Jim Baum, the victim of the most senseless violence, was murdered  thursday night by his wife.  I’m in disbelief… the kindest man, devoted father, and immensely talented musician. The fact is, everyone loved him…The best jazz drummer by far in this area… sensitive,  thoughtful, swinging, smart.  Just an all around good, good guy.  Anyone who knew Jimmy was better for it.   Sadness has  blanketed this town… our community in mourning for a wonderful man.   He is so missed.  Rest in Peace my friend…

Here is a video of Jimmy   last year with Stan Poplin, Emiko, Me… always the tasty, in sync player… and a wry sense of humor to keep things real… miss you! Stan and Jim were best friends..that I know for sure. You can hear it…


Here’s another tune with some hotter Jimmy Baum percussion:    14 One of a Kind (live)

I’m really pleased to see all these positive comments from those who knew Jim.  So keep the comments coming..this is one place to say good things about a good man…

I spoke to a friend at Kuumbwa today.  Kuumbwa will host a memorial  for Jim Baum on Sunday October 10 from 2-6PM

Link to New Video: Paul Logan\’s Excellent Video on Jim Baum

In Happier Times…

Posted by: ronclegg | September 2, 2010

Punch Brothers with Chris Thile- Kuumbwa Oct. 14

This is a show not to be missed…….!

Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile Thursday, October 14 http://www.punchbrothers.com “…wide-ranging and restlessly imaginative…” –New Yorker Chris Eldridge (guitar), Noam Pilkeny (banjo), Gabe Witcher (violin), Paul Kowert (bass) and renowned mandolinist Chris Thile all keep themselves busy in plenty of bands, but only as the Punch Brothers do they dare to craft such spacious, uncategorizable soundscapes. With a compositional aesthetic that flirts as much with chamber music as bluegrass, the quintet transcends the confines of both forms. From seemingly spontaneous classical interludes to carefully orchestrated departures into vocal narrative, the Punch Brothers engage a vast percussion-less void not by filling it, but by inviting it into the music. TICKETS AND INFORMATION 7:00 & 9:00pm $22/Adv $25/Door No Jazztix or Comps Doors & dinner beginning at 6:00pm

Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile Thursday, October 14


“…wide-ranging and restlessly imaginative…” –New Yorker

Chris Eldridge (guitar), Noam Pilkeny (banjo), Gabe Witcher(violin), Paul Kowert (bass) and renowned mandolinist Chris Thile all keep themselves busy in plenty of bands, but only as the Punch Brothers do they dare to craft such spacious, uncategorizable soundscapes. With a compositional aesthetic that flirts as much with chamber music as bluegrass, the quintet transcends the confines of both forms. From seemingly spontaneous classical interludes to carefully orchestrated departures into vocal narrative, the Punch Brothers engage a vast percussion-less void not by filling it, but by inviting it into the music.

7:00 & 9:00pm
$22/Adv $25/Door
No Jazztix or Comps
Doors & dinner beginning at 6:00pm

Posted by: ronclegg | January 25, 2010

Cayuga Vault Concert August ’09

Emiko Hayashi- Piano

Ron Clegg- Guitar

Stan Poplin- Bass

Jim Baum= Drums

Click on song for audio

Autumn Leaves (live)

06 Mahna de Carnival (live)

07 Stolen Moments (live)

10 Angel Eyes (live)

11 Israel (live)

13 Meditation (live)

14 One of a Kind (live)

15 Nuages (live)

Posted by: ronclegg | October 25, 2009

Poet- Ian Mills

Ian Mills, an Australian… of the Gebser congregation…

I saw woman walking in Ethiopian desert
grieving inside her body
and she was walking enfolded in black
along the cobbled pavement of a city
in Eastern Europe
and she was walking in silence between us all

and there were men hurrying brief cases home
and men lounging in bars
pretending interest in conversations – there
here she has a way of looking through me
to what exists elsewhere
at another time – in another silence

she walks the archetypal streets of our memory
striding everywhere among us
(we who are constantly forgetting she is one of us)
not avoiding the intangible pain she knows
is inescapable
and which we have no intention of not causing

I think we already take it for granted
that she will bear the pain for us instead of us
I needed to talk to you about her – because she is
the mountain walking across the lake of my heart
and hers is the silence you sense but do not see
dwelling in the openness inside me

Thanks to John Dotson…..

