Dear Reader, peace to you and yours today. It has been a long, long journey traveling through life since I last spoke up here. I'm glad you made it thru too!
I'm in the City of Angels – which is not too far from Maison Musique – as I am blessedly visiting with my family. It's the perfect time to tell of what I know, and what I love.
My father was a good man. A good man in the true sense. And as his third and youngest son, last of all his children, I… Continue
Added by Esquizito on June 17, 2012 at 12:00pm —
There is a great awakening occurring now.
In my times as a New Yorker, I had the opportunity to work as a member of the cast of a musical entitled, A Tapestry of Dreams. This play was conceived and written by a man named, Nat Bucknell; the music was composed by the noted, Carol Hall.
In one scene, I delivered the line, “The Japanese character for crisis, also means enlightenment.” This is, as far as I can tell, a great truth of nature which the Jazz man is… Continue
Added by Esquizito on July 5, 2011 at 12:00pm —
Dear Reader, with summer '11 upon us, and the Mississippi river subsiding within us, and storm season again taking its rightful place, [ALL HAIL...!] I say: Here's to time!
I am glad to be back home in New Orleans; where one can't go too, too far without bumping into to some sign or plaque acknowledging our history. [I can't help but joke about the sign which was placed, not too long ago, at the end of my block stating the name of my neighborhood as the "Suburb… Continue
Added by Esquizito on June 7, 2011 at 12:00pm —
“Roll with the punches!”
Danny Barker had a bold, and oftentimes, daring perspective on seemingly anything and everything under the sun.
He unflinchingly viewed the foibles of human life with a wry sense of humor and a deep self-knowing; both of which were hallmarks of his singular style.
He summed up his life's ethos as the quintessential Jazz journeyman, offering the words which with I open this day's very special post. Danny Barker… Continue
Added by Esquizito on March 15, 2011 at 11:00pm —
My fellow Americans... and dear Readers everywhere, let us take a few moments to hear Mr. Barker's address: The State of the Smile.
And the whole world will smile with you!
Peace & Pops, Continue
Maison Musique, New Orleans
My Catalogue of CD's Available Thru A Locally…
Added by Esquizito on January 25, 2011 at 7:00am —
I talk too much.
[Listen to an air-check from a radio show broadcast live in New Orleans, 10:00 p.m.-Midnight, Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Try clicking here
... It's also at the top of the Playlist on my Main Page
I admit it; and of course many have said that generally, in quality and quantity, we talk… Continue
Added by Esquizito on September 11, 2010 at 12:00pm —
What can I say?
Well... first, I am grateful to be here in New Orleans. There are those – at least one learned man I know – who predicted that we wouldn't make it this far. He was wrong; ah yes... he was wrong.
What's next? Dear Reader, let's dance
[Danny spins & speaks! From, Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy (1954.) I myself have been to Beale Street; Memphis was the first… Continue
Added by Esquizito on August 29, 2010 at 7:00am —
Faith... Fact... Friendship... Fate... Who's your daddy? Continue
In other words, Dear Reader, what do you rely on? Now, despite the passed two weeks of reflection that being away from home has provided yours truly, I will confess to an idleness regarding this central question of existence. Nevertheless, let's see where this goes...? It's no revelation as from whence my current quandary comes. Since it has been almost two weeks of monitoring the so called, integrity of the Macondo oil…
Added by Esquizito on July 27, 2010 at 12:00pm —
Recherchereur Cheri, Mais oui...!
I am escaping from New Orleans, Louisiana on Le Quatorze Juilllet, 2010...!
It has been written, “All good Creole boys must one day return to Paris.”* But, no such luck this time. Nonetheless, I am indeed excited to be headed to Our
Nation's Capitol. (via Baltimore
.) I will be visiting with a great friend, and mentor, A. Billy S. Jones-Hennin. I will state… Continue
Added by Esquizito on July 14, 2010 at 12:00pm —
“How will it end?!” – Louis Armstrong
, as per Waller & Razaf
Hey wait... Dear Reader, please don't go! It is really the beginning and; it's going to be what it's going to be.
This last sentiment was bestowed upon me by Ellis Marsalis... oh, about four and half years ago. It was my first Friday after having returned to New Orleans from Brooklyn where I had eventually evacuated to, following Hurricane… Continue
Added by Esquizito on July 4, 2010 at 12:00pm —
May you now open the link below and read this very well-written overview of the problem and, a necessary solution. (Louisiana demands justice, not charity -- by James Carville.) Love and gratitude to the water. May the Petrochemical Age now begin to come to a peaceful end. Amen.
