Sunrise, January 14, 2021

No Respect

Jammin' Over the Internet!?

A year ago, at the beginning of 2020, this would-be musician finally started playing music with other people for the first time since moving to Tacoma eight years earlier. It felt joyous!

Then along came COVID-19! Work migrated home for many of us, restaurants and clubs shut down, and musicians’ venues disappeared for understandable reasons. We had to stop playing together before we could do our live performances.

In September, an email arrived from the inventive folks at Jazz Night School asking if we’d like to try remote rehearsing and recording via Jamulus. Lot’s of questions! “What the heck is Jamulus? What equipment would I need? What will it sound like?”

We arranged a quick test of the software and my setup. Erik could hear my bass over Jamulus. He played piano, and I could hear him just fine. I started playing along, and we could hear each other. The moment I started playing together with Erik, live, over the internet while merely testing equipment was emotional. There was a spark of hope!

Jared Hall’s combo started meeting, working on tunes, learning more (about music and technology). Here’s some documentary evidence of how we progressed! Not perfect, but it’s something precisely because we’re still working on it!!!


Here are three songs our combo recorded, featuring Kevin Doren (p), Geoff Fitch (g), Matt Shevrin (french horn), Paul Blaney (d), and yours truly, Bill Berry (b).

Jackie in the Rain

Very Early

49th Parallel

I consider myself fortunate to have made music with these gents, remotely, during the pandemic! The experience was better than I had imagined, and the sound quality’s not bad. And we’ve just started working on some new tunes!

Happy Anniversary to Me!

I just celebrated my 9th anniversary of joining TPU as Tacoma Power’s Rates, Planning, and Analysis Manager. The truth is, I didn’t respond when first contacted by the recruiter because the job didn’t seem all that interesting. Boring even. Fortunately, they called me back two weeks later and told me, “there’s more to this job than what’s on the paper.”

When I returned home from my day of interviews, I thought my answers to a few questions meant I wouldn’t get the job. When I hadn’t heard anything for almost three weeks, I was sure of it! Then the phone rang, things worked out, and I found myself scrambling to move from the Bay Area to Tacoma.

The recruiter’s statement turned out to be true. There has been way more to the role than the job description. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here. The ups have been amazing, of course. They always are. The downs, however, especially overcoming them, have taught me so many lessons.

What about the stuff that wasn’t on the paper? As it turns out, I’ve been fortunate to define this role and add a lot that I couldn’t have even imagined at the time.

All of this means I’m incredibly happy, fortunate to work with great people, and have had the opportunity, to learn, grow, and even thrive.

Still #workingonit!!!

Almost a Full Lid…

#JazzChurch 37

#jazzchurch 37 – Sunday, January 10, 2021 – featured music by Jaco Pastorius, Sam Cooke, The Impressions, Harrell, A Taste of Honey, Donald Harrison, and Johnny Cash, among others shown below:

  1. Invitation (Jaco Pastorius)
  2. Escondido (The Bennie Maupin Quartet)
  3. Infinity (Wayne Wallace)
  4. Rashied (Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane & Matt Garrison)
  5. Hurt (Johnny Cash)
  6. Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen (Sam Cooke)
  7. A Change Is Gonna Come (Elvin Jones)
  8. It’s All Right (The Impressions)
  9. Forever on My Mind (Rufus Reid Quintet)
  10. Waltz for Monk (Mulgrew Miller)
  11. Mojo Highway (Aske Jacoby)
  12. Chasin’ The Bird (Tom Harrell)
  13. paradise found (Donald Harrison)
  14. Black Villain Music (Ben Williams)
  15. Simone (Richard Davis)
  16. Design (Tom Harrell)
  17. Crazy She Calls Me (Gary Bartz)
  18. Funkination (Duende Libre)
  19. Boogie Oogie Oogie (A Taste of Honey)
  20. Little Wing (Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble)
  21. Tryin’ Times (Roberta Flack)

Livestream Replay

bbebop · #JazzChurch 37 - Sunday, January 10, 2021
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Handling the Insurrection at Work

This morning I told my team that I hadn’t gotten a lot of sleep last night. It turns out that I wasn’t nearly alone. We all suffered some trauma yesterday.

