Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Don Alberts Bio

Hi Carl, hope you are doing well. Appreciate all your good work. I wonder if I could tread on you for your talents in reinvigorating my tired old bio. I'm releasing a new music book, Volume 8, and I'd like to dress it up a little. I admit I don't have those skills but from what I have seen, you obviously do, and with ease. Take a look at the attached and let me know...all the best. Hope to get together soon. Don

BIO-DON ALBERTS-trio and quartet

Don Alberts is more than a pianist, he’s a piano stylist in the finest and most classical tradition of Jazz. His style is reminiscent of the dignity and panache ofDuke Ellington and the eloquence lower" of which he was a member contributing his compositions; "The Lizard," "Waltz Ingenue,"and "Cerabella,"and also wrote compositions for the Virgil Group.
Don grew up in the San Francisco area and learned his skills playing the San Francisco clubs in the 60's which exposed him to the challenging music of Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Bud Powell, much of which became part of his foundation, a style rooted deeply in bebop and the blues. The romantic side of his playing comes from the influence of pianist Bill Evans. Beginning piano at the age of ten, his earliest influence was the Boogie Woogie style of Mary Lou Williams followed by Teddy Wilson, Earl Hines, Errol Garner, George Shearing, Nat Cole, Oscar Peterson, Bud Powell, Hampton Hawes, Red Garland, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Sonny Clark, and Mulgrew Miller.
Early recordings:
One of Don’s early compositions, "The Lizard" appears on the CD album "Home Coming" with Tom Harrell, released in 1999 by bassist Gordon Stevens and published on "Life Force Records."
A second CD album on "Chill House Music" CHM 0002, was released in March of 2002 entitled, "Local Hero," a trio format with bassist David Friesen and drummer Alan Jones which includes material from an earlier session from the Cassette "Local Hero." The re-release of that 1988 recording is now available as a CD. This package includes some fine solo piano work and the re-introduction of three originals; "Local Hero," "Sarah’s Theme," and "Until I Met You. " Two more compositions; "The Blue Mirror" and "Furnace Blues" can be found on Francis Vanek’s 1985 release, "Redwood Range" on Valentine Records. A 1981 recording with the Northwest band, "Tangier" included three of his compositions: "Nightly Dancer," "Dixie Flyer," and "Tabledance," published on "Cisco Records."
Other Venues:
You may have caught him on television playing piano on the "The Late, Late Show" with Tom Snyder during an interview with Cheech Marin while filming at the Cypress Club in San Francisco.
Don’s trio at the Cypress club lasted for over five years with; Frank Passantino (bass) and Buddy Barnhill (drums). All three are included in the historic photo "San Francisco Giants of Jazz."
Don Alberts has recently received the 2005-2006 ASCAP jazz composers award for his book, "Original Jazz Compositions Volume Five." Don currently offers a course in Jazz Composition at the Jazz School in Berkeley, Ca.
The CD "INTUITION, "THE DON ALBERTS TRIO, is a landmark achievement, the capturing of the original work of the band as developed at the Cypress Club in San Francisco. All compositions are by Don Alberts except his one homage to Bill Evans, the tune "One For Helen." The CD "INTUITION" is available at and at many record outlets including; Tower, Border’s, and on many Internet sites where these songs are downloaded: iTunes, napster, musicmatch, cdnow, Emusic, Mp3Tunes, Rhapsody, and many others. More info at
New Release:(2006)
"Avende Miles," a work of fresh originals in a quartet setting with saxophonist Scott Barnhill and the existing trio. A more strait ahead jazz approach to these new compositions designed to stimulate and comfort the jazz lover’s heart with rich improvisations and harmonies. More information at
New Release: (2006)
"Rejuvenation," Produced by DonMar Productions was released in August, 2005. This new CD features five new compositions by Don Alberts plus two standards, "Autumn Leaves" and "Nardis" with Don Russo on bass and Diego Erencon on drums, recorded in February, 2005 at Tone Palace Studios in Taos, NM. CDs available at For more information at
Internet presence:
CDs available from
The books: "Don Alberts-Original Jazz Compositions," is published by Chill House Music. Volumes 4, 5, 6, 7 and Volume 8 are also available from the author. Order at
or send inquiries to the email address below.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Fresh Canadian: It's No Secret

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Bella A Beauty For Mint

Posted by Grant Lawrence on Feb 23, 2007

"According to the CBC Radio 3 facebook page, which we were just alerted to and are very excited about, a facebooker named Katrina says:"
Most frustrating artist discovered from CBC Radio 3:

"Because they made "Didn't Mean To Break Our Love"...which CBC 3 plays pretty often...which I love...and which is pretty much impossible to either buy or download.Katrina now has hope!

