Ancestor Worship With John Sinclair

Episode 18 from 2012 features a “live” concert by the Dizzy Gillespie & Charlie Parker sextet with Don Byas, Al Haig, Curley Russell, Max Roach, and special guest drummer Big Sid Catlett at Town Hall in New York City on June 22, 1945, introduced by Symphony Sid, and “live” sessions featuring Bird with the Jazz at the Philharmonic All Stars of Norman Granz recorded in 1946 (or either 1947) and 1949. 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents



John Sinclair, Temple Dragon Temple, Amsterdam, December 21, 2012 [21133]

Charlie Parker: Another Hairdo   

Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie: Intro by Symphony Sid

Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie: Bebop

Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie: A Night In Tunisia

Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie: Groovin’ High

Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie: Salt Peanuts

Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie: Hot House

Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie: Fifty Second Street Theme

Charlie Parker: Oh, Lady, Be Good!

Charlie Parker: The Closer


Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced, recorded, edited & assembled by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to Sunny, Celia & Beyonce Sinclair, and Alec 622

©  2012, 2021 1The John Sinclair Foundation



Steve The Fly is on the cool and deadly side of classic jazz cuts from the dusty archives, mixed and selected on the fly for a rainy day. This is music to relax and think to—slices from giants John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, Eddie Jefferson, Sun Ra, The Meters, Kenny Burrell, Yusef Lateef, Salah Ragab, and The Modern Jazz Quartet. All cuts from vinyl.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents



Steve The Fly, Fly Agaric Studios, Amsterdam, October 27, 2020 [20622]

Negativeland: Announcement
John Coltrane: Nancy
Miles Davis: Flamenco Sketches
Thelonious Monk: Easy Street
Charles Mingus: Cryin’ Blues
Eddie Jefferson: Baby Girl
Sonny Rollins: Namely You
Kenny Burrell & Jimmy Smith: Easy Living
The Meters: Stormy
Modern Jazz Quartet: Bags’ Groove
Sun Ra: We Travel The Spaceways
Salah Ragab: Kleopatra
Yusef Lateef: Woodward Avenue 


Produced by Steve “Fly” Pratt for Radio Free Amsterdam

Edited & annotated by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

© 2020 Steve Pratt. Used with permission.


“Het eerste wat opvalt aan het werk van Rudy Henriquez (Curaçao 1958) is de directheid en sterke emotionele lading. Ook politieke statements zijn op een gevoelsmatige manier vormgegeven. Zijn karakteristieke stijl is herkenbaar aan krachtige vormen en kleuren. Veel van zijn werken omarmen de ruimte. Dit komt vooral tot uiting bij de moeder-en-kind-pinguins en de verlichte moslima-serie: de vrouw binnen de boerka is niet uitgebeeld, al suggereert het kledingstuk van alles. In beide series zijn de gevoelens en gedachten in de ruimte gesitueerd en is het aan de toeschouwer om daar een eigen interpretatie aan te geven.”


The band formed in Amsterdam 2007 and played at local venues and festivals, including The Nieuwe Anita, Cafe’ Batavia, The Buurvrouw, Magneet Festival, Queens Day, Pacific Parc West, The Pick Up Club, CCC, The Oki, Cafe Zen, Eddie The Eagle Museum, Blijburg.

Vicente Pino has played guitar since a young age coming up in Venezuela playing everything from thrash to Django Reinhardt. Since moving to settle in the Netherlands, Pino has played in dozens of bands, performing many hundreds of shows. As the co-founder of the beloved band ‘Supercity’, he has helped write and produce 2 albums, and remains the central axis of energy for the band. Another project, ‘Pino and the Bluebirds’ is well worth tracking down, and playing at high volume.

Steve Fly Pratt is a drummer and DJ, who met up with Vicente after moving to Amsterdam in 2007, thanks to a mutual friend. Fly wrote the lyrics to all the songs on this album, while the music was teased out between both of them, together with the priceless feedback from Tim Egmond at the controls.

Vicente and Steve Fly have worked together with their friend and poet John Sinclair, and initiated into the prestigious open ended ‘Blues Scholars’ an international collective of musicians who play together with John. The Amsterdam Blues Scholars recorded an album together in 2010. And they both joined with New Orleans pianist and composer Tom Worrel, and virtuoso bassist and composer Leslie Lopez to record ‘Let’s Go Get Em’ in 2011. In 2011 and 2012 The Blues Scholars performed as a part of the 24th and 25th High Times Cannabis Cup celebrations. All of which can be found on youtube.

Occupy is the first studio album by Steve Fly and Vicente Pino a.k.a Dr Marshmallow Cubicle. In 2009 DMC joined with vocalist Miss Marshmallow for live shows, and this Occupy album. She can be heard singing on Stop The Cuts, Bluezero and Thoughts.

The DMC duo follow an improvisational framework, always inventing and moving the music in perpetually new directions. Polyrhythmic drums kick out a scatter shot across the layers of analogue feedback, loops and roughneck guitar playing. A species of experimental breakbeat punk, DMC explore many tempos and harmonic environments on the fly.

Occupy captures the various influences in the band, noticeably drum and bass, funk metal, blues and jazz. Plus the name of the album captures the brief period in 2011 when for just a moment, seemingly, global citizens united under a movement to stand up the the big bully banks, major corporations and corrupt government. “Occupy your mind” encourages you to owning your own thoughts.

Special thanks: Vicente Pino, Tim Egmond, Mark Sampson, Miss Marshmallow, John Sinclair, Creature, Kasper, Chu, Saskia Smitt, Ivo Sprey, Leah Blits, Prop Anon, William Sutton, Daniel Bruggman, Dan Dewitte, Janne Svensson, Pim, Oscar Jan, Simon Reeves at Framework Studios. 

released November 9, 2017

All songs written and composed by Dr Marshmallow Cubicle (Pino and Pratt) lyrics by Steve Fly. All music recorded by Kasper at Kasper Studios 2010. Additional vocals, scratches and overdubs recorded and mixed by Tim Egmond at Ei-Complex studios, 2011/2012. Mastered by Simon Reeves at Framework Studios, Birmingham, March, 2016.

Vicente Pino – Guitars, Bass and Vocals
Steve Fly Pratt – Drums, Scratches
Miss Marshmallow – Vocals
Creature of Rebelmatic – Vocals (Let’s Go Get Em’)
Mark Sampson – Executive Producer
All Rights Reversed – Iron Man Records 2016.

New Cool Collective – Trippin’ Redux (featuring Tony Allen)

Our dear friend Tony Allen was going to turn eighty this year. To celebrate this we had planned to release a new rendition of the recordings we made with him about fifteen years ago. To congratulate him on his birthday, to wish him well for the future and to remember our joyful meetings.

Sadly, fate decided differently. Tony passed away suddenly. The numerous obituaries and personal stories from around the world show how special Tony had been. He was one of the founding fathers of Afro Beat, but his influence reached far beyond that.

To celebrate his contribution to music in general and to acknowledge the importance of our collaboration for our development as a group we feel we still should release this material.

This is our tribute to Tony, who was not only a fellow musician, but also a mentor and a real source of inspiration.


released May 29, 2020