#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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#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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#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.

Pimientos de Padrón!!!

#JazzChurch 64 - Sunday, July 18, 2021

#jazzchurch 64 – Sunday, July 18, 2021 – featured music by The Clayton Brothers, Miles Davis, Albert Rivera, Abbey Lincoln, McCoy Tyner, Alice Coltrane, Buster Williams, Chick Corea, Joe Henderson, Björn Meyer, Bobby Watson, John Coltrane, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, United Future Organization, and Shalamar + commentary from Rev. Bill E. Bob! :-) We made a #JoyfulNoise! 🎶🎙🎵

bbebop · #JazzChurch 64 - Sunday, July 18, 2021
  1. On The Trail (The Clayton Brothers)
  2. The Planet Plan (United Future Organization)
  3. Blue in Green (Miles Davis)
  4. New View (Albert Rivera)
  5. The Music Is the Magic (Abbey Lincoln)
  6. Contemplation (McCoy Tyner)
  7. Ptah, The El Daoud (Alice Coltrane)
  8. Air Dancing (Buster Williams)
  9. Hairy Canary (Chick Corea, Joe Henderson, Roy Haynes & Gary Peacock)
  10. Dear Old Stockholm (Alan Pasqua, Dave Carpenter & Peter Erskine)
  11. Windows (Corea, Clarke & White)
  12. Traces of a Song (Björn Meyer)
  13. Black Nile (Al Foster, Dave Kikoski, Chris Potter, Doug Weiss)
  14. Love Remains (Bobby Watson Quartet: Bobby Watson, John Hicks, Curtis Lundy)
  15. Three (Joachim Schoenecker w/ Adam Nussbaum, Chris Potter & John Goldsby)
  16. Fred (Allan Holdsworth, Alan Pasqua, Jimmy Haslip & Chad Wackerman)
  17. Hackensack (Corea, Clarke & White)
  18. Equinox (John Coltrane)
  19. Dardanella (Emmet Cohen)
  20. What’s Happening Brother (The Dirty Dozen Brass Band)
  21. Mistress Of The Dance (United Future Organization)
  22. Take That to the Bank (Shalamar)
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Let Us Go to the House of the Lord

What do you do if you grew up in the black church, attended Sunday School every Sunday until you were almost through high school, and then something happened? I can’t put my finger on it exactly. It was a loooooong time ago.

A few things happened. I didn’t care for Martin Luther King, Jr. because he wasn’t militant enough for me. But then he was assassinated. I don’t know. Maybe I had already started pulling away. Five years earlier, my church didn’t participate in the 1963 March on Washington. I didn’t understand anything at that age, especially why.

As I became old enough to think for myself, I moved away from the church. Years later, there was a time when we were thinking about going back. We attended services at a few black churches in the Palo Alto area, but none really appealed to me.

We attended one service featuring a visiting pastor from New York. His name was Preston Washington. I first met Preston as a student at Williams College, and I revered him! Curtis Manns, a former Assistant Dean at the college, let me know he would be visiting. It was great seeing Preston again after so many years, and his sermon was awe-inspiring. I would have loved going to his church. Alas, that was not to be. There was the distance and then time. Preston was taken away from us way too soon.

When I visited a local church from my childhood denomination, the Church of God in Christ, it just didn’t feel the same. When I went to a local baptist church, the service felt too sterile.

That’s the thing. Style of worship is very particular and important. I was looking for what I had, what I walked away from, and couldn’t find it, probably because it didn’t exist any longer. Maybe it exists only in my head?

There’s one thing from church that is still with me, though: It’s the music, especially songs like “Let Us Go to the House of the Lord” (this recording was how I began the first episode of #JazzChurch last year - replay here). Listening again just now, I hear that I was emotional then too. Good emotions!

#StillSearching…

#JazzChurch 63 - Sunday, July 11, 2021

#jazzchurch 63 – Sunday, Sunday, July 11, 2021 – featured music by Jaco Pastorius, John Coltrane, The Edwin Hawkins Singers, Tom Harrell, Herbie Hancock, Mulgrew Miller, Quincy Jones, Andy Bey, Nat “King” Cole, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Chick Corea, The Staple Singers, Leon Bridges, and Weather Report + commentary from Rev. Bill E. Bob! :-) We made a #JoyfulNoise! 🎶🎙🎵

