Who've you seen play live?


10 Jun 2008, 10:58

I'm getting so fucking old I ought to make a list of musicians I've seen play live.

If there's any advice I can glean from this attempt, upon reflection, it would be: go see the name acts that everybody goes to see. Our crowd usually tried to avoid the lowest common denominator acts, and now, years later I wish I'd gone to see, in my generation for example, say, The Stones (with Brian Jones); acts that were always around, yet I never saw because everyone else was going to see them.

I'll try a chronologic approach (and I'm not saying I'm proud of every act I saw):

Jr. High:

The Rascals
Mitch Ryder
The Critters

High School:

Iron Butterfly
Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention (the Absolutely Free band)
Jethro Tull
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
James Cotton
Terry Reid
Edgar Winter
Buddy Miles Express
Pink Floyd (the Atom Heart Mother band)
Herbie Hancock (the Maiden Voyage group)
Freddie Hubbard (the Red Clay band)
Weather Report (1st incarnation)
John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra (Inner Mounting Flame was due out soon)
Sonny Rollins
Pharoah Sanders
Norman Connors
McCoy Tyner
Sonny Fortune
Sam Rivers

I just missed seeing Duke Ellington's small band @ The Rainbow Room, and Jimi Hendrix, New Year's Eve @ the Fillmore East (all to my eternal loss and damnation).

College ('70's): God let's see, it's so hard to remember:
Teddy Wilson
Howard Mcghee
Bill Evans
Ahmad Jamal
Cecil Taylor
Archie Shepp
Max Roach
Frank Lowe
Lowell Davidson
Charles Mingus
Ricky Ford
Freddie Hubbard
Gary Burton
Pat Metheny
Larry Coryell
Dexter Gordon
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
Scott Hamilton
Claudio Roditi
Dave Samuels
Barney Kessel
Herb Ellis
Dizzy Gillespie
Herb Pomeroy
The Widespread Depression Orchestra
Art Blakey
Jaki Byard
Mary Lou Williams
Seiji Ozawa with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, performing Charles Ives Fourth Symphony.

I'll keep adding as I keep remembering. God, I'll never remember in chrono order, I'll just start trying to remember the acts I saw in New York in the '80's & 90's:

Doc Cheatham
Benny Carter
Sonny Stitt
Dexter Gordon
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
Hank Jones
Tommy Flanagan
Jimmy Rowles
Barry Harris
Miles Davis
Joanne Brackeen
Ruby Braff
Count Basie
Dizzy Gillespie, I once got to see him front a big band with Benny Carter in Washington Square, NYC, as well as many other dates.
Freddie Hubbard
Jon Faddis
George Kelly
Panama Francis
The Brecker Brothers
Tom Scott
Al Haig
Joe Albany
Lee Konitz
Heywood Henry
Clark Terry
Illinois Jacquet
Major Holley
George Mraz
Jimmy Woode (played on several Lady Day dates)
Earl May
Tal Farlow
Joe Puma
Chuck Wayne
Zoot Sims & Al Cohn, w/ Jimmy Rowles (Tony Bennett was in the audience)
The Mel Lewis Orchestra (standing in front of me on the Village Vanguard steps waiting to get in, Mr. Pepper Adams himself, one of my heroes [I used to double on bari sax])
Phil Woods
Stan Getz
Jo Jones (of classic Basie fame)
Eddie Locke
Brooks Kerr
Ted Sturgis (Mohawk!)
The Modern Jazz Quartet
Cedar Walton
Harold Ashby
Junior Cook
Percy France
Scott Hamilton
Warren Vaché
Kenny Davern
Bob Wilber
Sammy Price
Panama Francis
Milt Jackson and Ray Brown
Mike LeDonne
Tardo Hammer
Michael Weiss
Howard Alden
Dan Barrett
Tad Shull
Ryan Kisor
Mike Hashim
Steely Dan
Brian Wilson backed by Wondermints
Bill Frisell


  • glassbottle

    I am so beyond jealous.

    11 Jun 2008, 5:25
  • akrde

    Me 2! Really big names in your list, congratulations...

    10 Jul 2008, 11:38
  • saisoi

    You see Sonny Rollins at your high school age, wow. and honestly, i agree with above comments. Living in a third world country is seriously the limitation for seeing a good show. Although, the artist i've see live and alive are Shakatak T-Square Lee Ritenour Spyro Gyra Joe Sampler Trio Tuck & Patti Larry Carlton James Taylor Quartet Bob Mintzer / yellowjackets Blood sweat and tears Dave Samuels & The Caribbean Jazz Project Matt Bianco Nils Landgren (the red horn) Laura Fygi The above list i've seen them in Thailand from 2003 - 2007, at Bangkok Jazz festival(annual fest). A lot of them are not the music style i like...but I have no choice! And i just have seen Mike Stern, 31 May in Shanghai. end of jazz section.

    10 Jul 2008, 14:13
  • F_Hole

    I have a lot of regrets in this regard. Not having enough money to go to the clubs was a problem for a long time, but worse was not realizing how fleeting life and its opportunities to hear music can be, not grabbing the moment.

