Monday, November 28, 2005


The weekly event that brings you the finest music from around the world is back again this week, this time with DJ Birdman bringing you your helping of that good stuff.

Things get swinging at 7pm sharp, and continue on til 10pm. All you have to do is peruse our playlists from past weeks to know that we come to have fun, but we are serious as a heart attack when it comes to the music.

So bring a friend, come early and stay late in the best local lounge on 14th Street.
You be glad you did.

Thursday, November 24, 2005


Yellow Sunshine-Along the Seashore
Jimmy McGriff-Space Cadet
Doug Lucas-One For You
David Newman-Lovely Avenue
Gary Bartz Ntu Troop Suite:
-Celestial Blues
-Dr. Follows Dance
-People's Dance
-Brtha Baptist
-Winding Roads
-Mother Nature
Ahmad Jamal Suite:
-Nature Boy
-You're Welcome, Stop On By
-Spanish Interlude
John Handy-Hard Work
Oliver Sain-On the Hill
Galt MacDermott-Ripped Open By Metal Explosives
Phoenix Authority-Come Together
Alain Goraguer-LeBracelet
Bill Conti-Packed Up
Billy Brooks-Fourty Days
Brian Bennett-Solstice
Travis Briggs-Tibetian Serenity
Jimmy Gordon-Walter L
Harold McKinney-Freedom Jazz Dance
Jimmy Ponder-While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Cannonball Adderley-Hummin'
Dorothy Ashby-Soul Vibration
Madelaine-Who Is He and What is He to You
Eddie Henderson-Kumquat Kids
Daniel Janim-Fat, Fat Fellow
Johnny Harris-Light My Fire
Mongo Santamaria-Cloud Nine
Eddie Fisher-Jeremiah Puckett

"Ego has always been a paradox--it is the point from which you see, but it also makes you blind."
-Bill Russell

Tuesday, November 22, 2005


A special Thanksgiving eve presentation of The Jazz Corner of the World with this week's host and musical director, DCDigga!

DCDigga puts in the work to bring you the finest in spiritual vibes and jazzy funk. Tireless in his endeavors and joyful in his presentation, his sets are illuminating, insightful and always deeply deeply funky.

So come out Wednesday night and give thanks early and often!

“The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where theives and pimps run free and good men die like dogs. There’s also a negative side.”
-Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

Saturday, November 19, 2005


Lou Donaldson-South of the Border
Harold Land-The Fox
Cannonball Adderley-P.Bouk
Hank Mobley-A Caddy For Daddy
Elvin Jones-Lady Luck
Lee Morgan-The Stroker

Miles Davis Quintet-So What (Live in Stockholm 1961)
Jazz Crusaders-Doin' That Thing
Music Inc.-Drought
Dizzy Gillespie-Bang!Bang!
Mose Allison-Wild Man on the Loose
Jon Hendricks-I'll Die Happy
Lambert, Hendricks and Ross-Gimme That Wine
Moe Koffman-Canteloupe Island
Rahsaan Roland Kirk-Bright Moments

Sun Ra-Where Pathways Meet
Milt Jackson-The Metal Melter
Roy Ayers-DC City
Eddie Henderson-Kudu
Oscar Peterson-Teenager
Catalyst-Ain't It The Truth
Lightmen Plus One-Blues For Curtis
Bobbie Humphrey-Uno Esta
Ju-Par Universal Orchestra-Flute Salad

Johnny Hammond-Gears
Donald Byrd-Stepping Into Tomorrow
The 3 Pieces-Shortnin' Bread
Buddy Rich Big Band Machine-Yearnin' Learnin'
Lou Donaldson-Sanford and Son Theme

“So until we see you again, bright moments and keep searchin’ for your mystery note on the universal piano of life. ”
-Rahsaan Roland Kirk
*aquired at this great site

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Sunday, November 13, 2005


DCDigga was on decks and stirring up some jazz trouble last Wednesday, and was joined by local Funk researcher and all-around hot DJ, DJ Nitecrawler. Nitecrawler spins regularly at Wonderland Ballroom down the street, and has his own monthly of Funk at Saint-Ex called HEAT. The next hot serving of funk takes place Nov 22, this next Tuesday. Be there.

Wednesday was a fun night, but that's just what we do each and every Wednesday at the Jazz Corner. Always some soulful fun and good company.


