#JazzChurch 77 - Sunday, October 17, 2021

#jazzchurch 77 – Sunday, October 10, 2021 – featuring music by the Metta Quintet, Sylvain Luc, Roy Hargrove, Miles Davis Sextet, Edward Simon, Betty Carter, John Coltrane, Rodney Kendrick, Art Hirahara, Kenny Garrett, Return To Forever, and Lady Alma & The Rainmakers + commentary from Rev. Bill E. Bob! :-) We made a #JoyfulNoise! 🎶🎙🎵

bbebop · #JazzChurch 77 - Sunday, October 17, 2021
  1. Morning Rush (Metta Quintet)
  2. Out of the Night Came You (Sylvain Luc)
  3. Old Folks (Miles Davis Sextet)
  4. Lush Life (Edward Simon)
  5. Prayer (for the people) (Rudy Royston)
  6. All Or Nothing At All (Betty Carter)
  7. Nardis (Mike Stern)
  8. Jorgie’s (Donald Byrd)
  9. Someone to Watch Over Me (Take 6, Shelea Frazier & Roy Hargrove)
  10. Underground (Metta Quintet)
  11. Do Nothin’ Till You Hear from Me (Duke Ellington & Ray Brown)
  12. Throw It Away (Jenna Mammina)
  13. Satosong (feat. Max Ionata) (Dave O’Higgins Trio)
  14. Una Piccola Chiave Dorata (Enrico Pieranunzi)
  15. Light as a Feather (feat. Return to Forever) (Chick Corea)
  16. Nature Boy (John Coltrane)
  17. Strasbourg / St. Denis (Roy Hargrove)
  18. Liquid Streets (Roy Hargrove)
  19. Poetry (feat. Q-Tip & Erykah Badu) (Roy Hargrove)
  20. Trust (Roy Hargrove)
  21. A Little Sweeter (Rodney Kendrick)
  22. Ascent (Art Hirahara)
  23. Evening Rush (Metta Quintet)
  24. Wayne’s Thing (Kenny Garrett)
  25. Let It Fall (Harlum Mix) (Lady Alma & The Rainmakers)
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#JazzChurch 76 - Sunday, October 10, 2021

#jazzchurch 76 – Sunday, October 10, 2021 – featuring music by Jackie McLean, Larry Willis, Kamasi Washington, Keith Jarrett, John Abercrombie Quartet, Charles Lloyd, Rose Royce, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, and Peter Brown + commentary from Rev. Bill E. Bob! Also John Williams & Boston Pops Orchestra playing “76 Trombones” in honor of #JazzChurch 76! :-) We made a #JoyfulNoise! 🎶🎙🎵

bbebop · #JazzChurch 76 - Sunday, October 10, 2021
  1. Enitnerrut (Jackie McLean)
  2. Prayer for New Orleans (Larry Willis)
  3. Evidence (Strayhornmonk)
  4. Bemsha Swing (Esbjörn Svensson Trio)
  5. Can You Hear Him (Kamasi Washington)
  6. You Don’t Know What Love Is (Keith Jarrett)
  7. Hope St. (Tom Harrell)
  8. Down By the Riverside (Aaron Myers)
  9. Round Trip (John Abercrombie Quartet)
  10. Strivers Jewels (Charles Lloyd)
  11. Toku Do (Benny Green)
  12. Giant Steps (John Patitucci)
  13. Seventy-Six Trombones (John Williams & Boston Pops Orchestra)
  14. Solar (Phil Ranelin)
  15. How My Heart Sings (Jarmo Savolainen)
  16. Afrocèntric (Nelson Project)
  17. Dear Lord (John Coltrane)
  18. Moanin’ (Aaron Myers)
  19. Joy Spring (Clifford Brown)
  20. Thinker (Jared Hall)
  21. El Swing (Hudson)
  22. I’m Beginning to See the Light (Herwig Gradischnig)
  23. Your Precious Love (Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell)
  24. Love Don’t Live Here Anymore (Rose Royce)
  25. You Should Do It (Peter Brown)
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“Each time I walk Into a classroom, I can choose the place within myself from which my teaching will come, just as I can choose the place within my students toward which my teaching will be aimed. I need not teach from a fearful place: I can teach from curiosity or hope or empathy or honesty, places that are as real within me as are my fears. I can have fear, but I need not be fear—if I am willing to stand someplace else in my inner landscape.” – Parker J. Palmer, “The #CourageToTeach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life,” p. 58.

#ReadingSlowlyToCaptureEverySingleWord… #ThisBookIsDeep!

