1979 Dave Mason, Red Rocks, with my girlfriend Cheryl,a magical night.
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Milles with Hank Mobley and Wynton Kelley and Jimmy Cobb
At the Blackhawk 4/22/61 on Saturday night.
Thanks to Bernie Fuller (RIP) for taking me there with his son, David. We drank Two Crappy Syrup cokes for each set! I didn't realize what history I was viewing. Okay I was 16. Silly junior in high school. Became a full fledged jazz idiot from that moment on. NOBODY beats Hank Mobley on ts. Fugettabout Coltrane, Dexter and the rest (except Harold Land a totally different species of tone for ts...saw HIM on Central Avenue in LA with Blue Mitchell. I'm old but Blessed.
In 1966 a little girl named Joni Anderson Mithcell played a 'coffee house' in Saginaw, Michigan. Joni had been in 'the states' only about 3 months and was living in Detroit off of Cass Ave. (Every Detroiter will know!) I was a college sophmore and my girl friend and I went to the show with another graudate student who played an 'audition set' betweeen Joni's sets. We all got to share a table for the 'artists' for the evening. She played The Circle Game in the first set and played it 3 more times that night at my insistent requests. Still may be my favorite out of her incredible music.
Several months later I moved to Detriot myself and lived in the Cass Corridor and found Joni lived up stairs. She separated from Chuck Mithchell and headed out for Califorinia in the wake of divorcce and the heart ache of placing her baby for adoption. We would sit at the Traffic Jam, a tiny neighborhood bar that is a upscale bar and restaurant today, and talk.
I have not seen her since, except in concert (opened for Dylan in Minneapolis in the late 1990s). I would love to be back in Saginaw at the Ginger Blue and sipping muddy expresso and watching a left handed guitar player on an upside down guitar with the voice and the words of an angel. I wonder if she remembers Detriot and Richard?