Jazz beats on KCSM


Just now jazz in this afternoon the dj back-announced two tracks I half-heard that she said have a loose Beat theme. One was Roy Glenn reading from a Philip Whalen poem, from an album, I soon suss, called “Jazz Canto Vol. 1”. The second is from a Kenny Dorham album recorded in 1961 at the SF Jazz Workshop called “Inta Something” a track “The San Francisco Beat” which you can also find as a bonus track on a more recent set called “Matador”.

I would listen again or read the Philip Whalen by way of Roy Glenn.

But I would quibble with or point out that it is a pun or trope and maybe a put-down when even contemperanous to the very brief “Beat scene” and recorded in SF they title a track the SF beat — they are referring to beat meaning rhythm or timing or melody of the pulse per se and not the “beat” sense of exhaustion or “beatitude”, I don’t think. Or, like wow man i am splitting hairs.

That plus the paper says that a smart lady named Michelle Kraus pulled papers but did not file for Palo Alto City Council, and I learned recently, and mentioned to her that I hope she injects some of her experience working with or for Allen Ginsberg into her campaign. Maybe I should, between now and local election day, do a “what would Ginsberg” do review on the local race. I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by the developers. Moloch! Moloch! Moloch!

Back to the music, I found links to the two tracks I heard:


edit to add: there’s also Tom Parkinson, “A Casebook on the Beat” I’ve written about previously, and here I found his New York Times obit, 71, from 1992 and he’s also in the Berkeley poetry installation in the sidewalk near Freight and Salvage, Berkeley Rep; he’s the guy who was the target of a murder attempt from a right-wing-nut-job, around that time. And Steve Lacy, the Beat Suite, from the late 1990s — adding to the scene or extending it. And Shig Murao, who lived in Palo Alto and has a shrine of sorts at Bell’s Books. And I am carrying in my cellphone a citation of Lew Welch’s Palo Alto address on Fulton, if memory serves. I did a presentation of the history of jazz here, in Palo Alto and have threatened to do something on the even more obscure “Beat History of Palo Alto”.

I’m beat.


You don’t have to finish your work

But you can’t quit either.

2. A reviewer mentioned, in his Amazon piece, that the Jazz Cantos performers were affiliated with early Pacifica Jazz label –its on Red Cherry the reissue from 2009 or so; whereas the Dorham piece and set is on Pacifica Jazz label proper, unless that’s redundant.

3. On KCSM it’s Jayn Pettingil and the track is “Big High For Somebody”, the Roy Glenn Philip Whalen.

4. Poetry foundation write-up on Philip Whalen says he’s more zen than beat.

5. Blink-182 on Colbert last night — to come: it’s punk not beat, although vaguely nihilist the new song, on “California”

6. New York Times, Steven Korff, a former punk drummer, and his exemplary collection of japanese contemporary ceramics — bowls not sculpture “Up To His Neck In His Obsession” by Robin Pogrebin who is Yale 1987. And this is becoming a rain basin of arts ideas. There’s also a draft in here — plastic alto, itself an ornette reference — about George Packer and “be kind rewind” which is a reaction to “The Unwinding”.

7. weird dust-up on PAW about Cory Wohlbach right of center young Palo Alto council member and the redeeming true fact that he played trombone in the Gunn jazz group, I learn from my own voluminous files. A Mr. GJ, of Palo Alto, since 1961, trolled me then we somehow hooked up by phone and became pals. But I complaintiffed that I am the only one deleted and censored on PAW who posts under his own name. This:

Well, actually Mr. Johnson, Cory is an excellent musician, and in fact I saw him play, some years ago, with the illustrious Gunn jazz band. It’s a metaphor. “Woodshedding” in jazz parlance means “practice.” I stand by my comment.

My father passed away about a year ago, thanks for asking. His obituary appears in these pages.

I knew your twins sons, slightly, back in the day. I’ve been to your house. (Near Ross and Louis, right?) Normally I appreciate your sage opinions on these forums.

The vote was 8 to 1 with Cory Wohlbach the lone dissenter. I made a music-based simile, which relies on the fact that while at Gunn, Cory played in the trombone section. I was alluding to the sound of one voice in contrast to the other eight. Why is that controversial?

I am the only person in Palo Alto who posts under his own name and is consistently censored by the Weekly.

The Weekly should do some woodshedding!

How do you get to 450 Cambridge? Practic, Plactich, #@^iceplick

and and: heard from Gary Meyer founder of Landmark Films and should link to his wordpress essay on old theaters but instead will post a screen shot of my log-roll:

kudos to garywhich made me day

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player, and blogger; he also sang in local choir, fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads 'Howl' and owns a couple musical instruments he cannot play
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