#JazzChurch 75 - Sunday, October 3, 2021

#jazzchurch 75 – Sunday, October 3, 2021 – featuring music by Marc Johnson, Chick Corea Akoustic Band, Terence Blanchard, Cassandra Wilson, Bänz Öster & The Rainmakers, Annie Lennox, Jonny Lang & Joss Stone, Sting, John Scofield, Yellowjackets, Lee Ritenour, Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Sly & The Family Stone, Marvin Gaye, The Stylistics, and Michael Jackson + commentary from Rev. Bill E. Bob! :-) We made a #JoyfulNoise! 🎶🎙🎵

bbebop · #JazzChurch 75 - Sunday, October 3, 2021
  1. Samurai Hee-Haw (Marc Johnson)
  2. New Waltse (Chick Corea Akoustic Band)
  3. Dolphin Dance (Herbie Hancock)
  4. Benny’s Tune (Terence Blanchard)
  5. I Can’t Stand the Rain (Cassandra Wilson)
  6. Autumn Leaves (Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen & Mulgrew Miller)
  7. Land’s End (Bänz Öster & The Rainmakers)
  8. MLK On Jazz (Love Transforms) (Bobby Watson & The I Have a Dream Project feat. Glenn North)
  9. Come Sunday (Terri Lyne Carrington feat. Natalie Cole)
  10. Work Song (Michael Wolff & Impure Thoughts)
  11. Greetings to Idris (Jim Mullen Quartet)
  12. Willa Jean (John Scofield)
  13. I’m Sleeping In (John Scofield)
  14. Geraldine (Yellowjackets)
  15. Hush, Hush, Hush (Herbie Hancock Featuring Annie Lennox)
  16. When Love Comes to Town (Herbie Hancock Featuring Jonny Lang & Joss Stone)
  17. Sister Moon (Herbie Hancock Featuring Sting)
  18. Stolen Moments (Lee Ritenour)
  19. God Must Be A Boogie Man (Joni Mitchell)
  20. On Green Dolphin Street (Miles Davis)
  21. The Theme (Miles Davis)
  22. That’s Life (Frank Sinatra)
  23. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) (Sly & The Family Stone)
  24. What’s Going On (Marvin Gaye)
  25. I’m Stone In Love With You (The Stylistics)
  26. Rock With You (Michael Jackson)
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dreary rainy daze

Wherein, I can’t stand the rain…

#JazzChurch 74 - Sunday, September 26, 2021

#jazzchurch 74 – Sunday, September 26, 2021 – featuring music by Hugh Masekela, Rob Bruynen, Jared Hall, John McLaughlin, Stanley Turrentine, Tim Chernikoff, Alexandre Silverio, Jimi Hendrix, Wayne Shorter, Gil Scott-Heron, Arrested Development, Carmen McRae & Betty Carter, Abbey Lincoln, Vinx, Herbie Hancock, Christina Aguilera, Santana, and Angelique Kidjo + commentary from Rev. Bill E. Bob! :-) We made a #JoyfulNoise! 🎶🎙🎵

bbebop · #JazzChurch 74 - Sunday, September 26, 2021
  1. Abangoma (The Healers) (Hugh Masekela)
  2. Colour My World (Rob Bruynen Brownies Colours)
  3. Blue In Green (John McLaughlin)
  4. Salt Song (Stanley Turrentine)
  5. In a Sentimental Mood (Alexandre Silvério and the Camaleon Bassoons)
  6. Mating Call (Jared Hall)
  7. Naima (Alexandre Silverio)
  8. Who Knows (Jimi Hendrix)
  9. Grazing In The Grass (Hugh Masekela)
  10. Stimela (The Coal Train) (Hugh Masekela)
  11. Infant Eyes (Wayne Shorter)
  12. Spirits (Gil Scott-Heron)
  13. Days Of Wine And Roses (Brian Melvin)
  14. Joe’s Mode (Rob Bruynen Brownies Colours)
  15. Tennessee (Arrested Development)
  16. Invitation (Alexandre Silverio)
  17. If You Could See Me Now (Jared Hall)
  18. Red House (Jimi Hendrix)
  19. Trump Dump (Tim Chernikoff feat. Jakob Dreyer & Kenneth Salters)
  20. Stolen Moments (Carmen McRae & Betty Carter)
  21. You Gotta Pay The Band (Abbey Lincoln)
  22. Glad To Be Unhappy / Where Or When (Carmen McRae & Betty Carter)
  23. What’s New (Carmen McRae & Betty Carter)
  24. A Little Bit More (Vinx)
  25. A Song for You (Herbie Hancock feat. Christina Aguilera)
  26. Safiatou (erbie Hancock feat. Santana & Angelique Kidjo)
  27. Benny’s Tune (Lionel Loueke)
  28. Rescue Me (Fontella Bass)
  29. Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out (Mayer Hawthorne)
  30. Never Give You Up (Raphael Saadiq feat. Stevie Wonder & CJ)
  31. Down So Long (Sting)

Here’s video of the version of “In a Sentimental Mood” That I played on today’s show:

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I used to think the “good old days” always seemed to have ended just before I got there. Alas, I’ve been around long enough to have experienced my very own good old days. Maybe I’ve even shared some with you?