    13 Jul 2008, 12:48
  • IMCollective

    Some musicians of note that I've been lucky to experience include: Ken Vandermark (V5; FME, DKV, Sonor) Peter Brotzmann (Sonor) Joe MePhee Tim Berne's Acoustic Hard Cell ICP Orchestra Pierre Dorge & New Jungle Orchestra Keith Jarrett Standards Trio (I was so far back, I technically wasn't there, really) Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (with Blanchard & Harrison) John Carter Octet Ronald Shannon Jackson String Trio of New York (the Burnham edition) Steve Tibbetts (three times with Marc Anderson and once with Choying Drolma) Joe & Mat Maneri Paul Bley & Ricky Ford Myra Melford (solo) (I was lucky enough to get to interview her) Vijay Iyer & Rudressh Mahanthappa (I was lucky enough to get to interview them) Hamid Drake's Bindu Andrew Hill (solo - I was outraged that half the audience left after the first piece - plebes!) Oscar Peterson (solo - probably the most boring concert I've attended - he was hell bent for leather from the first note and never let down till he left the stage) Jaki Byard (solo - amazing!) Nana Vasconcelos (solo) Marc Ribot (solo) Bill Frisell Trio Kenny Wheeler Archie Shepp & Horace Parlan David Murray Chico Freeman (frankly, one of my absolute faves) Zoot Sims Jimmy Rainey John Zorn's Electric Masada MMW William Parker Quartet (twice) Susie Ibarra Trio James Carter Quartet Ravi Coltrane Quartet Elvin Jones Quintet McCoy Tyner Big Band Mingus Big Band Ornette Coleman & Prime Time Blues Traveller Yes King Crimson CSNY (as old guys) Neil Young (twice: as country guy and rocker guy) Allman Brothers (at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival of all places) Stan Getz Glen Hall, William Hooker & Dominic Duval Either/Orchestra Wadada Leo Smith Roscoe Mitchell Quintet with Corey Wilkes man, looking back, I was so lucky!

    26 Ago 2008, 0:39
  • MalloryWeiss

    When did you see Terry Reid? Which line-up (if you remember?)

    13 Oct 2008, 3:17
  • gakko

    Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear... well, I try to come up with something to match this monument. 1a) McCoy Tyner got rid of some obscure japanese security guys so that we could talk after a gig at the Blue Note, Fukuoka, Japan in 2005. Thanks, McCoy! 1b) McCoy Tyner Trio plus Michael Brecker (are you by any chance laughing now, John?) 2a) A couple of incredible nights with Sun Ra. 2b) Henry Grimes Spaceship on the Runaway Quartet with Marshall Allen and Fred Anderson: Marshall being very generous to yours truly, putting his hand at his shoulder, saying: "Well, you know, son, Space is the Place!". Thanks Marshall, I´m flying since then! 3) Keith Jarrett solo in kind-of-communist-kind-of-not-Budapest in 1989. I refused to accept the fact that the concert was sold out, and continued to "pester" the the guards until they grabbed my 3 dollars (yes, that was the price for the ticket!) and pushed me through the gates to the Music Academy, pushed me through the hall, and pushed me up on stage, where they FINALLY pushed me down at a chair just behind the piano. I was ON STAGE for all the concert! 4) Henry Threadgills Makin a move 5) Elvin Jones Jazz Machine 6) The Jack DeJohnette-Herbie Hancock-Dave Holland-Pat Metheny Quartet in 1990 7) Gonzalo Rubalcaba at "breakthrough-stage" in 1990. 8) plenty of great Knitting Factory stuff, like Steve Coleman, Elliot Sharp, David Binney, John Zorns Naked City, Lounge Lizards, Wayne Horvitz etc. 9) Benny Golson with Johnny Griffin 10a) Mike Oldfield open air concert in Stockholm 1980 (I was only twelve!) 10b) GARY FUCKING MOORE playing "Empty Rooms" live in a smelly icehockey-arena in Stockholm 1985!!! Dreadful!!! But I survived, and now I´m here...

    10 Abr 2009, 16:48
  • gakko

    YIN and YANG: here´s my real bummers. I went to The Northsea Jazz Festival for the first time in 1990. It was a magic experience etc, bla bla. A few months ago I checked the program, and discovered 19 years too late that I did NOT go to see Nat Adderley, Dizzy Gillespie etc - but instead I saw Yellow Jackets and Gil Evans Big Band WITHOUT Gil Evans. Confessions of a very, very embarressed gakko...

    10 Abr 2009, 16:55
  • siska_robert

    The biggest stars I've seen in my life: Bill Frisell (w/ Ron Miles), Brad Mehldau, John Scofield, Bobo Stenson, Kenny Garret, Dave Holland (w/ Robin Eubanks and Chris Potter), Victor Wooten. And I'm gonna see McCoy Tyner in less than week!

    8 Abr 2011, 12:48
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