Nature’s Table Archive Vol 3: Jeff Helgesen Quintet – October 4,1990

Volume 3 of the Nature’s Table Archive is a compilation of the Jeff Helgesen Quintet. The entire evening was recorded by WILL-FM engineer Paul Wienke, who made this compilation to air on WILL’s Saturday evening jazz program. This recording is direct from Paul’s masters; it was not recorded over-the-air.

From Jeff Helgesen’s collection.

The Band:
Jeff Helgesen: Trumpet
Scott Frillman: Tenor Sax
Gary Peyton: Electric Piano
Adam Davis: Bass
Danny Deckard: Drums

Nature’s Table Archive Vol 2: Bontuku With Oscar Sulley – August 9, 1986

Hi folks-

Volume 2 of the Nature’s Table Archive is now on We will take you to Champaign- UrGhana, Illinois with this recording.

Bontuku with Oscar Sulley features west African-inspired music, led and composed by Oscar Sulley. A native of Ghana, Oscar spent a lot of time in Illinois and Champaign-Urbana in particular, teaching and drumming. This band featured many of the horn players also playing jazz gigs at the Table and around town at other jazz venues as well.

Bontuku with Oscar Sulley’s high-energy sets made for a lot of happy dancers. Enjoy it for yourself!

Available in FLAC and 192kbs MP3.

Nature’s Table Archive Vol. 1: Sorgum April 5, 1986

Hi folks-

The first show in the Nature’s Table Archive has been uploaded to the Internet Archive: Sorgum, recorded April 5, 1986

This show had been uploaded to the Archive previously, but a tune was missing from the final project due to space restraints on CD. Now the complete show is available .

You can download the show in lossless FLAC format, which will require you to either have a media player that can handle FLAC files or convert them to WAV to burn onto a CD. We also have MP3 files you can stream or download. This will be the standard way shows are presented.

More shows to follow.



Happy Sunday! We’re still working on getting the site up and running, and looking good. This will be evolving over time.

More importantly, though, is that we’ve been transferring some tapes to digital. There’s a lot of material to sort through just from tapes from Sean Kutzko’s recordings. In addition, trombone player Morgan Powell has provided us with many recordings from his collection. So we have a lot of material to work on to get started.

Here’s a few MP3 samples of what’s coming in the future.

Sorgum – March 15, 1986  “Emulsified Bird Jank”


Team Concept – July 19, 1990 “So What”
Ray Sasaki – trumpet; Morgan Powell – trombone; Donnie Heitler – piano; Dan Anderson – bass; Bill French – drums


Bontuku with Oscar Sulley August 9, 1986  “Fire”



Sean Kutzko