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  • Birthday 06/19/1966

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  1. Paul Simon

    According to Simon, it's not his last concert, just his last tour. So this is the last concert of his last tour, but he still will play occasional & local concerts, theoretically. I saw this tour in Los Angeles and was glad I went. I regret not seeing a variety of people when they played (Ray Charles, James Brown), and I just want to see some of these folks while I can. Simon has a solid band and a lot of songs that I like. Simple as that. But I've seen Los Lobos in person more. Not mentioned as much is that George Clinton has said that this P-Funk tour is their last tour, and that's a show that must be seen! I've seen them twice in the past.
  2. Big Jay McNeely R.I.P.
  3. Big Jay McNeely R.I.P.

    Was this in 1982 or 83? If so, it was for Channel 4, for a special called "Legends of Rhythm & Blues." That includes some material of each of them in their daily lives at the time - Big Jay was working for the post office. I think Charles Brown was in that too.
  4. Big Jay McNeely R.I.P.

    Cecil "Big Jay” McNeely passed away this morning at 6:15 am in Moreno Valley CA due to cancer. He was a legendary R&B sax player, king of the honkers, whose first record was in 1948, and was playing until earlier this year. He’s been in difficult shape for a couple of years, but performed in April & May. I filmed his performance on his 91st birthday on April 29, 2018, and the last time I spoke with him, two weeks ago, he had a plan for his next album, a trio with sax, bass, and harmonica. But he’s out of pain now, after an amazing life well-lived. April 29, 1927-Sept 16, 2018.
  5. Martial Solal

    I need to get those LA sessions. Some of those were recorded on my actual birth day.
  6. Anthony Ortega

    According to recent correspondence with Steve Isoardi, Ortega still plays regularly in a place in California. Here's an article from 2016: And the place: Mr. Peabody's, Encinitas CA. He's playing on Sundays.
  7. Happy Birthday Adam!

    Thank you all! I forgot that our birthdays are listed here. (I found that when I tried to reply using Firefox, but the new interface doesn't work to reply in Firefox; had to switch to Chrome.)
  8. Miles Davis Bootleg Series Vol. 6

    Still waiting as well, but I'm cool so far.
  9. I went on Saturday for the Evan Parker & Roscoe Mitchell solo sets and the duo with the two Swedes, with whom I was previously unfamiliar. Alas, couldn't make it on Sunday to the group sets. Parker played about twenty minutes on soprano; Mitchell about twenty minutes on sopranino, both as superb examples of circular breathing. Parker's choices worked more for me. It was in a church, with a respectful & enthusiastic crowd of maybe 120-140? The organizer dedicated it to Cecil Taylor. Maybe I can get a few pics uploaded. More in a bit.
  10. The Haig

    Hi, My mom used to go to the Haig in the 50s. She passed last year though. I'm working on a documentary on Big Jay McNeely, and although you are looking at jazz and not R&B, if you happen find any relevant materials regarding him or R & B places in LA in the 50s or 60s, please let me know. Thank you. Best regards, Adam
  11. Peter Brötzmann Corner

    Two concerts in Los Angeles in early June at the Zebulon Cafe with Keiji Haino!
  12. I was told that Amoeba's business model for years was predicated on being underwritten by the sale of pot, so it doesn't seem like a stretch.
  13. Miles Davis Bootleg Series Vol. 6

    Movie Mars is sold out
  14. RIP Olly Wilson

    So about Olly Wilson...