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1961 (aet. 25)
Tue 17 Jan
Village Vanguard -- with
the Ornette Coleman Quartet.
"The Ornette Coleman Quartet returned to the Village Vanguard yesterday (Tues.)" (Variety, Wednesday, 18 Jan 1961, p. 56)
(New York Times, Tuesday, 17 January 1961, p. 42)
"This Greenwich village cellar continues its
modern jazz policy with the return of Nina Simone . . . and Ornette Coleman,
who [has] split the jazz buff ranks into distinct camps of dig and don't dig
with his atonal plastic alto sax. . . . Besides Coleman, there's Don Cherry
on trumpet; Eddie Blackwell, drums, and Scott LaFaro, bass." (Variety,
Wednesday 25 January 1961, p. 54)
Sat 21 Jan
Village Gate -- (possibly) with the Bill Evans Trio.
LaFaro currently is a member of the Ornette Coleman Quartet in performance
at the Village Vanguard (see entry above), he may have had leave to play a
'one-nighter' at the Village Gate.
(New York Times, Sat 21 Jan 61, p 17)
"Thelonious Monk's group was featured at the second Jazz Profiles concert at the Museum of Modern Art [Sat] Feb. 23. Dave Brubeck will appear in the series in May . . . Charlie Graziano, now with Shaw Artists in Chicago, sold the Cork 'N Bib in Westbury, [Long Island] NY to John Leone. The new owner plans to keep up the weekend jazz policy. Slide Hampton, Bill Evans, Horace Silver, and Buddy Rich have played recent Friday and Saturday dates at the spot." (Down Beat, 'Ad Lib' 16 Mar 61 p 38)
Tue 31 Jan
Ornette! [The Ornette Coleman Quartet] London: Atlantic, London
Records, Ltd., 1961. SAH-K 6235 [New York: Atlantic, SD 1378]. 1 sound disc ; analog, 33
1/3 rpm, stereo ; 12 in. With Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, Ed Blackwell.
Thu 02 Feb
Explorations. The Bill Evans Trio.
New York: Riverside Records and Bill Grauer Productions, Inc., 1961. Riverside RLP-351
[Factory label Stereo RLP 9351 superimposed on album jacket]. 1 sound disc :
analog, 33 1/3 rpm, stereo ; 12 in. With Bill Evans, Paul Motian. This
recording was made just two days after the 'Ornette!' recording session.
Wed 15 Feb thru
Gig: Sutherland Lounge
-- with the Stan Getz Quartet. "Caught in the Act" Down Beat 28:05 (March
2, 1961) p.48.
"Stan Getz unveiled a
promising new group at the Sutherland [Lounge in the Sutherland Hotel] in his first State-side engagement in
more than two years. Included in the group were Pete LaRoca, drums; Steve
Kuhn, piano; Scot (sic) LaFaro, bass. . . . Getz was impressed with the
musicianship of his young crew and plans to record with them.
(Chicago Sun-Times, Thu
16 Feb 61, Sec Two, p 22)
(Chicago Daily News,
Wed 15 Feb 61, p 51)
Tue 21 Feb
Stan the Man. Stan Getz. New
York: Verve [and Polygram Records] 1984. Verve 815 239-1. 2 sound discs : analog, 33 and
1/3 rpm, stereo? Jazz ensembles with Stan Getz, recorded between 1947 and 1961. Contains
one previously unreleased selection, `Airegin' (5:59) -- LaFaro with Steve Kuhn, piano; Pete
LaRoca, drums; and Stan Getz, tenor. Also released as a Verve "Double Play
??? ?? Feb
|New York||Recording: Memories For Scotty.
Don Friedman with Scott LaFaro. [Compact Disc] Tokyo: Insights Records;
Manufactured by Camerata Tokyo, Inc., 1988. Insights 32CJ-3. 1 sound disc :
analog (monophonic)-to-digital ; 4 and 3/4 in. Recorded in 1961 (tracks 1-10) and 1985
(track 11). LaFaro with Don Friedman and Pete LaRoca
on tracks 1-5.
