Favorite Street: Steve Lacy Remembered

I think Steve would certainly appreciate the tribute, by Ben and friends but also here. I wore a KKUP Guthrie t-shirt today at Palo Alto Street Music Fair, to hear Palo Alto Jazz Quintet, in front of a chain-gated Varsity Theatre, and contemplated wearing my Steve Lacy shirt –use of which I am strictly rationing — but if I had seen this before I would have most definitely broken out that old SL magic…
Mind if I re-blog this to my site?

Memory Select: Journeys in Creative Music

ROVAIt’s hard to believe Steve Lacy passed away 10 years ago this week. Doesn’t seem that long ago.

For many musicians in the Bay Area, Lacy was a contemporary, a peer, a mentor, a correspondent, and even a fan. They knew him and admired his work, and his passing at the age of 70 was like a color dropping from the spectrum.

So when the members of ROVA Saxophone Quartet arranged a commemorative concert, it also served as a 10-year wake and a community catharsis. Held at the Community Music Center in San Francisco, back on June 6, the show was a celebration of Lacy’s music, a chance to share memories, and a repainting of Favorite Street, ROVA’s 1984 album of Lacy compositions. (The CD is even back in print, part of a re-emergence of the Black Saint record label, although ROVA noted it might be hard to find…

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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; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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