"According to a recently released press release from Mint Records, the Vancouver label has signed the heavily hyped and saccharin sweet pop trio.

"According to Mint, the love affair began shortly after the band was handpicked to open for the
New Pornographers at the CBC Radio 3 /Exclaim! / Mint Roadshow. Since then, the Mint gang has been bonkers for Bella. "I love this band," said Mint co-founder Bill Baker, "like, LOVE this band."

"Watch for Bella’s debut album on Mint later in 2007. Until then, Katrina and other Bella boosters can get their fix right now.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

from GreenFaith

Dear GreenFaith Colleagues -
Below is the press release from the UN Environment Programme and the World Meteorological Organization about the Climate Change report issued today by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
We thought our colleagues would like to see a more detailed press report than is appearing in many mainstream media channels.
We appreciate your ongoing commitment to fighting climate change, and we hope you will share this information with your house of worship and community to mobilize more and more people on this issue.
We continue to facilitate discussions following An Inconvenient Truth, which we have found to be an excellent way to educate people about the threats posed by global warming.
Please let us know if you’d like to schedule such an event – we would like to be there.
Best regards, Fletcher
The Rev. Fletcher Harper
Executive Director, GreenFaith
46 Bayard Street, Suite 401
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Fax - 732-565-7790

The evidence for human-caused global warming is now ‘unequivocal’, says IPCC.

