A Few Bars Where I'd Like to Hoist One


Doesn't look like Hawaii to me!

I've actually been to Chez Jay.  Still in operation in Santa Monica.   Check out Billy Bob Thornton's hangout in "Goliath". 

I've been past Roy's a few times.  On Route 66 in the Mohave desert.


My Son Playing in Paris

 Found this pic of Willis playing guitar with Jeanne Mas in Paris.

He played with Mas on several trips and also on her CD.  Check out her web site for more info on this famous singer.


The John Lomax of SLC Jazz

 Here I am, with my gear, at the Urban Lounge recording SLAJO.  The great archivist of 21st Century jazz in the first decade, I suspect this pic was from around 2005.  Staying up late to capture every note, then dragging my ass into work the next morning.

Thanks to Joanne Wong for the pic.


For Train Buffs

 Amazing art deco locomotive!  Modernism lived!

And another, a little more traditional



 According to the New York Times, I'm 118 millionth in line for the vaccine.  I may not survive until then.  So, I guess...


Sun Ra Lives!


Sun Ra, musician, poet, composer, band leader, cosmic explorer, and general amazing individual has always been a hero of mine.  If you note in the pic above, he personally autographed my LP copy of Magic City.

Sun Ra passed away a number of years ago, but his Arkestra continues on, led by 90+ year old, multi reed player, Marshall Allen.  While the current Arkestra has new members,  some of the older players are still in the group.  Most importantly, the Arkestra has released a new CD!  Here are links to a couple articles on the group...  

First, the announcement of the new recording...

And more on the group as it continues its exploration of the cosmos...

Play on! Space is still the place!


Hot Jazz!

 The studio recordings of jazz combo John Henry are finally available!  John Henry was one of the greatest jazz groups of it's era (2003-2010 or so), easily creating some of the best jazz anywhere in the world!  From Studio 13 recordings, with the help of many, the music is finally available on streaming services and from downloads.   All compositions, with noted exceptions, are by the trumpet player, Dave Chisholm.

Here is the John Henry link, and note the Home button that will take you to the John Henry page on the SLAJO web site.