Mon 27 Feb
Gig: Town Tavern
-- with the Bill Evans Trio.
The Bill Evans Trio followed the [Ruby] Braff - [Marshall] Brown Sextet at the Town [tavern] on Feb. 27
(Down Beat 'Ad Lib' 13 Apr 61 p 47)
Gig: Minor Key
-- with the Bill Evans Trio.
(Detroit Free Press,
Tue 7 Mar 61 p 28)
"The Bill Evans Trio closes at the Minor Key after Sunday night [12 Mar]. They play until dawn Friday and Saturday." (Detroit Free Press, 'After Dark' Fri 10 Mar 61 p 52)
Note: The Stan Getz Quartet (with Roy Haynes, Steve Kuhn, Jimmy Garrison) was at the Showboat Lounge [in the Douglas Hotel, Broad and Lombard streets], Philadelphia, 6-11 March 1961 (Down Beat, 27 Apr 61 p 69)
Bulletin Wed 08 Mar 61 p 10)
Wed 15 Mar
Sutherland Lounge -- with the Bill Evans Trio.
"Pianist Bill Evans' trio follows the John Coltrane Quartet into the Sutherland Wednesday." (Chicago Sun-Times, Sun 12 Mar 61 p 8)
(Chicago Daily News
Thu 16 Mar 61 p 64)
Note: Radio broadcast at 11:30 p.m., WSBC-FM (93.1): "The Bill Evans Trio is broadcast live from the Sutherland Lounge."
(Chicago Daily News, Wed 15 Mar 61, section 2, p 7)
Note: The Stan Getz Quartet (with Roy Haynes, Steve Kuhn, Jimmy Garrison) was at the Village Vanguard, New York, Tue 21 Mar thru Sun 26 Mar 61 (John S. Wilson, "Stan Getz Back in U.S." (New York Times, Thu 23 Mar 61 p 30)
Garrison, not LaFaro, was the
bassist at the Village Vanguard with the new
Stan Getz Quartet. See Donald Maggin, Stan Getz: A Life in Jazz. New York: Morrow, a
Quill Book, 1996, p. 196.
Fri 31 Mar
Shrine Auditorium -- with the Stan Getz Quartet.
(Los Angeles Sentinel Thu 23 Mar 61 p 4C)
"Stan Getz, backed by Steve Kuhn, piano; Scott
LaFaro, bass; and Pete LaRoca, drums, makes his West Coast return appearance
after an absence of almost two years at Ben Shapiro's Shrine event March 31.
He shares the bill with Miles Davis' group and then moves to The Renaissance
for a stand through April 16 . . ."
"Two is company enough for
any jazz concert, as Miles Davis and Stan Getz demonstrated to the small
audience at the show presented by the Renaissance Club in Shrine Auditorium
Friday night. . . . Davis' lean, imperturbable trumpet style was set off to
advantage by Hank Mobley, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb.,
all of whom were in good form in 'So What', 'Round Midnight', and Someday My
Prince Will Come'. . . . Stan Getz, a more matter-of-fact player than Davis,
made his first West Coast appearance in several years . . . [and his]
playing is very even, in effect like a sewing machine . . . with rows
of perfectly stitched notes falling into place one after another. The tenor
saxophonist was accompanied by Scott LaFaro, Roy Haynes, and Steve Kuhn,
in 'Baubles, bangles, and Beads' and several more that offered man-sized
portions of each musician's abilities and ideas." (Mimi Clar "Style All
Their Own: Two Jazz Musicians Display Top Talent", Los Angeles Times,
Sunday 2 April, 1961, Section F, p. 3)
Monday 03 April
LaFaro's 25th birthday anniversary
Greeting card's interior captioned, 'The group just isn't SOLID without you!' and signed, "Your Pal Miles Davis" (images courtesy of Helene LaFaro-Fernandez, e-mail, September 2005)
have no idea when LaFaro received this card, but assume it was during the
spring 1961, when both the Miles Davis Quintet and the Stan Getz Quartet
were working the same venues in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Just as Davis
later on "stole" drummer Tony Williams from Jackie McLean, I imagine Davis
perhaps toying with the idea of appropriating LaFaro for the next edition of
his band. At the time, Davis worked with Jimmy Cobb, Paul Chambers,
Wynton Kelly, and Hank Mobley -- the group that recorded Davis's first
"live" album at San Francisco's Black Hawk, released by Columbia as
Friday Night at the Black Hawk and as Saturday Night at the Black
Hawk. The next edition of the Davis band included Tony Williams,
Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and George Coleman.
