The John Sinclair Foundation Presents
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KEEPING THE MUSIC ALIVE
JULY 2013 PROGRAM GUIDE
John Sinclair Radio Show
The Blues Show with Bruce Pingree
Fly By Night with Steve The Fly
Blues Edition or Crossroads: Where Jazz Meets Blues with Leslie Keros
plus Blues From the Red Rooster Lounge
Ancestor Worship with John Sinclair
Toke Time with John Sinclair
Caleb Selah Presents The Fuck You Sound
plus John Sinclair Radio Show 2008 Archives
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Our July schedule features the return of Fly By Night with Steve The Fly on Wednesdays, a special treat on the Ancestor Worship show with John Sinclair every Friday—a month-long investigation into the recorded works of Thelonious Monk—and the continuation of our chronological presentation of the John Sincair Radio Show for 2008 on Sunday afternoons.
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JULY 2013 PROGRAM GUIDE
Monday, July 1
FARTHER UP THE ROAD
John Sinclair Radio Show 502
Episode 502 is coming from the 420 Café in Amsterdam with a memorial salute to the recently departed Bobby “Blue” Bland music gathered during my stay in the Crescent City by Mumbles, Jimmy Cass, Henry Gray, Davell Crawford, the New Orleans Brass Revue, Jake Ekhert, and Mike Mito & Bodhi3, plus a cut from Thelonious Monk with Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers and one more cut from my new album with Steve The Fly called MOHAWK.
Tuesday, July 2
BREATHING THE BLUES
The Blues Show with Bruce Pingree 81
Bruce Pingree with a program of blues & ethnic music this week by the recently departed guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Bob Brozman in a tribute to his years of creativity.
Wednesday, July 3
Fly By Night with Steve The Fly 15
Steve The Fly finally checks in for 2013 with this episode of Fly By Night “Inspired by the music, friends and writings of John Sinclair,” with music from Earl Hooker, Hound Dog Taylor, Professor Longhair, Bob Marley, Little Walter & Baby Face Leroy, Lightnin’ Hoptkins, Howlin’ Wolf, Charles Mingus. The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn, the Harlem Hamfats, Paul Lenart & Billy Novick, Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie, Roland Kirk Quartet, David Amram, Eddie Jefferson, Thelonious Monk, John Sinclair, and Charlie Rouse & Frankie Passions. Thanks, Steve!
Thursday, July 4
AIN’T THAT GOOD NEWS
Blues Edition with Leslie Keros 35
Leslie Keros is blowing in from Chicago with music by Big Daddy Kinsey, Shemekia Copeland, Johnnie Bassett, Ann Rabson & Bob Margolin, Dennis Gruenling, Willie Buck, Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King, Bruce Katz Band, Ernestine Anderson, Little Johnny Jones, Little Milton, Michael Coleman, Howlin’ Wolf, and Junior Wells.
Thursday, July 4
Blues From The Red Rooster Lounge 50
Cary Wolfson is spinning at the Red Rooster Lounge with blues sides by Nicole Hart & Anni Piper, Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Willie Anderson, Ford Blues Band, Nina Simone, Shemekia Copeland, Dave Keller, Jesse Dee, Curtis Salgado, Terry Hanck, Johnnie Marshall, Cash Box Kings, Jody Williams, andRev. Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys.
Friday. July 5
Ancestor Worship with John Sinclair 43
John Sinclair begins a long and carefully measured look into the recorded output of the great Thelonious Monk with this first episode focusing on Monk’s initial recordings as a leader for Blue Note Records in 1947 and 1948, starting with the first date on October 15, 1947 with Monk on piano with Idrees Suleiman (trumpet); Danny Quebec West (alto saxophone); Bily Smith (tenor saxophone); Gene Ramey (bass); and Art Blakey (drums), producing Blue Note 78 rpm singles #542, 547, and 560. Following are selections from a trio date with Gene Ramey and Art Blakey on October 24, 1947, producing music for Blue Note singles #543, 547, 549, and 1575; then a quintet date with George Taitt (trumpet); Sahib Shihab (alto saxophone); Bob Paige (bass); and Art Blakey on November 21, 1947, producing selections for singles #543, 548, and 1565; and finally a quartet date cut during the recording ban of 1948 on Juy 2 with Milt Jackson (vibraharp); John Simmons (bass); and Shadow Wilson (drums), producing selections for singles #548, 549, 560, and 1564, adding vocalist Kenny “Pancho” Hagood on the two selections grouped as Blue Note 1201. (Discographical information extracted from theThelonious Monk Discography compiled by Michael Cuscuna for the Mosaic Records Monk box set.)