bbebop · #JazzChurch 63 - Sunday, July 11, 2021
  1. Invitation (Jaco Pastorius)
  2. Dahomey Dance (John Coltrane)
  3. Oh Happy Day (The Edwin Hawkins Singers)
  4. Sister Cheryl (Jemal Ramirez)
  5. Invitation (Tom Harrell)
  6. A Quick Sketch (Herbie Hancock)
  7. Wingspan (Mulgrew Miller)
  8. Killer Joe (Quincy Jones)
  9. Liberty City (Jaco Pastorius)
  10. All the Things You Are (Andy Bey)
  11. Random Abstract (Diddle-It) (Branford Marsalis Quartet)
  12. Waltz For Debby (Billy Childs)
  13. Clear Ways (Herbie Hancock)
  14. Somewhere Along the Way (Nat “King” Cole)
  15. Somewhere Along the Way (Larry Willis)
  16. Baby Girl’s Strut (Cyrus Chestnut)
  17. Y Ya La Quiero (Joe Henderson)
  18. Bouquet (Bobby Hutcherson)
  19. Okonkole Y Trompa (Jaco Pastorius)
  20. The Peacocks (Herbie Hancock)
  21. Litha (Chick Corea)
  22. I’ll Take You There (The Staple Singers)
  23. Bad Bad News (Leon Bridges)
  24. When It Was Now (Weather Report)
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Tea with honey and lemon: one of life’s simple pleasures!

#JazzChurch 62 - Sunday, July 4, 2021

#jazzchurch 62 – Sunday, Sunday, July 4, 2021 – was a special July 4th episode featuring music by Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Dapp Theory, Ahmad Jamal, Charles Lloyd, Herbie Hancock, Aaron Myers, Kait Dunton, Mulgrew Miller, Kevin Eubanks, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Mike Stern, and Ellis and Branford Marsalis. We also featured an updated version of Frederick Douglass’ speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” + commentary from Rev. Bill E. Bob! :-) We made a #JoyfulNoise! 🎶🎙🎵

bbebop · #JazzChurch 62 - Sunday, July 4, 2021
Black Artists Honor Frederick Douglass’ 4th of July Speech
  1. That Old Black Magic (Herbie Hancock)
  2. SOS (Dapp Theory)
  3. Marseille (Ahmad Jamal feat. Abd al Malik)
  4. Wayfaring Stranger (Charles Lloyd)
  5. Body and Soul (Herbie Hancock)
  6. New Jim Crow (Aaron Myers)
  7. Nude (Kait Dunton)
  8. Invitation (Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers)
  9. Delfeayo’s Dilemma (Wynton Marsalis)
  10. Soul-Leo (Mulgrew Miller)
  11. Rhythm-A-Ning (Chick Corea, Miroslav Vitous & Roy Haynes)
  12. Opening Night (Kevin Eubanks)
  13. Stella By Starlight (Ellis Marsalis & Branford Marsalis)
  14. Birk’s Works (Dizzy Gillespie)
  15. Tutu (Miles Davis)
  16. Windows (Mike Stern)
  17. Simone (Bruno Hubert Trio)
  18. Book’s Bossa (Donald Byrd)
  19. Swamp Rat (Herbie Hancock)
  20. Till There Was You (Gene Ammons)
  21. Pinocchio (Herbie Hancock)
  22. Too Hot (Kool & The Gang)
  23. If I Were Your Woman (Gladys Knight & The Pips)
  24. Turn Me Up (José James feat. Aloe Blacc)
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According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, over 99 percent of people who died from COVID-19 in recent weeks were unvaccinated.

“Life is complicated. It’s filled with nuance. It’s unsatisfying. If I believe in anything, it is doubt. The root cause of all life’s problems is looking for a simple fucking answer.”
– Anthony Bourdain

This reminds me of H.L. Mencken’s apocryphal quote:

“For every complicated problem, there’s a simple solution — and it’s wrong”

And also this from Blaise Pascal:

“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”

#JazzChurch 61 - Sunday, June 27, 2021

#jazzchurch 61 – Sunday, June 27, 2021 – was a special “Hottest-Day-Of-The-Year-So-Far” episode featuring music from the “Do the Right Thing” soundtrack, Tony Williams Lifetime, Martha & the Vandellas, John McLaughlin, Weather Report, Steps Ahead, Kenny Garrett, Joni Mitchell, Jazzmeia Horn, Andy Milne & Dapp Theory, Gil Scott-Heron & Makaya McCraven, the Spinners, Al Green, the Isley Brothers feat. Snoop Dogg, Sly & The Family Stone, and Peter Brown + commentary from Rev. Bill E. Bob! :-) We made a #JoyfulNoise! 🎶🎙🎵

