Dedicated to the enduring spirit of Rahsaan Roland Kirk.
Does Your House Have Lions?
"One day in the late sixties, I was on the phone with Rahsaan and mentioned to him that just that day I bought a house. He responded by asking, "Does your house have lions?" I said, "What?" He said, "Lions, you know like in front of a museum or the post office. You know, concrete lions. My house has lions. Get a house with lions."
Hope to see you there--I'll be there for Rah's b-day, August 7th:
Second Annual RAHSAANATHON: A Celebration of the Life and Music of Rahsaan
Stritch from August 5 through August 10, 2014
Jose, CA – July 9, 2014 – San Jose’s Cafe Stritch is proud to present a
celebration of the life and music of Rahsaan Roland Kirk from Tuesday, August 5
through Sunday, August 10.
To begin the festivities on August 5 and 6, Rahsaan biographer and
multi-instrumentalist John Kruth and Rahsaan’s collaborator Betty Neals will be
featured. They will join New York baritone saxophonist Claire Daly performing
material from Daly’s recent Rahsaan tribute album “Rah!Rah!” with local masters
Akira Tana on drums and John Wiitala on bass.
The RAHSAANATHON’S main event is three nights with trombonist Steve
Turre & The Eulipion All Stars, featuring James Carter.This ensemble will be reprising their three-night
stand from last year---this time with renowned James Carter on reeds and flute.
The group will be performing Turre’s arrangements of Kirk’s music August 7
(Rahsaan’s Birthday), August 8 and August 9.
Poet Betty Neals, who co-wrote “Theme for the Eulipions”, the house
anthem of Cafe Stritch, will perform the song live with the band. The band
includes: Charles McNeal (alto sax), Matt Clark (piano), Marcus Shelby (upright
bass), Darrell Green (drums), and Terrie Odabi (vocals).
A very special edition of the Cafe Stritch Weekly Eulipions Jazz Jam
will close out the week with bandleader Peppe Merolla (drums) being joined by
the great Jeremy Pelt (trumpet) along with Matt Clark (piano) and Michael
Zisman (upright bass). The night will include the band performing songs from
Rahsaan’s The Return of the 5,000 Lb. Man
as well as originals. Because this is the Sunday of the San Jose Jazz Summer
Fest, the jam might include other world-class players in town for the festival.
Cafe Stritch is located at 374 South First Street, San Jose, CA408
You'll have to head over there yourself to see what all the fuss is about, but when I logged onto facebook tonight, some friends had linked the "Humans of New York" post for today, 6/22/2014, to my wall. Anyway, there's a cool story about Rahsaan and as of this evening, the story has gotten over 160K likes and 4800 shares.
What's bringing tears to my eyes are all the comments by folks who have never heard of Rah and are now googling him and discovering him for the first time.