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Shout out to Jeff Parker and Aretha Franklin sample song

I have Jeff’s phone number, and that of his agent. Mark my words, he will lead a band in Palo Alto soon. Recently I named, as part of a poll I took, his band Tortoise as one of my five … Continue reading

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Sonny Simmons VS Sylvie Simmons

I wonder if Sylvie Simmons (Blondie, Leonard Cohen) ever thought to write about Sonny Simmons?Or maybe they can jam, hot sax and cool uke.Happy thought. Now my brain goes to Darth Vader: I am your father, L’ll uke. Way before … Continue reading

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Giants of improvisation VS Mardi Gras VS Beth’s birthday VS Earthwise at The Mitch VS Duke

OR: CLARINET THING AT MITCHELL PARK, FEBRUARY 25, 2020 FULL CONCERT (67 MIN) These are times that try something novel, here in the mediated consciousness stream of my fellow music lovers and coronavirus resisters. I do believe that our inclination … Continue reading

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She’s a little piece of data don’t you know

Stella Brooks(1910-2002) is earning money, 18 years after her death and, in effect, loaning the money back to the people of the United States for cultural purposes. The San Francisco singer has seven songs among the 60,000 in the catalog … Continue reading

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Palo is less Alto without Lee Konitz, 1927-2020

Lee Konitz is not really from here, and his melody composition is as likely about New Jersey than here, but I want to note his passing. Lee recorded a song “Palo Alto” in 1950. I tried to get City Manager … Continue reading

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Fifty Palo Alto jazz tropes

1. Thelonious Monk live at Paly, 1968 A Palo Alto high student organized a concert with Thelonious Monk at Palo Alto High during a time fo racial unrest (soon after murder of Dr. King) cited in Prof. Robin Kelley’s Monk’s … Continue reading

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555 new trumpet players

Aaron Mutchler • Aaron Shragge • ABQ • Adam O’Farrill • Afro Brass Assembly • Ahmed Abdullah • Alejandro Berti • Alicia Rau • Allison Philips • Ambrose Akinmusire • Amir El Saffar • Amy Horvey • Andrew Oom • … Continue reading

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‘Philadelphia Freedom’, The Philadelphia Experiment — Ahmir Thompson, Christian McBride, Uri Caine VS ‘Bright Mississippi’ by Monk Quartet

I’ve been thinking about Monk.BLUF Not sure my tech devices get me any closer to the urban or southrern or blacker essenses of these jazz places, from my insular and easy suburban shelter and place. Still trying to train my … Continue reading

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TK: ‘Helen Sung ‘In Walked Bud’ VS Connie Han ‘If I Should Lose You’ ‘

Here’s a hint to where this is going: although I had noticed her name in the picks of the week in the Friday Times, and that she was on Sunnyside, I did not start to follow jazz pianist Helen Sung … Continue reading

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Thinking about Jeff Parker’s mother for 3 minutes on my 56th birthday while sitting in a diner trying to not hear monsters and men in the House system, awaiting corned beef hash and eggs, sipping coffee and NOT at the gym

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Or: Suite For Max Brown 2020 International Anthem Nonesuch VS “tell her that I miss our little talks” 2011

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