Larry Wilkins, guitarist/composer. 1980's. Sadly, Larry died way too young. He was really
fun/talented. He did a stint in Eric Burdon's I Band in the mid 1990's. I got to play a little bit in
Larry's Boulder band, called Gangbusters. Kim and Bobby were mainstays in that group too.
Other great past or current Boulder/Denver musicians include Russell Bizzett (played drums
with Jose Feliciano and currently plays in the San Diego area today),
Mike Fisher (percussion on one of Joni Mitchell's albums), Chris Engleman (great bassist, still in Boulder
but plays/records with Molly O'Brian and others). In groups led by me or others at one time or another were
David Small (great drummer, who was in the band Images, Jeff Uhrlaub (drms), Chris,
Fly McClard (sax), Bob Newnam (tmpt), sometimes Adlof Mares (bassist who did stint with Buddy Rich),
Kent McClagan, Steve Owen (sax), Bones Jones (gtr), Joe Andereis (also in Images, sax and flute).
Lee Bartley was the excellent pianist in Images and Rich Sallee, the bassist. Eric Gunnison is a fantastic
Denver pianist, who did a long stint with Carmen MacCrae), and is on faculty at Denver Univ.,
and there are lots of musicians you'd think should be famous in NYC or LA - they are that good.
Jill Sobule, singer and guitarist/composer. 1980's. Jill is a very naturally gifted
singer and musician. You might remember - her commercial hit was "I Kissed a Girl"...Playing with her was kind of the end of my professional career,
though I do actually play some gigs still now and then. At that time I had to decide between music
and finishing my PhD in Economics. Did I make a "rational" choice?
Old and Recent Parts of Recorded Tunes (MP3's).
Jordu, a be-bop tune, recorded way back in 1979 or so, live at the Wall Street Jazz Celler, in Boulder, Colorado.
Beatrice, a jazz standard, recorded in about 2007 at Michael Maisonpierre's house, in Boulder, Colorado.
Reincarnation of a Love Bird, recorded in about 2007 at Michael Maisonpierre's house, in Boulder, Colorado.
Part of the standard, Night and Day, also recorded in about 2007 at Michael Maisonpierre's house, in Boulder, Colorado.
Part of Very Early, also recorded in about 2007 at Michael Maisonpierre's house, in Boulder, Colorado.
D. Shaw composition, Now Then, recorded in about 1980 at Applewood studio, Denver, Colorado.
The band is Les Zazous, with Bobby Rangell (sax), Marshall Wood (bass), Brad Elliott (dms), Mike Denny (gtr).
D. Shaw composition, Substance C. Les Zazous, live recording, also Applewood, Denver, Colorado.
Mike Denny composition called Jackie's Mode. Tribute to Jackie McClean. Les Zazous, Applewood, again.
D. Shaw composition, Bell Isle, I wrote remembering the beauty of Bell Isle, France. Les Zazous, Applewood, again.
D. Shaw composition, Opus de Spam. Title reflects love of Monty Python back then. Les Zazous, Applewood, again.
D. Shaw composition - Mediocrity For Dollars - funky side of my likes in music. Les Zazous, Applewood, again.
Ok, Here is some music trivia that I like. You may not, but you can put up
your own darn website, now, can't you?
Pictures above, from left to right: Gig in N. Boulder Park, 2004 - Fly McClard on reeds, Pete Hening on bass,
Jason Emory (gtr), Jeff Uhrlaub (dms). Middle: my first jazz group - featured Jim Stranahan on sax. Jim is now a jazz band
instructor in Denver. "Plaskolight horn section": Bob Newnam (tmpt), Joe Andereis (sax), Steve Owen (sax). Steve is the jazz band
director at U of Oregon, and Joe is educator in Denver; Bobby Rangell and Kent McClagan, and myself. Next one is
playing with Kellis Ethridge at the Telluride Jazz Festival with Steve Owen playing flute. That's my arm above the piano! Last one is the band, Les Zazous.
Should all of the above be entitled, "Confessions of a Wanna-Bee/Has-Been?" I enjoy
self-deprecation...Bottom line is that I put up the above to celebrate the others' great talents - go listen to them!