blues Singin' son!


Summer came and went - but never warmed up...

The Cabrillo Music Festival was, again, inspired with great performances and wonderful highlights. Evelyn Glennie - What can anyone say - but - WOW!

The Monterey Jazz Festival, next weekend -will feature Dave Brubeck and family - as well as some of my favorites, such and Mingus Amongus and the Mingus Big Band.

Stay Tuned!

Oh Yeah!

I taped the entire Arena Stage Program for 2002. Brubeck et al. Swing, Stomp, and Blow your mind

Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz hosted Omar Sosa's Quartet 9/16 - 4 guys from Cuba, USA, and Barcelona - playing amazing sounds - from mosques to the Andes to Cuba - from everywhere - unlike anything - but... Uniquely Phenomenal!
Sosa's new CD 'Sentir' is getting Rave Reviews. Don't ever miss a chance to see this guy - and his gang - They are Great!


This year starts out with some serious losses - we lost Lou Harrison - the 85 year old musical guru of Asian and uniquely styled orchestral winners into mixed chamber works, and gamelan... & within days, we also lost Mongo Santamaria - one of the most beloved of all Cuban Conga Men - who perked up all ears... and always got your feet moving...

I can still see & hear him between sets - filling the air and time with fresh rythm - during my 1st live encounter with Cal Tjader Quartet in 1959..

Well, Kathy and I managed to miss the year's first New Music Works concert- and Lou Harrison's last living performance/talk -

as well as the KRONOS 30th Anniversary Warm Up at CSUMB -

We just used our Turtle Island String Quartet tickets ...OK!!!

Playing on a Blue & Green theme - they visited lots of novel pieces, and finished with lots of Miles' Tunes, particularly ones written by others that he made 'eternal' - All in All - Fabulous Playing & Great Music.

Of course, my brother came through for the Xmas holidays with the 20 CD Miles Live at Montreauz set -

and the Hendrick's Family selected 4 CD set -

that is sharing air time with the 1st 25 years KRONOS 10CD set -

and we are even looking forward to arrival of a 40 CD set of Jazz Pianists -

But- all this we will not let these keep us away from the real, live thing - while we have it - again!

Then there were the B-Day DVDs of Monterey Pop Festival & even more CDs - The Stan Kenton Story and Woody Herman early band set...

Then, there was the - - All Zorn Out!

by New Music Works at Santa Cruz' Rio Theater

Phil Collins sat in at desk, with a candle and a glass of water - SCRIBBLING - AUDIBLY! - while the various players responded to a random selection of que cards. This should be required therapy music for sleep deprived - it was so soothing - Quiet - yet continuous new sounds, underlain by frantic percussion... ZZZzzzzz


Charles Lloyd - You mean the guy who plays more notes in a set than Miles played in his life?

Monday night at Kuumbwa - again - and a truly notable one at that.

Started off with a classic mosque call, too.

Forest Flower - Finally in context - as the young bassist, and drummer, set the scene for wonderful sax and piano solos - No wonder that lady at the previous week's Yoshi performances kept trying.

Welcome revisit, from one of the 1960-70s finest jazz iconoclasts - The lady playing piano was absolutely dynamite and the evening ended on a quiet - Nooooote...


... And then there is 82 year old Dave Brubeck, son of a farmer from Stockton California, and a mother who gave piano lessons to anyone who wanted to learn...

And there we were ---

My Friends, the family Spencer, sitting up front to see their son Thomas, Principal bass with the UOP Orchestra - onstage - along with a few hundred others - settled in for one wonderful experience in sound and history

Wow, What a weekend!

Celebrating Dave Brubeck's contributions to American music was the point, and well done to say the least. The 62 year collaboration with his wife Iona was also high on the list. The fifty some year's work with Bill Smith, whose clarinet sang the songs of the times - and performances of brother Howard's and son Chris' compositions for orchestra, as well, were aongst the signs of the breadth of the Brubeck Legacy.

University of the Pacific's Brubeck Institute provides young musicians with access to more than training by greats such as Christian McBride. They gathered together five extremely talented young musicians to form the signature Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet. Ages 18-20, and blessed with voices and talents of the finest senior jazz musicians -

Fabian Almazan - piano; Joe Sanders - bass; Anthony Coleman - trumpet; Justin Brown - drums; and Tommy Morimoto - sax - ready to play anything - particularly for moments with Dave Brubeck out front.

