Monthly Archives: January 2010

Special Black History Month Programming

Join WTJU’s observance of Black History Month with special broadcasts showcasing the musical contributions of those of African heritage. Tune in to hear specially-themed editions of many of our regularly scheduled programs.

Monday, February 1

New Month New Music The Young Black Lions Nick Page & Gerald Watts 9:00 AM
Join Nick and Gerald for a special edition of ‘New Month, New Music’ in celebration of Black History month. Hear the recent releases and the young lions on the rise. Maybe even a few older cats as well. They will play African-American artists that are making the classic music of tomorrow.
Soulful Situation The Soul of Black Country & Western The Rum Cove 12 Noon
Many folks, when they hear soul and country music mentioned, think of Ray Charles’s work in that field. The Rum Cove, however, knows there is so much more to black Country and Western than this and for Black History month he will take us on a journey of heartache and pain to the very center of this oft overlooked area of African American musical history.
Anything Goes Jazz, Blues and the Freedom March Sean Grzegorczyk 9:00 PM
In celebration of Black History month, Anything Goes will feature Jazz and Blues inspired by the pivotal events of the Civil Rights Movement. John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Nina Simone, Mingus, Art Blakey, the Blind Boys of Alabama and Mahalia Jackson are just some of the artists you will hear as we explore the musical expressions of very turbulent times.  So tune in Monday night, Feb 1, from 9-11 pm and join Sean for a very special edition of Anything Goes.

Tuesday, February 2

All That Jazz Ike Quebec and John Hardee Ann Porotti 9:00 AM
Two unheralded tenor saxophonists–Ike Quebec and John Hardee, both born in 1918.  Quebec came from Newark, New Jersey, and was schooled in the “Harlem incubators of bop.”  At his best Quebec shaped his style from the pioneers of jazz, but his magnificent sound lost years to heroin, illness and Rikers Island Prison.  Hardee was reared and educated in church-going Corsicana County, Texas.  Most of his career was spent in Texas teaching high school music except for a few years working with Tiny Grimes in the 1940’s, and a stint in 1975 when he appeared to great acclaim at the Nice Jazz Festival. There was, however, a brief window–1944-46–when both men recorded for the legendary Blue Note at the WOR Studios;  Mosaic Records has remastered these extraordinary and rare performances to compact disc. Join Ann Porotti in this Black History Month Celebration of two great tenor saxophonists–Ike Quebec and John Hardee.
Rhythm & Romance Six By Four Charles Peale 10:30 AM
Six musical selections each, from four black entertainers. Featuring Al Hibbler, the Mills Brothers, Jonah Jones & Johnny Mathis.
Walk Right In Fiddles and Banjos in African-American Music Rebecca Foster 12 Noon
For much of the second half of the 20th century most people thought of fiddles and banjos as belonging to the bluegrass and mountain traditions of Anglo-Americans, forgetting that the banjo was invented by African-Americans and the fiddle was adopted for the early blues.  Recently, with Otis Taylor’s “Recapturing the Banjo,” Boyd Tinsley of the Dave Matthews Band and groups like The Carolina Chocolate Drops, there’s been a joyful return to fiddles and banjos by African-American musicians.  And, let’s not forget Papa John Creach, Clarence Gatemouth Brown and Taj Mahal who were playing these instruments all along, not to mention more obscure but equally talented Louisiana Creole fiddlers.  We’ll listen to a sampling of music starting with early string and jug bands, like Cannon’s Jug Stompers and the Mississippi Sheiks, banjo songsters like Dink Roberts and John Snipes, and Creole fiddlers like Canray Fontenot.  We’ll finish with some of the newer sounds of Fiddles and Banjos in 21st century African-American music.
Loose Threads A Fistful of Dollar Kevin Kellam 9:00 PM
Kevin Kellam explores the music and career of South African pianist/composer/arranger Abdullah Ibrahim aka Dollar Brand – a true originator at expressing the connections between African music and the jazz tradition.