This picture was a gift I received when I left the New York Power Authority for Lehman Brothers. #GoodOldDays! #StillLearning! #StillWorkingOnIt!

#JazzChurch 73 - Sunday, September 19, 2021

#jazzchurch 73 – Sunday, September 19, 2021 – featuring music by Yusef Lateef, Dizzy Gillespie, Omar Sosa, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Rubén Blades, Steps Ahead, Tommy Flanagan, George Mraz, Nina Simone, Keith Jarrett, Ron Carter, Pat Metheny, The Temptations, Durand Jones & The Indications, and Chic + commentary from Rev. Bill E. Bob! :-) We made a #JoyfulNoise! 🎶🎙🎵

bbebop · #JazzChurch 73 - Sunday, September 19, 2021
  1. Chic Cheer (Chic)
  2. Like It Is (Yusef Lateef)
  3. Tin Tin Deo (Dizzy Gillespie And The United Nation Orchestra)
  4. Ban Ban Quere (Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis & Rubén Blades)
  5. In A Sentimental Mood (Steps Ahead)
  6. Billie’s Bounce (David Kikoski)
  7. If You Could See Me Now (Brian Melvin)
  8. Freedom Jazz Dance (Eddie Harris)
  9. Relaxin’ At Camarillo (Tommy Flanagan)
  10. Christina (George Mraz)
  11. First Song (Gonzalo Rubalcaba)
  12. Tsiaro Tsara (Omar Sosa feat. Rajery)
  13. Thuon Mok Loga (Omar Sosa feat. Olith Ratego)
  14. Elrababa (Omar Sosa feat. Dafaalla Elhag Ali)
  15. Blues For L. W. (John McLaughlin)
  16. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free (Nina Simone)
  17. Blackberry Winter (Keith Jarrett)
  18. Fourmi (Fidel Fourneyron feat. Joachim Florent & Sylvain Darrifourcq)
  19. Nearly (Ron Carter)
  20. Bright Size Life (Pat Metheny)
  21. I Wish It Would Rain (The Temptations)
  22. Is It Any Wonder? (Durand Jones & The Indications)
  23. Chic Cheer - Live (Chic)
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Rehearsing “Autumn Leaves”

Breakdancing Leaf

Recycling Bins, Stairs, and a Leaf in Action

Then: Mask burning rally in Idaho

Now: “Idaho declares statewide hospital resource crisis”

Why? Yeah, you know why!

#JazzChurch 72 - Sunday, September 12, 2021

#jazzchurch 72 – Sunday, September 12, 2021 – featuring music by Pat Metheny, James Cleveland and the Angelic Choir, Roberta Flack, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Joshua Redman, George Mraz, Herbie Hancock, Matija Dedic, Donald Harrison, Cyrus Chestnut, John McLaughlin, Isaac Hayes, War, and The Funky Lowlives + commentary from Rev. Bill E. Bob! :-) We made a #JoyfulNoise! 🎶🎙🎵

bbebop · #JazzChurch 72 - Sunday, September 12, 2021
  1. Mr. JJ (Jeff “Tain” Watts)
  2. Blues For Pat (Joshua Redman)
  3. Falling Grace (George Mraz)
  4. Third Plane (Herbie Hancock)
  5. Tempera (Matija Dedic)
  6. Bob Marley (Donald Harrison)
  7. Sweet Hour of Prayer (Cyrus Chestnut)
  8. Peace Be Still (James Cleveland and the Angelic Choir)
  9. I Told Jesus (Roberta Flack)
  10. Bright Size Life (Pat Metheny)
  11. Watercolors (Pat Metheny)
  12. 80/81 (Pat Metheny)
  13. Goin’ Ahead (Pat Metheny)
  14. Lonely Woman (Billy Higgins, Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny)
  15. Elvin People (The Sheryl Bailey 3)
  16. Smells Like Teen Spirit (Francis Drake)
  17. New York On My Mind (John McLaughlin)
  18. Mack the Knife (Christian McBride, John Clayton & Ray Brown)
  19. If the Stars Were Mine (Melody Gardot)
  20. I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself (Isaac Hayes)
  21. Not What But How (Sunna Gunnlaugs)
  22. Stone by Stone (Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth)
  23. Are You Going With Me? (Pat Metheny Group)
  24. Cafe Olé (Luis Villegas)
  25. The Cisco Kid (War)
  26. Slippin’ Into Darkness (War)
  27. Irreplaceable (The Funky Lowlives)
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#JazzChurch 71 - Sunday, September 5, 2021

