Matt Nelson, tenor sax & Ryan Snow, trombone inducted into the Palo Alto Jazz Pantheon; the Titan Horns, anyone?
I’m Gunn-a fly Matt Nelson and Ryan Snow to Palo Alto to reunite as the Titan Horns, maybe to guest for the student Jazz concert at the local high school. Among other plaudits, Matt was part of the Tune-Yards project; meanwhile, Ryan, the son of a famous ed professor, logged 500 shows with the funk band Sister Sparrow, before mothballing the ax to attend law school, and is now a legal activist in DC.
Numbers 283 and 284 in the search for 500 Palo Alto jazz tropes — artists, labels, venues, and gigs, though maybe the gig thing should be tempered down. Sure, Thelonious Monk playing at Paly is epic, but Josh Roseman sipping coffee at Printers Inc? Maybe cull it down to 50 a mix of players and venues. That’s a good Palo Alto shelter-in-place rain delay kind of project.
Sort of based on the Memphis Horns (Jackson, trumpet and Love, sax) I’d like to see a special event with Matt Nelson, Ryan Snow, Tom Politzer, Jason Olaine and maybe Joe Oliveira — all these dudes once played for the Gunn High School band.
I guess simultaneous to their inclusion in my epic and epileptic Jazz Contrafact story, I hereby nominate Matt Nelson and Ryan Snow to the Palo Alto Rock and Roll Archive. (Jerry Garcia, Maya Ford, Chris Appelgren, Ian MacKaye, Matt Flynn, Tommy Jordan, Grace Wing Slick, Steve Jenkins, Gregg Rolie, Loren Gold, Amy French…)
There’s also something I want to run by Matt called Cherry Colgado Pie, but that’s a long story.