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Letter to Richard…

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To Richard-

Jake Feinberg is a 33 year old from Long Island New York. My father is Jewish and my mother was raised Catholic although our house was generally agnostic and more spiritual than anything else.
My parents loved me unconditionally and there was probably a lot more nature over nurture for me growing up. However they did instill two very rich concepts. One was that education was paramount and you have to strive to do your best because I was not someone who could take in information and hold on to it. Like any grinder I had to rely on my work ethic because that combined with cognition would lead me to success. The other concept was the idea of differentiation or rather “different is good.” This involved mainly the people we interacted with on a social level. You could develop your own identity through individuality. Do not follow the herd so to speak. I grew up wanting to feel comfort but knowing I was going to have to push myself if I wanted to hang my hat on something at the end of the day.
Fast forward to 2011. The Jake Feinberg Show has always been something of a fantasy. I have had shows in the past but I always had to run the board and do other technical things and deal with politics so it never really materialized. I needed to become worldlier in a sense before the opportunity would present itself. In November a friend approached me and asked if I wanted to join 1330 KJLL, the last independent local talk radio station in Southern Arizona. I would have to raise enough money to subsidize myself but I felt confident in my abilities and was dying for an opportunity to break out of the domesticated lifestyle that had inundated me since the birth of my daughter.
I started my show at the beginning of January the day after our local Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords had been shot in the head. It seemed logical to start connecting dots, recounting heroes and placing blame. The next two months my show was filled with guests who talked about immigration, public education the demonization of public sector employees and an expansive look at societal, political and economic change from the early 1970s. (The Yom Kippur War, Peak Oil, the rise of social conservatism etc)
At the end of March I was burning out. Not on the content but on the lack of willingness by anyone to really want to solve any of these issues. Or at least compromise as if that was a sign of defeat. I thought that I needed a clearer focus as it related to my show. I turned my attention to unsung heroes of jazz. I started contacting individuals like yourself, Pat Martino, Calvin Keys, John Handy, Mickey Roker and many more because for the most part while they have talked about the technical part of playing most have never discussed their upbringings, their spirituality or the music they made in the late sixties and early seventies (on the radio at least).
In some way the new thread of my show spans deeper now because most of the guys I am interviewing are black. They were players who played for the love of music because nobody was getting rich in the seventies playing jazz. It was about love of music, love of camaraderie and a tribal quality and prideful ness about being a black man or woman in this country. Keys spoke eloquently about the entertainer/musician/political trifecta that was going on in the black communities in southern and northern California. He might back Richard Prior at Red Foxx’s one night and play an all night jam session with some of the Panthers in the Fillmore District the next. Again, because a lot of these musicians were not getting rich there was a creative tension that existed at that time because of the survivalist mentality. I know you were part of this movement because your albums for Muse at that time have an edge to them that does not exist in jazz music now for whatever reasons.
So the show is now become a primary source archival tribute to my jazz heroes. And if that means we talk about race, politics, new directions in music, acoustic/electric fusion or the like it is my job to paint the picture of men who lived through a special time period. A period that I did not live through but wish I did. Now you are part of that group.

I hope this gives you a better idea of who I am and my prerogatives for the Jake Feinberg Show.

Please get back to me with feedback when it is convenient.

Love,

Cousin Jake.