Originally Posted by imoldernu
He came to our fraternity after the concert, and played w'Paul Desmond using the piano in our party room basement. Very memorable... freestyle fun...
Thanks for bumping the memory!
Wow, Brubeck & Desmond playing up close and personal, I am jealous! I feel fortunate to have just chatted with him after the show, and of course those autographs are extra special now that he has passed.
In the process of searching out a few of the performers that are listed, I came across this post from a Chicago area guy, listing the concerts he attended. There are more I've forgotten about (and a couple more that I honestly can't recall if I saw, or just planned to see....)
Artists and Bands Seen Live (A Work in Progress) - Rate Your Music
So here's an awesome violin icon of the jazz world, I feel terrible for forgetting this one - Stéphane Grappelli
. Stéphane was incredible, but we also were just blown away by his guitar player at the time, so much that we remembered his name - Martin Taylor. It was the first time we heard anyone do blistering fast, powerful runs on acoustic guitar (like I'd hear John McLaughlin do some years later). Many years later, we saw Dave Grisman (I listed him earlier), and Martin Taylor was with him! We remembered the name, caught him at intermission, and mentioned we remembered him from the Stéphane Grapelli show many years prior, and we had a nice chat.
Here's a nice video of the two that I'm listening to as I type:
Some more memories that list tickled:
(first time I saw hammered-tapping guitar up close, I think he called it 'inside-out' guitar playing - ahhh, wiki says he was
one of the first to use this technique!).
- master auto-harp player I mentioned in another thread.
- a folkie that I saw often in the days of Steve Goodman, etc. He is actually a one-hit wonder "Reach Out in the Darkness" as 'Friend & Lover' with his ex-wife, I was in 8th grade then, but I'd see him performing in the clubs ~ 7 years later . He still performs, doing musical stories, and is a great talent. That 'hit' had a pretty funky bass line for the time (and now for that matter):
Saw the BoDeans
recently when out of town guests visited, they were pretty good. Saw John Mayall
in a small theater a few years back - it was cool to see him, but he really wasn't all that great - but worth the experience.
(he was doing a lot of electronic keyboards at the time, late 70's?) and Duke Tumatoe and the All-Star Frogs
(yes, that's the 'correct' spelling).
Another iconic addition: Odetta
! And another, Yehudi Menuhin
, playing a classical concert - I think I forgot that he also recorded with two I mentioned earlier, Grapelli, and Ravi Shankar - interesting circular references among all these names.