Syracuse, New York is a comfortable corridor of the state to spend the holidays. Dewitt native Jon Fishman spoke to his satellite radio audience during the 63rd episode of “The Errant Path” by featured artist Yma Sumac. Ahead of Yma’s airing, Fishman said, “We’re going to be doing a few of his songs in a row throughout the show. Like a Rock Block from the music of Yma Sumac. When I listened to 95X as a kid, they had these great rock blocks. That’s what you’re gonna get”
Like Lou Reed who did more than just listen to a New York station and play Rock & Roll… Reed was also a radio station host at Syracuse University who dropped him because he was “just too bizarre and avant-garde”. In the same way, the Fishman show is also educational. He informed that Yma Sumac might have the widest vocal range ever. The Peruvian soprano could span four and a half octaves. Fishman accurately describes his work in a Quintin Tarantino film.
Fishman performed Herbie Hancocks’ production of Thelonius Monks’ composition “Round Midnight” during the episode. NYS Music spoke to Trey Anastasio, Tony Markellis, Russ Lawton and Ray Paczkowski about Thelonius Monks’ “gig advice” last year. Catch Fishman on the Radio City band’s TAB tune “In Rounds” this past fall channeling Monk’s concepts live.
The wandering path has a buzz. It has an Airheads quality. He even had interviews with Bootsy Collins of Funkadelic and Steve Cropper of Stax Records. Fishman also intuits the trails of the various paths under the moon. On his Aug. 18 episode “Errant Path,” Fishman closed the show for all of us on tour sleeping under strange skies with the Stones’ “Moonlight Mile.” He then commented “To me, the sound and feel of Charlie Watts will never get old. I love these guys playing the drums. It holds up no matter what comes before or after. This episode was in orbit a week before Charlie Watts returned his ghost. After his first tour with the Rolling Stones, drummer Steve Jordan told Rolling Stone that “Moonlight Mile” had been played a lot during rehearsals and that he was still pushing to play this live if there were more shows to come. the future.
Fishman gave a big B-side nod to The Band on Thanksgiving Eve that keeps “The Last Waltz” in mind for everyone in town. From their 1999 album Tangled up in Blues featuring a young Derek Trucks playing slide guitar rip sniffer on “One Too Many Mornings” by Bob Dylan.
Jon Fishman has said that Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day are his two favorite holidays. “What two things are better than love and being grateful?” “Halloween is also a good holiday because it’s fun. It is also important”
Fishman’s goal on every episode of Errant Path is to hopefully provide all three. He paid homage to his own musical journey on air and live from the words of the great Bob Marley… we come to conquer all the evil in the world using nothing but music. Fishman said “I think that’s about the best intention you could have musically”
Bob Marley said at the Landmark Theater in Syracuse in 1978, “Reggae music is like the news, it’s popular music. The herb is the healing of the nation, isn’t it? Fish attended a King Crimson Show at the Landmark during his years in Syracuse. On October 5, 2001, Jon Fishman had Merl Saunders and his funky friends, Colonel Bruce Hampton and the Code Talkers, and Sand Bear play at the Landmark as a tribute to his mother, philanthropist and longtime Syracuse artist, Mimi Fishman.
Jon & Merl treated the crowd to an impromptu jazz jam that launched into a Latin-flavored rendition of “Fire on The Mountain.” Like Woodstock’s Levon, Cuse’s Fish led the entire cast through “The Weight” and “Turn on your Love Light” with Colonel Bruce Hampton. Steely Dan just closed his Complitly normal Visit to Landmark on Tuesday evening. David Byrne brought his American utopia at Landmark in September 2018. Ringo Starr had his All Star Band at Landmark in 2000. The Rolling Stones spent Thanksgiving in Syracuse in 1981 performing two shows at the Dome during the holidays.
Artists like Buffalo’s Alan Evans, Rochester’s Steve Gadd and Syracuse’s Jon Fishman are part of an upstate New York drumming group. They tie together that unbroken chain of groove that continues to inspire young cats. Fish definitely locked in to the beat of the saints on his nine-piece kit that dragged the bells and whistles of Cyro Baptista to Radio City on October 3 4, 2021. Remember Dinosaur BBQ when he told the table that his groove on Phish’s Costs was influenced by Sade Smooth operator? don’t doubt me. Enjoy Phish’s dinner and a movie for leftover Clifford Ball footage all weekend. Fish & Phish returns live at Madison Square Garden from December 29 through New Years Day. Fish descends with New Orleans Cats George Porter Jr and legendary percussionist Cyril Neville on tracks from Dead in March 2022 in Maine.