THE INTER-ACTION OF JAZZ AND ROCK
Jon Hendricks, who has just returned from an engagement at Shelly's Manne Hole in Hollywood, will be the master of ceremonies this afternoon for the SNCC Benefit at the Fillmore Auditorium from 3 o'clock to midnight. (He will appear earlier at U.C. Medical Center Auditorium at a concert that begins at 2.)
Among the talent appearing at the show will be the James Cotton Blues Band from Chicago (which makes its first West Coast appearance this weekend at the Fillmore), the Quicksilver Messenger Service, Johnny Talbott and De Thangs, and the Grateful Dead.
Hendricks recently taped two songs with the Grateful Dead which are now at Columbia for consideration. Hendricks did them for the sound track of the Jerry Stoll film, "Sons and Daughters" (the antiwar flick which is now being edited) and thought so much of them that he took them down to Columbia's L.A. headquarters.
Hendricks' efforts with the Grateful Dead and his appearance at Monterey with the Jefferson Airplane are only two of the more visible aspects of the inter-action between jazz and rock bands that is now underway.
For some time, the Paul Butterfield band has been playing Nat Adderley's "Work Song" and while the Adderley brothers were in San Francisco recently, the Butterfield band and the Jefferson Airplane played with them in several sessions, and pianist Joe Zawinul's tune "Mercy," as well as several others from the Adderley repertoire, were worked on by the rock groups.
The original hostility between jazz and rock groups is breaking down. Adderley bought the Jefferson Airplane LP in New York prior to his West Coast trip because of the way bassist Jack Casady sounded when Adderley heard one of the tracks on the radio.
Interest in jazz among rock musicians has always been relatively strong, incidentally. Among the other musicians experimenting with some of the rock sounds are bassist Fred Marshall and drummer Jerry Granelli whose Jazz Ensemble (with tenor Noel Jewkes) has been appearing at The Matrix.
Guitarist Jerry Hahn, of the John Handy Quintet, is devoting more and more of his time to teaching rock guitarists and is not going out on the road with Handy this winter.
This afternoon's benefit concert should prove to be an interesting mixture of styles, from the rugged urban blues of the Chicago-based Cotton and the rhythm & blues of the Talbott group (with its saxophone) through the electric bands.
The SNCC benefit last winter at the Fillmore was one of the best shows of the season and this one could be equally interesting. Alternating with Jon Hendricks as master of ceremonies will be disc jockey John Hardy of KDIA, and Stokely Carmichael will address the group during the afternoon.
(by Ralph Gleason, in the "Lively Arts" column from the San Francisco Chronicle, November 20 1966)