This Performance Tonight
This performance tonight is devoted
To those exact personsWho will die during this momentAnd those who find out their time
Is up during the moment
And the numbers have come out
Against them for keeps

Some are taken without warning

This performance is devoted to
Everyone who is dying with injustice tonight
In this moment
Everyone who is losing her or his life
Right now
By some political miscalculation
Which has judged her or him
To be expendable
For the greater good
That has been calculated
And in heartless abstraction

Tonight this work is devoted to
All whose existence is hated
Just because she or he exists
Not as a person not as having any
Truths or any worth as an individual
Just hated just because
Without cause
In advance
And irrevocably

And for those who are dying
Tonight duped
By a lie any lie
That serves a cause

This performance tonight
Is devoted to all who are in prisons
Of forgottenness
In prisons of ancient brutalities
Descending through generations
Of the greater power
Defeating the lesser power
Because it can
Because they can
Those who do this
Do this
And get away with it
And are getting away with it
In this moment
Over the face of the Earth

This performance is for the
Imprisoned and the forgotten
And the unknown

This performance tonight is
For the abused being among us
Right now in this room
And for all the injured children
Of destroyed hopes and innocence
For whom there is no explanation
No prayer-response that clarifies
Impossible dreams of freedom

This is for everyone and everything
That is lost
For all who suffer more than they can comprehend
And accept the choice of no choice
But acceptance

This is a performance of acceptance
Of the unacceptable
The loss of all loss
In this very hour

Of any being
At any scale
And all beings
At all scales
Of life’s magnitudes
As speaking this
Is spoken tonight

For those who cannot speak
Who are not allowed to speak
For those who cannot speak
Even if allowed to speak
For those who cannot move
Even if able to move
For those losing their lives tonight
By not finding them

May this performance be
Expansive enough
For one instant

Of not-forgotten-ness
By us who hear
And see and move

And are here

Devoted to this
That we are

This doing



Welcome to poetryvlog.com
A weekly video reading of poetry by the poet.

John Dotson was the first poet-in-residence of the

Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation in Carmel,

California. His book portraying that experience is

The Enduring Voice, A Tor House Journal.

John has published poetry and prose internationally.

He also works in many art forms, media, and


In the fall of 2007, his play WITHOUT WHY will be

staged at the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts in

Carmel. John has also worked as an educator in

many settings in California and elsewhere.

See John Dotson’s sculpture, poems, graphics,

andevents at: http://www.acharantos.com

P. O. Box 159
Carmel, CA 93921

Posted by: ronclegg | September 5, 2009



I recorded this live performance of Guinga and Harvey Wainapel with their permission, of course. . (recorded at Casa de Cultura in Berkeley, CA). This is a remarkable pairing of the master brazilian composer/guitarist with the excellent woodwinds artist Harvey Wainapel. Harvey knows Guinga’s music inside/out, speaks fluent Portuguese, and of course speaks fluent “Guinga” enabling breathtaking musical conversations… a meeting of like minds sparking a musical creativity of rare beauty, soul, and spirit. An amazing performance…. Here is the beautiful lively cut entitled Di Menor

Click to hear Guinga and Harvey:

