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  1. ...I have been a member since 2004, and have even contributed hard-earned $.

    I'm pretty much outta here. Not gonna be a drama queen like the not-missed Chris Albertson, but just a quick word on why, FWIW:

    I posted a thread on a podcast interview done with another member and REAL supporter of jazz (unlike a few other bullshitters and fatmouthers on this MF who ruin it (for me at least). Practically NOTHING but hatred poured out of the, er, 'brave' and facile writing fingers of compassionate geniuses such as Scott Dolan and another moron whose name I don't give 2 1/2 shits to mention. 

    This is what gets me more worked up than I care to be about digital 'communication' and, sadly, the 'jazz' world: Fighting, bullshit and 'bravery' by pussies who, unlike myself and a precious few others here, haven't contributed SHIT to this great art form other than their sad-assed, speaking out of turn and their asses 'contributions'. I am 62, no one knows how much time they are given in life, and I would prefer spending my own playing and hearing nice sounds or (are you listening God?) nursing a beer while 'petting' with some nice nubile creature. Or pretty much anything else than this nonsense.

    So, gents: Kill each other, or do what the fuck you want. I care not and have better things to do with my precious time than have my thread about the masters I have known and certain assholes here have not, but run their tired-ass mouths anyway shit on.

    I like most people here, but at my age---shee-it....

    Good luck with that...



  2. On 10/13/2016 at 10:09 AM, robertoart said:


    The Missing Link.

    Thanks for that. Got some unruly kids I want to 'scare quiet'---and my 8x10 of Mr. T didn't seem to work.

    I'm here through Thursday. Try the Zinfadel, and remember: If you tip your waitress well, she may just be 'nice' to you later...


  3.  On Tuesday (10/18) I will be heading over to CJ's in a bit. Besides remembering Chris Anderson, I would like to broach the subject of another great man and mentor: the late Bill Finegan. It has been almost 9 years since he's passed. Bill treated myself, James Chirillo and Frank Griffith like sons. His wife Rosemary was an angel, and she went before he---doubtless hastening his own demise (though Mr. Finegan made it to 91) . If I don't get to it today, I also would like to mention here that Bob Brookmeyer (who I wish was a mentor) called Bill every day after Rosemary's death. People say some funny things about Brook, but I think this was the real Bob Brookmeyer: a loving friend (who also told me and others than Bill Finegan was his hero).

    I spoke with Bob Mover yesterday, and promised I would broach our history as well. Bob was an even earlier mentor than the others. I was 23 when we met (in late 1977). He was 26.


    The main point of these interviews for me is to show how much love and generosity there exists among musicians. I still see it, out almost every night in NY jamming, listening or gigging. There may be a bad apple or 3, as in any barrel, but by and large in NY and the Hague---the only 2 places I've lived---the musos were always people with the right values, and 'rich' in the important ways. I doubly appreciate CJ's giving me this platform since I wrote perhaps 150 pages of a book about the '80s scene in NY, fleshing out these very people. Unfortunately the hard drive of the computer it lived in crashed, and dummy me did not back up the data. So unless I can fish the files out (and there are ways, some not even costly) CJ's podcast is the only show in town for a codger like myself to 'do the right thing'. The book---when and if completed---is to be called Generous Spirits.

    Finally, CJ again has graciously allowed me to bring the guitar and play something in memorium. Because they 'lived' the title, and taught me to do the same, I have selected Benny Carter's Only Trust Your Heart...  

  4. Wow! And Lou Donaldson and Jimmy Heath are 90. Roy Haynes and Jon Hendricks both 94. 

    'Youngsters' Barry Harris and George Coleman, 86 (Barry turns 87 Dec. 15th) and roughly mid-late 80s. Sonny Rollins 86. Ahmad Jamal around the same.

    We probably oughtta look into this whole music thing... 














  5. I write from Cleopatra's Needle here in the Mango. On the 'juke' is a guy named Jimmy Hill.

    I know, because I asked the owner, Meir, who it was---because I heard an alto SO sweet, such a sound, such beautiful phrasing, relaxation and control over ideas.

    As it turns out, I had met Jimmy Hill before. He was as nice as his music. And he passed away---pretty much without a trace.

    The good news if that Meir told me that his (lone) CD is available online. If you like smiling you might want to look into that...

  6. 13 hours ago, Dmitry said:

    Advice just keeps flowing, like the mighty Yangtze.

    I'm still curious. What kind of life did he have after leaving the music business? Did he keep in touch with his colleagues from the playing days? I don't know much about the man, other than what you said, and from scarce mentions by others.

