Kenny Gordon & The Sound Gathering, The Skylarks (Piano, keyboards)
Bob Van Stee added this story to Dan Jacobs Featured Article:
Bob VanStee: I first met Dan in the summer of 1967. I was just 17 at the time and had been asked to play a multi band concert in a field just north of Lowell where a couple guys had built geodesic domes by the Flat River. Dan was playing a duo with Buck Vander Meer and the moment I heard him, I knew he was the real deal. He played that Miles Davis kind of stuff. Don’t know if we were even introduced that day but I knew I would remember him.
I first got to know Dan when I joined the Kenny Gordon and the Sound Gathering band. We played Mr. President’s Inn in Grand Rapids, doing show sets and dance sets six nights a week, while I was in music school at GRCC. We evolved into doing a killer version of Jesus Christ Superstar (arr. Jack Kimmel) touring the eastern half of the US for over 500 performances until the Stigwood people forced us to “cease and desist”. Copyright infringements. We went on to do Today Is A Good Day To Die (Ladd MacIntosh) culminating in a 13 week run at the Playboy Plaza in Miami Beach in 1972.
Many stories, but one sticks out in my memory. We were at TV13 doing a spot for the Jerry Lewis Telethon. Kenny was singing “Colour My World” by Chicago and we did a run through to warm up. It went well and we were informed that it had been recorded and they wanted us to lip synch to it “live” so there would be no possible mistakes. Even in those days bands did not take kindly to this. We wanted to play live on the air but our protests fell on deaf ears. So we lip synched with a live shot of the band. Afterward we all went to the control room to watch a replay. The band sat in the back row. When it came time in the piece for Dan to take the lovely flute solo he looked at us and whispered just to the band, “Check this out.” There he was in a tight shot on his face looking angelic with eyes half closed emoting and playing his flute, his long hair blowing slightly in the breeze. Looking good Dan! When the camera pulled back and you could see all of him, we all saw that he was blowing in the wrong end of the flute and the mouthpiece was floating in the air out at the end of the flute!! We tried to hold our laughter in but we all busted out laughing!! This had just been broadcast all over West Michigan “live”. Dan is a very funny guy and neither his sense of humor nor his talent have diminished.