Week of February 7, 1994
This week's program features an interview with three collaborators on a stage musical about the life of baseball legend Satchel Paige: Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir, saxophonist David Murray, and bookwriter/lyricist Michael Nash.
I asked Nash about the current status of the play, and he replied:
It's been a long arc, but we've continued to evolve and revise the piece as we've learned more about the craft of theater and as time has altered some of our perspectives. We've worked a bit outside of the box in certain respects, but in many ways that's been an asset.
We have a great director in New York and he's currently speaking with various regional theaters with the goal of mounting the piece in the next year or so. All good things in all good time...
A song from the work in progress, "Shoulda Had Been Me" (by Bruce Cockburn, Michael Nash, and Bob Weir), has appeared here and there in Bob Weir's live performances, and also on the David Murray Octet's wonderful CD Dark Star: The Music of the Grateful Dead.
Interview: Bob Weir, Michael Nash, and David Murray
Grateful Dead 9/22/93 Madison Square Garden, New York with David Murray, sax
LAZY RIVER ROAD
David Murray Big Band, Live at Sweet Basil Vol. 2
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- David Gans