“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.