Random fandom and trumpet riffs

1. I did not know that Tom Harrell was in Malo – and he played with Carlos Santana? Did he play with Gregg Rolie of Palo Alto, or at Cubberley? Did Gregg play at Cubberley? I was at a garage sale the other day with a young couple – -he almost sold me a photo of Jorma.
And an older neighbor said that Gregg Rolie lived over the other fence.

2. I have Tom Harrell at #14 of top 50 Palo Alto jazz tropes. I have another list that is not ranked that goes close to 500 but it, like a jazz tune, skips obit or iterates.
Dick Fregulia is my best source on Tom.
I am not sure what it is fair to say about his October, 2019 show here, other than we can do it better next time.
I asked Tom if he played with the Stanford pep band at basketball games — as Dick said he did — but he said he did not recall that.
His pianist, drummer and bassist played on without him and later said it was interesting for them to learn on the fly how to do that.
I had Dayna Stephens play a show here last Monday, free and outdoors at Lytton Plaza and Dayna was only here because he played with Billy Hart in Healdsburg — I drove Dayna to airport to fit it in. (Mr. Randy Gibbons blog)

I am adding this out of turn because the internet is having a bad hair day: what about a movie like “Taxi Driver” but the star is Steve Reich-type who is brilliant composer but never made it.


My other fav trumpet of that era is Jack Walrath…Jack did a tribute to Jerry Garcia here, the head from “Touch of Gray”, in about 2005 in a gallery on corner of Hamilton and Alma; whereas Mads Tolling quartet ripped thru a Robert Hunter tune just last week.

and1: my wife is in the other room napping while watching the stupid Robert Di Nero film about corporate hegemony (“The Intern”) and I wanted to run a still from that, and then he with a sax in “New York, New York” but also I am taping “Caberet” not sure I ever saw it. And I started watching “The Wire” because I read Michael K. Williams obit; Dayna Stephens said Season 3 is the best. I spoke with Caroline Davis, while she was making lunch- Italian not Thai – with her husband Ben Hoffman — and I think Caroline will be coming out to Cali this winter, lord willing and the cricks don’t rise. 

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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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