Jon Fishman awards Syracuse Radio Station’s “Rock Block” during Thanksgiving episode of “Wandering Path”
Syracuse, New York is a comfortable corridor in the state to spend the holidays. Dewitt native Jon Fishman told his satellite radio audience during the 63rd episode of “The Errant Path” about featured artist Yma Sumac. Before Yma aired, Fishman said, “We’re going to be doing a few of her songs one after the other throughout the show. Like a rock block to Yma Sumac’s music. When I was listening to 95X when I was a kid they had these awesome boulders of rock. This is what you are going to have ”
Like Lou Reed who did more than just listen to a New York station and play Rock & Roll… Reed was also a host on a Syracuse University radio station that let him down because he was “everything. simply too bizarre and avant-garde ”. Likewise, the Fishman show is also educational. He informed that Yma Sumac could possibly have the widest vocal range of all time. 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 with Trey Anastasio, Tony Markellis, Russ Lawton and Ray Paczkowski about “Thelonius Monks Concert Tips” last year. Watch Fishman on Radio City’s TAB tune “In Rounds” last fall, channeling Monk’s concepts live.
The wandering path has a buzz. It has Airheads quality. He even had interviews with Bootsy Collins of Funkadelic and Steve Cropper of Stax Records. Fishman also has a hunch for different trails under the moon. On his August 18 episode “Errant Path”, Fishman closed the show for all of us on tour sleeping under strange skies with “Moonlight Mile” by the Stones. He then commented, “For me, the sound and feel of Charlie Watts will never get old. I just like guys to beat. He stands tall no matter what happens before or after. This episode was in orbit a week before Charlie Watts returned his ghost.
Fishman gave The Band a big nod the night before Thanksgiving, which has “The Last Waltz” on it for everyone in town. From their 1999 album Tangled up in Blues with a young Derek Trucks play slide sniffer rip guitar on “One Too Many Mornings” by Bob Dylan.
Jon Fishman has said Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day are his two favorite holidays. “What two things are better than love and gratitude?” “Halloween is also a good thing because it’s fun. It is also important ”
Fishman’s goal during each episode of Errant Path is, hopefully, to provide all three. He paid homage to his own musical journey on the air and live with 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 can musically have”
Bob Marley told the Landmark Theater in Syracuse in 1978: “Reggae music is like the news, it’s the music of the people. Herb, is the nation’s healing right? 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 perform as a tribute to his mother, longtime Syracuse philanthropist and artist, Mimi Fishman.
Jon & Merl gave the crowd a jazz jam improvisation that launched into a Latin flavored rendition of “Fire on The Mountain”. Like Levon of Woodstock, Fish of Cuse led the entire cast through “The Weight” and “Turn on your Love Light” with Col. Bruce Hampton. Steely Dan just closed their Absolutely normal Visit to Landmark on Tuesday evening. David Byrne brought his American Utopia to Landmark in September 2018. Ringo Starr performed his All Star Band at Landmark in 2000. The Rolling Stones spent Thanksgiving in Syracuse in 1981 giving two shows over the holidays.
Artists such as Alan Evans of Buffalo, Steve Gadd of Rochester, and Jon Fishman of Syracuse are part of a drumming rock group from upstate New York. They are part of that unbroken chain of groove that continues to inspire these young cats. Fish definitely hung onto the beat of the saints on his 8-piece kit dragging the bells and whistles of Cyro Baptista to Radio City on October 3-4, 2021. Remember the Dinosaur BBQ when he said at the table that his groove on Phish’s Costs was influenced by Sade Smooth operator? Don’t doubt me.