PARIS , 2 February 2007 –
The first major global assessment of climate change science in six years has concluded that changes in the atmosphere,
the oceans and glaciers and ice caps show unequivocally that the world is warming.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that major advances in climate modelling and the collection and analysis of data now give scientists “very high confidence” (at least a 9 out of 10 chance of being correct) in their understanding of how human activities are causing the world to warm.
This level of confidence is much greater than what could be achieved in 2001 when the IPCC issued its last major report.
Today’s report, the first of four volumes to be released this year by the IPCC, also confirms that the marked increase in atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) since 1750 is the result of human activities. An even greater degree of warming would likely have occurred if emissions of pollution particles and other aerosols had not offset some of the impact of greenhouse gases, mainly by reflecting sunlight back out to space.
Three years in the making, the report is based on a thorough review of the most-up-to-date, peer-reviewed scientific literature available worldwide.
It describes an accelerating transition to a warmer world marked by more extreme temperatures including heat waves, new wind patterns, worsening drought in some regions, heavier precipitation in others, melting glaciers and Arctic ice and rising global average sea levels.
For the first time, the report provides evidence that the ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland are slowly losing mass and contributing to sea level rise.
“This report by the IPCC represents the most rigorous and comprehensive assessment possible of the current state of climate science and has considerably narrowed the uncertainties of the 2001 report”, said Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
“Progress in observations and measurements of the weather and climate are keys to improved climate research, with National Meteorological and Hydrological Services playing a crucial role.”
“While the conclusions are disturbing, decision makers are now armed with the latest facts and will be better able to respond to these realities. The speed with which melting ice sheets are raising sea levels is uncertain, but the report makes clear that sea levels will rise inexorably over the coming centuries.
It is a question of when and how much, and not if”, he said.
“In our daily lives we all respond urgently to dangers that are much less likely than climate change to affect the future of our children”, said Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which, together with WMO, established the IPCC in 1988.
“The implications of global warming over the coming decades for our industrial economy, water supplies, agriculture, biological diversity and even geopolitics are massive.
Momentum for action is building; this new report should spur policymakers to get off the fence and put strong and effective policies in place to tackle greenhouse gas emissions”, he said.
The report also concludes that:
* If atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases double compared to pre-industrial levels, this would “likely” cause an average warming of around 3°C (5.4°F), with a range of 2 - 4.5°C (3.6 - 8.1°F).
For the first time, the IPCC is providing best estimates for the warming projected to result from particular increases in greenhouse gases that could occur after the 21st century, along with uncertainty ranges based on more comprehensive modelling.
* A GHG level of 650 ppm would “likely” warm the global climate by around 3.6°C, while 750 ppm would lead to a 4.3°C warming, 1,000 ppm to 5.5°C and 1,200 ppm to 6.3°C.
Future GHG concentrations are difficult to predict and will depend on economic growth, new technologies and policies and other factors.
* The world’s average surface temperature has increased by around 0.74°C over the past 100 years (1906-2005).
This figure is higher than the 2001 report’s 100-year estimate of 0.6°C due to the recent series of extremely warm years, with 11 of the last 12 years ranking among the 12 warmest years since modern records began around 1850.
A warming of about 0.2°C is projected for each of the next two decades.
* The best estimates for sea-level rise due to ocean expansion and glacier melt by the end of the century (compared to 1989–1999 levels) have narrowed to 28-58 cm, versus 9-88 cm in the 2001 report, due to improved understanding.
However, larger values of up to 1 m by 2100 cannot be ruled out if ice sheets continue to melt as temperature rises.
The last time the polar regions were significantly warmer than at present for an extended period (about 125,000 years ago), reductions in polar ice volume caused the sea level to rise by 4 to 6 m.
* Sea ice is projected to shrink in both the Arctic and Antarctic regions.
Large areas of the Arctic Ocean could lose year-round ice cover by the end of the 21st century if human emissions reach the higher end of current estimates.
The extent of Arctic sea ice has already shrunk by about 2.7% per decade since 1978, with the summer minimum declining by about 7.4% per decade.
* Snow cover has decreased in most regions, especially in spring.
The maximum extent of frozen ground in the winter/spring season decreased by about 7% in the Northern Hemisphere over the latter half of the 20th century.
The average freezing date for rivers and lakes in the Northern Hemisphere over the past 150 years has arrived later by some 5.8 days per century, while the average break-up date has arrived earlier by 6.5 days per century.
* It is “very likely” that precipitation will increase at high latitudes and “likely” it will decrease over most subtropical land regions.
The pattern of these changes is similar to what has been observed during the 20th century.
* It is “very likely” that the upward trend in hot extremes and heat waves will continue.
The duration and intensity of drought has increased over wider areas since the 1970s, particularly in the tropics and subtropics.
The Sahel, the Mediterranean, southern Africa and parts of southern Asia have already become drier during the 20th century.
* The amounts of carbon dioxide and methane now in the atmosphere far exceed pre-industrial values going back 650,000 years. As stated above, concentrations of carbon dioxide have already risen from a pre-industrial level of 280 ppm to around 379 ppm in 2005, while methane concentrations have risen from 715 parts per billion (ppb) to 1,774 in 2005.
* A number of widely discussed uncertainties have been resolved.
The temperature record of the lower atmosphere from satellite measurements has been reconciled with the ground-based record.
Key remaining uncertainties involve the roles played by clouds, the cryosphere (glaciers and ice caps), oceans, deforestation and other land-use change, and the linking of climate and biogeochemical cycles.
The IPCC does not conduct new research. Instead, its mandate is to make policy-relevant assessments of the existing worldwide literature on the scientific, technical and socio-economic aspects of climate change.
Its reports have played a major role in inspiring Governments to adopt and implement the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol.
The Summary for Policymakers for IPCC Working Group I, which was finalized line-by-line by Governments during the course of this week, has now been posted in English at
The full underlying report – “Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis” – will be published by Cambridge University Press.
The report was produced by some 600 authors from 40 countries.
Over 620 expert reviewers and a large number of government reviewers also participated.
Representatives from 113 Governments reviewed and revised the Summary line-by-line during the course of this week before adopting it and accepting the underlying report.
The Working Group II report on climate impacts and adaptation will be launched in Brussels on 6 April.
The Working Group III report on mitigation will be launched in Bangkok on 4 May.
The Synthesis Report will be adopted in Valencia , Spain on 16 November.
Together, the four volumes will make up the IPCC’s fourth assessment report; previous reports were published in 1990, 1995 and 2001.

