This week I’m excited to partner a bit with the ‘Rock N’ Roll professor” Andy Hollinden, as we interview Ahmet Zappa and Joe Travers about the release of the 7 CD box set “The Roxy Performances” by Frank Zappa. In December of 1973, Frank recorded 3 nights of performances at the Roxy Theater in Los Angeles, California. Some of the songs became Frank’s classic “Roxy and Elsewhere” record, but there were many other great perfomances from those recordings that were finally released in 2018. Joe Travers is the ‘vaultmeister’ for all the existing Zappa recordings, and so they re-mastered and released each nights concert, plus outtakes, and even rehearsals at the time. The Zappa band was one of the most memorable, with George Duke, Tom Fowler, Bruce Fowler, vocalist Napoleon Murphy Brock, Ruth Underwood, Ralph Humphrey and Chester Thompson. But the Music speaks for itself… here’s a cut from ‘The Roxy Performances’ by Frank Zappa in 1973.
Our guest today is Los Angeles singer/songwriter Jesse Macht. Jesse was raised in the world of show business, as his father and brother are veteran actors in southern California. Jesse’s music has been featured in dozens of film and television placements including The Voice, LA and NY Ink, and many other places. Jesse’s debut album was conceived after he was diagnosed with a heart defect that risked cardiac arrest. After his health was restored, he originated and performed in a Home Concert Salon series he created for fans around the world called “Sunsets At.” His mission inspired the brand of Airstream Trailers to partner with this singer/songwriter to tour the US and entertain and impassion his audiences. Jesse Macht continues to tour, write songs, and was named one of the Top 3 Los Angeles Breakout Artists of 2014.