Saturday, July 6
Toke Time with John Sinclair 44
This week’s tokes come from a 4-disc box set called Gettin’ Funky packed with goodies from New Orleans in the Golden Age of Rhythm & Blues, including these cuts from Disc 4: Hip Shakin’ Mamas, Crooners & Shouters by Chubby Newsome, George Miller & His Mid-Driffs, Alma ‘The Lollipop Mama’ Mondy, Joe ‘Google Eyes’ August, Erline ‘Rock’N'Roll’ Harris, Tommy Ridgley, Jewel King, the Johnson Brothers Combo, James ‘Blazer Boy’ Locks, Hose Dwine Craven, and Little Joe Gaines.
Sunday, July 7
SINGURU—THE IRRESISTIBLE LURE OF BAD SCIENCE
Caleb Selah Presents The Fuck You Sound 51
The Fuck You Sound pays tribute to the Hardest Working Beat Poet In Showbusiness, the man who brought The Fuck You Sound together and made them broadcast their filthy shit…. Additional music provided by Lesbian Horse and Caleb Selah. Mr Sinclair’s stuff comes from his legendary work: thelonious: a book of monk. For more about the great man visit: www.facebook.com/pages/John-Sincl…=112306178780949. Then Selah wakens from a feverish dream and uses his fever to recreate the dream… The Fuck You Sound would like you wear Headphones and feel strange. There have always been gaps but perhaps you have a companion?
Sunday, July 7
LET’S CALL THIS
John Sinclair Radio Show Archives 202
Dr. Larry Hayden and I spent a lovely Monday evening around a little table on the sidewalk out in front of the Hempshopper store on the Singel canal, shooting the breeze with our comrades Sidney Daniels & Joeri Pfeiffer, directors of the John Sinclair Foundation and principal supporters of the Radio Free Amsterdam experiment—in fact, our very offices are in their basement at the Hempshopper. I wanted to finish the informal premiere for our listeners of my new recording, DETROIT LIFE, made in Detroit just now, and play the rough mixes for Larry, Sidney & Joeri as well, so we kick off with a fine Johnnie Bassett jump blues and then turn the music over to the Motor City Blues Scholars for the rest of the show. That’s Johnnie Bassett on guitar with the Blues Scholars on “let’s call this,” “light blue” and “all alone.”
Monday, July 8
John Sinclair Radio Show 503
Episode 503 is emanating from the Dutch Flowers coffeeshop just off the Spui on the Herengracht canal in Amsterdam Centrum with music from New Orleans and elsewhere by Ellis Marsalis, Eddie Jefferson, John Sinclair & His Motor City Blues Scholars, Davell Crawford, Emile Barnes & Peter Bocage, the American Jazz Quintet, Paul Josephs & MetroSonics, Jimmy Cass, New Orleans Brass Revue, Tami Lynn, and the Planet D Nonet.
Tuesday, July 9
MOANING THE BLUES
The Blues Show with Bruce Pingree 82
Bruce Pingree with a program of blues music honoring and observing the birthdays this week of Albert King, Johnny Shines, Ella Fitzgerald, George “Harmonica” Smith, and Hop Wilson, plus new releases from James Cotton, Willie Buck, and Senna Earhart.
Wednesday, July 10
Fly By Night with Steve The Fly 16
Steve The Fly is in deep cotton with this episode of Fly By Night, “Inspired and dedicated to the music, poetry and writing of John Sinclair,” featuring cuts from Uncle Lionel Batiste, Allen Toussaint, Sun Ra & His Arkestra, Otis Rush, Little Freddie King, Earl Hooker, James Cotton, Sonny Boy Williamson, Allen Toussaint/Fats Domino/Professor Longhair, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, Charles Olson, and Pharoah Sanders.