Tue 04 Apr
-- with the Stan Getz Quartet.
"The Miles Davis Group winds up its brief stay tonight [Sun 02 Apr], making way for Tuesday's opening of the Stan Getz Quartet. The latter will be on hand until April 16. Showtime: 8:45, 10:15, 11:45, and 1." (Los Angeles Times, Sunday 02 April 19 61 'Calendar' p. 8)
Note: Getz may have had his gig extended by a
week, from Sun 16 Apr to Sun 23 Apr: "Renaissance -- Stan Getz blows
jazz four times nightly at 8:45, 10:15, 11:45, and 1" (Los Angeles
Times, Sunday 23 April 1961 'Calendar' p. 8)
Thu 13 Apr
Advertisement: Release of Explorations, Bill Evans Trio LP.
Downbeat 28:08 (13 Apr
61) p. ?45
Sat 15 Apr
Gig: Zebra Lounge --
with the John Coltrane Quartet.
Note: According to Los
Angeles jazz fan David Berzinsky, LaFaro
played at the Zebra Lounge on Central
Avenue, week of 15 April 1961, with John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, and
Haynes. According to Berzinski, Elvin Jones and Steve Davis were late getting to the gig,
and LaFaro and Haynes (then half of the Stan Getz Quartet) covered for
Stan Getz Quartet was at the Club Renaissance, on Sunset Strip (now the
House of Blues).
Sun 30 Apr
The Lighthouse -- with
the Stan Getz Quartet.
The Getz quartet also played at the Lighthouse, Hermosa
Beach, the afternoon and evening of the last Sunday [30th] in April 1961, and
Howard Rumsey, owner of the Lighthouse, did record this session. (18 Apr
2001 e-mail from David Berzinsky, LA jazz fan on the scene at the
Tue 02 May
Gig: The Black Hawk --
with the Stan Getz Quartet.
Performed with the Stan Getz Quartet at the Black Hawk, according 'Where & When' column in Down Beat 28:10 (May 11, 1961) p. 41. Preceded by Miles Davis ("to 4/30") ; followed by Oscar Peterson ("opens 5/23")
(San Francisco Sunday Chronicle 'Datebook' 30 Apr 61 p 16)
" . . . Getz completed engagements in Chicago and Philadelphia, and in New York he started recording several albums for Verve Records. . . . Last month Getz flew to Los Angeles for a concert at the Shrine Auditorium and then began a series of west Coast engagements which will have him opening at the Blackhawk on Tuesday May 21 before he swings back to the East. . . . (Ralph J. Gleason, "Getz Missed the U.S. but Found Europeans Picking Up on Jazz" San Francisco Chronicle, ' Datebook' 30 Apr 61 p 16)
"Miles Davis recorded two LPs [Friday Night and Saturday Night at the Black Hawk, Columbia] on location at the Black Hawk during his April gig there. He was originally set for four weeks but canceled out of the first one at the last minute." in Down Beat 28:12 (June 8, 1961) p. 41 -- under heading 'San Francisco')
[Review of the Stan Getz Quartet] . . . "Getz is a master technician on the saxophone, but his technique never intrudes between his audience and his music. Among his accompanists is [drummer] Roy Haynes [and pianist] Steve Kuhn . . . and Scott LoFaro (sic) one of the most talented of modern bass players but one whose solos sometimes seem to be triumphs of technique over communication. . . ." -- Ralph J. Gleason, "Jazz on Display--For Any Mood" San Francisco Chronicle (9 May 1961) p. 35.
