Yoshi Kato in PAW and Almanac has the scoop that the Thelonious Monk Palo Alto live concert produced by Danny Scher then a senior at Paly has been shelved, because of an injunction by Verve’s Record’s rivalry with another label. Not to bask in Danny’s limelight but my take:
The concert production itself is legendary. The recording and release is icing on the cake.
Kudos for Danny, a true baller and all-time great Palo Atlan; he’s also the one who got Journey to play the 1979 Tri School Formal. And built Shoreline. And had Dr. John in his yard.
Brad Kava of the Mercury compared me, for putting on shows at Cubberley in the 1990s, to Bill Graham but Danny was actually Bill’s right hand band for many years. When people say that I am “the Bill Graham of Palo Alto”, I say “I’m not even the Danny Scher of Palo Alto”.
Another angle of this story is all the energy people are putting in years later to try to identify the the janitor who taped the show and tuned the piano. I’m going with: he was actually FBI COINTELPRO only in town long enough to pose for one picture in the yearbook, tune the piano, tape the show and his real mission of counting how many times Monk or Danny said “Nairobi” or “Revolution”.
I’m doubling down on my suspicious belief that the janitor who recorded the show was actually a Fed, part of COINTELPRO, and now the deep state doesn’t want this to help Black Lives Matter and have put the kibosh.
Other than that, how was the show, Dan?
I guess this answers the question, “Kenneth, what’s the frequency?” – the answer is maybe every fifty years, maybe 70.
And they killed Eddie Gale, my Miss Acker.