#jazzchurch 71 – Sunday, September 5, 2021 – featuring music by Wayne Shorter, The Manhattan Project, Tom Harrell, Betty Carter, Michael Brecker, Kenny Garrett, Terence Blanchard, Danilo Perez, Charlie Haden, Chick Corea Quartet, The Gerald Wilson Orchestra, Paul Desmond, The Temptations, Cameo, and Chaka Khan + commentary from Rev. Bill E. Bob! :-) We made a #JoyfulNoise! 🎶🎙🎵

bbebop · #JazzChurch 71 - Sunday, September 5, 2021
  1. On the Milky Way Express (Wayne Shorter)
  2. Old Wine, New Bottles (The Manhattan Project)
  3. Let the Children Play (Tom Harrell)
  4. September Song (Betty Carter)
  5. African Skies (Michael Brecker)
  6. Blues For Bulgaria (Sam Yahel Trio)
  7. Dear Old Stockholm (Miles Davis)
  8. It’s Time to Come Home (Kenny Garrett)
  9. When the Days Were Different (Kenny Garrett)
  10. For Art’s Sake (Kenny Garrett)
  11. Footprints (Wayne Shorter)
  12. Footprints (Terence Blanchard)
  13. Infinito (SFJAZZ Collective)
  14. Comin’ Home Baby (Herbie Mann)
  15. Dindi (John Beasley)
  16. September In Rio (Danilo Perez)
  17. American Dreams (Charlie Haden)
  18. The Arch Mage (Dave Holland, Mino Cinelu, Kevin Eubanks)
  19. New Life (Chick Corea Quartet)
  20. September Sky (Gerald Wilson)
  21. Wendy (Paul Desmond)
  22. (I Know) I’m Losing You (The Temptations)
  23. Word Up! (Cameo)
  24. What Cha’ Gonna Do for Me (Chaka Khan)
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My ALF Speech: “We Leave a Wake”

I was fortunate to be part of ALF Class XXVI (American Leadership Forum of Tacoma/Pierce County). We began the “year-long program” in June 2019 and celebrated our commencement on Sunday, August 22, 2021. Class XXVI spent 26 months as Fellows. Due to the COVID shutdown in March 2020, the class did not graduate in May 2020, and ALF extended our formal class year through December 2020 on Zoom.

I was honored to be selected as a speaker for our class, and after running out of time on my 7-minute talk at the beginning of our ALF journey, I decided to write this one out and make sure it fit within the timeframe. Here’s the speech.


Good Morning!

It’s so great to see everyone, to be in your presence again. I’ve missed us!

I want to thank those of you who voted for me to give this speech. Another seven minutes? What will I do with it? Maybe pick up where I left off last time, around 1972?

Random Memories

I’ve been so grateful for the opportunity to be part of ALF! Some random memories came to me as I prepared for this talk:

  • The first circle at the Marriott when Beth had us close our eyes and breathe
  • Being shocked that there were other people in the room when I finally opened my eyes
  • I was – and am – so impressed with everyone
  • I remembered he circle we sat in after our solos, the things we told each other, the tears
  • All the hands in the air to support classmates who were walking on the cable at Mountain Springs
  • Being caught by those hands when I fell off that cable
  • I remember excelling at Uno
  • The fun we had playing two truths and a lie
  • I loved hearing trash-talk while Genie, Scott, and others were playing spades
  • Hugs from Beth
  • I appreciated Cliff telling me, “don’t work yourself to death. I’ve seen too many black men do that.”
  • My walks with Katie trying to answer difficult questions
  • Conversations with Steph
  • The fearlessness of Senator Nobles
  • The genius of Rosie
  • Playing table tennis at Mountain Springs. Well, Tong was playing table tennis. I was evidently playing ping pong.
  • Profound conversations with Chris

Lessons

I don’t know how it is for you, but I’ve traveled through life blissfully unaware. I do things. Have ideas. Interact. Live. Work. Love.

I imagine I’m a boat traveling through water. As I move about, I’m leaving a wake behind me. It gets longer and longer, stretching out wider and wider until it disappears. And I’m now miles ahead on my journey.

I leave a wake, and it touches those in its path. Sometimes positively, sometimes not.

But I’m miles ahead and have no idea. I don’t see the impact the wake is having, the impact I’m causing.

ALF has been a profound experience for me. You spend time with people. Get to know each other. You like them. You love them. You want to help them, to see them flourish. And build community.