Thursday, July 11
AIN’T THAT LOVIN’ YOU
Crossroads—Where Jazz Meets Blues with Leslie Keros 37
Leslie Keros with an hour of music by Stevie Ray Vaughn, Elias Haslanger, Dick Johnson & Dave McKenna, Josh Rzepka, Erwin Helfer, and Sonny Clark, with an opening homage to the late, great Bobby Blue Bland with timeless selections from his Duke recordings collected on the albums Turn on Your Love Light, I Pity the Fool, That Did It!, and from The Best of Bobby Bland, The Best of B.B. King & The Best of Little Jnior Parker.
Thursday, July 11
Blues From The Red Rooster Lounge 51
Cary Wolfson is spinning at the Red Rooster Lounge with blues sides from Bobby Charles, Fats Domino, Etta James, Shannon McNally, James Hunter Six, The 5 Royales, Steve Cropper & Steve Winwood, Ian Siegal & The Youngest Sons, Dr. John The Night Tripper, Ronnie Earl, Lisa Biales, and Duke Robillard.
Friday, July 12
Ancestor Worship with John Sinclair 44
John Sinclair continues our long and carefully measured look into the recorded output of Thelonious Monk with this second episode focusing on Monk’s recordings from 1950-52, starting with an historic date on June 6, 1950 with Monk on piano and Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet), Charlie Parker (alto saxophone), Curly Russell (bass) and Buddy Rich (drums) that yielded three 78 rpm singes for the Mercury label. Following are selections from a quintet date for Blue Note Records on July 23, 1951 with Sahib Shihab (alto saxophone), Milt Jackson (vibes), Monk on piano, Al McKibbon (bass) and Art Blakey, producing music for Blue Note singles #1589, 1590, and 1591; then a sextet date for Blue Note on May 30, 1952 with Kenny Dorham (trumpet), Lou Donaldson (alto saxophone), Lucky Thompson (tenor saxophone), Nelson Boyd (bass) and Max Roach (drums), producing selections for singles #1602 & 1603 and a pair of numbers unreleased at the time. (Discographical information extracted from theThelonious Monk Discography compiled by Michael Cuscuna for the Mosaic Records Monk box set.)
Saturday, July 13
REGAL RECORDS IN NEW ORLEANS
Toke Time with John Sinclair 45
The earliest independent recording companies to come down to New Orleans to exploit the local musical community in the late 1940s included Imperial and Specialty Records of Los Angeles and DeLuxe and Regal Records out of Linden, New Jersey, operated by Jules & David Braun who signed the pre-eminent bandleader, composer and producer Paul Gayten and his artists Annie Laurie and Larry Darnell to make a string of hit singles that inundated the R&B charts in 1949-51 before the Braun brothers shut the Regal label down and sold their DeLuxe imprint to King Records. At one point Regal Records came down to the Crescent City and set up recording equipment at a local venue to cut their acts live on stage. This music was finally released by Specialty Records in 1991 as Regal Records in New Orleans and forms the basis for this week’s Toke Time show, interspersed with some of Regal’s big hits on 78 rpm by Paul Gayten, Annie Laurie and Larry Darnell, taken from the 4-disc collection called Getting’ Funky, Volumes 2 (The Pioneers) and 3 (The Hit Makers).
Sunday July 14
ATTACK SHIPS ON FIRE
Caleb Selah Presents The Fuck You Sound 52
Government Nanobots, burrowing under your skin make happy citizens of you all! Music by Tycoon To$h, Tim Love Lee, Sielab, Love TKO, UNKLE, Japaneze Noize Band, Solar Bears, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Thumpin’ Thursdays, Tobacco, Silent Poets – Talk Is Toy, Howie B, and Kensuke Shina & Mad Vibes.