Great Perfomances here - and at last year's Monterey Jazz Festival. You'll hear a lot more of these guys - everywhere - and soon, I hope!

The entire series was a multi-way salute - where not only the audiences were appreciative, but the musicians were, too.

The multiple venues, each providing the performers with just the right settings for their shows - a hall for the Orchestral pieces, and the smaller stages for more intimate groups.

The highlight was the Haggin Museum's backwall painting of fullsome nude ladies partying around a forest pond - What More could the Turtle Island String Quartet desire to keep it's Brubeckian audience In the Mood?

July 2003

Thousands of Cubans marched in a funeral procession for Compay Segundo of "Buena Vista Social Club" fame -
Alto saxophone giant, arranger, composer, Benny Carter - both died at age 95.

Bill Berry, age 72 - Big Band leader and trumpeter
who performed with Duke Ellington, Woody Herman and on Merv Griffin's television show - Leader of Monterey Jazz Festival Jazz Education Bands -

Long Live Their Heirs!

Segundo's real name was Maximo Francisco Repilado Munoz. He was the father of the revival of Cuban son following the 1997 release of the "Buena Vista Social Club" soundtrack, highlighting Cuban "son" performed by himself and other creators of the music. He had built a musical reputation before the "Castro" revolution as one of Los Compadres (the Godfathers). The diminutive of compadre is "compay" and since he sang the second voice part, he became "Compay Segundo."He composed more than 100 songs, including "Chan Chan" and "Macusa."

In the 1960s and 1970s Segundo disappeared from the music scene, working variously as a cabinet maker, hairdresser, actor and cigar roller. He returned to music in the late 1980s, winning wide acclaim and, with the other Buena Vista musicians, introduced a new generation to the lilting melodies of son, a music that sounds deceptively simple but requires technical mastery, improvisational skills and, above all, a high level of complicity between the players. Compay Segundo said the secret of his longevity was cigars, flowers, rum and women.

Carter was one of the two preeminent alto saxophonists in jazz, along with Johnny Hodges, from the late 1920s until the arrival of Charlie Parker in the mid-1940s. Carter was also an accomplished soloist on trumpet and clarinet, and on occasion he played piano, trombone and both tenor and baritone saxophones.

He helped to lay the foundation for the swing era of the late 1930 and early '40s with arrangements he had written a decade earlierfor his own big band and the orchestras of Fletcher Henderson and Chick Webb, as well as for Benny Goodman before Goodman was acclaimed as the King of Swing. He later contributed arrangements and compositions to Glenn Miller and Count Basie.

From 1929 to 1946, Carter led big bands full of young talent. His band in the early 1930s included pianist Teddy Wilson,saxophonist Chu Berry, trombonist J.C. Higginbotham anddrummer Sid Catlett. A decade later, his contingent of future jazzstars included trombonists J.J. Johnson and Al Grey, trumpeter Miles Davis and drummer Max Roach.

His compositions included "Blues in My Heart," "When Lights Are Low," "Blue Star,""Lonesome Nights," "Doozy" and "Symphony in Riffs." Beginning in the early 1940s, hecomposed and orchestrated music for films, and from the late '50s, he also composed for television.

There is certainly a "Next Generation" - as well as a lot of thosewho are still carrying the 'Tune' from these two marvels of Music and Life...

My visit to Washington DC last month included a stay-over with friends with a 16 year old musician daughter - she started on clarinet, then took on violin and piano. Kimberly's 16 year old boy friend, Bill Hinz, plays piano in a Jazz Band of like-age kids - The Night Caps - whose trombone playing leader also produced a CD of their works in May 2003.

If you want to hear/read, or learn what is available about them - a note to will get you started.

I sat in my friends' livingroom, listening - with ears smiling, and my feet tapping - as they worked their way through some of my favorites, from 'Summertime' to 'Take the A Train' with several familiar standards and a few new bop bits...

September 2003

Rest in Peace Man in Black.

Johnny Cash died - still suffering from the loss last May of his wife June Carter Cash. At 71 he suffered from several ailments that claimed him, but June was his life.

