RIP: Larry Coryell, jazz guitarist from Pacific Northwest

Jazz guitarist Larry Coryell passed away earlier this week on Sunday, February 19th. The NY Times carried a cool headline for his obituary – “Larry Coryell, Guitarist of Fusion Before It Had a Name, Dies at 73.” As this obit pointed out, he was “a virtuoso guitarist who in the 1960s was among the first musicians to bring a rock sound and sensibility to jazz, and who continued to blur the lines between genres throughout his career.”

The LOUIE documentary team behind this webpage was fortunate to work with Larry when he brought his Bombay Jazz project to San Francisco in 2010. We assembled a multi-camera production of this performance, and were fortunate to conduct an interview with him.

Larry was very proud of his Pacific Northwest heritage. He graduated from Richland High School, in Richland, Washington, where he played in handful of local bands (the Jailers, the Rumblers, the Royals, and the Flames), as well as the Checkers from nearby Yakima. While his main interest was jazz music, he also enjoyed playing rock music, which gave me more opportunities as a professional musician. Sometime around 1961, he moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington, and joined a popular teenage R&B band know as the Dynamics, participating in the recording of a few singles for the Seafair-Bolo record label.

Larry enjoyed the comradery of the Pacific Northwest music community, and talked how exciting it was to see the Fabulous Wailers perform in the TriCity area. Here’s a little snippet where he talks about that experience.

Here’s a photo of Larry playing with the Dynamics at the Spanish Castle – the legendary nightclub located between Seattle and Tacoma.

Larry became best friends with Rich Dangel of the Fabulous Wailers, and they wound up renting a houseboat together before Larry eventually moved to New York, where his career as a jazz musician took off in a big way.

Larry Coryell released more than 60 albums under his name. He recorded with lot of fellow jazz legends including Charles Mingus, Chico Hamilton, Gary Burton, Chet Baker, Stéphane Grappelli, Miles Davis,John McLaughlin, Paco de Lucía, Al DiMeola and Charlie Byrd.

His final performances took place on Friday and Saturday in New York City at the Iridium, the same nightclub where guitar pioneer Les Paul performed every Monday night for many years.

Rest in peace, Larry.

BONUS NOTE: Some of you may recognize the cartoon illustration of Larry from the out-of-print book “Dance Halls and Teen Fairs” by Don Rogers. My friend Dennis Loren drew that image based on a Dynamics group photo. You can order an original 1st edition copy of that book, or a CD-ROM copy direct from Don by visiting this link.

NY Times obituary on Larry Coryell
Wikipedia on Larry Coryell
Pacific Northwest Bands page on The Dynamics
Northwest Music Archive article on The Dynamics (Peter Blecha)

Buck Ormsby memorial = March 26 in Tacoma

A date has been announced for the Buck Ormsby memorial – Sunday, March 26, 2017 at the Temple Theatre in Tacoma, Washington.

Tacoma Weekly shared some specifics:

Details have emerged for a tribute concert for fallen Tacoma rock icon John “Buck” Ormsby. “Buck’s House Party” will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. March 26 at the Temple Theatre with a lineup that will include Little Bill & The Bluenotes; the Fab Wailers, featuring members of the Fabulous Wailers‘ most recent lineup and Gail Harris, who sang with the band in the 1960s; “Angel in the Morning” singer Merrilee Rush; The Ad Ventures, featuring Don Wilson and Nokie Edwards of Tacoma’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Ventures; The Kingsmen; City Zu; Jim Valley; The Daily Flash; Billy Mac; The Galaxies; and Tacoma guitar hero Jerry Miller, of Moby Grape fame.

Promoter Mike Mitchell said there will be no cover charge for the event, but there will be an auction of signed rock memorabilia, and donations will be accepted to help cover costs.

For more information on Buck Ormsby, click HERE.

LOUIE LOUIE Clubs of the World – part 2

Following up on the “Louie Louie Clubs of the World – part 1” post from last week, here’s the next chapter….

6. Louie Louie Burger Cafe in Kobe, Japan

Most of the information on this place is written in Japanese, but I did find an English language review by Adam Kloppenburg on their Facebook page: “Good, simple and cheap burgers, a great atmosphere and super welcoming and friendly owner, hidden under the tracks near Motomachi. Highly recommended.”

They also offer a really cool-looking LOUIE LOUIE t-shirt.
I haven’t figured out how to order one yet, but all in good time..

7. Louie Louie Pizzeria in Paris, France

The official description for this place is simply “Pizza, vin nature, cocktails, café.”

On Facebook, Elias Lapia called it “Best italian pizza in Paris.”

I do like their LOUIE pizza pie chart!