So I canceled our three-hour quarterly OKR planning session this morning. We’ll meet briefly to check-in with each other and will do OKRs next week. If I hadn’t shared my thoughts, they might never have said anything, but that’s what our team needed.

Here’s my advice to you: check-in with your team, share your feelings, find out how they’re doing, and then adjust your plans accordingly. Please do it now!

Nine years ago today…

1/4/2012: On our first exploration of the Greater Tacoma housing market, we encountered this apparently-haunted house, still under construction. Well, you gotta start somewhere, right?

Moral of the story: ThingsWorkedOut!

#JazzChurch 36 - Sunday, January 3, 2021

#jazzchurch 36 – Sunday, January 3, 2021 – featured music by Bokani Dyer, Frank Kimbrough, Dave Holland, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Danilo Perez, John Coltrane, and Sunna Gunnlaugs, among others shown below:

  1. Fanfare (Bokani Dyer)
  2. Tones for Elvin Jones (ELEW with Jeff “Tain” Watts & Reginald Veal)
  3. Triple Dance (Dave Holland Big Band)
  4. Lost (Wayne Shorter)
  5. Oblique (Bobby Hutcherson)
  6. You Only Live Twice (Frank Kimbrough)
  7. Elvin People (The Sheryl Bailey 3)
  8. Don’t Even Ask (Vanguard Jazz Orchestra)
  9. Panamá Libre (Danilo Perez)
  10. Eighty-One (Jerry Gonzalez)
  11. Anthropology (Pierre de Bethmann Trio)
  12. Tales (Bokani Dyer)
  13. Northern Brewer (Eyolf Dale)
  14. Body and Soul (John Coltrane)
  15. Unflurgenized Colorations (Robert Hurst)
  16. La Comparsa (Ignacio Berroa)
  17. Things You Should Know (Sunna Gunnlaugs)
  18. Jazz Ain’t Nothing But Soul (Caroline Henderson)
  19. Jazz Ain’t Nothin’ but Soul (Travelogue)
  20. Stomp! (Cast of Stomp & Various Artists)
  21. Short Story (Joe Henderson)
  22. Soul Makossa (Manu Dibango)

Livestream Replay

bbebop · #JazzChurch 36 - Sunday, January 3, 2021
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I just keep the TV turned off!

Mount Rainier Sunrise Before the Shadow Appeared

“Things will get better,” he explained…

Hip-Hop Group Tag Team: “Scoop, There It Is!”

I almost lost it!

Mount Rainier Sky Shadow

While Mount Rainier often casts her shadow against the sky by blocking the sun, this is the first time I’ve taken a photo where I can see that happening (zoom in for the detail).

iPhone New Year

My iPhone curates and shows me a different group of my photos every day, and these are from my current set.

  • It’s New Year’s Day, and I’ll be making me some rolls!
  • I crave me some Pasta Moon. Alas, coronavirus makes a visit impossible. And while I don’t make resolutions, I resolve to eat a lot less pasta this month to reduce the poundage. Plus, I need room for the rolls mentioned above.
  • We miss Mo and have gone a whole year without being in his presence, except virtually, of course.

Goodbye, 2020! Let’s hope 2021 is better! That’s all.

#JazzChurch 35 - Sunday, December 27, 2020

#jazzchurch 35

#jazzchurch 35 – Sunday, December 27, 2020 – featured music by Kenny Garrett, John Batiste, Camilla George, John Scofield, Jimi Hendrix, Alice Coltrane, and James Brown, among others shown below:

