Jerry Granelli

“What does it take to play music with another human being?” he asked in a streaming workshopposted a day before he died. “What it takes is the same things it takes to live together as human beings: appreciation of other, not being completely self-centered — which is kind of a hard one — kindness to yourself and being completely present and awake.”


Ethan Iverson published an obituary for Jerry Granelli. It resonated because Lee Townsend once sent me his press kit, for a possible Palo Alto play. I never heard him, but I had Seward McCain the bassist be on a panel about jazz history. Seward, like Granelli, played with Vince Guaraldi. As a consequence of my esoteric intro to this excellent artist, I confuse him with Paul Motian another drummer, roughly 10 years older, connected somehow to Lee Townsend, Phyllis Oyama, Bill Frisell and or Jenny Scheinman. 


Also, my Dayna Stephens show was made possible by the fact that Billy Hart played in Healdsburg. Who Ethan plays with, maybe Ethan was in town to0. If Healdsburg is my town. 

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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