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Usually its Happy Friday...

It’s a grey, but partly cloudy morning here in San Rafael, and we got a bit of rain yesterday.

B.B. passed last night and suddenly, there’s a pause in the universe. At least it is for me. B.B. King, his songs, his approach to guitar playing, the heritage he represents and his humanity all abide with me heavily this morning.

I had to call my friend Ron DeWitte to commiserate. Ron and I were young blues rockers in 1969 when we met and formed the band Wheatstraw. You would’ve called us a proto blues-rock band and you’d have been right. BB along with Mike Bloomfield, Mick Taylor, Buddy Guy, Muddy and Freddie King were our inspirations.

YOU will miss B.B. King even if you’re not aware of who he was. The essence of who he was and what he meant to American culture is too pervasive to ever disappear. Come on over the blog to continue the discussion and hear some great stuff...

[Chase Archives Updates]

We just completed a successful upgrade so you can now make donations or purchase my music and services online. From my Chase archive CDs  to the vintage goodness of my critically acclaimed album to my services as a jazz educator, it’s now possible to easily order and purchase never-before-available music from a career that began in 1969.

It’s really funny that considering music is my life, I’ve not offered much of it in a commercial fashion.  That is now in the past.

Come on over the to Blog and I’ll reveal the big plan.....

Noon 01/16/15

Well, the year is barely two weeks old and the hard drive in my trusty laptop crashed almost causing my heart to crash. I give Thanks to some great humans and a great product that pulled me through. I’ll continue my tale of digital ego death over at the blog.

Evening: 01/05/15

A great year has passed but a brand new one is here with even more promise. 2015 is a special year for me celebrating 25 years in Marin county.

I’ll be reviewing some great highlights of the past quarter century but for now...

A feeling of gratitude for family, friends, fans each one the fruit of many years of effort. I hope everyone who drops by here will be encouraged to be appreciative of each others gifts as human beings. May you also speak out when you see something or someone who needs help. We are all one in our human journey. The time is now to start living the reality as if it matters....because it does.

[UPDATE} (see you on the blog)

Well, the Labor Day weekend is almost upon us and that means the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Associations’ Hall of Fame ceremonies are slated for labor day at Lake Okiboji  in Northern Iowa.

I was inducted for the first time back in 2011 as an individual performer but this year I’m honored to be connected to two more inductees.

The Jazz-Rock band Chase is being inducted along with Des Moines’ Captain Beefheart and the Shipwrecks this year. My connection to both bands is deep.

In the meantime, my son Jaimeo is beginning work on his second album for the Motema label. His creative partner, guitarist Chris Sholar is coming up with some great new music and I’m helping with production and sound design so stay tuned. They (Jaimeo, Chris and tenor saxophone master JD Allen)  just returned from the Love Supreme Festival in London where their band Transcendence shared the bill with John Scofield, Dave Holland, Derrick Hodge and Lailah Hathaway.

I’m trying to be more social and since I have my own media outlet (this site) this will be the only place you can see and hear Dartanyan.

I do like smugmug and linkedin however, and those links are over there on the right side of the page.

Now if you haven’t already...hit my blog to see and hear my thoughts on IRRHOF. Bless you all.


WithTed Nelson, San Rafael

Dartanyan’s Blog


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Summer 2015

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Stuff I’ve done-CV

Dartanyan is an ASCAP publisher and writer, He is a member of the San Francisco chapter of the Recording Academy since 2005 and is a AAA member since 1976!

He is also an inductee of Iowa’s Jazz, Blues and Rock ‘n Roll Halls of fame.


June 29, 2015          

With David Lindley, Mill Valley

Jaimeo R. Brown and Friends


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Jaimeo with Dave Holland and Derrick Hodge - Love Supreme Jazz Festival, London

High above Marin County   Mt. Tamalpais