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Impossible Music /5/ Making Music May 2, 2013: When I ran Monday hoot nights at The Coffee Gallery I remember several vivid sessions and appearances. • Young beardless Jerry Garcia up from Palo Alto. He brought his banjo and sat in with other bluegrass string players. I remember telling him not to sing. But who listens to me? • It was during the ‘60s folk revival and singers and [...] by

Impossible Music /4/ Making Music April 24, 2013: What’s gone returns as parable. Banjoist J. P. Pickens was the first (and most constant) improvisation partner. Another was Jim Gurley later lead-guitarist for Big Brother & The Holding Company. Singer-songwriter Dino Valente aka Chet Powers was number three who once took me to a clunky motel off Van Ness Ave to meet Bob [...] by