‘Bemsha Swing’ by 86 different artists including Charlie Hunter, TJ Kirk and MMW– but I learned it from my then-client Jack Walrath, at the Octopus Lounge in Pacifica, on October 5, 2004


And I once wrote about it to a Penn grad student Bethany Klein, who apparently had different ideas of what is “our song”.bethanyklein

The song of course is by Thelonius Monk and Denzil Best. It’s a pigeon of “Bimshire”. Allmusic lists covers by 86 artists.

I actually, now that I think about it, wrote and heard back from Bethany five years later, nine years ago:

Ok, what’s weird, and drives me nuts about the internet and computers, is that my letter to Bethany popped up as I was seeking something else, and I tried to forward to myself at  top of heap, but it did not go thru and now I cannot find it at all, and does not pop up when I suss “bethany”.
Wired Magazine says that anyone who has run for public office here — as I have — three times — is likely being hacked by the Ruskies. If that explains it.
Ok, it pops up again for “bemsha”.
But how do I get rid of the weird links?
Here’s the entire missive to Ms. Klein, who went on to Leeds.

on the MMW website there’s an hour video of 2011 France; maybe I’m doing this as prep for my Wil Blades show!

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; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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