In the midst of the trying to build-a-home-on-denial I still was trying to sing.
Brass Knuckles was an all-original R&B/rock band led by Stan Kaiser (in print shirt), boy did he have stars in his eyes, he was determined to “make it”….band-mates would goof on him. I don’t think he did ‘make-it,' but he wrote a decent tune or two and all-round good guy. The band was fronted by me, Stan (tenor sax) and Carla Bryson (Carla , from
We performed showcases at the Troubadour, The Ice House, The Improvisation…among other clubs. These photos were taken at The Improve the night of the show. I was at the top of my game, in spite of. It’s amazing I functioned as I did. I simply loved to sing and perform.
For me… a funny thing happened on the way to The Improve (the night of these photos);
The night before our scheduled showcase, was our dress rehearsal in Stan’s garage, after practice a few of the band mates and I had a few drinks, hung out for laughs. I then attempted to drive home via the Ventura Freeway. I was a little all –across the road and pulled over by the CHP. The cop found I had a warrant for my arrest for an unpaid ticket several months prior…I developed a nasty habit of not paying attention to some of life’s details. I was taken into custody and booked at the Los Angeles County Jail. It was a harrowing 24 hours, not only for me but also for poor Stan; his lead singer/front man was locked-up the day of his band’s showcase at a major venue…The Improve!
We were scheduled to go on at and Stan scrambled all that day to get me out…even got his lawyer on it and put up the bail. I was finally taken down to the release/processing area about that night, told that I was getting bailed out. It took forever; I was, at last, set free at , ten minutes before Showtime, into the arms of a very nervous and very sweaty Stan. He had brought my white (wedding) suit newly pressed and cleaned; I was loath to put it on… I was filthy, having been on the floor of a holding cell all night. I twisted in the back seat… squeezing into it as we raced down
Susanna never came to any of my intermittent shows......was too focused on my brother, his sycophant and others.