    Also, where's the rest of the podcast? I'd like to hear about C.Sharpe. 

    Just happened upon his obituary - http://www.nytimes.com/1990/01/30/obituaries/clarence-c-sharpe-dead-at-53-played-jazz-on-saxophone.html

    Must have been a chainsmoker.

    Not sure what your first sentence means? Explain it, if you've a mind to.

    I think the podcast will appear in installments.  CJ would know better than I.

    I never saw C. Sharpe smoke a cigarette once in the 7 or 8 years I knew him---and I was around him in many different settings, so I think that is misinformation.

    That obit was also bullshit. That line about him being 'the missing link between Charlie Parker and Ornette Coleman' is a bunch of old crap written by a no-nothing. I wouldn't repeat Clarence's comments about Ornette Coleman in polite company, being a gentleman. They DID spell his name right, though...

    Best advice re jazz or any other journalism: read between the lines.

    Gotta go. Long day. Thanks for your interest in the cats. I really appreciate it...




  7. I'm CERTAIN his name was not mentioned, but I had a friend, Chuck Clark, originally from SF. I first met him when he subbed at Marshall Brown's Wednesday workshop in 1980. I knew then that he was a great (tenor/soprano) player. 

    I later found out he was an extraordinary writer, too:

    I got back in touch with Chuck when I had some studio time at an audio college here in NY. I sounded him, saying

    'Bring some tunes'.

    The tune he brought, Full Moon, was a masterpiece! Strays and Rabbit all over it. After we recorded it I sent a copy to Phil Woods.

    Got an email message:

    (Subject line)

    Full Moon


    This tune is a MF

    Sadly, Chuck Clark passed away in 2004. I sent a mass email about this to interested parties. Again, Mr. Woods responded:

    I didn't know Chuck, but know what it's like to lose a friend. I am so sorry for your loss

    Attached was a PDF lead sheet of Full Moon. At top left hand corner was this inscription:

    Arranged by Phil Woods, in Memorium. (Phil never even met or spoke to Chuck!)

    I believe Chuck Clark released a CD featuring his playing and writing with a nonet. Full Moon is said to have been arranged and recorded with choir by Claire Fischer. So maybe Mr. Clark is not THAT overlooked.

    Rest well, my friend. You were a giant...



  8. 11 hours ago, l p said:

    did a piece of your brain fall out? no one is entitled to respect. people earn respect.

    Exactly. Unfortunately though, you've yet to earn mine with statements like that in your 1st sentence. Your ad hominem and facile attack on my friend I daresay speaks for itself and volumes.

    Geez, tough crowd...

    Is this ever gonna have a happy ending? As in Mr. Shearn and myself at least offer an alternative view of 1980's jazz history that perhaps serves to correct the record? My lone reason for doing this was to introduce some great folks currently relegated to the historical backwater by IMO bullshit writers trying for careers on the backs of 'names'. Well, the people I speak of may not be names but deserve to be. They were great men (Barry is still very much among us).

    Or will this remain a snipefest unworthy of this forum and its mostly fine members?

    Inquiring minds...

    Finally, to those with the unmittigated gall to accuse me of being whiney or self-serving: Have a lovely day. know where I was coming from. So does CJ. And so will the listeners...


  9. 4 hours ago, Dmitry said:

    Just listened to it. So Tommy pissed it all away on drugs..knew that. Was his famous brother supporting him financially after he stopped making a living from music?

    That part is none of my business. I only can talk about what I know.

    And thank you for listening...


  10. 3 hours ago, AllenLowe said:

    what are you, 12 years old? Silly stuff. Joel is entitled to express a little annoyance. Having put on event after event in NYC over the last ten years with virtually no response from the Organissimmo NYC contingent, I identify with his frustration. Joel is an artist, and entitled to a little bit of respect.

    Thank you! Actually, I met you here; Peter Johnson (hope that's right) came to a gig; our wonderful friend in jazz Lazaro Vega turned  me on to the joint and helped hook up a 2004 tour; Jim Afredson is a fine musician and good guy. Jim Sangrey is probably OK, just (like myself) sometimes has diararhea fingers---an excess of energy, understandable. Scott Dolan and whoever else resorted to name-calling: There is an 'Ignore' function. Look into it---as I am going to do right now. 

    Whoever wants to listen, please do so at your convenience. No one owes me or anyone else a blessed thing.

    Thank you for your support. Gotta run...

