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Fake news about Trombone Shorty

Or, ‘WYSIATI’ is the new ‘Where Y’at?’ BIG EASY STAR ALIGNS WITH BLUE NOTE RECORDS Emergency-preparedness-workers and volunteers are prepping for “the big one”, the confluence of the Trombone Shorty show at Mountain Winery (12 miles from San Andreas Fault) … Continue reading

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Plastic saxophone at Perry Lane

He had hi-fi speakers up on the roof of the house and suddenly out here in God’s great green mountain ozone erupts a manic spade blowing on a plastic saxophone, namely an Ornette Coleman record. It’s a slightly weird path … Continue reading

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Jazz beats on KCSM

https://www.amazon.com/Jazz-Canto-Various-Artists/dp/B001PMRKDW Just now jazz in this afternoon the dj back-announced two tracks I half-heard that she said have a loose Beat theme. One was Roy Glenn reading from a Philip Whalen poem, from an album, I soon suss, called “Jazz … Continue reading

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A quantum decoherence of jazz shows

On a Tuesday, from 9:59 a.m. to 11:14, at Coupa Cafe, Palo Alto   Twenty years ago, or so, I produced a music series A Quantum Decoherence of Jazz shows. The series (not a festival) comprised five shows and ten … Continue reading

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Award for welltimed silence

I appreciated Bet Ratliff’s think-piece about jazz solos and the Grammy awards. and here is a screen shot of my favorite graph: (which is the newspaper equivalent to a jazz solo)

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Satchmo under the Geary

I’m working past thinking of “Satchmo at the Waldorf” as a take-down of both Louis Armstrong and his agent Joe Glaser. It starts with the Satchmo character admitting that he just crapped his pants, literally. The big revelation is ┬ánot … Continue reading

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Of his 49 projects this year, Matt Merewitz works with at least four that I have strong sense of

Of his 49 projects this year, Matt Merewitz works with at least four that I have strong sense of. The artists, if not these new works. Not yet. One, is Dave Douglas, for “Brazen Heart” a quintet that features Jon … Continue reading

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