02 Di Menor

Guinga is regarded as a world-class musician and an influential force in the Brazilian music scene.
Since his first album, “Simples e Absurdo”, released through Velas in 1991, Guinga has
had illustrious collaborations with Chico Buarque, Leny Andrade, Aldir Blanc, Leila
Pinheiro, Sergio Mendez and many others. “Suíte Leopoldina” released in the US in
May 2000 was voted the best Brazilian Music CD of the year by music critics.
Guinga creates music that doesn’t age, eternally beautiful and profoundly true.
Guinga is described as the greatest living Brazilian composer of this generation. Critics
and colleagues place Guinga in the exclusive pantheon of Brazilian music gods along
with Villa-Lobos, Tom Jobim and Egberto Gismonti.
“Guinga is like Villa-Lobos meets Cole Porter.” says Sérgio Mendes
“Seeing Guinga perform is one in a hundred years opportunity.” said Gismonti.
“I wanted to exchange my universe for his.” said Paco de Lucia.

Discography: “Simples e Absurdo” (Velas 1991), “Delírio Carioca” (Velas 1993), “Cheio
de Dedos” (Velas 1996), “Suíte Leopoldina” (Velas 1999), “Cine Baronesa” (Velas 2001),
“Noturno Copacabana” (Velas 2003), “Graffiando Vento” (with Gabriele Mirabassi
(EGEA 2004), Casa de Villa (Biscoito Fino 2007)

His compositions are often harmonically and rhythmically complex yet melodically accessible and emotionally resonant.

During the 1970s, Guinga accompanied famous singers such as Beth Carvalho and João Nogueira and recorded with samba legends Cartola and Clara Nunes. He also began a fertile songwriting partnership with the poet and lyricist Paulo Cesar Pinheiro. Their songs were recorded by important artists like Elis Regina, Nelson Gonçalves, Miúcha, Clara Nunes, and Michel Legrand.

His music career took off in earnest in 1990, when Ivan Lins and Vitor Martins formed the Velas label in order to release Guinga’s first album, with a repertoire of songs he co-authored with lyricist Aldir Blanc.

Saxophonist/clarinetist Harvey Wainapel has performed with the likes of McCoy Tyner, Joe Lovano, Joe Henderson, Ray Charles and Johnny Coles. Besides working with these and numerous other leaders,Wainapel has toured extensively under his own name, and has performed in 20 countries. His heavy involvement with the music of Brazil has led to performances with masters of the genre such as Guinga, Dori Caymmi, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, , Jovino Santos Neto, Nelson Ayres, Laercio de Freitas and Manfredo Fest.

Posted by: ronclegg | January 6, 2009

Herbie Hancock – River “The Joni Letters”

I can’t recommend this album highly enough.  This record features the genius songwriting of Joni Mitchell, the intricate collaborations between Hancock and Wayne Shorter, and steller guest performances by Joni Mitchell, Norah Jones, and Corinne Bailey Rae, Luciana Souza, and Tina Turner. Here is a mesmerizing performance of “River” on video.

Also, give a listen to the instrumental cut “A Case of You” featuring the sophisticated interplay between Hancock and Shorter. This album may skirt the definition of jazz for some folks, but it is a deeply felt and highly conceived venture. Thanks Herbie for dreaming this one up…

Reviewer Marshall Bowden adds: ” Joni Mitchell’s music will continue to be of interest to jazz singers and songwriters (see my piece The New Singer-Songwriters) as well as musicians who value music that responds well to a deep reading. River: The Joni Letters is a valentine from the world of jazz to Joni Mitchell, communicating that her heartfelt experimentation with that world has stood the test of time and come full circle to influence the music that influenced her.”

Click to hear “A Case of You”:


Video of Corrine Baily Rae Singing: “River”

If you want to hear another great track by Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter playing “Round Midnight” in The Miles Davis Quintet just scroll down through the older posts on this blog.  It’s a really good listen…

Click to hear track #1: 01-sugar

OK, this probably looks like an ad for our new CD… It is available on CD Baby, I Tunes, and Amazon. For now, there are a couple cuts from it here on the blog. In a Sentimental Mood is posted a couple posts back.

