Mark Weber

Host

Mark Weber grew up on the outskirts of the megalopolis Los Angeles and wasn't suppose to listen to jazz.

 During the 50s and 60s there was this giant conspiracy among the music industry to steer all listening toward their product.  The government issued little transistor radios that brainwashed each of us via what they called "AM radio."  Somehow Mark Weber read enough issues of MAD magazine to be suspicious.  By the mid-60s this thing called "FM radio" was sneaking around, trying not to get arrested. They called it "underground radio."  Some rich people Mark Weber knew had a stereo that picked up FM and one day he stumbled across a singer called Muddy Waters on this radio. Mark Weber wonder'd why he hadn't been informed that there was such a music as this that Muddy Waters was making. Mark Weber then threw away all of his Rolling Stones records because Muddy Waters could mop the floor with the Rolling Stones.  It turns out there was more music like Muddy Waters hidden in America. It was being made by Black Americans like Muddy Waters. (Mark Weber is a white person.) The smokescreen was very thick. The conspiracy made it difficult for those of us that wanted to hear meaningful music.  It persists, and so much beautiful and powerful music has been obscured. People have almost forgotten how to listen to music, and what to listen for. The citizenry had the wool pulled over their eyes (and ears) in those days. Mark Weber began spending all of this spare time in the jazz & blues bars of Watts. That's where he lived, so to speak. Mark Weber found out that television and radio will brainwash you if you're not careful.  Real music was everywhere, except on radio and television.  You can read more about these phenomenon in Mark Weber's essays posted at the Metropolis website.  And every Thursday noontime on KUNM radio we endeavor to deprogram all the effects of brainwashing.

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  Thu 03/05 12P: Sheila Jordan will visit with us for talk and insights into song while she is in New Mexico for a performance at the Outpost in Albuquerque and at the Museum Hill Cafe in Santa Fe. If we were Latin we'd call her sui generis. In jazz we just say that she is so completely her own person that she is probably more completely related to the birds than to humans. We'll ask her about that.

 

Mark Weber

Who could possibly not know more about Charlie Parker than someone who has actually played his very notes? We've talked with Charles McPherson on this subject several times before on All That Jazz and We'll have a batch of new questions to ask the maestro.  We'll patch a live hook-up via telephone with Charles McPherson at home in San Diego.  There has recently surfaced Bird w/ strings charts heretofore not known to have been part of that repertoire, things written by George Russell ( ! ) and Charles has seen and performed these charts a couple years ago at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

What Would Kenny Play?

Dec 22, 2014
Mark Weber

  Thu. 12/25 12p: The late Kenny Davern loved doing radio at KUNM -- He was my co-host on the Noon jazz show from 2002  (his first guest appearance was July 11) through 2006 when he got away from us in December. He and his wife Elsa had moved to Sandia Park in 2001 and  whenever he wasn't on tour performing around the world he'd be on the Thursday show.  Today's theme will be: WHAT WOULD KENNY PLAY? We'll play records Kenny loved and play some of the records Kenny made himself: One of the world's great jazz clarinetists, we were fortunate indeed to have him among us those years. 

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Elite Syncopations

Sep 29, 2014
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Mark Weber

Thu. 10/2 12p: In hindsight, evolution may not be the best word to describe jazz's thus far 120-year journey, simply because all of the central tenets of jazz have been in place since the beginning (ie. swing, rhythmic variety, fun, spontaneity, theme & variations improvisations, in-the-moment reflection of society). The ideas inherent in jazz have always implied everything that was yet to be explored and discovered, we just needed the time to get to it all. To use the word "evolution" tends to imply advancements, improvements, new levels of complexity, armored sophistication.

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Thurs. 1/12 12p: Host Mark Weber will feature the music of David Sherr who is not only bi-coastal, shooting between Los Angeles and New York, but also straddles the worlds of jazz and classical. And quite successfully. Possibly why his first CD in 1999 was called LOOK BOTH WAYS.

Thu.  1/5 12p : Mark Weber will have in the studio the esteemed trumpeter Lee Katzman who was a long-standing member of the Stan Kenton Orchestra in the 50s, and worked on both coasts making records and playing with Bill Holman, Anita O'Day, Carl Fontana, Med Flory, Jimmy Rowles, Sonny Stitt, Terry Gibbs, Lennie Niehaus, Claude Thornhill, Bob Dorough, Supersax, June Christy, Shelly Manne, Onzy Matthews, Pete Jolly, etcetera, etc. &c.

Thur. 12/22 12p: Hooked up and LIVE will be Christmas tunes as delivered by local revered maestros Lewis Winn on guitar and Michael Olivola on double bass. Host Mark Weber.