New Best Friends! That’s what I was told would happen, and happened it has.

But there’s something else. We start to see ourselves differently. We begin to see possibilities we didn’t or couldn’t see before.

We start to see ourselves through each others’ eyes. The story we tell ourselves, it changes. At least it did for me.

The thing is, I don’t see myself the way you see me. When I learn how you see me and understand the impact I’m having, that’s pure gold. Learning the impact I’m having gives me a chance to adjust, and maybe to walk and talk, with a little more confidence and purpose.

Courage

When we arrived at Mountain Springs, we were asked to identify three objectives for our Leadership Action Plan. #1 for me was ** courage:**

“I act to create change by speaking my truth, even when doing so may cause discomfort or conflict.”

Looking through my notes and remembering conversations with my buddy Lee and others, courage was a recurring theme, repeated throughout the week. How can I speak my truth? Hell, what is the truth I wish to speak? Why have I been avoiding speaking my truth?

Then on our last morning, we were exchanging gifts. I selected this orange heart. Maybe it reached out to me? I picked it up, held it in my hand. As Cliff started to explain why he shared that gift, I turned the stone over and saw the word “Courage.” Okay, that was deep! Then Cliff told me, “Bill you have courage. This heart isn’t courage. This is just a reminder that you already have courage!”

I needed that reminder. Grappling with courage, but also hearing what Cliff said. Sometimes we need a mirror when a mirror just won’t do. We need help from someone, so we can see ourselves with new eyes.

Closing the loop, this last week I found myself unmuting myself on Zoom and speaking the truth as I saw it in front of 80 people, “politely (but unequivocally) disagreeing” with my boss. I did so without thinking about courage, without even thinking about myself. What happened next was kind of magical. The conversation changed. Other people start to speak up. They felt freer to speak their truths.

People need to hear our truths, but our example can help them have the courage to express themselves. Maybe that’s some progress?

More Osmosis

The pandemic, George Floyd, and the election have impacted our lives and our ALF year. This difficult time has also given us an opportunity to put into practice many of the tools and lessons we have learned.

As a result of the pandemic, I’ve had the opportunity to reconnect with folks from college all those years ago. We’ve shared our experiences and, as a result, I learned things I didn’t know before. While I completed all my coursework, much of my learning came via osmosis. We black students were scattered across the college, but we created a community for each other that helped us survive that experience and become doctors, lawyers, leaders, poets. I didn’t even realize we were helping each other, not like I realize it now. I didn’t know the positive impact I had on others way back then.

My ALF experience has been more osmosis, and this has been the first time since college that I’ve been a part of this kind of community, where we get to know each other so well, so deeply. I’m so grateful!

We Leave a Wake

Classmates, we all leave a wake. The cool thing, though, is we help each other see ourselves. We’re reflected in each others’ eyes. We learn the impact we have had. We learn the impact we can have. And we prove that we can join together to have even greater impact.

I love our class! I love all y’all. Thanks for letting me be part of your journey. Thanks to our families for giving us the support we need (and for listening to all our ALF stories)! Finally, thanks to those who organized and guided us through the process, including Beth, Steph, Jahmad, Moe, Bill, Cliff, Brian, Jeanese, and others I might have missed!

And, oh yeah, Trust the Process!

Thanks everybody!

PTO Musings: Just Listen!

I’m on PTO this week with nothing better to do than rest and take stock while summer saunters away. Wish me luck!


Unsplash photo by Belinda Fewings

Once upon a time, I took an American Management Association (AMA) class called “Executive Effectiveness.” There were eight of us. The teacher, Tuck Taylor, was so effective that we very quickly revealed everything about ourselves to each other. Since we didn’t know each other and would likely never see each other again, we didn’t hold back on feedback, and, for the same reason, we had no reason not to believe the input when it came.

“Do you know what your problem is? Your problem is you listen with your mouth!”

Fortunately, that accusation was aimed at one of my classmates, but it always stuck with me. Don’t do that!! Here’s an old journal entry triggered because I had just witnessed this problematic behavior in a meeting:

When you interrupt a question with your answer:

  1. you demonstrate you’re not listening
  2. you indicate what you have to say is both pre-determined and more important
  3. you demonstrate a lack of respect and a lack of trust
  4. you don’t really understand the question
  5. frequently, you may answer the wrong question
  6. you miss an opportunity to clarify and understand the question
  7. you generate ill will
  8. you can lose more of the audience than just the person you interrupted
  9. you look bad (and other things I can’t remember now)

Don’t listen with your mouth. Listen. Deeply. Be there. Focus. Keep eye contact. Wait. Be patient. Take notes if necessary. Wait. Keep your mouth closed. Wait. Did you understand the question? Are you sure? Maybe ask them to repeat it? Clarify. Maybe repeat back the question to make sure you’ve got it right.

