Congrats of Gunn grad Jana Herzen of Motema for her five Grammy nods

Akira Tana, the quarterback of the league-champion Gunn Titans football team, in fall, 1967, or so, is the producer of a cd by Rufus Reid the bassist called Quiet Pride and I just called him to congratulate him or it on 2 Grammy nods. Akira (ah key dah) and Rufus also co-led a version of “what they do” called Tana Reid, back in the day, before I knew him. But after reading thru my Rupert Pupkin and Walter Mitty style take on the Grammys, I hit Plastic Alto and maybe Earthwise paydirt in reaching Jana Herzen of Motema Records on her cell, as she and her Mom tooled around town, after a trip to Tokyo, non-jazz-related. Jana, who also writes and records her own music in more like a singer-songwriter style, I am thinking — not knowing the work well, yet educated-guessing –like a Leni Stern kind of thing, but she offers that it works as a duo with Charnett Moffet, very jazz.

Well, I am pretty far from the epicenters of music industry or jazz, LA or NYC, but and this luddite has to give due props, the computer and the smart phone make me feel less insignificant.

Link to Rufus.

The Weiss or Earthwise 20th annual Grammy-read:

Greg Kurstin & Jesse Shatkin, producers; Greg Kurstin, Manny Marroquin & Jesse Shatkin, engineers/mixers; Emily Lazar, mastering engineer 
Track from: 1000 Forms Of Fear
[RCA Records / Monkey Puzzle Records]
because Greg Kurstin for years, years ago partnered and cut his teeth with Palo Altan Tommy Jordan in Geggy Tah, Geggy means ‘greg’ and Tah means ‘tom’

this is a stretch, but 2 of 5 in category 13 best metal are from a Ronnie James Dio tribute on Rhino, Rhino founded by San Franciscan Richard Foos whose parents went to India with mine.
1. NEON KNIGHTS Anthrax 
Track from: Ronnie James Dio – This Is Your Life [Rhino]
Tenacious D 
Track from: Ronnie James Dio – This Is Your Life [Rhino]

Foos sold Rhino and started Shout! Factory and probably makes no money on this set, but you never know. My holiday best to Richard and Harley.

Ledisi who performed at Cub as “Anibade” and before that was part of Liberty and Ledisi with Liberty Ellman, nominated for best r & b. When she played I got her autograph on a little paper band that the bank was using to wrap her pay, a moneyband, play on that.
1. LIKETHIS Ledisi 
Track from: The Truth [Verve]
another stretch
Robert Glasper nominated in not jazz but R&B, and I met Robert when he was friends with my then-client John Ellis, at the Knitting Factory in NYC, in 2003. Which is like what I abstained from saying, that I saw but probably did not meet Black Keys a year or two before they hit at SXSW i want to say Billions Party because Pat Carney’s uncle is Ralph Carney, the sf regular and earthwise sometimes.

Robert Glasper Experiment Featuring Lalah Hathaway & Malcolm Jamal Warner
Track from: Black Radio

5. There are 29 names mentioned between the five nominees for best R&B songwriters, with the sole soul exception of Jhene who wrote her own ticket. Although they almost listed her left leg and her right leg as their own credits. Which might be why they bumped her to “urban contemporary”.

skipping all the way to cat 30 new age I see David Darling and recall taking a seminar from he and Robert I want to say Duiseneu or Chirstenau the guy who wrote “deadlines” people’s last words, and taught a class on film and archetypes at UC Extension. Darling plays cello.
1. IN LOVE AND LONGING Silvia Nakkach & David Darling [Sounds True]
sounds true enough. Phil Cousineau I mean. Robin did the woodcuts.

7. best improvised jazz solo, this is a stretch but I met both Chick Corea and Fred Hirsch at Stanford Jazz camp this summer, I shot Chick with Dave Sigua in front of Whole Foods, but I chatted with Fred a bit longer, about Frisell.
1. FINGERPRINTS Chick Corea, soloist 
Track from: Trilogy (Chick Corea Trio) [Concord Jazz]
2. YOU & THE NIGHT & THE MUSIC Fred Hersch, soloist 
Track from: Floating (Fred Hersch Trio) [Palmetto Records]
Best jazz vocals, all women, I used to chat up 3 of the five, Gretchen Parlatto, because her players overlapped with John Ellis’ circle, especially seeing her at Chris’ of Philly, Tierney Sutton of USC I met at IAJE educators showcase and Rene Marie whose son went to Stanford just about the time she kicked her career, and I had dinner post show in Half Moon Bay, she, Pete Douglas and more entourage. I wrote a long white paper on how to manage her, and copied her agent Reggie Marshall but we did not click. I think this means the haters have stopped knocking her for her verso of lift every voice. And she is on Motema started by Stanford and Gunn grad from the lab, and I have her flyer I am going to sewed in:
(Billy Childs &) Various Artists 
2. I WANNA BE EVIL René Marie 
[Motema Music]
3. LIVE IN NYC Gretchen Parlato [Obliqsound]
4. BEAUTIFULLIFE Dianne Reeves [Concord Records]
5. PARIS SESSIONS Tierney Sutton [BFM Jazz]
why no fellas?

which is ironic, because others will lament lack of femme players in instrumental category
I woud vouchsafe that if I scrutinized the personel of the two jazz categories I would recognize more of the sidemen. Of the heal diners I prefer the ones from my gen rather than the old timer, Brian Blade,
Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band [Blue Note Records]
2. TRILOGY Chick Corea Trio [Concord Jazz]
3. FLOATING Fred Hersch Trio [Palmetto Records]
Field 10 – Jazz
Category 34
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new ensemble jazz recordings.
1. THE L.A. TREASURES PROJECT The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra [Capri Records, Ltd.]
Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band [Telarc International]
Rufus Reid 
[Motema Music]
4. LIVE: I HEAR THE SOUND Archie Shepp Attica Blues Orchestra [ArchieBall]
5. OVERTIME: MUSIC OF BOB BROOKMEYER The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
[Planet Arts Recordings]

Bobby Hutcherson, David Sanborn, Joey DeFrancesco Featuring Billy Hart
[Blue Note Records]
Jason Moran I met as he and Henry Butler were on the Billy Taylor show together during my term.
Note that Motema Jane Herzenberg’s label picks up another three or total of five I think noms.
She lost her dad who along with her mom started a ran a very successful and lucrative lab at Stanford for many years she also plays under the name Jane Herzen.


I ended up calling Jana Herzen, who was known as Jana Herzenberg when she was Stanley Jordan’s classmate at Gunn, and was production manager of Spangenberg but not in the jazz combo, and she confirmed that she got 5 grammy nominees and we schmoozed for a minute as she and her mom drove around town, having just landed from Tokyo where her famous genetics lab dad was feted posthumously. Hmm. there goes the blog post. Gotta run. I am filing here from basement or “A deck” of 250 Hami, and I bragged of maybe getting a Oacacan brass band to play here in a couple hours. Interrobang.

11, or edit to add, or I am going to get a parking ticket if I don’t stop:
Leonard Herzenberg’s wiki lists Jana Herzen his daughter in the music biz but editors of the wiki for Paul J. Cohen the mathematician to LH’s genetics keep redacting the part of his sons Steve and Eric Cohen of “Ally McBeal” fame. What’s up with that?


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