  1. Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord (The Edwin Hawkins Singers)
  2. Lord, Help Me to Be (Alice Coltrane)
  3. Someday We’ll All Be Free (Kenny Garrett)
  4. Snowfall (Matt Wilson)
  5. 4 A.M. (John Beasley)
  6. My Favorite Things (Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Botti, Billy Kilson, Romero Lubambo, Billy Childs & Robert Hurst)
  7. Little Drummer Boy (Eric Reed)
  8. Christmas Waltz (Lars Møller)
  9. The People Could Fly (Camilla George, Shirley Tetteh, Sarah Tandy, Daniel Casimir & Femi Koleoso)
  10. Ja-Hed (Kenny Garrett)
  11. Blues In the Bassment (Milt Jackson featuring Ray Brown)
  12. Delphia (Freddie Hubbard)
  13. Barbados (Roy Haynes)
  14. Who Knows (Jimi Hendrix)
  15. Greetings To Idris (Sam Gendel & Sam Wilkes)
  16. Walkin’ the Walk (Aziza feat. Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke, Eric Harland)
  17. I’m Sleeping In (John Scofield)
  18. Bigger Than Us (Jon Batiste)
  19. Fruit of the Vine (Jon Batiste)
  20. Celestial Spaces in Blue (Jon Batiste)
  21. Spiritual Connection (Jon Batiste)
  22. Bird Life (Herlin Riley)
  23. In Your Own Sweet Way (Richard Beirach)
  24. Electric Church Red House (Jimi Hendrix)
  25. Fred (Tony Williams)
  26. 502 Blues (Drinkin’ And Drivin’) (Wayne Shorter)
  27. Super Bad, Pts. 1, 2 & 3 (James Brown feat. The Original J.B.s)

Livestream Replay

bbebop · #JazzChurch 35 - Sunday, December 27, 2020
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#JazzChurch Christmas

#jazzchurch Christmas

Today at #JazzChurch: Rev. Dr. Bill E. Bob’s Jazz Christmas playlist. Perfect for opening presents, eating dinner, getting the #JazzChurch Christmas Spirit. No words. No sermon. Just enjoy!!!

#JazzChurch Christmas Livestream


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#JazzChurch 34 - Sunday, December 20, 2020

#jazzchurch 34

#jazzchurch 34 – Sunday, December 20, 2020 – featured music by John Coltrane, Keith Jarrett, Dave Holland, Betty Carter, Abbey Lincoln, Wynton Marsalis with Kathleen Battle, and Bireli Lagrene with Jaco Pastorius, among others shown below:

  1. Billows of Rhythm (Dave Holland Quintet)
  2. Greensleeves (John Coltrane Quartet)
  3. Triumphs (Edward Simon)
  4. Snowfall (Emily Remler)
  5. Let It Snow (Carter, Betty & Roy Hargrove)
  6. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock & Jack DeJohnette)
  7. This Christmas (Lincoln, Abbey & Christian McBride)
  8. Double Decker (Deck The Halls) (Christian McBride)
  9. Silent Night (Wynton Marsalis)
  10. Simple as That (Peter Bernstein)
  11. The Energy of Life (Matthew Halsall)
  12. Ke Nako (Bokani Dyer)
  13. Alone Together (Keith Jarrett)
  14. Autumn Leaves (Keith Jarrett)
  15. The Days Of Wine And Roses (Bireli lagrene and Jaco Pastorius)
  16. Old Folks (Keith Jarrett)
  17. Upswing (Dave Holland Big Band)
  18. I’ll Be Home For Christmas (Stephan Scott)

Livestream Replay

bbebop · #JazzChurch 34 - Sunday, December 20, 2020
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The #JazzChurch 33 #AfterParty

#JazzChurch 33 #AfterParty

Sometimes, after #JazzChurch, the spirit moves you to dance. I SAIDuh, the SPIRIT moooooves you to DANCEuh. That’s when the #AfterParty starts. The After Party! Can I get an AMEN???

Thanks, Mo B, for sharing some of your music with us. Looking forward to the next time!

#JazzChurch 33 #AfterParty Audio Stream

Here’s the full 3:17 set. Get ready to mooooooooove!!!

bbebop · #JazzChurch 33 #AfterParty - Sunday, December 13, 2020

#JazzChurch 33 #AfterParty Video Snippet

#JazzChurch 33 #AfterParty - 2020-12-13 from Mo B.

