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JFS @ 1 Year….


Today marks the one-year anniversary of The Jake Feinberg Show.

I started my program the day after Gabrielle Giffords was shot at a Safeway shopping plaza. Based on the circumstances I felt it was my job to discuss the circumstances surrounding the tragedy and expound on our inhospitable political/media construct that has atrophied our great country.

I spent 3 months doing this and focused on topics that were pertinent to the community. Things like public education, immigration and current political thought. However as the month of March ended I realized that it is a lot more adventitious for pols to "not" solve our problems in order to stay in power. This realization helped steer me in the current direction of my program.

I interview musicians, critics and authors who have made contributions to both their heritage and society. Individuals who would not be confined by curriculums and the status quo. They were looking to expand the sound of music and build on the foundations of Roach, Dizzy, Blakey, Bird and Hawes. Some of these elder statesmen were still active and strong and brought in this new generation to play with them. It gave the graybeards a little extra energy to have a bunch of hungry younger cats playing with a desperate edge.

The show has turned into configurations. Dizzy's Band from the early seventies with Al Gafa, Mike Longo and Mickey Roker. The original band at the Half-Note in San Francisco with George Duke, Pete Magadini and John Heard. Cal Tjader's band with the aforementioned Heard, Dick Berk and Mike Wolff. The cognoscenti's of the east coast like Lew Tabackin, Pat Martino, Barry Miles and Bobby Rose.

Then there's my obsession with the transcendental nature of the Bay Area in the same time period. I have made a conscious effort to interview musicians who had personal relationships with Garcia and Merl Saunders like Merl's son Tony, Michael Howell, Bobby Cochran, Richard Greene and Calvin Keys.

As we turn the calendar the show will continue to expand it's musical vernacular. The JFS will enter into different musical idioms like soul and bluegrass. There are multi-media opportunities on the table including a documentary about the JFS and my tribute concert to Gene Russell this summer. Nat Hentoff will be writing about my show in an upcoming journal entry of his. Most importantly through the relationships I have developed I will use this to get these guys to come to Tucson to play music. After all isn't that what it's all about?

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you. Even if you don't recognize one player I have interviewed or have no reason to relate to my archive this has been life affirming for me in so many different ways. It is my passion and my soul and it will always be a part of me.

When my Dime Dancing is through I come to you.