My Top Twenty Musical Experiences

1/  My first concert experience...Buffalo Springfield, Jefferson Airplane and Shadows of The Knight

2/  Talking with Dizzy Gillespie  for two hours flying from Detroit to Minneapolis

3/  The Mothers of Invention at The Guthrie Theatre in 1969 (part of this show is on Chungas Revenge!)

4/  Sonny Rollins tipping my drink over with the bell of his horn while playing "St. Thomas"

5/  Walking next to the casket of Willie Dixon at his Funeral in South Chicago

6/ Tom Waits w/ Greg Cohen & Teddy Edwards at The Guthrie Theatre in 1982

7/  Miles Davis w/ Keith Jarrett, Airto, DeJohnette & Grossman at The Guthrie  in 1971 

8/  Keith Jarrett, Paul Motion, Dewey Redman, and Charlie Haden at The Guthrie Theatre

9/  Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band in 1971, with show opener, Ry Cooder

10/ Standing 2 feet from Charlie Haden's bass for a whole show at the Heartland Cafe in Chicago

11/  Weather Report concert in 1971 at The Guthrie Theatre

12/  The Rolling Stones in 1976 at The Met Sports Center

13/  Watching Milt Jackson solo from the front row at Joe Segals Jazz Showcase

14/  Count Basie Band in 1977

15/  Meeting Sunnyland Slim at The Chicago Blues Festival

16/  Meeting Dexter Gordon in the Mid 1970's after a show that the Longhorn in Mpls.

17/  Talking with Elvin Jones after a set at The Longhorn in the mid 1970's

18/  McCoy Tyner at The Guthrie in 1978

19/  Bill Frisell w/ Eberhardt Weber in 1979

20/  Nights at The Empty Bottle watching The Vandermark 5