#JazzChurch 33 - Sunday, December 13, 2020

#jazzchurch 31

#jazzchurch – Sunday, December 13, 2020 – featured music by Michel Petrucciani, Ellis Marsalis, McCoy Tyner, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Ray Barretto, Carla Bley, and 10cc, among others shown below:

  1. The Space In Between (Janek Gwizdala)
  2. Stepford and Son (Human Spirit)
  3. Over and Sons (Terri Lyne Carrington & Social Science)
  4. Brazilian Like (Live) (Michel Petrucciani)
  5. You Don’t Know What Love Is (featuring Chris Botti) (Eldar Djangirov featuring Chris Botti)
  6. Hang Up Your Hang Ups (Lionel Loueke)
  7. Thowed (Robert Hurst)
  8. I’m Not in Love (10cc)
  9. Colors (Michel Petrucciani)
  10. Black Disciple (Donald Byrd)
  11. Walkin’ (Quincy Jones)
  12. Gospel Trane (Dezron Douglas & Brandee Younger)
  13. This Is Christmas (Ellis Marsalis)
  14. Christmastime Is Here (Instrumental) (Vince Guaraldi Trio)
  15. Stille Nacht (Silent Night) (McCoy Tyner Trio)
  16. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Part One) (Carla Bley)
  17. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Part Two) (Carla Bley)
  18. The Creator Has a Master Plan (Dezron Douglas & Brandee Younger)
  19. Let’s Ride (feat. Josh Evans, Stacy Dillard, David Bryant & Willie Jones III) Live
  20. Wake Up Everybody (Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes)
  21. Wonderful (feat. Gerald Clayton & Mark Guiliana) (Gretchen Parlato)
  22. Close Your Eyes (Ray Barretto)
  23. Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) (Us3)

And then there’s the #JazzChurch 33 #AfterParty!

Livestream Replay

bbebop · #JazzChurch 33 - Sunday, December 13, 2020
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“Joshua”

Here’s a recording of “Joshua” by my Boptrillion band circa 1996. Tosh Kameda (as), Howard Fisher (t), Gary Young (g), Kirk Abe (d), and Bill Berry (b). We rehearsed every week in my living room and played a gig almost every Friday at a Starbucks in Mountain View, CA. We got paid in tips, coffee beans, and all the Frappuccinos we could drink!

It was so much fun creating our own tunes and arranging standards so we’d not sound like everyone else. Maybe do something like that again?

In the meantime, there’s always #JazzChurch! 1-3 pm PST Sunday! 🙂

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There is more to the story, of course. I’ll tell it sometime! Just not right now!

bbebop · Joshua

#JazzChurch

#jazzchurch 31

#jazzchurch – Sunday, December 6, 2020 – featured music by Rudy Royston, Bill Withers, John Patitucci, Dee Dee Sharp, The Stylistics, Jaco Pastorius, and Black/Note, among others shown below:

  1. Play On Words (Rudy Royston)
  2. Seek the Source (Christian McBride)
  3. Grandma’s Hands (Bill Withers)
  4. Wade In the Water (Ramsey Lewis Trio)
  5. Jesus Is On the Mainline (John Patitucci)
  6. People Get Ready (Terri Lyne Carrington, John Patitucci & Lewis Porter)
  7. Sing (Dezron Douglas & Brandee Younger)
  8. The South of Everywhere (Jonathan Kreisberg)
  9. Elegant People (Jaco Pastorius)
  10. The Messenger - Brian Blade (Brian Blade)
  11. Introspection (Black/Note)
  12. People Make the World Go Round (The Stylistics)
  13. Lonnie’s Lament (joe lovano)
  14. Day Is Done (Terri Lyne Carrington, John Patitucci & Lewis Porter)
  15. The Message Continues (Nubya Garcia)
  16. Simple as That (Peter Bernstein)
  17. Very Early (Paul McCandless, John Taylor & Pierluigi Balducci)
  18. Harlem (Ibrahim Maalouf feat. Marcus Miller)
  19. The Good Life (Betty Carter)
  20. Mr. Thomas (Robert Hurst)
  21. I’m Not In Love (Dee Dee Sharp)
  22. Call Me In The Morning (Black/Note)
  23. We Three Kings (feat. Cedar Walton) (Eastern Rebellion)

Livestream Replay

bbebop · #JazzChurch 32 - Sunday, December 6, 2020
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#jazzchurch 31

Another day…

The Mountain

The Mountain, she is OUT!!! Wonder what planet that is?