Sometime in the summer in the mid-1990s, Albert Mathias, Andrew Kushin and I had a gig in a art gallery in the mission district of San Francisco for an opening reception. When we got there the gallery owner greeted us, provided with cans of very good Dutch or German beer — procured from Trader Joe’s, I forget the exact brand, the cans were white and I had never heard of it before or since. No one was in gallery but the owner and ourselves; we began playing. I am fairly certain it was my own composition, though we had tunes by Monk, Mingus, Coltrane, and others in our regular set lists. I closed my eyes and took an extended solo. I opened my eyes at the end of the solo to discover the room had filled with people. It was hard to focus and I felt a bit dizzy–it was a hell of a solo. I was convinced, if only for a moment, that my solo had conjured the crowd of people from the ether. It was not, and still is not, that unusual for my solos to make people disappear. Albert and Andrew went to on to become famous in Japan with DJ Quest in the fantastic group Live Human while I turned into a doctor of music (caring for sick music since 2008). Albert, Andrew, DJ Quest and myself join forces again this Friday in Long Beach following local hero, Dave Williams, who will playing a set of jazz standards with his trio. And there’s art on the walls. Conjuring will happen, regardless of whether or not you appear or disappear.
Friday, January 23, 5-8pm in the CALB art gallery above Shenanigans Irish Pub. 423 Shoreline Village Drive, Suite A. Long Beach, CA 90802. Free – donations accepted.