Posts Tagged ‘Jewels and Binoculars’

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1033

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

Week of July 7, 2008

Part 1 34:10
Grateful Dead 2/26/77 Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino CA

Part 2 21:15
Lee Johnson, Dead Symphony no. 6: An Orchestral Tribute to the Music of the Grateful Dead

Jewels and Binoculars, Ships with Tattooed Sails

Lee Johnson’s Dead Symphony has its world premiere performance in Baltimore on Jerry’s birthday, August 1. See story @ DeadNet.

Jewels and Binoculars is a jazz trio that plays Bob Dylan songs. Bob covered “Jackaroe” on World Gone Wrong, so it qualifies. Ships With Tattooed Sails features guitarist Bill Frisell on several tracks, including a magnificent reading of “Blind Willie McTell.” I met Lindsey on a recording session last summer: Tim Carbone brought him in to play bass on half a dozen songs for my soon-to-be-released CD The Ones That Look the Weirdest Taste the Best. I was knocked out by Lindsey’s playing, and really impressed with the Jewels and Binoculars CD.

The Grateful Dead Hour is made possible in part this week by:

Grateful Dead Productions
, announcing release of Road Trips volume 1 number 3. Summer ’71 has a full CD of music from July 31 ’71 at the Yale Bowl and a full disc recorded August 23 of ’71 at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago, plus liner notes and rare photographs. There’s also a bonus disc with two more tracks from the Yale Bowl, and eight more songs from August 4 and 6, 1971. Information, cover art, reviews and message board are online at

Roy Schneider and the Roadside Turtle Rescue. Friendly, funny, smart American songs in a down-home style. On and

Jewels and Binoculars on tour

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

Last summer I had the privilege of recording with a phenomenal bassist, Lindsey Horner. (The tracks will appear on my CD tentatively titled The Ones that Look the Weirdest Taste the Best, produced by Tim Carbone; I hope to get it out in time for the summer festivals).

Lindsey gave me a copy of a CD, Ships With Tattooed Sails, by his trio Jewels and Binoculars. It’s a collection of jazz interpretations of Bob Dylan songs. The band is joined on some tracks (including a fantastic “Blind Willie McTell) by guitarist Bill Frisell.

I just got word that Jewels and Binoculars will be touring this spring:

Jewels and Binoculars/ Lindsey Horner, Michael Vatcher, Michael Moore play music of Bob Dylan.

Ships With Tattooed Sails with special guest Bill Frisell. (On Village Voice “best of 2007” list)

“Jewels and Binoculars stands as a testimonial to the timelessness of Dylan’s music, to the versatility of jazz, and to the foresight and the talent of these three musicians who brought them together.” — Brendan Garland, Metro Santa Cruz (California)

Monday, April 21, 8:30 pm – Roulette, 20 Greene St., New York City. 212-219-8242

Thursday, April 24, 8pm – Tangential Folk Festival, Bohemian National Home, 3009 Tillman St., Detroit. 313-737-6606

Friday, April 25, 9pm – Immediate Sound Series, International House, 3701 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA

Tuesday, April 29, 7:30 pm – Flynn Theatre, 153 Main St., Burlington VT

Thursday, May 1, 8pm – The Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., Charlotte, NC. 704-376-3737 (With GREENLIGHT – Kevin Gill, Dustin Hofsess, Adam Snow)

Friday, May 2, 7:30pm – The Gravity Lounge, 103 South 1st St., Charlottesvile, VA. 434-977-5590

Saturday, May 3rd, 8pm – An Die Musik Live, 409 Charles St., Baltimore, MD. 410-385-2638

More info at