[Dixielandjazz] "Mo Money in Dixieland" (the band)

Rob McCallum rakmccallum at hotmail.com
Tue Apr 1 09:49:52 PST 2003

Hello all,

KCSM is an excellent jazz radio station; I discovered it while surfing the web about a year and a half ago.  Mal Sharpe's program is great as well.  It's an excellent jazz mix that includes OKOM as well as other various styles.  They have a 24 hour a day live feed so anyone anywhere can listen at www.kcsm.org 

All the best,
Rob McCallum

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Artwoo at aol.com 
  To: dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com 
  Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2003 2:56 AM
  Subject: [Dixielandjazz] "Mo Money in Dixieland" (the band)

  Hi Folks:
  This band was mentioned in a recent post. The group plays at the "No Name Bar" in Sausalito on Sun afternoons and having some free time yesterday, I decided to check them out.

  Mal Sharpe, famous for his "Man in the Street" interviews in the 1960s in San Francisco is the leader and front man of the band.  Mal also hosts a radio show every Sun.nite on KCSM, 91.1FM, San Mateo, Ca. It is a combination of call in and anecdotal information about the current and past jazz scene of the SF Bay Area.  Tune in if you can; it's a fun show.

  Mal has put together a very entertaining musical group among whom were: Clint Baker, string bass, Tom Buck, cornet, Carl Lunsford, banjo, Pete Devine, washboard and Chinese blocks, and a reedman whose name I can't recall.

  Picture this: a cozy bar (no smoking per Calif.  law), a blend of tourists  and appreciative jazzbo's, gorgeous ambiance...Sausalito...and a great band!  Can it get any better?

  A word about the personnel: Tom Buck, Jack Buck's son is an outstanding melodic cornetist who has a unique, powerful yet tasty approach. Carl Lunsford, banjo, projects a clear concept with precise strumming which blends well with Clint Baker's solid bass line. Pete Devine is an entertaining percussionist assuming a unique posture of leaning into his equipment which consists of washboard, Chinese Blocks, 2 splash cymbals, and snare and small bass drum. He provides clever accentual touches with an underlying sense of humor.  Pete listens carefully and responds to the melody while keeping a delicate pulse to keep the group together.  

  The unknown clarinet man complemented the melodic duties and matched the strength of the cornet.  He also played sop sax with impeccable intonation.

  Mal Sharpe plays boldly with traces of Jim Robinson and Vic Dickenson.  Mal is a showman. He is a lumbering fellow of about 6' 4" always glancing at the audience trying to transmit a bit of joy. 

  I have no connection with this band other than becoming a new fan and hopefully a repeat customer.

  Art Wood



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