Keep on swingin'!
Peace & Pops,
Maison Musique, New… Continue
Added by Esquizito on June 14, 2010 at 12:00pm —
Love and gratitude to the water.
Dear Reader, welcome back and; peace to you and yours. I begin with a seemingly simple puddle of words which now carries the weight of the sea. The phrase entered my consciousness by way of a Japanese scientist, Masuro Emoto, who studies the nature of water and, visualizes world peace. Dr. Emoto's work entered my consciousness by way of, Delia Nakayama, a writer and visualizer of many things... including world peace. It was a couple of years ago… Continue
Added by Esquizito on May 31, 2010 at 12:00pm —
Afro-American Music: 101
A course in Jazz
breath... breath... breath...
[Esu... The Crossroads... The Traveler... The Path... The Neutral Ground. The Trickster, Fool, Clown, Coon. Manipulator. Liberator. Mind-Blower... Hypnotist, Shaman, Griot... Embodiment of Daniel Moses Barker]
Overture (collage) with drone in (G)
Added by Esquizito on December 13, 2009 at 11:30am —
Steal away, steal away. Steal a way to freedom.
Greetings Dear Reader; Peace be unto your house. It is beautifully alive morning in downtown Orleans Parish. It is a good thing that we have rest today as it is already 88 degrees (and feels somewhere near there in degrees of humidity,) as of 10:00 a.m.
As many of you already know, this is the date that Louis Daniel Armstrong marked as his birthday; the year he declared was 1900. Scholarship (and capitalism) has altered this… Continue
Added by Esquizito on July 4, 2009 at 10:00am —
Our examination of the Clave
and the legacy of Africa upon the history of music comes to a close as does the month of June (which has proven to be a test of stamina with days upon daze of 96 degree air temperatures.) I would like to return to the old landmark of Nouvelle Orleans.
The year was 1718; nevertheless from a tape annotated, “5/4/76” we can forever hear Mr.… Continue
Added by Esquizito on June 30, 2009 at 6:30am —
Chano Pozo was attributed, by Dizzy Gillespie in his own memoirs: To Be Or Not To Bop, this sentiment regarding the workings of what is now referred to as “Latin Jazz.” (Remember, this is Diz translating...)
Deehee no peek pani, me no peek Angli, bo peek African.
Both speak African. Danny Barker, our own keeper of memory was present and characteristically observant of this mix.…
Added by Esquizito on June 23, 2009 at 10:00am —
I am not a Musicologist; I just use my ears. I am sure that many scholars have done studies and analyses on the rhythmic patterns known as Clave.
I have not sought out these thoughts and, admittedly have not given the time necessary to read up on the subject. Nevertheless, I am a musician and have plenty to deal with in actually playing “in Clave” – and in so doing, always striving for more command and authority. It's true, “The more I get, the more I want – it seems.” Like anything else… Continue
Added by Esquizito on June 16, 2009 at 6:00am —
What is your ethnicity? Actually, the word was mispronounced by Sgt. Genovese – of the 8th precinct, N.O.P.D. - when he asked me this question, as he ran a check on me in order to, apparently, see if he could bring me in for something else, or other than riding a bicycle up the wrong way of Royal Street. Sgt. Genovese and I love each other now; I'll be much better acquainted with Chartres Street for this. Back to the question; I'm still caught off-guard by the opportunity to answer this. There… Continue
Added by Esquizito on June 9, 2009 at 6:00am —
One thing is for sure. Jelly Roll Morton will forever be attributed with the phrase: “the Spanish tinge.” He considered this quality essential to Jazz music. For a long time to come, the issue of Jazz bi-lingualism will keep the tongues flapping... and the fingers typing. The debate – if you will – regarding “Latin Jazz” will rage onward.
What Jelly was referring to is the syncopated rhythmic pattern known as the Clave
. The Spanish word meaning 'key,' there are several widely… Continue
Added by Esquizito on June 2, 2009 at 6:00am —
“The more I get, the more I want – it seems.”
It seems so with my brief study of Jelly Roll Morton. As did Mr. Barker say previously: “I'll have to take a whole chapter on Jelly Roll.” Dear reader, while I have endeavored to roll deep with Jelly's journey – but for this month of May – I have been greatly distracted by my own issues of survival. Thus will I attempt to wrap up a few loose ends and hopefully make some constructive points which seem to loom in what Mr. Barker is holding… Continue
Added by Esquizito on May 26, 2009 at 7:00am —