"I never got to know Ray Charles, but I did shake his hand at an airport once, which was a profound moment for me. He was surrounded by a cadre of very scary-looking people. It was like a president was in town, everyone on walkie-talkies, but for some reason I just walked though and grabbed Ray's hand. It felt like the biggest thing I ever held, just this huge hand.
And I squeezed it and just said,
Thanks, Ray. Thanks for everything." —Tom Waits
July 11, 1999
Dmitri Matheny Jazz Orchestra
with special guest James Moody Stern Grove Festival
San Francisco, CA
Bill Bell piano Ruth Davies bass Jeff Eaton trumpet
Kenny Brooks tenor saxophone Javier Navarette percussion
Tim Price alto saxophone Khalil Shaheed flugelhorn
Eddie Marshall drums Mark Taylor french horn
Chuck Bennett trombone Jim Norton baritone saxophone
On This Day
July 5, 1996 Palo Alto Weekly Monarch Artists Fly High Small West Coast record label has some giants of jazz,
and they're coming to the Stanford Jazz Workshop
By Jim Harrington
Monarch Records will be well represented at the 24th annual Stanford Jazz Workshop festivities. The small, San Francisco-based label was co-founded about two years ago by Palo Alto resident Steve Hall. It's a specialty operation that focuses on the recordings of West Coast jazz artists.
"We believe that there is a real wealth of jazz artists, particularly in Northern California," said Dmitri Matheny...[more]
When I begin to feel frustrated by encroaching banality and mediocrity,
it often helps to contemplate those heroic figures who inspire.
Here are some of them:
Johann Sebastian Bach
Ludwig van Beethoven
Leonard Bernstein Wendell Berry
Dave the Philosopher
Philip K. Dick
Harry "Sweets" Edison
T. S. Eliot
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Felix the Cat
Theodor Seuss Geisel
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Harold (& The Purple Crayon)
Robert A. Heinlein
John F. Kennedy
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Rainer Maria Rilke
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Detective Mike Stone
Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger III
Henry David Thoreau
J. R. R. Tolkien
Vincent Van Gogh
Ack Van Rooyen
Today I'm grateful to all those wonderful concert promoters and talent buyers who, over the years, have engaged us based on our professional reputations and the quality of our music.
Thank you for making our careers possible.
When you loved our performances and promised to have us back again, thank you for following through.
When you chose not to engage us, whatever the reason, thank you for having the courage to say so directly, rather than wasting our time with vague reassurances. Thank you for understanding that interminable delay is truly the deadliest form of denial.
Thank you for getting to know us. Thank you for listening to our demo tapes and CDs, checking out our shows at other venues, watching our video clips, reviewing our biographical and promotional materials, and following our artistic evolution.
Thank you for understanding that it is, in fact, your job to know about us, and when you aren't familiar, to learn about us. Thank you for acknowledging that it's our job to keep you updated. Thank you for recognizing that both our roles are necessary, and for begrudging neither necessity.
Thank you for promptly returning our phone calls and answering our emails.
Thank you for treating us with respect and common decency.
Thank you for negotiating with us and our agents in good faith, and for abiding by the terms of our agreements.
Thank you for taking care of all the extra-musical details so that we may do our best work on stage.
Thank you for getting it right.
And most of all, thank you for teaching this very important skill set to the next generation of concert promoters and talent buyers, just as we take it upon ourselves to mentor the next generation of aspiring musicians.