He was revered by his fellow musicians -- if not always by a music industry that had a hard time figuring him out.

His 1997 autobiography, Cash reflects on a career that began with hit singles but eventually saw him searching for a proper record label -- a search that ended only when Rubin, a ground breaking rock and rap producer, signed him to American Recordings and produced four starkly brilliant albums.

Many radio stations wouldn't play his album, "Bitter Tears", featuring several powerful messages like 'As Long as the Grass Shall Grow', 'Apache Tears' and 'The Ballad of Ira Hayes.' He was telling it like it was. Even as Cash was widely honored in his last years, his music was seldom played on mainstream country radio. In 1998, after Cash won the Grammy award for best country album...

American Recordings purchased a full-page ad in Billboard that was addressed to country radio programmers who had failed to play his music - that featured a picture of a much younger Cash with his middle finger held high in a fierce, defiant gesture - He was long past pulling punches.

September 19-21, 2003

46th Monterey Jazz Festival

Saturday: Lots of Great Moments - New Orleans style, Buckwheat Zydeco, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band The Neville Brothers - They've still Got IT!

Saturday Night: Ralph Towner & Gary Burton; 4 Brothers: Kurt Elling, Kevin Mahogany, Mark Murphy, John Hendricks; Clayton -Hamilton Jazz Orchestra

Sunday: Berkeley High School Band, MRJF All-Star Band

Night: Dave Douglas New 5-tet; Nnenna Freelon; Herbie Hancock & Bobby Hutcherson




Billy May passes - Leaving a very large void in the jazz world - Now Missing Big Fat Brass

Joe Zawinul and Syndicate - after several long years away - it was a great Monday Night at Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz - Manolo Badrena, Amit Chatterjee, Nathaniel Townsley, Linley Marthe, and Sabine Kabongo.

Some old faces - some new faces - and then, there was Zawinul at his keyboards - while the Call to Mosque was premium, the gal Sabine from west Africa did more than just toot her whistle & shake her arms - she sang Great Jazz Standard as well as homeland charmers. is cool

Celebration of 2004 Centennial of Count Basie

June 10, 2004

A Huge Chunk of my SOUL just disappeared.

I had been waiting fearful anticipation since hearing recently that Ray Charles, my Main Man, was on his deathbed...

Fuck Ronald "Raygun" and all his racist azole partners - Brother Ray brought everyone together - and we shared Love, Life, and A Lot More


Seventeen in Seattle

August 2004

Elmer Bernstein passes

A generation or three of movie-goers have been enjoying This man's background sounds for some of the more powerful stories from several genres... including True Grit; The Ten Commandments; To Kill a Mockingbird - comprising children's piano one-liners - but WOW! A Walk on the Wild Side!

One of my early sound track memories can still be heard whenever I think about The man With the Golden Arm - Frank Sinatra sitting behind his drum set - meanwhile it was really Shelley Mann pumping out that subtle Chi-Chichi-Chi-Chichi Chi-Chichi- Chi - then - DaduddydaDump - and way it goes... with trumpet and sax wailing Shorty Rogers and Bud Shank - Looking Good, sounding more and more like West Coast Jazz...

The Man with the Golden Ear

Will be Remembered

April 2005

Tutti Camerata


Stan Levy


Well, it was a fun time when "Tutti's Trumpets" hit the records stores, and tight multi-trumpet ensemble playing pushed aside the saxaphones, etc. Then came "Tutti's Trombones" - Tutti, the man, helped make Jazz even more fun...

Stan Levy's Jazz-Be-Bop drumming was in a class by itself. Always more than one step up and away from the Boom-Chicka-Boom... that characterized swing and earlier Jazz formats. He kept time for such musical greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, and the Stan Kenton orchestra - after 30 years - in 1973 bailed to become a photographer -

A Tutti! - Amen!