Note: While LaFaro was performing in San Francisco
with Stan Getz, Scott's mother, Helen, visited with him for a few days.
LaFaro's older sister, Helene, and her husband, Manny Fernandez, drove their
car from Los Angeles to visit with LaFaro also. Near San Luis Obispo
the Fernandez's were
in an automobile accident. Their car was totaled, but they were not
seriously injured and continued their journey by bus,
staying for several days in San Francisco (E-mail from
Helene LaFaro-Fernandez, 14 May 2001)
Tue 06 Jun
Village Vanguard -- with the
Stan Getz Quartet.
(New York Times Tue 6
Jun 61 p 41)
The following excerpt is from Dan Morgenstern's survey, published in the August 1961 issue of Metronome magazine, of the "live action" at jazz clubs in and around New York. This particular 'Heard & Seen' column talks about performances at Nick's, 7th Ave. S. at 10th St. ; 'L' Bar, Broadway at 148th St.; and the Village Vanguard, 7th Ave, S at 11th St.:
"Getz's quartet opened here for
a week's stand in March. Since then, they have worked the west coast and
Chicago, and this return engagement was proof of the old saw that working
together for awhile can do wonders. . . . The rhythm section was cooking,
although the head chef, Roy Haynes, has a tendency to forget that dynamics
are vitally important in a small group. He often generates enough thunder to
blast off an army, and thus forces pianist Kuhn to rely heavily on a
locked-hands style a la Bill Evans in order to make himself heard. Kuhn, who
worked with Coltrane at the Jazz gallery, is a young pianist of exceptional
taste and sensitivity, both in 'comping and solo. He has a light, lilting
swing which goes well with Stan's conception. LaFaro is unique. His
prodigious technique enables him to play all over the bass, often creating
patterns reminiscent of the guitar, or the harp. He wisely rations his
virtuosity when playing in the section, where his unerring ear and good time
are constant. In addition, his pleasant demeanor and obvious joy in his work
enable him to capture the attention of audiences not always receptive to
good music on its own merits. . . ."
Note: Ronell (sic) Bright
Trio: Bright, piano; Peck Morrison, bass; Denzil Best, drums.
Gene McDaniels, vocalist
Tue 13 Jun
Village Vanguard -- with the Bill Evans Trio.
(New York Times, Tue 13 Jun 61 p 29)
(New York Times, Sunday 25 June 1961, Sec. 2, p. X-3)
In June 1961 the Village Vanguard charged $2.00 admission -- a "music charge". On weekends, the charge was $2.50 except for the Sunday Matinee when the charge of admission was $1.50.
Sun 25 Jun
|New York||Recording: Sunday at the Village Vanguard.
Bill Evans Trio. Featuring Scott LaFaro. New York: Riverside Records and Orpheum
Productions, Inc., 1961. Riverside 376 [Factory label stereo superimposed on
album jacket.] 1 sound disc : analog, 33 1/3 rpm, stereo ; 12 in. Recorded
live at the Village Vanguard, New York City, June 25, 1961. ed, in
performance at the Village Vanguard, with Bill Evans, Paul Motian.
Sun 25 Jun
Waltz For Debby. Bill Evans Trio.
With Scott LaFaro [and] Paul Motian. New York: Riverside Records and Orpheum Productions,
Inc., 1961. Riverside RLP 9399. 1 sound disc : analog, 33 1/3 rpm, stereo ; 12 in.
Recorded live at the Village Vanguard, New York City, June 25, 1961. Program
notes by Joe Goldberg.
to Donald L. Maggin, Stan [Getz] gave LaFaro Sunday, June 25, off to make a trio
recording with Bill Evans at the Village Vanguard . . . [and] again gave LaFaro time off
after a triumphant set with Stan's quartet on July 3 [sic, 2 July] at the Newport/New York Jazz Festival
. . . (Stan Getz: A Life in Jazz, New York: Morrow, 1996, p. 199)
Sun 02 Jul
Gig: Newport Jazz Festival
-- with the Stan Getz Quartet. (Getz, tenor; Steve Kuhn, piano;
Roy Haynes, drums)
Recording: Rare / Live. [Compilation] of Miles Davis & Stan Getz. [Compact Disc] Tokyo: Venus Records, Inc., 1994; License from Stash Records through Art Union Corp. TKCZ-79046. 1 sound disc : analog to digital, stereo ; 4 and 3/4 in. Seven tracks. Getz quartet with LaFaro on tracks 5 through 7. Released previously as Unique Jazz UJ 14; Century, CEJC 00108; CECC 00108 [=CECC 00099 a CD], Natasha NI-4008 [CD]).
