Latter two pix from Carol added 7/31/05. Unknown judge. Dave and Freddie Hubbard rehearsing for Pacific Coast Jazz Festival.
Bear's Lair Concerts (added February, 2004)
Party at Dr.
Dave and Susan checking out a venue? -- Anyone know the location? (Carol pix added 7/31/05)
Jon Aymong, Chris Corpuz,
Chris Gillock, Gordon Giedt, Tyler Johnston, "Doc," unknown, Ron Woertz?
Peter Olson, unknown guitar, Adrienne Chambers (identified by Keith Stone, November 22, 2007 -- see his letter immediately below), unknown bone Last row added 7/31/05. More to come.
Please provide names for those who I could not identify.
Sent by Carol Tucker, December 18, 2004
Letters from UCJazzers
EMAIL LETTER FROM ROB STONE, DECEMBER 25, 2008
I saw your tribute site to Dr. Tucker. Thanks for posting it. I was a student at Cal in the 70’s and my roommate was the drummer for the jazz ensemble Tom Johnson. I was in the Jr. Jazz Ensemble so I didn’t play with the Sr. Jazz Ensemble for the concert with Sonny Rollins, Hubert laws, Freddie Hubbard, Patrice Rushen & Ed Shaughnessy.
I was on the committee, as the equipment manager, to select the artists for the concert however, and I suggested Sonny Rollins since I was a saxophonist. Since Sonny was recording at Orin Keepnews studio in Berkeley, we were able to get him, much to my happiness.
The school rented me a station wagon which I picked up Sonny and his wife at the airport and I chaperoned them around. There was something wrong with Sonny’s horn so I took him to a music store to see if we could get it fixed. The night of the concert at Zellerbach, Sonny told me to stay on the sidelines with my horn if he needed it. Sure enough, after the first number, he came over and took my horn and played it the entire show. I have stayed in touch with Sonny since then and he’s always been very gracious to me, even getting me into his concerts for free.
I was trying to find out the exact date of the concert since Sonny told me he would sign a letter for me stating he played my horn on that date but I wasn’t sure the exact date and year. Do you have any archives stating the date of that show? I still have the same sax and would like to have an authenticated record of his playing it.
Thanks so much for keeping the “spirit” of Dr. Tucker alive. He was a very cool, calm guy and I remember him fondly.
My wife is Polly Draper, an actress who played Ellyn on thirtysomething. She's the creator, writer, director and show runner of my kid's tv show on Nickelodeon. I play their father on the show and produce the music, but my sons write all the songs. They're amazing musicians.
I'll look forward to your book and am happy to write a blurb about it.
email Les if you'd like Mike's email address.
EMAIL LETTER FROM KEITH STONE, NOVEMBER 22, 2007
I happened across the tribute to Doc and the Ensembles that you have on Geocities as a result of searching on Paul Giorsetto. The whole spread got my interest and I've spent some time going through it. It sure brings back some memories.
The french horn player you have the picture of is Adrienne Chambers. She was with the band that went to Europe in the summer of '79. I was on that trip as well, and one of the best stories from that trip was when she whipped Dizzy Gillespie in backgammon.
I do remember you from my days at Berkeley. I was there from '75 to '80 and was Ensembles president for close to two years.
What are you doing in Illinois these days? I moved out of California in 1985 and have not lived there since. I now live in Austin.
If anything else comes to mind, I'll let you know.
email Les if you'd like Keith's email address. Les' email
EMAIL LETTER FROM CHRIS GILLOCK JUNE 7, 2009
After discovering Chris is still in Chicago, he sends news of his group. Chris, also known as "Mr. G," has gone from the trombone to the harmonica!
Subj:Mr. G & the Mystery Band - Gigs in June!
It is June and in Chicago, that means BLUESTIME! Don't miss the Chicago Blues Fest on June 12, 13 & 14 at Grant Park And don't miss Mr. G and the Mystery Band at its favorite venues in the North Suburbs::
Friday June 12 - we will be back at our Northshore hang-out, C.J. Arthur's, 1168 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091, 847.256.8870; www.cjarthurs.com. Music starts a 8:30 PM and will continue until closing - after midnight, most likely.....Come on out for an "after Fest" party after your day at the Chicago Blues Festival
Saturday June 27 - The Mystery Band returns to its home club at Bill's Blues Bar, 1029 Davis Street, Evanston IL 60201, 847.424.9800, www.billsbluesbar.com Music starts at 8:30 and will continue until 11:30 PM.
The Mystery Band for both gigs will include Mr. G on harmonica & vocals, Anthony Palmer on guitar, E.G. McDaniel on bass, Mark Wydra on guitar and Aaron Almon on drums. This is a top-knotch Mystery Band, the "A" Team!
If you like bluesy funk and funky blues, check out the Mystery Band this month. Oh, and buy our CD at CD Baby:
Mr. G and the Mystery Band
It's A Mystery
EMAIL LETTER FROM HAROLD (MARK) HANSEN, JUNE 3, 2009
From: Mark Hansen
Subject: Hi From UC Jazz First Decade Alumnus (Harold Hansen)
Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2009, 4:11 PM
Hi, Les. How are you? I was reminiscing about my college days today, and I came across your wonderful website about the UC Jazz Ensembles. I saw the famous 1972 band portrait with me (standing right next to you) listed as "IDR", so I thought I'd drop you a line and say hi. I was the guitar player in the Wednesday band (the one you were in) from 1970 to 1973. I went by the name of Harold then, but I always hated that name (it was Bill Cosby's fault!) so a number of years ago I changed my first name to Mark.
When I have a minute, I will pull out my copy of the portrait, on the back of which I wrote the name of every person in the photo, and send it to you, in case you want to update the website. I also have a very detailed journal from those days, and I will see if I can find some interesting stories for you.
Mark (used to be Harold) Hansen
Daily Cal Article About First Concert, 1968
Vice-Chancellor Letter to Jazzers
Program of First Concert, Under Direction of Bob Docken, 1968
Letter from Dave to Les
Dr. Tucker's Comments on Music Education Professional History Tyler Johnston's Comments at Retirement Party