Stan Levy - Bio


Winter 2006 Don Butterfield -
The Tuba Player in "Top and Bottom Brass", the Mingus Band and so many others...
Tommy Johnson the
 71 Year Olde Voice of "Jaws" and "Aliens"  - Pass...
Jay McShann - Kansas City Jazz Guru - passed

and the International Tuba-Euphonium Conference give a hint... They're gone - but there are still "Tuba Voices" on the ground... 99 of them showed up to perform a 'tubaistical'  finale at the Memorial Concert in Hollywood -
Kansas City blues and jazz legend pianist/composer/bandleader Jay "Hootie" McShann was an influencial figure throughout the 1940s, the years that saw the end of the Big Band era and the emergence of smaller ensembles that would change the direction of jazz on the one hand and see the development of rhythm 'n' blues music on the other.  Jay McShann was still making records, well into his late 80s. McShann - MovieFone
2007 Mstislav Rostropovich, 1927-2007
"Jazz Diva" Dakota Staton Passes
Herb Pomeroy - trumpet

Max Roach Passes

Luciano Pavarotti Passes

Josef ZawinulPasses

Phillip Stayce ROCKS!

When I was visiting NZ back in the mid-1970s - Weather Report came to town - and as I was already a fan - I went down to see them.
Only 30 some years later - three CD recordings and a DVD of an amazing 1978 show in Germany is on the streets - google on
Weather Report: Forecast: Tomorrow

In the 1990s Zawinul Syndicate would arrive and play at Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz -
and then they slowed their US Tours -
At the end of his last World tour, in July - he checked into the hospital in Vienna - and on September 11, he passed away - RIP JOE Z

February-March 2008

Buddy Miles passes

Teo Macero passes

Jeff Healey passes

Buddy Miles, played drums in Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys -  In addition to Hendrix, Miles played with Carlos Santana, John McLaughlin, Stevie Wonder, Muddy Waters and David Bowie over his four decade career.
His biggest contribution was to the Band of Gypsys, and along with bassist Billy Cox, was immortalized after performing four nights at the Fillmore East in NYC around New Year’s 1970. Later, Miles’ and sang in the claymation commercials featuring the California Raisins in the 1980s - especially their version of “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” 
Teo Macero, a record producer, composer and saxophonist most famous for his role in producing a series of albums by Miles Davis in the late 1960s and early 1970s, including editing that almost amounted to creating compositions after the recordings, helping to build albums like Bitches Brew, In a Silent Way and Get Up With It...
Macero used techniques partly inspired by composers like Edgard Varse, who had been using tape-editing and electronic effects to help shape the music. Such techniques were then new to jazz and have largely remained separate from it since. But the electric-jazz albums he helped Davis create--especially Bitches Brew, which remains one of the best-selling albums by a jazz artist -- have deeper echoes in almost 40 years of experimental pop - as in work by Can, Brian Eno and Radiohead.

Jeff Healey was too young - only 41 -
but had made his "point"!
August 2008 Isaac Hayes passes

Isaac hayes Sex-a-Phone
A major figure in American soul music, Isaac Hayes also enjoyed a long and memorable career as an actor and film composer. His score for the movey Shaft made him the first African-American to win an Academy Award for music, and was one of the first examples of a pop-based film score that developed a market life of its own.
Through the 1970s and into the ’90s he acted in several films, including “Escape From New York” in 1981 and the spoof “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka” in 1988.
In 1962, Hayes cut his first record for a local label, and in 1964 he'd worked his way up to playing keyboards with the house band at Stax Records, just then establishing themselves as one of the South's premier soul music labels. At Stax, Hayes began writing songs with David Porter - together they penned a long string of hits for Sam & Dave, including "Soul Man," "Hold On, I'm Coming," and "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby,"
South Park Perks!
His character in “South Park”
Isaac Hayes was born Aug. 20, 1942, in a tin shack in rural Covington, Tenn., to a mother who died early and a father who left home.

His music sales slowed in the '70-'80s - but his career was revived in 1997 when he began playing Chef on “South Park.” He quit the show in 2006, saying that he had been offended by an episode that ridiculed Tom Cruise and other prominent Scientologists. He also had a radio show in New York in the 1990s.

In addition to his 3rd wife, he is survived by their son, Nana, + 11 other children.
Asylum Street Spankers ???




 History of Jazz 

and American Jazz

 Jazz Clubs Around World

This is neat. It's sort of a time machine of music. Starts in 1940 - but you can move on into the 1990s -

Each of the Decades in the Links below the 1940 Jukebox connect to the best 20 hits of that year.

Pick a year, wait a few seconds, and in the Juke Box it will show you the 20 hits to select from.

You can play all 20 hits, or just those that you like.


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