Archived 11/2007
The Jack and Jim Show: Think 69

In 2007, Jimmy Carl Black will have his 69th birthday. Dr. Eugene Chadbourne is happy to present his best friend and musical associate in a series of performances featuring Black's favorite musical combination, The Jack and Jim Show.

Chadbourne's knowledge of Black began the first time he saw the cover of Freak Out! by the Mothers of Invention, circa the second half of the '60s. Staring at the picture of Black and bandmates in a record store, the youthful Doc Chad was approached by an old woman who ran the music store. "Don't look at that record!" she warned him. "You're a nice boy."

Within a year Black's famous comment "Hi boys and girls, I'm Jimmy Carl Black and I'm the Indian of the group" had become an in-joke among teenagers in Eugene's hometown of Boulder, Colorado.

Every day when the fascistic gym coach took attendance, someone would always repeat Jimmy's comment, totally irritating the coach who had no idea what it was all about.

Dr. Chad finally met Jimmy in the early '90s when the former had a chance to invite 11 musicians of his choice to the improvisation project at the Moers Jazz Festival. When he found out Jimmy and his wife were moving to Europe, the Doc proposed they begin working as a duo, and so the Jack and Jim Show was born.

Eugene became "Jack" based on a painting Captain Beefheart had done of Jimmy Carl Black, at one point one of the drummers in Beefheart's Magic Band.

The picture was of an Indian man and a jackrabbit, Beefheart entitled it "Jack and Jim." Having already stolen alot from Beefheart, Chadbourne decided stealing this title would be allright, especially since it tied in with his lifelong love of rabbits.

The Chadbourne family allow wild rabbits to live in their backyard and the Doctor has often irritated music journalists by insisting his main aesthetic influence is Bugs Bunny.

The Jack and Jim Show has toured in Europe, the United States and Canada ever since and has released 17 CDs of which the latest is "Hearing is Believing" , to be released in March of 2007 by the Boxholder label - Cover photo of Jimmy Carl Black and Eugene Chadbourne at Cabaret Vauban, Brest, France  Guy de Lacroix-Herpin

A series of DVDs are also coming out on the New York City based Straw Into Gold series.

In the winter of 2001 Jack and Jim invited British keyboardist and electronics player Pat Thomas to join them for a special tribute to Jimi Hendrix organized in Reggio di Emila by Walter Pratti.

The threesome hit it off very well and have done several tours since then, including the Kongsberg Jazz Festival in Norway and Action 2005 in Nancy, France.

CDs featuring the trio include "Jimi II" , the double "We'll Be Together Again" and the aforementioned "Hearing is Believing."

The Jack and Jim Show play a wonderful combination of styles associated with both players, in most cases creating a transformation into something else. "Willie the Pimp" of Zappa becomes an oldstyle country blues, for example. Jazz, psychedelic rock, standards, blues, country and western, bluegrass, native American Indian music and folk rock are all part of a typical evening with Jack and Jim. Eugene plays guitar, banjo and sings. Jimmy plays drums and sings.

all pictures  Guy de Lacroix-Herpin

Thanx to Lee Mortenson for this link about the recent Jack n' Jim show in Greensboro:

The first pictures of this year's Avantgarde Festival Schiphorst are online!
Eugene had a great time at this event - A creative environment that led to new and different
combinations of players & performers of all types. The slideshow includes a few EC action shots.

Some pictures from Chadfest New York @ the STONE 2007 are now up at:

Check out the amazing video footage of the FAMOUS E.C. on our

New Video Links Page



Yes, it is true, the climate of freedom that allowed me to do such important biographical work and documentation for so many obscure artists, old and new, has come to an end basically because the All Music Guide is either too cheap or too broke to support me any longer. Regardless of the reason, I want to thank these folks for the enormous subsidy they provided for my activities over the last (I lost count) years, much more than the National Endowment of Arts ever gave me. Of course I had to work like a dog to get the money: I defy anyone to name a more productive streak of paid musical research or more extreme example of the workaholic personality than my years with AMG: R.I.P. and forget about getting your briliant CD-R immortalized on their site, them days are gone.


A SPECIAL thank you to Paul Coudamy for his gracious contribution to our House of Chadula front door. His Flash piece is loads of fun. We are more than willing to see what else all you wonderfully creative Chadbourne fans can come up with and would be glad to demo your work upon these pages if we find it to be of sufficient relevance and quality to decorate the walls of the Good Doctor's virtual home.
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>>>My wife Donna & I are avid fans of more than all things Chadbourne, we also are regular viewers of a number of Japanese Anime series, including one called BLEACH. It's a regular weekly show in Japan and very popular. So OK, imagine the surprise we felt when watching Episode #35 when none other than EUGENE makes a surprise appearance!!!! The link below will give you a sneak peak at what we encountered:

BLEACH #35 Edit

To play the file you will need to have the latest DIVX video codec installed on your system. It can be downloaded for free from:

Thanks to all the folks at Lunar Anime for their fine efforts at making such entertainment
available to the world!

Check out:  A fine NPR review of Eugene's "THE HILLS HAVE JAZZ" CD

All About Jazz online reviews:

Picture gallery and more from the AMAZING 2004 Kansas City CHADFEST coming soon... I promise! In the meantime check out the great video by local KC area filmaker Oz McGuire of the final night's Mardi Gras Festivities, including a bit of Doc Chad and the Malachy Papers jamming just before the fire broke out... and the cops came... and people started getting maced...   Here's a taste of that evening -

  Picture above & below from NYC Chadfest 2007 Courtesy of Robert O'Haire       


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