Sunday July 14
SCRATCH MY BACK
John Sinclair Radio Show Archives 204
When I was in London a couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of joining the singer, pianist & composer Robbie Knight for his Longcat Weekly Improvisation video podcast on Saturday, May 17, hosted, produced & recorded with improvised music by Robbie Knight. This was podcast #100 of Robbie’s show, so we had a ball doing it together. The next day I was back in Amsterdam to see Harmonica Shah & his Detroit Blues Band at the Bimhaus for their 2:30 pm blues matinee, with the great Detroit bluesman Harmonica Shah on lead vocals & harmonica, Chris Rumel on bass, R.J. Spangler at the drums & Harry Oman on guitar. I unsheathed my little digital recorder and captured a few tunes by the Shah & company to play for you here, closing out this episode with a track from DETROIT LIFE with the Lyman Woodard Organization.
Monday, July 15
NORTH SEA JAZZ FESTIVAL
John Sinclair Radio Show 504
Episode 504 takes us to Rotterdam for the annual North Sea Jazz Festival with music by Bettye LaVette, Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Herbie Hancock, Medeski Martin & Wood, Santana, Seasick Steve, Rodriguez and a host of others.
Tuesday, July 16
BACK O’TOWN BLUES
The Blues Show with Bruce Pingree 83
Bruce Pingree with a program of blues & gospel music this week by the Cash Box Kings, James Cotton with Ruthie Foster, the Treme Brass Band, the Hot Tamale Brass Band, Albert King, and several artists unidentified at presstime.
Wednesday, July 17
Fly By Night with Steve The Fly 17
Steve The Fly is in occupation mode for this episode of Fly By Night, “inspired and dedicated to the music, poetry and writing of John Sinclair,” with selections by Robert Anton Wilson, David Amram, Marshmallow Cubicle, Miles Davis, Archie Shepp, John Sinclair & Pinkeye, Bird & Diz, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, and Shipibo Shaman.
Thursday, July 18
BE CAREFUL HOW YOU VOTE
Blues Edition with Leslie Keros 36
Leslie Keros is getting ready for Election Day with music by Big Daddy Kinsey, Debbie Davies, Deanna Bogart, Steve Freund, Phillip Walker, Liz Mandeville, Janiva Magness, Jimmy Thackery, Buddy Guy, R.J. Mischo, Guitar Shorty, Zora Young, Louis Jordan, Percy Mayfield, Leroy Carr, and Brother Tyrone & The Mindbenders.
Thursday, July 18
I SPENT ALL MY MONEY
Blues From The Red Rooster Lounge 52
Cary Wolfson is spinning at the Red Rooster Lounge with blues sides by Candi Staton, Otis Redding, The Nightingales with Tommy Tate, Julius Pittman & The Revival, The Soul Of John Black, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Voice of the Wetlands, Fred Neil, Gina Sicilia, Shannon McNally, Muddy Waters, Big Maybelle, and Ronnie Earl.
Friday, July 19
Ancestor Worship with John Sinclair 45
John Sinclair continues our long look into the recorded output of the great Thelonious Monk with this third episode focusing on Monk’s recordings for Prestige Records from 1952-54 at the beginning of the Long-Play era, starting with two trio dates with Gerry Mapp on bass and Art Blakey at the drums on October 15 & December 18, 1952 that resulted in Prestige 78 rpm singles # 795, 838, and 850 and Monk’s first actual album track for 10” LP #142. Following are selections from a quintet date for Prestige Records on May 11, 1954 with Frank Foster (tenor saxophone), Ray Copeland (trumpet), Monk on piano, Curly Russell (bass) and Art Blakey, producing music for Prestige 10” LP 180; then another trio date for Prestige on September 22, 1954 with Percy Heath on bass and Art Blakey on drums, producing selections for Prestige 10” LP 189 and Monk’s 45 rpm single of “Blue Monk.” Other Monk dates for Prestige during this period involved Sonny Rollins or either Miles Davis and were heard on earlier programs in the Ancestor Worship series. (Discographical information extracted from theThelonious Monk Discography compiled by Michael Cuscuna for the Mosaic Records Monk box set.