Emiko, Stan Poplin, and I recorded this “ridgetop session” at Highland Studios on August 18, 2008. Emiko and I met last July 4th and played for an hour or two at my home… we had a nice connection both musically and personally. She is a dynamic professional pianist, composer, arranger, and performer based in New York. I later wrote Emiko asking if she would like to play for an afternoon at Joe’s studio while on her summer trip to Santa Cruz. . The idea was to explore some musical territory that showed itself during our first visit.. Emiko said “let’s do it” and she asked Stan Poplin to play on the session. Stan is one of the best acoustic bass players on the west coast… having played with Dave Brubeck, Roger Kellaway, Robben Ford, Mose Allison, and myriad of other great musicians. I feel pretty lucky to have had Stan and Emiko on this recording. for they are both exceptional in all ways.

I was looking for an all acoustic sound and with Joe’s expertise we accomplished just that. Emiko played the session on Highland’s 7′ Kawai grand piano, Stan played his 19th century standup bass, and I used my favorite guitar, the Andersen Archtop . We were pretty focused and were able to put down these seven songs that day. We chose to play these jazz classics simply because they are beautiful songs that have stood the test of time.

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Click to hear this Song: 02-in-a-sentimental-mood-take-1

This is a track from the CD “trialoque”.

This is one of the greatest ballads ever… written by Duke Ellington.

Posted by: ronclegg | March 2, 2008

The Matt Flinner Trio Review…….2/28/08

flinner-trio-wp.jpgMatt Flinner (mandolin) showed up in Felton, Ca. at Don Quixote’s Music Hall on Thursday night with his excellent stablemates Scott Nygaard (guitar) and Sam Bevan (bass). The place was packed with acoustic jazz, bluegrass, spacegrass, ,psychograss, and just plain …..grass music fans. It’s rare to hear the kind of music that Matt Flinner plays.. Now and again we are graced with talents like Tony Rice, John Reischman, David Grisman, Joe Craven, David Greer, Todd Phillips, and Mark O’Conner here in the Santa Cruz area. Fans of these great players were in abundance Thursday night because they know just how good Matt Flinner really is. Having Scott Nygaard and Sam Bevan as his conversational partners made for the kind of interaction that truly defines jazz.


Right out of the gate we were treated to the sonic excellence Matt is known for. These boys know how to converse, and how to keep their sound and instruments in a perfect balance… and it helps that they are playing some of the finest acoustic instruments ever made. Matt plays a Steve Gilchrist mandolin that is about as close to a Gibson Loar as you will ever hear… maybe better. Scott was playing a fine Collings Dreadnaught guitar with tremendous tone. Scott’s musical vocabulary is extensive, covering everything from jazz, to bluegrass, to traditional, and beyond. The ideas never stop flowing… he is one smart and articulate guitarist and a joy to behold. Blazing fast runs that make sense musically, with an ever present richness of tone that you just can’t get enough of. Sam played outstanding acoustic bass. His highly percussive style really drove the trio and his solos were interesting, lively, and powerful. His scat singing was another fun twist. He is an extremely talented and fun bass player… no wonder he plays with

Joe Craven….!scott-and-samwp.jpg

They covered a lot of ground rolling out a hot rendition of Caravan…. extended solos, trading 4’s, harmony riffing, all in an exciting and stirring style. Another standout was a Bill Monroe tune called “Bluegrass Special”… just reminding us that they can play straight bluegrass as well as anyone alive.. They closed the show out with Matt’s masterpiece called “Paint It Shut”. It’s a fantastic piece of songwriting written to allow a high degree of instrumental conversation and interaction. It’s one of the best songs I’ve ever heard in this genre. The boys deserved and got several standing ovations and they came back for two encores. They delivered the goods, that’s for sure. Just one criticism though, hey Matt, tuck your shirt in would ya? (just kidding). Thanks for a marvelous show…!

Written by Ron Clegg

Photographs by Ron Clegg—– copyright 2008

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