Note to journalists:
For more information, please see, or, or contact: UNEP – Michael Williams at +41-79-409-1528 or; Robert Bisset at +33-6-2272-5842 or; or Nick Nuttall, UNEP Spokesperson, at +254-20-7623084 or
WMO – Mark Oliver, Press Officer, at +41-22-730-8417 or; or Carine Richard Van-Maele, Chief of Communications and Public Affairs, at +41-22-730-8315 or
An archived webcast of today's launch is available, in English and French, via the IPCC website or WG I website, see either or

Friday, January 26, 2007

The Stooges:"The Wierdness"

New Music: The Stooges: "My Idea of Fun" [Stream]


"As reported by Pitchfork News in October, the Stooges spent time at Steve Albini's Electrical Audio studios in October laying down tracks for their first new record in nearly 35 years. Well, now they've posted the album's debut track, "My Idea of Fun", on their MySpace page.

"Iggy's not exactly in top form, straining to reach the higher notes in the chorus. But musically, the band-- here featuring all original members, with the exception of the late David Alexander, replaced by Watt-- churns out their best approximation of that classic, cycle-savage gnash, while Albini does his best to evoke the raw production work of their 1969 self-titled debut.

"Still, the song itself is a mess, its chorus sending the entire track off the rails with the stunningly asinine refrain: "My idea of fun/ Is killing everyone." It doesn't exactly bode well for The Weirdness, but even a worst-case scenario-- an album full of songs like this one-- can't blemish one of rock's greatest legacies."


Jon Pareles' NY Times Review: The Stooges' "The Weirdness"

Stream: The Stooges: "My Idea of Fun" [MySpace]
[from The Weirdness; due 03/20/07 on Virgin] |

Posted by Ryan Schreiber on Fri: 01-26-07: 03:54 PM CST | Permalink

Friday, January 05, 2007

MIcrosoft Office 2007

If you want to know more about the changes that have gone on with Microsoft Office, check this posting about it from one who is in with the source.

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Circus Exquisitus

FOOTLOOSE presents CIRCUS EXQUISITUS as part of Seventh Annual Women on the

Way Festival at Dance Mission, 3316 24th St. @ Mission, San Francisco

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Doors open at 8 PM until midnight

$25 Donation (includes a pass to ONE other evening of the WOW Festival)

Advance tickets available at

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Report Suspicious Activity

"Recently featured in the documentary "American Hardcore" for his time
fronting Articles of Faith, VIC BONDI returns to form alongside J
ROBBINS (Jawbox, Burning Airlines) and DARREN ZENTEK (Kerosene 454) to
Washington, D.C.
"Like many Americans, in 2005 Bondi found himself increasingly angry and
frustrated with a variety of factors that had become permanent fixtures
on the American landscape- a ravaged economy, a pointless war,
allegations of torture, threats of terrorism and the rise of religious
bigotry and fear.
"Melding his anger to his experience with the hardcore
scene in the band Articles of Faith, Bondi harnessed his anger and
unleashed it on the world with ReportSuspiciousActivity.
Alternative Tentacles released their self-titled debut (Virus341) in
Fall of 2005.

----- Weekly Dig interview -----

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Holiday Gift Pick from Kill Rock Stars

Kill Rock Stars Winter Holiday Album
Various Artists
Kill Rock Stars

"Joy to the World, The Kill Rock Stars Winter Holiday Album is here!
Thirteen tracks from Kill Rock Stars friends both old and new
present both holiday standards and original songs inspired by the season."
The Minus One on slide show now playing "The Minus One" is the name of the group Dana Alberts, Liam Hart and Mike Henry started in the eighties. The band released four singles through the "Skate Rock" series through Thrasher Magazine, and appeared on “One Giant Leap”, a compilation record released in England on Venture Records in 1983. The next year, they recorded “Where A Man Was Made,” with Spencer Dryden on drums (Jefferson Airplane drummer) and Naomi Ruth Isenberg (Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks) on violin. Minus One toured the U.S. in 1985 with the VKTMS, the punk band formed by drummer Louis Gwerder and featuring Nyna Crawford. Later that year Alberts was approached by Danny Sugerman, the author and former manager of the “Doors, and Iggy Pop's manager, after Sugerman had heard a tape of the band. This led them to an offer of a record deal from Geffen Records. The band, broke up before the deal could be consummated. They reformed in late 2006, and are be currently rehearsing to play extensively in 2007.