Saturday, July 20
GET LOW DOWN
Toke Time with John Sinclair 46
This week’s Super Tokes are drawn from Disc 1 of the double-disc set from New Orleans called Get Low Down, a collection of Allen Toussaint productions on artists like Curly Moore, Lee Dorsey, Wallace Johnson, Betty Harris, Eldridge Holmes, Diamond Joe, Raymond Lewis, Earl King, Willie Harper, Benny Spellman, Bobby LeCure, The Rubaiyats, John Williams & the Tick Tocks, Willie & Allen, and Calvin Lee.
Sunday, July 21
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN HIGH AS FUCK:
HIPSTERS, BEATNIKS & SICKNIKS
Caleb Selah Presents The Fuck You Sound 53
Lesbian Horse & The Fuck You Sound know Something is Fucked Up… Something Is Wrong. Fuck You Sound selections from Daniel Johnston, Picchio Dal Pozzo, Water Melon, Donut Productions, Soul Jim, Lesbian Horse, Lali Puna, The Plastics, Santo & Johnny, The Prunes, Two Lone Swordsman, Small World, Nigo, New Kingdom, Sam Sever, and Grantby.
Sunday, July 21
John Sinclair Radio Show Archives 205
Tonight’s program took us to Overtoom 301 in 2008 for the first H3R3TIC Film Festival this weekend, including a screening of my movie TWENTY TO LIFE, a film by Steve Gebhardt. Our special guests included our pal Chris, one of the festival organizers; director Andrea Marfori, whose film with Timothy Leary, ENERGY! THE MOVIE, was screened here last night; and our artist friend Cappy Jack, along with recorded music by Andre Williams, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Neville Brothers, the Pin Stripe Brass Band, Champion Jack Dupree, New Birth Brass Band, Davell Crawford, Elmore James with Big Joe Turner, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Doc Cheatham & Nicholas Payton, and Little Walter.
Monday. July 22
John Sinclair Radio Show 505
Who knows where we’ll be for Episode 505 but there will be some good music and on-site reporting wherever it may be.
Tuesday, July 23
The Blues Show with Bruce Pingree 84
Bruce Pingree with a program of blues & gospel music this week featuring guitarist Blind Willie McTell and his musical colleagues Kate Mc Tell and Curly Weaver in honor of Willie’s birthday on May 5, 1901, plus a couple of Muddy Waters classics at the end.
Wednesday, July 24
Fly By Night with Steve The Fly 18
Recorded by ‘Steve Fly’ at Fly Agaric Studios, Amsterdam. Tuesday 21st May, 2013, “inspired and dedicated to the music, poetry and writing of John Sinclair,” with cuts from Jack Kerouac, Bird & Diz, Ahmad Jamal, Del Close & John Brent, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Eddie Jefferson, Ella Fitzgerald, Coleman Hawkins, Kenny ‘Pancho’ Hagood, Steve Dalachinsky & David Amram, Thelonious Monk, John Sinclair & Beatnik Youth, Allen Ginsberg, and Jimmy Smith.
Thursday, July 25
Crossroads—Where Jazz Meets Blues with Leslie Keros 38
Leslie Keros with an hour of music in memoriam Mulgrew Miller with recordings headed by the late pianist and on sessions with Donald Byrd, Bobby Hutcherson, and Woody Shaw.
Thursday, July 25
HOW MANY MORE YEARS
Blues From The Red Rooster Lounge 53
Cary Wolfson is spinning at the Red Rooster Lounge with blues sides by Slo Leak, Howlin’ Wolf, Albert Collins With Branford Marsalis, Derek Trucks Band, Cate Bros. Band, Irma Thomas, Otis Rush, Jimmy Dawkins, B.B. King, Sherman Robertson, Joe Louis Walker, and Ray Charles.
Friday, July 26
IT DON’T MEAN A THING (IF IT AIN’T GOT THAT SWING)
Ancestor Worship with John Sinclair 46
The fourth installment of our investigation into the music of the great piaist and composer Thelonious Sphere Monk follows the artist to Riverside Records in 1955 after making his mark with the series of timeless recordings cut for Blue Note and Prestige between 1947 and 1954 that were presented in our first three Monk episodes. Monk’s first Riverside project was an album of Duke Ellington compositions recorded in July 1955 and accompanied by Oscar Pettiford on bass and Kenny Clarke on drums, heard here in its entirety; and a second trio album called The Unique Thelonious Monk, recorded March 17, 1956 with Pettiford and Art Blakey, of which Side One completes today’s program. (Discographical information extracted from theThelonious Monk Discography compiled by Michael Cuscuna for the Mosaic Records Monk box set.)