  11. 2 hours ago, JSngry said:

    I think it's CJ who deserves a little respect here. The dude's trying to create meaningful Web content, not host a floating psychodrama.


     Let's all have a lovely day...

    2 hours ago, JSngry said:

    I think it's CJ who deserves a little respect here. The dude's trying to create meaningful Web content, not host a floating psychodrama.


    2 hours ago, Scott Dolan said:

    Then it's time to find a new line of work. Both of you. 

    "Entitled to a little respect"?! That sums up just how delusional you are. 

    I get the whole "sensitive artist" thing, but that doesn't excuse whining like a little bitch because you didn't get the kudos that YOU were expecting from everyone else. 

    Put your shit out there, and let others do with it what they will. If you get no feedback, too fucking bad. 


    4 hours ago, Joe said:

    Always good to learn more about Tommy T. Thanks!

    Thank you for getting my entire point...

    12 hours ago, CJ Shearn said:

    Here is the segment of our interview with Joel discussing Tommy Turrentine.  I decided after editing, and due to tumblr's file size restrictions to divide parts of our interview into chunks, coming weekly.  At some point I'll get into software that transcribes audio, as people who cannot access podcasts will want to read the written interview.  This podcast was for my blog and not New York Jazz Workshop's blog. 



    Thank you. Bless you...

  12. 1 hour ago, CJ Shearn said:

    Here is the segment of our interview with Joel discussing Tommy Turrentine.  I decided after editing, and due to tumblr's file size restrictions to divide parts of our interview into chunks, coming weekly.  At some point I'll get into software that transcribes audio, as people who cannot access podcasts will want to read the written interview.  This podcast was for my blog and not New York Jazz Workshop's blog. 



    When completed I wish to have 1 contiguous copy I can post on the web, OK?

  13. Well alright. Well OK. Well you win....

    Disconcerting as it is to 'cop' to it, Magic Jack is a piece of shit.

    They saw me coming.

    I shoudda listened to you guys.


    There. I said it.... 




  14. Was interviewed today for jazz blog/podcast by journalist (our) C.J. Shearn, a very sweet person and jazz supporter. I don't know the name of the show, but it will be onlne in around a week. Perhaps Mr. Shearn will inform us.

    I told C.J. prior to doing it that what I wanted to happen was I would talk about the elders like Barry Harris, C. Sharpe, Tommy Turrentine---who helped me become the musician and man I am still becoming. THEN, and only then, time permitting I would talk about myself and what I'm doing. It was a great, freewheeling conversation and went exactly according to plan.

    I even was allowed to upbraid two morons sticking in my craw for some time: jazz 'journalist' Howard Mandel and media airhead Charlie Rose. Mandel for showing his world-class ineptitude writing liner notes for Jazz Loft (double CD of David X. Young recordings at his loft) by not doing even basic research and calling the Jazz Cultural Theater (where I learned so much from masters, moron) and even getting the location wrong. Good luck on your brilliant career, Howard. Charlie Rose has a nice Rolodex, and (I hear) is a hit with the ladies. But when he interviewed Tom Harrell he turned it into a freak show, and showed his ignorance of art, music and Tom Harrell. Nice going, airhead.

    'Forgive them, Father, they no not what they do'.

    But, more importantly, I was able to 'flesh out' in my fashon C., Tommy, Jaki Byard---and the great man I met them through, Mr. Barry Harris.

    Thank you, C.J., for giving me a platform to try to correct the historical record about some men, giants in my eyes, left out of jazz history books by 'experts'. You did a beautiful thing...

  15. It happened last night:

    Another special night of music in the Big Mango tonight, organized and brought off by Michael LeDonne. It happened at Mist Harlem, and the excuse was a tribute to Shirley Scott and Stanley Turrentine. What made it special was the bandstand participation of living masters Jimmy Heath, Jimmy Cobb and George Coleman (also John Faddis and Jiimmy Owens, who played and MCed. Old pals John Webber and Pete Bernstein and new old friend Dave Stryker were the icing on a blues and swing cake---of course fitting for the 2 honorees. Willie Jones III on the 1st set. The 1st downbeat happened on a song called (correct me, Mike, if I err) Don't Mess Around With Love; simple, to the point and beautifully played. Mike stretched out with the trio before bringing in Eric Alexander and Mr. Faddis. Only thing left to write sums it up: during 2 blues tunes a couple got up to dance. Mist Harlem is a non-profit and would appreciate your financial support for the wonderful work they do. Same goes for the Wilbur Ware Society, who sponsored the event. Your intrepid reporter signing off..