8. Louie Louie World Buffet Restaurant in Sunderland, UK

On the official Facebook page for this restaurant, the description is simply: “The biggest restaurant in North east. 200 seats buffet restaurant. World buffet. Including Chinese Indian Thai Japanese UK Italy.”

9. Louie Louie Seafood Market in York, Pennsylvania (USA)

On the official Facebook page for this restaurant, we have this description: “Louie Louie Seafood is a retail fish market serving the community of York, PA with fresh fish right from the ocean! Crabs, shellfish, whole fish and more!”

Mmmm… this does sound good!!!

10. Louie Louie Coffee Shop in Stockholm, Sweden

Louie Louie Coffee Shop in Stockholm provided this description “Louie Louie är ett café, en folkölsbar och en skivbutik på Bondegatan 13 i Stockholm med stor kärlek till mat och kaffe,” which Google Language Tools translated as “Louie Louie is a café, a (folk music bar) and a record store on Bond Street 13 in Stockholm with a great love for food and coffee.”

On their main webpage entitled “Louie Louie Sthlm” they has a subtitle of “Bon apétit scumbag,” which feels… a bit anti-social..??

Maybe it’s a language thing? Or it’s a cultural thing?…. just like we use the word “bad” in the USA to reference something that actually good? I just don’t know….

Whatever the case, they are definitely hip to LOUIE LOUIE consciousness, which we fully endorse, and hope to eventually visit this place (and all the other ones) in person sometime in the not-too-distant future!!

Again, my big thanks to my friend Clay Stabler for assembling this list.

In part 3, we’ll add more to this list, and perhaps acknowledge some LOUIE LOUIE establishments that no longer exist.

By all means, PLEASE let us know about any LOUIE LOUIE venues we might have missed.

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Louie Louie Clubs of the World – part 1

Here’s something fun… my friend Clay Stabler assembled a travel list of a whole bunch of LOUIE LOUIE Clubs scattered all over the world!

Here’s the first part of his list, expanded with my own notes and whatever descriptions that I could find..

1. Bar Louie Louie in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

“Cool logo. South American fusion cuisine. Lots of photos on Yelp.” – Clay

This makes perfect sense, as the Netherlands was the place was the place where the very first LOUIE LOUIE webpage in the world was created by my friend Theo DeGrood.

The 10things global network has a nice little write-up on the club:

From the same people behind De Biertuin and Smokin Barrels, Louie Louie is an incredible hip hangout in Amsterdam East. Featuring a beautiful large patio as well as a slick bar, it’s the ideal spot for either lunch, dinner or evening drinks. Louie Louie’s menu has South American influences, offering tasty dishes and mouthwatering cocktails; try their Chunky Beef Taco or their Hibiscus Mojito – simply delicious. No doubt, Louie Louie’s vivid atmosphere and tempting food will make it your new favorite spot in Amsterdam.

2. Louie Louie Rock Bar in Estepona, Spain (Costa del Sol)

Near Marbella. Regular live music.- Clay

This place is definitely happening. Every time I browse YouTube listings for more variations, I see a ton of exciting performances for this club. It looks like a really lively place!

3. Louie Louie Café in London, UK

Here’s the official description:

Louie Louie is a cafe during the day with excellent coffee & homemade cakes plus all day brunch at the weekends.

In the evening Louie Louie transforms into a bar & restaurant. For four nights a week, Wednesday to Saturday, we hand over the apron to our brilliant “Chef In Residence” ODED OREN. Tel Aviv born and head chef at some of his hometown’s best seafood restaurants, Oded has been cooking in London since 2011, with his very own pop up last summer at East London hot spot Oval Space. His style includes strong influences from his native country with veg-based dishes + meats and seafood cooked over charcoal.

Also partnering up with us are cake makers extraordinaire STROMABAKES, supplying us daily with a variety of goodies, including plenty of gluten free, dairy free and vegan options to boot.

Music is always a key component, with live acoustic music and DJs playing through a bespoke high end HiFi system most evenings.

4. Louie Louie’s Piano Bar(s) in Texas

There are actually two Louie Louie’s Piano Bars in Texas. One in Lubbock and another in Dallas. On their webpage, it states… “Where strangers become friends” and “A night you’ll never forget… if only because your friends won’t let you!”

From the looks of it, music is the primary theme of this club, but it also available for various events – birthdays, bachelorettes, corporate events and private partiesS

5. Louie Louie Bar, Sao Paulo, Brazil

This looks like a fine Sports Bar + Restaurant in Sao Paulo, Brazil!

Love their taste in music!

We’ve got some more LOUIE LOUIE clubs to share, but we’ll save that for next week….

Feel free to suggest some other LOUIE LOUIE Clubs you know about…

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