Then, and only then, answer the frakkin’ question. You know, the question you were asked. Not the one you want to answer. And keep it simple!!! Especially for policymakers.


It’s interesting that within a year of writing the above in my journal, I gained new perspective on listening when I attended an AMA class based on Mark Goulston’s book, Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone.

I followed that up when I took Arbinger’s Developing and Implementing an Outward Mindset workshop (and train-the-trainer too!). One of my work signatures contains this snippet:

”Be a really good listener today. Talk less. Hear more.”

Still #workingonit!!!

#JazzChurch 70 - Sunday, August 29, 2021

#jazzchurch 70 – Sunday, August 29, 2021 – featuring music by Wayne Shorter, our greatest living jazz composer who just celebrated his 88th birthday. Also featuring music by Darrell Grant, Joanne Brackeen, Andy Middleton, Kermit the Frog, Sunna Gunnlaugs, and Kenny Garrett + commentary from Rev. Bill E. Bob! :-) We made a #JoyfulNoise! 🎶🎙🎵

bbebop · #JazzChurch 70 - Sunday, August 29, 2021
  1. Endangered Species (Wayne Shorter)
  2. The Three Marias (Wayne Shorter)
  3. Atlantis (Wayne Shorter)
  4. Footprints (Miles Davis)
  5. Joy Ryder (Wayne Shorter)
  6. Armageddon (Wayne Shorter)
  7. Pinochio (Ignacio Berroa)
  8. El Gaucho (Wayne Shorter)
  9. Elegant People (Weather Report)
  10. Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum (Wayne Shorter)
  11. Dance Cadaverous (Wayne Shorter)
  12. Children of the Night (Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers)
  13. Twelve More Bars To Go (Wayne Shorter)
  14. Speak No Evil (Wayne Shorter)
  15. Wild Flower (Wayne Shorter)
  16. Witch Hunt (Wayne Shorter)
  17. Miyako (Wayne Shorter)
  18. Go (Wayne Shorter)
  19. Ponta De Areia (Wayne Shorter)
  20. Black Nile (Wayne Shorter)
  21. Come Sunday (Darrell Grant)
  22. Matrix (Ignacio Berroa)
  23. Estate (Joanne Brackeen)
  24. I’ll Remember August (Andy Middleton feat. Ralph Towner & Dave Holland)
  25. Bein’ Green (Kermit the Frog)
  26. Long Pair Bond (Sunna Gunnlaugs)
  27. Hargrove (Kenny Garrett)
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#JazzChurch 69 - Sunday, August 22, 2021

#jazzchurch 69 – Sunday, August 22, 2021 – featuring music by Ahmad Jamal, Hugh Masekela, Wynton Marsalis Septet, Kevin Eubanks, Chick Corea and Béla Fleck, Geoffrey Keezer, Roy Hargrove, Joe Williams, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, George Clinton, James Taylor & Michael Brecker, and Charles Earland + commentary from Rev. Bill E. Bob! :-) We made a #JoyfulNoise! 🎶🎙🎵

bbebop · #JazzChurch 69 - Sunday, August 22, 2021
  1. Black Codes From the Underground (Wynton Marsalis Septet)
  2. Take the Coltrane (Kevin Eubanks)
  3. Brazil (Chick Corea And Béla Fleck)
  4. Poinciana (Ahmad Jamal)
  5. The Nearness of You (Geoffrey Keezer)
  6. Stranded (Roy Hargrove)
  7. She’s Leaving Home (Brad Mehldau Trio)
  8. Perugia (Ahmad Jamal)
  9. No Face, No Name And No Number (Hugh Masekela)
  10. Bajabula Bonke (The Healing Song) (Hugh Masekela)
  11. There Are Seeds To Sow (Hugh Masekela)
  12. Phatsha-Phatsha (Hugh Masekela)
  13. Blackbird (Jorge Garcia feat. Rey Monroig, Nicky Orta & Abel Pabon)
  14. Pere (Edward Simon)
  15. As The Crow Flies (Bill Anschell)
  16. Everyday (I Have The Blues)/All Blues (Joe Williams)
  17. Siete Ocho (Andrew Hill)
  18. Bustin’ Loose (Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers)
  19. War (The Temptations)
  20. Atomic Dog (George Clinton)
  21. Happy Talk (Cannonball Adderley & Nancy Wilson)
  22. You Tickle Me Baby (The Royal Jokers)
  23. Hurt So Bad (Little Anthony & The Imperials)
  24. Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight (James Taylor & Michael Brecker)
  25. More Today Than Yesterday (Charles Earland)
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On This Day: Mulgrew Miller on “Why I Play Jazz” (8/18/15)

I love hearing Mulgrew talk about those rare transcendent experiences as the reason for playing this music. Deep and similar to how other jazz greats have spoken about the exact same thing. #thatswhatlifeisallabout!!!

