Recently I had the rare pleasure of spending a couple of hours with storied audio engineer, producer and ham-friendly radiophile David Goren—with the even rarer experience of watching him at work, tuning in the dozens of pirate FM stations that dot the dial across the New York City boroughs. David’s home is stacked pretty much to the gills with radio sets from many eras, and his antenna and recording setups rival some three-letter agencies. He sets timers throughout the day so that his automated system catches broadcasts across the world's shortwave bands; the man's a determined listener.
Goren's career is marked by stints with NPR's New York News Bureau, as writer and co-producer with Jazz at Lincoln Center, at Monitor and Pacifica Radio, and many other outlets. He continues to bring real art to the act of listening to the radio. For an appreciation, check out his Shortwaveolgy creations over at SoundCloud.
Canada Day on the Prairie (July 1st) means rodeo time. The last one I attended was nearly a decade ago—so I'm overdue. And to get my fix for now, I'm reposting some work from that last one, in St. Paul, Saskatchewan.
The Look /
Not too many people can reliably be called “legendary.” Jim might blanche at the honorific, but anyone in Jazz will easily acknowledge it. This is from a portrait session I did last month with drummer Joey Baron—their duo project will be released on ArtistShare. Jim is a real gentleman, and, though this frame is more serious, he’s funny as hell (it was hard to keep the onecamera rig steady).