Hugh Masekela-Been Such a Long Time Gone
Sergio Mendes &Brasil '66-Righteous Life
Lani Hall-Love Song
Gene Harris-Koko & Lee
Doug Carn-Higher Ground
Junior Mance-Tin Tin Deo
Michael Franks-Monkey See Monkey Do
Phil Ranelin-Vibes From The Tribe
Bill Conti-Reflections
Joe McDuphrey Experience-Solar Waves
Jimmy Owens-What's the Use
Jack McDuff-Pressure Gauge

Charles Rouse-Hopscotch

Port Authority-PA Blues
Jeff Lorber-Rain Dance
Grant Green-Ain't It Funky Now
Richard Evans-Patutu
Buddy Rich-Big Mac
Philadelphia-Inner City Blues

"Rhythym and Blues is the most fervent sound in pop music. It appeals to kids when they're young and expect a lot out of life. When a person gets older, he understands there's only so much to be gotten out of life. He doesn't have to have excitement all the time."
-Sam Cooke

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

John Waters Is a Very Nice Fellow
Despite having a reputation as a filthy degenerate filmmaker(to be fair, he has hardly been filthy since the 70s, and much of his post-Divine work has been chock full of 'family values'), John Waters is a gracious and polite gentleman. My wife and I had the pleasure to meet him briefly at a book signing last night in DC, and it was a real thrill.
Having been a youngster when he was being branded an outlaw artist and underground hero in 70s Baltimore, I came to love Waters' odd sensibility and devastating wit in my college years. It was just what I needed to mentally combat the stifling rigidity of the Christian college I was attending(another long story...let's just say John Waters was not about to get a call to come speak at Bethel College).

HAIRSPRAY was the film that blew Waters up with the mainstream audiences, and I was lucky enough to have seen it in the theatres when it was released. Once that opened my eyes, I rented his back catalog available at my local video store....MONDO TRASHO, MULTIPLE MANIACS, PINK FLAMINGOS.

CRYBABY and SERIAL MOM were still up around the bend, further exploring his taste for movie musicals(which would eventually culminate in Hairspray evolving into a HUGE Broadway hit) and everyday life co-existing with an obsession with serial killers and conspicuous criminality. It was during this time in the late 80s I discovered my two favorite John Waters' films, POLYESTER and the supreme marriage of compelling narrative, high concept and gutter trash, FEMALE TROUBLE.
FEMALE TROUBLE is in my humble opinion, Waters' magnum opus, his statement of purpose. I know that a lot of people credit PINK FLAMINGOS as the flick that propelled him beyond Baltimore into the World's Arbitor of Bad Taste, but I would argue that it's the most satisfying and incisive writing of his pre-Hairspray career. Funny, tragic, horrible,sexy, repulsive, irresponsible,hysterical...this film has it ALL. Divine is finally captured portraying an actual character, even if it is all her on a magnificent scale. The not-at-all cautionary tale of Dawn Davenport, juvie deliquent turned model/killer/deathrow inmate is really something one has to experience in all it's glory to fully appreciate John Waters' ouvre. Back in print in a great mid-priced DVD, replete with Waters' excellent commentary.
Also available again on DVD is POLYESTER. This is Divine's most subtle performance, and really shows that she had so much more to offer than a drag act. This film is the story of Francine Fishpaw, a suburban MD housewife pushed to the edge, a modern-day Job, attacked on all sides by the likes of her porno-theatre-owner husband and her sadistic and cruel mother. The film features great performances by Waters' regulars Edith Massey and Mink Stole, but the most odd turn is by ex-teen idol and matinee idol, Tab Hunter. Hunter chews scenery like the old pro that he is, and his scenes with Divine are a crack-up. The film uses the theatre gimmick, Odorama, which is really just a tip-of-the-hat to director William Castle and utilizes a series of scratch-n-sniffs on a card to coincide with numbers flashed on the screen. In the commentary Waters' describes watching a whole theatre full of people knowingly scratch and sniff what they KNEW was going to smell like a fart. Again, the commentary is a must-listen. Also, look for Stiv Bators of the Dead Boys as Francine's slutty daughter's deliquent boyfriend.

"Parents should worry if their children haven't been arrested by the time they turn sixteen."
-John Waters
TONIGHT! DCDigga spins @ Saint-Ex JAZZ CORNER is from 6PM to 9PM TONIGHT

To quote the man himself, DCDigga:

"So I have to annouce the funkiest and most spiritually uplifting set of sounds you will hear anywhere in the city. Expect plenty of raw spiritual and funky jazz sounds, so even the biggest record baller can stand up in the crowd and yell prowdly "shit yeah!"

