• Nil significat, nisi oscillat.
  • Translation: It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.

These are tunes (blast from the past) where I’m jamming with Chicago friends —

Joe Iaco (p) Bill Lanphier (b) Carl Leukaufe (v) Grant Strombeck (d) @ The Piano Man Bar 1981

Tune called:  Bebop  [with Carl, Brian, and Danny 2003]

pdf file How Carl Got His Good Vibe


Thelonious Monk once said:

“I don’t like to think of my music as bebop – but as modern music. I don’t dig the word. It doesn’t mean anything, it’s just scatting like hi-de-hi-de-ho or se-bop-baty-iou.” – Thelonious Monk


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I like Pepsi, but I love R.C. and I mean you!


“Soma” 2002 live recording  Carl Leukaufe (1934 – 2010) vibes: Brian O’Hern, piano: Dan Shapera, bass


Joe Iaco (1925- 2005) was director of music at the Playboy club for 25 years, performing alongside Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, James Moody, Sonny Stitt and many famous performers.  This is Joe on piano (playing in 1981) with Chicago legend Boris Smith (deceased 1987-88?) on bass.

I’m Getting Sentimental Over You (01:25)


A late night gig after the Piano Man session

“I Remember April” With Chicago’s legendary multi-instrumentalist Tommy Ponce and his Quartet at the Piano Man Bar before the hordes of musicians would sit in with the group. Tommy died in 1986, he never did divulge his date of birth. Nice to hear his inimitable speaking voice announcing at the end of the tune. (duration 7;45) –recorded on cassette tape by Wendy 1981. 


Excerpt from 1981 @ Piano Man— Carl, Dogan & Witz

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“Star Eyes” 1978 tape recording Carl Leukaufe (vibes )Tommy Ponce (piano) Don Jones (bass)