I love to apply great business ideas where I work. Change is it for me. Positive change. From great to awesome! Alas, it’s hard. Difficult. So many obstacles. I cherish the moments when there’s a connection, a spark. When something great happens.

The thing is, that’s a lot like jazz. In this interview, Mulgrew Miller says what Dizzy Gillespie and many others said. Great, great musicians reach moments of transcendence … rarely.

It happens. And that’s what they live for. But they don’t know when it’s going to happen. Can’t predict it. When it happens, WOW!

#JazzChurch 68 - Sunday, August 15, 2021

#jazzchurch 68 – Sunday, August 15, 2021 – featuring music by Kenny Garrett, Larry Willis, Pharoah Sanders, Roy Hargrove, Esperanza Spalding, Billy Hart, Sylvain Luc, Ben Williams, Chet Baker, Mulgrew Miller, Brad Mehldau, Marvin Gaye, Lost Frequencies, Ronnie Laws, Tom Browne, and Queen & David Bowie + commentary from Rev. Bill E. Bob! :-) We made a #JoyfulNoise! 🎶🎙🎵

bbebop · #JazzChurch 68 - Sunday, August 15, 2021
  1. Kiss to the Skies (Kenny Garrett)
  2. To Wisdom, the Prize (Larry Willis)
  3. I’ll Remember August (Oregon)
  4. Calling (Kenny Garrett)
  5. Our Roots (Began In Africa) (Pharoah Sanders)
  6. Dear Lord (Roger Humphries)
  7. Knozz-moe-king (Wynton Marsalis Septet)
  8. O My Seh Yeh (Roy Hargrove)
  9. Mela (Esperanza Spalding)
  10. Duchess (Billy Hart)
  11. Sisters On The Rise (A Transformation) (Terri Lyne Carrington)
  12. Strasbourg / St. Denis (Roy Hargrove)
  13. Serenity (Roy Hargrove Quintet)
  14. Amants d’Un Jour (Sylvain Luc)
  15. Out of the Night Came You (Sylvain Luc)
  16. Pata Pata (Sylvain Luc)
  17. August (for Karen) (Mark Prince ft. Geno Young)
  18. Half Steppin’ (Ben Williams)
  19. Everything Happens To Me (Chet Baker)
  20. Love is Stronger Than Pride (Massimo Biolcati)
  21. It’s Easy to Remember (Mulgrew Miller)
  22. Day Is Done (Brad Mehldau Trio)
  23. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) (Marvin Gaye)
  24. Like I Love You (Lost Frequencies)
  25. Under Pressure (Queen & David Bowie)
  26. Always There (Ronnie Laws)
  27. Funkin’ for Jamaica (Tom Browne)
  28. Boogie Nights / All Night Long (Erykah Badu)
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Hugh Masekela introduced me to jazz. Their November 2015 concert at the Triple Door was the last time I got to see him and Larry Willis. #tears…

#JazzChurch 67 - Sunday, August 8, 2021

#jazzchurch 67 – Sunday, August 8, 2021 – featuring music by Joe Henderson, John Coltrane, Roy Hargrove, Kenny Barron, Charlie Haden, Les McCann And Eddie Harris, Rebirth Brass Band, Cassandra Wilson, Peter Brown, and Earth, Wind & Fire + commentary from Rev. Bill E. Bob! :-) We made a #JoyfulNoise! 🎶🎙🎵

bbebop · #JazzChurch 67 - Sunday, August 8, 2021
  1. Kumbaya (Terell Stafford)
  2. Dolphin Dance (The Blue Note 7)
  3. Jinrikisha (Joe Henderson)
  4. Ole (John Coltrane)
  5. Mo’ Better Blues (Branford Marsalis Quartet & Terence Blanchard)
  6. Remembering (Avishai Cohen)
  7. Soulful (Roy Hargrove Quintet)
  8. Blues In Orbit (Duke Ellington)
  9. Melancholia (Kenny Barron)
  10. Bebop (Kenny Barron)
  11. Body and Soul (Charlie Haden)
  12. Blues In Motian (Instrumental) (Charlie Haden, Paul Motian & Geri Allen)
  13. Silence (Charlie Haden & Paul Motian Feat. Geri Allen)
  14. Celia (Charlie Haden Quartet West)
  15. Drummer’s Song (Vijay Iyer, Linda May Han Oh & Tyshawn Sorey)
  16. Haitian Fight Song (Charles Mingus)
  17. Compared to What (Les McCann And Eddie Harris)
  18. Just the Two of Us (Rebirth Brass Band)
  19. Fallin’ Like - Dominoes (Donald Byrd)
  20. Spoonful (Howlin’ Wolf)
  21. Twisted (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross)
  22. “A” Theme (Ameen Saleem feat. Cyrus Chestnut, Roy Hargrove, Gregory Hutchinson and others)
  23. I Can’t Stand the Rain (Cassandra Wilson)
  24. Dance with Me (Peter Brown)
  25. Runnin’ (Earth, Wind & Fire)
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I really miss this truck and the great vittles found therein!

