Arthur Rhames and Stanley Jordan c. 1980

The year: 1980 (I think)
Location: Princeton, NJ

I brought Arthur Rhames to Princeton, NY to perform with Stanley Jordan.

Stanley was 20 years old (as was I.) Arthur was 22.

Rhames on tenor. Jordan on guitar. Jimmy Allington on drums. Dan Krimm on bass. I don’t hear him on this, but Gary Monheit was on keyboards.

Jimmy had the presence of mind to drop a tape in the soundboard and I’ve been praying that someday it would turn up.

Thanks to the magic of the Internet, here it is.

More about the late, great Arthur Rhames (October 25, 1957 – December 27, 1989) who was a triple threat on reeds, guitar and piano.

Another clip from the concert

The black and white photos of young Arthur and Stanley were taken at the concert by Beth Cummins who introduced me to Arthur.

– Ken McCarthy
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04/11 – 04/17: Jazz on the Tube Weekly Review

Monday, April 11, 2022

Jazz Birthdays: Nick LaRocca

* Nick LaRocca

jazzonthetube.com/video/tiger-rag-3/

NEW – Samara Joy – If This Isn’t Love – 2021

jazzonthetube.com/video/if-this-isnt-love-2021/

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Jazz Birthdays: Johnny Dodds, Herbie Hancock

* Johnny Dodds

jazzonthetube.com/video/indigo-stomp-2/

* Herbie Hancock

jazzonthetube.com/video/newport-jazz-festival-1988/

NEW – Gary Burton – Afro Blue – 2013

jazzonthetube.com/video/afro-blue-2013/

RIP – John Swenson (1951-2022)

jazzonthetube.com/nolarebirth/

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Jazz Birthdays: Bud Freeman

* Bud Freeman – saxophonist (April 13, 1906 – March 15, 1991)

jazzonthetube.com/video/bud-freeman-art-hodes/

NEW – Kenny Barron &Dave Holland – Billie’s Bounce – 2013

jazzonthetube.com/video/billies-bounce-2012/

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Jazz Birthdays: Gene Ammons, Shorty Rogers

* Gene Ammons

jazzonthetube.com/video/treux-bleu/

* Shorty Rogers

NEW – Conte Candoli – Secret Passion

jazzonthetube.com/video/secret-passion/

Friday, April 15, 2022

Jazz Birthdays: Bessie Smith, Richard Davis

* Bessie Smith

jazzonthetube.com/video/st-louis-blues-3/

* Richard Davis

jazzonthetube.com/video/summertime-2/

NEW – Joe Lovano – Portrait Of Jenny – 1994

jazzonthetube.com/video/portrait-of-jenny-1994/

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Jazz Birthdays: Bennie Green, Walt Dickerson, Herbie Mann

* Bennie Green

jazzonthetube.com/video/african-dream/

* Walt Dickerson

jazzonthetube.com/video/time/

* Herbie Mann

jazzonthetube.com/video/sunny/

NEW – Dave Douglas Brass Ecstasy – Three Songs – 2009

jazzonthetube.com/video/three-songs-2009/

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Jazz Birthdays: Chris Barber, Buster Williams

* Chris Barber

jazzonthetube.com/video/remembering-chris-barber/

* Buster Williams

jazzonthetube.com/video/the-triumphant-dance-of-the-butterfly/

Remembering Charnett Moffett (1967-2022)

https://jazzonthetube.com/video/remembering-charnett-moffett/

Why I don’t stream music

I’m 62 years old so I remember vinyl when it was the only game in town.

I remember when cassettes came along. I embraced them.

When CDs came along, I was skeptical, but I eventually got onboard.

Streaming?

Not a fan. At a gut level I don’ trust it and the people behind it.

Ted Goila lays down a foundation of reason for what admittedly was just an instinct on my part.

Books by Ted Gioia

An extended fascinating talk by Ted Gioia

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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The power roots of American music

American music comes from a lot of places, but when you’re talking about primary sources of power, you’ve got to credit the Black Church.

Historically, everyone from Louis Armstrong to Ornette Coleman credit the church with helping them find their depth in music.

This clip comes from Ulysses Owen Jr’s interview of drum master Joe Saylor from the thoroughly excellent Open Studios YouTube channel.

Click here for the full interview.

From family encouragement…to the Church…to jam sessions that welcome young people…to generous musical mentors.

That’s where the power comes from.

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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David Amram’s tour of the Village

What do Jack Kerouac, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Joseph Papp, Leonard Bernstein, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Tito Puente and Willie Nelson all have in common?

They’ve all hung out and spent quality time with David Amram.

As part of the Village Trip Arts Festival David led a walking tour through the West Village on September 26, 2021. The previous night he was on stage with Willie Nelson at 11 PM playing an encore at the Farm Aid concert in Hartford, CT.

He’ll be turning 91 this November 17, but clearly the calendar means nothing to him.

Walking down West 10th Street now home to multi-million dollar brownstones previously a row of art galleries. One of these ground floor apartments was the art gallery that hosted the first ever known jazz-poetry performance. Someone had to do it and the two who did it were David Amram and Jack Kerouac in the 1950s.

Another Amram/Kerouac production, the 1959 film “Pull My Daisy” based on Kerouac’s never finished play “The Beat Generation.” Larry David credits the film with providing the inspiration for his own “show about nothing” – Seinfeld. (Directed by Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie.)

David has fans of all ages. Old and new friends came out for the tour.

Synchronicity: The corner restaurant across from where we ended the tour recently changed its name to “The Beatnic,” the term the news media coined to described the art-music-poetry-theater culture that thrived in the West Village in the 1950s.

Three years ago, we had the great pleasure to hook David up with a gig on opening night of the 2018 Havana Jazz Festival.

Click here for details of that trip, his first visit to Cuba in forty years.

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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Phil Schaap Week – Day Seven – Phil Schaap

Genius is a mystery.

Where the heck does it come from?

This interview comes as close to revealing the source of Phil’s “majesty” (a term he once used to describe fellow scholar Dan Morganstern that certainly applies to Phil too.)

More Phil here: PhilSchaapJazz.com

This series was inspired by the generous support of jazz scholar and friend of Phil Schaap Felicity Howlett.

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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