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New York City: a search for jazz can take one on a wild ride, across all five New York City Boroughs. As twisty as such a ride might be, one thing is sure. No matter the night, the later and darker it gets, all roads will eventually lead downtown.
They Only Come Out At Night
b/ Edgar Winter (White Trash)
— painting by skot olsen
DOWNTOWN — WHERE THE STREETS ARE MEANER, THE DRINKS ARE CHEAPER, AND THE MUSIC IS WAY “OUTSIDE” THE BOUNDS OF NORMAL.
New York City Jazz Adventures with Dave, Cedric, and Thelonius Skunk.
Shut the Fuck Up!
We’re trying to make some music down here! Jive-Ass Mother Fuckers.”
— John Zorn (August 1997)
Screamming at Czech Republic president Vaclav Havel, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Laurie Anderson, and Lou Reed, who were talking during a Bar Kokhba show at The Knitting Factory.
1996 — Vernon Reid with Melvin Gibbs and Ronald Shannon Jackson at the Knitting Factory. Fifteen years earlier, before Living Colour, Vernon played guitar in Jackson’s band, The Decoding Society. From the same stage, it was where Vernon earned his virtuosic reputation, and planted his Living Colour roots. Not to be ignored, of course, is CBGB, the Downtown club in the same area that became Vernon and so many others, a gateway to the surface.
Jean Michel Basquiat
Jean Michel Basquiat — Graffiti Rising
w/ Andy Warhol
The Velvet Underground,
Lou Reed (Walk On The Wild Side) Tack>>Head
The Doors @ The Factory (Movie Scene)
Off To See The Wizard
Ornette Coleman — Driving his old Porsche (details), with the top down, enjoying the clear summer evening in New York City. With Oswald riding shotgun, they were on their way to see ….. Coleman, On the way from his house in the Bronx, down to Coleman’s apartment in the Village. Oswald, an antique musical instrument historian/anthropologist, and Will, a famed Rock N Roll drummer. Midtown, Paris Hilton-esque traffic light encounter. Ornette, ……’s father answers the door. In Will’s mind, it was as if he were face-to-face with Yoda. Ornette Coleman, legend of the Downtown NYC “Free Jazz” movement. Jamming with the master. Go into that closet he directed, and where Will found a one (high-hat?) cymbal, one stick and a headless rim. What came of it?
Blood Ulmer — Memphis Blood (w/ Vernon)
Going Back To New York
Rachel Z — Peter Gabriel / Tony Levin
Ronald Shannon Jackson
& The Decoding Society
Eye & I
The Knitting Factory
Screaming Headless Torsos
Black Cherry Acid Lab
MARLINS vs. CUBS
Joe Robbie Stadium — Last seats, largest crowd
Steve Pynes and 66,000 others.
Sunset Over the Glades
3 Days In The City
Village bar, open to the street
Yankees vs. Red Sox
Rachel Z — In for Jane’s husband Adam Holzman
Saturday Night Live Bass
White Cranberry and Gin Martini
Vernon Reid w/ Blood Ulmer
Run DMC — Cheisel John & Melody
I am the woman on the Food Channel
Alan Harris — Aspen Jazz, Dick Stockton, Leslie Visser,
On the way to Cuba, via New York (Not Miami)
Great Night in Harlem
Wendy Oxenhorn — “Yes, Your Enormous”
No Pictures — Why didn’t you tell me Usher (woman) at After Show
Swiss Chris — Band Of Gypsys
Simone — Nina’s Daughter
After Show @ Magic Johnson’s Movie Theater
Scandinavian Babe “Riding” the B3 organ in the middle of the room
Stanley Jordan — Straight Ahead, dirty blues, out of his Eleanor Rigby charachter.
Elementary school teacher, out alone, on a Saturday Night (Fever)
Benefit to build a home, and to provide health care for retired musicians who might be homeless or uninsured.
Regina Holmes outside Madison Square Garden
- Kelvyn Bell – guitar
- Ayodele Maakheru (Martin Aubert) – guitar
- Vernon Reid – guitar
- Richard Martin – guitar
- Melvin Gibbs – bass
- Ron Mac Jenkins – bass
- Reggie Washington – bass
- Lester Bowie – trumpet
- Ted Daniels – trumpet
- Byron Bowie – saxophone
- Luther Thomas – saxophone
- Charles Green – saxophone
- Alex Harding – baritone saxophone
- Ronnie Burrage – drums
- Rishard Lampese – guitar
- Skoota Warner – drums
- Tobias Ralph – drums
- Kahil El’Zabar – percussion
- Kelli Sae – vocals
- Martin Fischer – keyboards
- Marcus Persiani – keyboards
- Kevin Bents – keyboards
- Bahnamous Bowie – keyboards
- Adam Klipple – keyboards
- Cliff Branch – keyboards
Vernon — Post Apocalyptic Again
Grape Juice (not drink)
Seltzer — Like to cut it.
On bus, new tool machine
programable (good for soundtrack) work
A BAND OF NERDS