bbebop · #JazzChurch 61 - Sunday, June 27, 2021
  1. Today’s Forecast -–> HOTTT!!! (Do the Right Thing soundtrack)
  2. Proto-Cosmos (Tony Williams Lifetime)
  3. Caught in the Act (Victor Wooten, Dennis Chambers & Bob Franceschini)
  4. Heatwave (Jazzanova feat. Olivier St. Louis)
  5. Do the Right Thing (1989) opening credits (Public Enemy)
  6. Stomp! (Cast of Stomp & Various Artists)
  7. Dancing In the Street (Single Version) (Martha Reeves & The Vandellas)
  8. The Egyptian Blues (Wynton Marsalis Septet)
  9. Downhill (Jimmy Haslip, Russell Ferrante, Attila Laszlo, Ferenc Nemeth)
  10. Special Beings (John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension)
  11. Madagascar (Weather Report)
  12. Pools (Steps Ahead)
  13. African Exchange Student (Kenny Garrett)
  14. That’s All (Orrin Evans)
  15. Mr. Pastorius (Miles Davis)
  16. sunday (Joy Oladokun)
  17. Birdlike (Freddie Hubbard)
  18. Waltz (3 Sisters) (Kenny Garrett)
  19. A Shade Of Jade (Nubya Garcia)
  20. Coyote (Joni Mitchell)
  21. Neoparadeigma (Dapp Theory)
  22. East of the Sun (And West of the Moon) (Jazzmeia Horn)
  23. Surge & Splendor (Andy Milne & Dapp Theory)
  24. Running (Gil Scott-Heron & Makaya McCraven)
  25. All 4 Love (Randy Brecker)
  26. I’ll Be Around (The Spinners)
  27. The Zodiac (Down to the Bone)
  28. Close Your Eyes (Miguel Migs feat. Meshell Ndegeocello)
  29. Let’s Stay Together (Al Green)
  30. Friends & Family (The Isley Brothers feat. Ronald Isley & Snoop Dogg)
  31. Cowboys to Girls (The Intruders)
  32. Hot Fun (Stanley Clarke)
  33. Hot Fun In The Summertime (Sly & The Family Stone)
  34. Do Ya Wanna Get Funky with Me? / Burning Love Breakdown (Peter Brown)
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Random Friday Thoughts

It’s Friday, early afternoon. I’m sitting on my deck, having had a most hectic morning. I missed a Board meeting to work on a presentation that was due this morning. We’ll be seeking approval for three bond financing transactions, the details of which are all still in-flight. We were an hour late, but still okay. #whew!

Next up was a meeting with part of our financing team (representing advisers, our lawyers, the bankers, and their counsel). We were working to finalize the terms of one transaction when a new idea popped up. I quickly conferred with colleagues and decided to incorporate the new idea into our deal. #dingdingding!!

The meeting was about to end when I suggested something ridiculous. I asked one of our advisers to get up, rack up the balls on the pool table that’s been behind him in all of our Zoom calls, and then break them. He did, it was hilarious, and folks said we should have all of our meetings like this one.

So, suggesting stupid unusual things can sometimes be so #winning!!! :-)

These events confirmed another thought I’ve had lately: I #LOVE doing #BondDeals. They present opportunities to do big things, and I #LOVE doing big things!

Financial engineering is an area where I’m free to act. I’m trusted, and, working with some pretty awesome colleagues, we’ve entirely reshaped the finances here in the last nine years, with still more reshaping to come.

I’m trusted in this space, and it’s fun. We’ve made progress.

Now about some of those other spaces…

Okay, back to #winning! Did I mention I’ve been sitting out on our deck under an umbrella? Right now, it’s 83º with a light breeze. I’ve been sitting here in a tee-shirt, shorts, living – I mean working – the life of Riley. No complaints, despite what I wrote above.

One more thing. I’m losing a fantastic team member. She’s moving on to bigger and hopefully better things. She’s made a tremendous impact here and will continue on a grander scale. Of course, I have mixed emotions, but this isn’t the first time. I’ve had other great people move on to other opportunities. One example is the banker we met with this morning. He was part of my team when I arrived here nine and half years ago. A little over a year later, I wrote:

[On my first] morning, I witnessed a great presentation about my company’s financial outlook. That evening, when I went home, I told my wife, “Thank God that guy works for me!” Well, effective today, he no longer does. He’s moved on to a new career, doing almost identically what I did many years ago at the same point in my career. I wish him luck, and will miss his energy, curiosity, and drive!

