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A PROFOUND MOMENT 



"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

HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO 


"I’m no hero. I’m nice to people where it pays me to be nice.
I do it enough on the outside. Don’t expect me to do it in my own office."
—Sidney Falco

"Heroes in the real world live twenty-four hours a day,
not just two hours in a game."
—Big Daddy Pollitt

"You know why it says CB on my bell?
Because Brownie was my hero. He was my idol.
Having his initials there reminds me of what's possible."
—Art Farmer

FROM THE ARCHIVES 

On This Day

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

FROM THE ARCHIVES 

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]

HEROES 


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:

William Adama
Douglas Adams
Josef Albers
Muhammad Ali
Louis Armstrong
Paul Atreides
Johann Sebastian Bach
Burt Bacharach
Chet Baker
Maria Bamford
Basho
The Batman
Ludwig van Beethoven
Bill Bell
Irving Berlin
Leonard Bernstein

Wendell Berry
Brian Blade
Eubie Blake
James Bond
Anthony Bourdain
Lester Bowie
Ray Bradbury
Johannes Brahms
Clifford Brown
James Brown
Joseph Campbell
George Carlin
Hoagy Carmichael
Carmine Caruso
Johnny Cash
Tony Cennamo
Marc Chagall
Raymond Chandler
Don Cheadle
Doc Cheatham
Louis CK
Patsy Cline
Jimmy Cobb
Leonard Cohen
Ornette Coleman
John Coltrane
Frank Columbo
Sarah Connor
Paolo Conte
Silvio Dante
Dave the Philosopher
Miles Davis
Philip K. Dick
Emily Dickinson
Eihei Dogen
Nick Drake
Tyler Durden
Lawrence Durrell
Clint Eastwood
Eeyore
Harry "Sweets" Edison
T. S. Eliot
Duke Ellington
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Bill Evans
Art Farmer
Felix the Cat
Boba Fett
Atticus Finch
Ella Fitzgerald
Aretha Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
Lester Freamon
Morgan Freeman
Robert Frost
Hal Galper
Mohandas Gandhi
Paul Gauguin
Marvin Gaye
Theodor Seuss Geisel
Stan Getz
Kahlil Gibran
Raylan Givens
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Darrell Grant
Green Lantern
Christopher Guest
Charlie Haden
Hafiz
Herbie Hancock
Harold (& The Purple Crayon)
Tom Harrell
Robert A. Heinlein
Ernest Hemingway
Joe Henderson
Jimi Hendrix
Bernard Herrmann
Bill Hicks
Alfred Hitchcock
Hit Girl
Billie Holiday
Lena Horne
Aldous Huxley
Icarus
William James
Keith Jarrett
Quincy Jones
James Joyce
Will Kane
Orrin Keepnews
John F. Kennedy
Jack Kerouac
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Evel Knievel
Ray Kurzweil
Tyrion Lannister
Bruce Lee
Stan Lee
John Lennon
Abbey Lincoln
Booker Little
David Lynch
Joseph Maddy
Gustav Mahler
Louis Malle
Nelson Mandela
Thomas Mann
Frank Marocco
Marc Maron
Abraham Maslow
Bill Matheny
Henri Matisse
Carson McCullers
Mr. McFeely
Marian McPartland
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Arthur Miller
Henry Miller
Bryan Mills
Joni Mitchell
Thelonious Monk
James Moody
Morpheus
Eddie Muller
Gerry Mulligan
Will Munny
Anne-Sophie Mutter
Willie Nelson
Pablo Neruda
Mary Oliver
Charlie Parker
Sam Pate
Nicholas Payton
Astor Piazolla
Pablo Picasso
Herb Pomeroy
Alexander Pushkin
Prometheus
Samuel Ramey
Christopher Reeve
Rainer Maria Rilke
James Rockford
Gene Roddenberry
Will Rogers
Sonny Rollins
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Mark Rothko
Bertrand Russell
Ryōkan
Lisbeth Salander

May Sarton
Lalo Schifrin
Maurice Sendak
Rod Serling
Woody Shaw
Jack Sheldon
Wayne Shorter
Frank Sinatra
Derek Sivers
Allen Smith
Mr. Spock
Mary Stallings
Wallace Stevens
Detective Mike Stone
Igor Stravinsky
Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger III
Shunryu Suzuki
Andrei Tarkovsky
Donna Tartt
Clark Terry
Henry David Thoreau
J. R. R. Tolkien
Leo Tolstoy
Desmond Tutu
Mark Twain
Lao Tzu
Morihei Ueshiba
Ultraman
John Updike
Vincent Van Gogh
Ack Van Rooyen
Kurt Vonnegut
Tom Waits
Ben Webster
Simone Weil
Orson Welles
Kenny Werner
Kenny Wheeler
Walt Whitman
Oscar Wilde
Nancy Wilson
Stevie Wonder
Lester Young

GETTING IT RIGHT 

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.


—DM
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