I became a food truck guy in the Bay Area, but not so much here in the Great Pacific Northwest.

On This Day - 9 years ago

me: “you have to drink the Kool-Aid!” someone else: “and the Kool-Aid tastes great!!”

this was in a conversation about organizational change. a lot of people pay lip service, etc. but if you don’t commit, really commit, it just. ain’t. gonna. happen.

you can commit, and things still don’t work out, but lack REAL commitment and failure is guaranteed.

that. is. all.

Alas, I’ve learned an awful lot since then, including the fact that commitment isn’t nearly enough.

#JazzChurch 66 - Sunday, August 1, 2021

#jazzchurch 66 – Sunday, August 1, 2021 – featured music by McCoy Tyner, Gang Starr, Larry Coryell Quartet, Brad Mehldau, Yellowjackets, John Scofield, Michael Brecker, Stanley Clarke, Archie Shepp & Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, Emily Remler, The Impressions, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Quincy Jones + commentary from Rev. Bill E. Bob! :-) We made a #JoyfulNoise! 🎶🎙🎵

bbebop · #JazzChurch 66 - Sunday, August 1, 2021
  1. Jazz Thing (Gang Starr)
  2. Passion Dance (McCoy Tyner)
  3. Sienna “Welcome, My Darling” (Larry Coryell Quartet)
  4. Katrina Ballerina (Al Hood & the H2 Jazztet feat. Peter Sommer)
  5. Blackbird (Brad Mehldau)
  6. I Knew His Father (Yellowjackets)
  7. Down D (John Scofield)
  8. Syzygy (Michael Brecker)
  9. Quiet Afternoon (Stanley Clarke)
  10. Alfie (Brad Mehldau Trio)
  11. Inner Urge (Larry Coryell)
  12. She’s Leaving Home (Brad Mehldau Trio)
  13. Interlude No. 3 (Keith Jarrett)
  14. Relaxin’ At Camarillo (Joe Henderson)
  15. Standing Outside (Keith Jarrett)
  16. Moose The Mooche (Archie Shepp & Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen)
  17. Beautiful Love (Various Artists)
  18. Absence (Terence Blanchard feat. The E-Collective & Turtle Island Quartet)
  19. Wicked Game (Sandro Dominelli feat. Chris Tarry, Rez Abbasi)
  20. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise (Emily Remler)
  21. Blues For Alice (Archie Shepp & Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen)
  22. Timeline (Yellowjackets)
  23. Man Facing North (Yellowjackets)
  24. It’s All Right (The Impressions)
  25. That’s the Way of the World (Earth, Wind & Fire)
  26. Prologue (Q’s Rap) (Quincy Jones)
  27. Back On The Block (Quincy Jones)
  28. We B. Dooinit (Acappella Party) (Quincy Jones)
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On The Difference Between Managers and Leaders

Tom Peters, one of my favorite business authors, says there’s no difference between leaders and managers. I think he’s wrong and I think he’s right. Wrong because there is a difference as Buckingham and Coffman explain below:

“Great managers are not miniexecutives waiting for leadership to be thrust upon them. Great leaders are not simply managers who have developed sophistication. The core activities of a manager and a leader are simply different. It is entirely possible for a person to be a brilliant manager and a terrible leader. But it is just as possible for a person to excel as a leader and fail as a manager. And, of course, a few exceptionally talented individuals excel at both.

“If companies confuse the two roles by expecting every manager to be a leader, or if they define ‘leader’ as simply a more advanced form of ‘manager,’ then the all-important ‘catalyst’ role will soon be undervalued, poorly understood, and poorly played. Gradually the company will fall apart.”
– Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman, “First, Break All the Rules”

Alas, Peters is also right because that ship has sailed. There’s no point to arguing the distinction because too many conflate the two.

Nevertheless, let me add one bit of nuance. Individual contributors can be leaders without managing anyone or anything.

That is all.

I had a chance to play some music last Saturday at Jazz Night School’s Jazz About Town.” First time in a loooong time, hopefully with more to come!