The new idea this morning came from him, and it’s not the first time. The great people seem to always be around, with energy, curiosity, drive, and a penchant for helping.

That’s #winning, too!!!

#JazzChurch 60 - Sunday, June 20, 2021

#jazzchurch 60 – Sunday, June 20, 2021 – was a special Juneteenth/Father’s Day/Summer Soltice episode featuring music by McCoy Tyner, Kenny Garrett, Horace Silver, Bobby Watson, Leon Thomas, Charles Lloyd, Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, Joni Mitchell, Amel Larrieux, Andy Milne, The Young Rascals, Tina Turner, and Chic + commentary from Rev. Bill E. Bob! :-) We made a #JoyfulNoise! 🎶🎙🎵

bbebop · #JazzChurch 60 - June 20, 2021
  1. Do Your Dance! (Kenny Garrett)
  2. Peresina (McCoy Tyner)
  3. Song for My Father (Horace Silver)
  4. Pere (Bobby Watson)
  5. Old Folks (Pat Metheny With Dave Holland & Roy Haynes)
  6. Song For My Father (Leon Thomas)
  7. For Art’s Sake (Kenny Garrett)
  8. Sister (Charles Lloyd)
  9. Travelin’ Blues (McCoy Tyner & Bobby Hutcherson)
  10. Passion Dance (Andy Milne & Unison)
  11. Lost (Wayne Shorter)
  12. Punjab (Joe Henderson)
  13. Hejira (Joni Mitchell)
  14. Yip Roc Heresy (Slim Gaillard and His Orchestra)
  15. Oye Cómo Va (Tito Puente & Celia Cruz)
  16. Go (Wayne Shorter)
  17. Drive By - The Fall (Andy Milne & Unison)
  18. Get Up (Amel Larrieux)
  19. Oxide (Ralph Alessi, Ravi Coltrane, Andy Milne, Drew Gress & Mark Ferber)
  20. Message in a Bottle (Andy Milne)
  21. Emily (Julian Lage)
  22. Wilkes BBQ (Bobby Watson)
  23. Billville (David Arnay feat. Peter Erskine)
  24. Little Girl Blue (Red Garland Trio)
  25. The Wish (Chick Corea Quartet)
  26. Groovin’ (The Young Rascals)
  27. I Can’t Stand the Rain (Tina Turner)
  28. A Warm Summer Night (Chic)
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#JazzChurch 59 - Sunday, June 13, 2021

#jazzchurch 59 – Sunday, June 13, 2021 – featured music by McCoy Tyner, John McLaughlin, John Coltrane, Tré Burt, Charles Lloyd, Melissa Aldana, Freddie Hubbard, Eliane Elias, Joe Henderson, Kevin Eubanks, Don Braden, Allison Russell, Peaches & Herb, Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd Street Rythm Band, The Friends of Distinction, Peaches & Herb, Celia Cruz & Tito Puente, and Chaka Khan, + commentary from Rev. Bill E. Bob! :-) We made a #JoyfulNoise! 🎶🎙🎵

bbebop · #JazzChurch 59 - June 13, 2021
  1. Emotion in Motion (Peter Martin)
  2. Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit (McCoy Tyner)
  3. Peace One (John McLaughlin)
  4. Impressions (John Coltrane)
  5. Under the Devil’s Knee (Tré Burt)
  6. When Miss Jessye Sings (Charles Lloyd)
  7. Elsewhere (Melissa Aldana)
  8. Suite Sioux (Freddie Hubbard)
  9. Running (Eliane Elias)
  10. A Shade Of Jade (Joe Henderson)
  11. The Lady in My Life (Christian McBride Trio)
  12. Day Trip (Pat Metheny)
  13. Inner Crisis (Larry Willis)
  14. Kid Charlemagne (Don Braden)
  15. Round Midnight (Joe Henderson, Al Foster & Rufus Reid)
  16. The Messenger (Kevin Eubanks)
  17. Little Rebirth (Allison Russell)
  18. Butterfly (Don Braden & Joris Teepe Quartet)
  19. September (Marcela Mangabeira)
  20. Do Your Thing (Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd Street Rythm Band)
  21. Close Your Eyes (Peaches & Herb)
  22. Funky Nassau (Beginning Of The End)
  23. Lonesome Mood (The Friends of Distinction)
  24. Reunited (Peaches & Herb)
  25. I Know You, I Live You (Chaka Khan)
  26. Fickle Funk (Chick Corea)
  27. Cao Cao Maní Picao (Celia Cruz & Tito Puente)
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