Saturday, July 27
THE SOUL OF NEW ORLEANS
Toke Time with John Sinclair 47
This week’s Super Tokes are drawn from Disc 2 of the double-disc set from New Orleans called Get Low Down, a collection of Allen Toussaint productions on artists like the Prime Mates, Curly Moore, Diamond Joe, John Williams & the Tick Tocks, Ray Algere, Benny Spellman, Willie Harper, Wallace Johnson, Raymond Lewis, Betty Harris, Calvin Lee, Eldridge Holmes, Art Neville, Willie & Allen, The Rubaiyats, and Earl King.
Sunday, July 28
STUDIO TAN MIXTAPE
Caleb Selah Presents The Fuck You Sound 54
Who needs sunlight? Sensible substance abusers stay in dark studio rooms becoming pasty and unwell while they churn out this stuff for those brave souls who actively enjoy the blistering heat, with selections from DJ Krush, The Avalanches, RJD2, Wax Tailor, Mighty Truth, Roots Manuva, David Holmes, The Avalanches, Luke Vibert, Smoke City, El Ten Eleven, Bugs, Vanilla Fudge, Tranquility Bass, Harper’s Bizarre, London Funk All Stars, Broadcast, Chinese Man, Birdy Nam Nam, Wagon Christ, Skylab, Boards Of Canada, Mr. Scruff, and Blackalicious.
Sunday, July 28
LOOKING AT YOU
John Sinclair Radio Show Archives 206
I spent June 4-9, 2008 in Paris as a guest of the Filmer de Musique 2 film festival at a funky arts center called Point Ephemere under the careful sponsorship of my friend Marc Zermati, long-time French cultural warrior and proprietor of SkyDog Records. He arranged my Friday evening concert at Point Ephemere with an exceptional guitarist named Gilles Riberolles and, two days later, a recording session with Gilles in a proper studio near the Arc de Triomphe known as Starski & Sons. On Monday afternoon before leaving for Charles deGaulle Airport Marc had Gilles, Olivier Forest from Filmer de Musique, and our dear friend Philippe LeBras of SkyRanch Records over to his place in the 10th Arondissement to hang out together, get high and listen to some music. I took advantage of the occasion and set out my little digital recorder to capture our conversation for my radio show, featuring music from Nawfel produced by P. LeBras, selections from a rare Don Covay album reissued by SkyRanch in the early 1990s, and several tracks from Gilles & myself recorded at Starski & Sons Studio the day before. The closing cut, Nawfel’s “Too Mancini,” goes out to my friend Soul Lucille in Firenze.
Monday, July 29
WHERE YA AT?
John Sinclair Radio Show 506
Don’t know yet where we’ll be at for Episode 506 but probably at a location in Amsterdam where the music will be flowing and the fellowship will be first rate as usual.
Tuesday, July 30
LONG DISTANCE CALL
The Blues Show with Bruce Pingree 85
Bruce Pingree with a program of blues music this week by Muddy Waters in memory of the blues giant who passed from this sphere 30 years ago; by Paul Butterfield; and by Little Walter, born May Day 1930.
Wednesday, July 31
Fly By Night with Steve The Fly 19
Recorded by ‘Steve Fly’ at Fly Agaric Studios, Amsterdam, Tuesday 21st May, 2013, “nspired and dedicated to the music, poetry and writing of John Sinclair,” with selections from Robert Anton Wilson, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Medeski Martin & Wood, William S. Burroughs, Ken Nordine, Heliocentrics, Mamie Galore, The Mohawks, Dr. John, Professor Longhair, Hot 8 Brass Band, Fontella Bass, The Capitols, Betty Harris, The Meters, Lee Dorsey, Horace Andy, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Elliott Levin, and Bireli Lagrene.
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