Can't put it any clearer than that. Go ahead.

See ya there, corner of 14th and T in NW DC, about 2 blocks from the U Street Metro Station. In the basement lounge of Saint-Ex, Gate 54 .

Monday, November 07, 2005

and other Flea Market Finds

I think that some things just speak for themselves, and don't require a lot of editorializing. It is in this spirit that I am completing this week's first update. I submit, for your consideration, several items I have found over the last few years at DC area Flea markets.

This, found on this past Halloween weekend, is interesting to say the least. An original mixed-media portrait of President Bill Clinton, artist unknown. I have titled it "Cozmik Clinton".
Next we have a great carnival remnant from the 80s, the requisite framed Led Zep black light glitter print. NOT FOR SALE so don't even ask.
Finally, my 'Bowler's Decanter', a bowling ball with a bar built in. Swanky, and one of my faves.

"Everything that IS was once IMAGINED."
-Ted Joans

Thursday, November 03, 2005

The Day After Update

The Selector, just trying to take care of some business.
The patrons, just trying to get their drink on.

A big thanks to everyone who came out to relax and have a good time last night.

Make sure you mark your calendars with a big highlighter on every Wednesday of every month, "THE JAZZ CORNER-Saint-Ex 7pm-AWESOME!!!!!", it helps you to remember where you need to be on a weekly basis.
We'll see ya next week!


Nat Adderley and the Big Sax Section-The Old Country
Keno Duke/Contemporaries-Sense of Values
Johnny Coles-Jano
Sonny Clark-Sonny's Crib
Clare Fischer-Artifact
Booker Little-Gichi
John Coltrane-Blues To Elvin
Hank Mobley-Smokin'

Freddie Hubbard-Backlash
Horace Silver-Mexican Hip Dance
Latin Jazz Quintet-Rip a Dip
Bud Shank-Samba de Orpheu
Kenny Dorham-Sao Paulo
Dizzy Gillespie and the Big Band-The Swords
Odell Brown and the Organ-izers-Raising The Roof
Jackie McLean-Fidel

Lou Donaldson-Funky Mama
Elvin Jones-Mr. Jones
John Patton-Barefootin'
Grant Green-Ain't It Funky Now
Monette Sudler-Congo
Gabor Szabo-Sombrero Sam
Billy Brooks-Fourty Days
Crusaders-Stomp and Buck Dance
Quincy Jones-Hikky-Burr

Cannonball Adderley-Walk Tall/Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
Gil Scott-Heron-The Bottle
Gary Bartz-Celestial Blues
Alphonse Mouzon-Funky Snake Foot
Weldon Irvine-Love Your Brother
Jiro Inagaki and Chuck Rainey Rhythym Section-UFO

In Memoriam / Rest In Power
It is with great sorrow that we acknowledge the passing of one of America's Great Elders, the indomitable Rosa Parks. There is nothing that I can say to do justice to this woman's achievements, so I will offer up this quote in her own words:

"When I made that decision, I knew that I had the strength of my ancestors with me."

And now your strength is with all of us. God Bless.
Rosa Parks 1913-2005

Tuesday, November 01, 2005


You know how the Jes Grew Production family does it, but you may not know why we do it. One word : LOVE. We LOVE this music and we love you, the folks who come out and support us and support Jazz music on the regular.

So in that spirit I want to put out a call to all the folks who have supported us over the past year and more, as well as those of you who may never have had opportunity to join us down in the luxurious surroundings of Cafe Saint-Ex's Gate 54 lounge. We are really pushing to drive up our Wednesday Happy Hour attendance from 7pm to 10pm every week in the hopes that more folks will ultimately mean better drink specials and maybe even some great door prizes and events in the future. So all this month of November I want to put out a special invitation to everyone! Let the club know how much you appreciate Jazz music there every Wednesday, come vote with your dollars!

Cafe Saint-Ex/Gate 54 is located at 1847 14th Street (Corner of 14th and T NW DC). Come early for the best parking. And check the website for other events and directions.

So stop in, stay awhile, and don't forget to say hello to your Jes Grew DJ! It will be a pleasure to see you.

"After the dance, the drums are heavy."
-Haitian Proverb