Recording was made
July 1961 according to Dan Morgenstern, critic writing for Metronome
and jazz historian, who was present and heard LaFaro with the Getz quartet.
(E-mail 2 May 03, from Dave Green, UK).
Down Beat 28:12 (June 8, 1961) p. 49
Wed 05 Jul
|Geneva, NY||Returned to his hometown to visit with relatives and
friends. Cozzie Fospero, proprietor of 'Cozzie's', a small bar in downtown Geneva,
recalls LaFaro and his high school friend, Frank Ottley, having stopped by during the
early evening. (Conversation, 25 May 1996, with Cozzie Fospero.)
Sometime around 8 P.M. from Cozzie's, Ottley called a woman friend who, at
the time, was in Warsaw, NY, 90 miles west of Geneva, watching the children of friends
away on vacation. Ottley asked if she could come to Geneva. She could not. Ottley and
LaFaro instead drove to Warsaw. They arrived around 10:30 P.M. While Ottley and his women
friend discussed some personal business, LaFaro, along with fellow musician, Gap
Mangione, also a visitor, listened to Bela Bartok's 'Miraculous Mandarin' and the
Chet Baker recording, Chet Baker Sings. After awhile all present drank
freshly-brewed coffee. Ottley and LaFaro were asked to spend the night because they looked
fatigued. (They had spent most of Wednesday swimming, and LaFaro had spent Tuesday evening
before driving from Newport RI.) They declined the offer and left Warsaw around 12:30 A.M.
to return to Geneva. (E-mail, 21 March 2000, from Judy Fuchs Lewis Weislow, the
woman Ottley and LaFaro visited this fateful evening)
Thu 06 Jul
|Flint, NY||Died, Thursday, at 1:45 AM, on
U.S. Highway 20 between Canandaigua and Geneva NY, LaFaro and Frank P. Ottley, as the result of an automobile
accident. The car, traveling eastbound, left the highway, hit a tree and burned. (Geneva [NY] Times,
Thursday, July 6, 1961, p. 1)
Address of the property on which the tree stood with its scars from the accident (the tree was removed sometime in 2000) is: 2473 Route 5 and 20. Flint is seven miles west of Geneva. (Personal site visit, May 1996)
Fri 07 Jul
|Geneva, NY||"Funeral service for Rocco Scott LaFaro of Seaford,
L. I. [Long Island, NY], who was killed in an automobile accident Thursday, will be at 2
p.m. tomorrow [July 08]. At the graveside in Glenwood Cemetery, the Rev. Dale Bracey,
assistant pastor of First Presbyterian Church, will officiate. There will be no calling
hours." (Geneva [NY] Times, Friday, July 7, 1961, p. 5)
Note: LaFaro was residing at 4086 Daleview Avenue, Seaford, NY (on Long
Island about ten miles east of Baldwin, NY). He lived with the Gabriel family. Gloria
Gabriel, a Broadway show dancer, served as inspiration for his composition, 'Gloria's
Sat 08 Jul
|Geneva, NY||Interred at Glenwood Cemetery, Rocco S. LaFaro (1936-1961)
beside his father, Rocco Joseph LaFaro (1905-1957). Cemetery location is at Avenue G,
Note: Glenwood Cemetery, with its rolling terrain and a brook
flowing through its midst, with its giant oaks and firs and flowers and leaves, and
winding car paths throughout, is situated within a stone's throw from Belhurst Castle,
where father and son played music together.
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