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.

All That Jazz
10:02 am
Tue October 14, 2014

The Work Of Gary Bartz, Lenny Tristano And More

Gary Bartz, Los Angeles April 22, 1978.
Credit Mark Weber

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All That Jazz
10:30 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Elite Syncopations

David Murray Trio w/ Roberto Miranda, bass, and Oliver Johnson, drums -- January 7, 1977
Credit 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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All That Jazz
10:44 am
Mon January 9, 2012

The Music of David Sherr

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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.

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All That Jazz
4:25 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Live In-studio: Trumpeter Lee Katzman

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.

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All That Jazz
2:27 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Live In-studio: Lewis Winn and Michael Olivola

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.

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