Wednesday, February 3

Left of Cool Grant & Wes Larry Minnick 9:00 AM
Three hours of the finest in jazz guitar from two of the modern masters, Grant Green and Wes Montgomery.
Straight No Chaser Off Minor Charlie Curtis 9:00 PM
Music of pianists Thelonious Monk, Andrew Hill, and saxophonist Greg Osby.

Thursday, February 4

Jazz Songline The Marsalis Family Tom Klippstein 9:00 AM
Tom will showcase the first family of modern jazz from the Crescent City featuring the music of the Marsalis family including Ellis, Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo, and Jason.
Eclectic Woman Sweet Honey in the Rock Annette Kastner 7:00 PM
The renowned female vocal group will be featured on the Eclectic Woman show.
Induced to Judder Powerhouse Trio with Jamal Milner & Houston Ross Live In The Studio David Eisenman 9:00 PM
The Juddermeister’s Black History celebration features a live performance of the Powerhouse Trio with Jamal Milner on guitar, Houston Ross on bass, and Jeff Louderback, Jr. on drums. In the second hour he’ll spin the music of other local black jazz & blues artists such as Corey Harris, George Melvin, and Darrell Rose.

Friday, February 5

Stef-o-Scope Nat King Cole The Melody Man 9:00 AM
The Melody Man brings you 90 minutes of the one and only Nat King Cole– the piano trio, the vocals, and more.
The Jazz Messenger The Brothers Jones, Hank, Elvin and Thad Brian Keena 10:30 AM
Highlighting their musical contributions as sidemen and leaders.
Nothing But The Blues Stax of Blues Peter Welch 9:00 PM
Stax Records is regarded as one of the great soul music labels, but Stax also released some excellent blues recordings.  Join Peter Welch as he plays some of his favorite Stax blues recordings, including songs by Albert King, Little Milton, Johnny Taylor, Rufus Thomas, Freddie Robinson, Jimmy McCracklin, Little Sonny, Eddie Kirkland and more.
Professor Bebop Etta James Professor Bebop 11:00 PM
Recording from her early teens, Etta James rocked R’n’B’s famed “Henry,” shouted the blues with the authority of Bessie Smith and Koko Taylor, threw the kind of blues passion into balladry that influenced Aretha and the entire soul sister family, and has rocked, shouted, and swooned every sort of music – pop, country, rock, blues, jazz, and soul.  Join Professor Bebop at 11 p.m. on Friday, February 5, for two hours of sheer passion and pleasure!  Miss Etta James!

Saturday, February 6

Vagabond Shoes From Duke to Prince and Everything In Between David Soyka 6:00 PM
Vagabond Shoes celebrates Black History Month by jumping among genres to present significant African-American musicians in pop, jazz, folk, blues and rock – and whatever is in between. From Duke to Prince, from Hendrix to Holiday, from Miles and Mingus to Ike and Tina Turner, to the Godfather of Soul and Sly and the Family Stone, Odetta and Ella and Sarah.
Living Time Dexter Gordon – Long Tall Dexter’s soaring career Koli Cutler 9:00 PM
A two-hour retrospective of the catalog of music left by the only musician nominated for an Oscar, we will hear how this Angelino paved the way for tenor men for over half a century. Starting off with his early work with the Lionel Hampton Band in Chicago, to working with greats like Lester Young, Ben Webster, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Sonny Rollins, Fats Navarro, Billy Eckstine, Miles, Bird and Trane. Join us for the big sounds of the big man Dexter Gordon, who transformed early bebop into the mainstream Jazz scene.

Sunday, February 7

In The Spirit The Swan Silvertones Terry Carpenter 9:00 AM
Tune in for an hour of good gospel music by the “Swan Silvertones”. A popular group in the 1940s & 50s, they started out in 1938 as the “Four Harmony Kings” in West Virginia. They moved to Tennessee and became the “Silvertone Singers”, later becoming the “Swan Silvertones” when Swan Bakeries started to sponsor their radio show. They mixed barbershop harmonies with virtuoso lead singers. They were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2002.
Jazzmania Great Black Music – Ancient to the Future Aaron Zatcoff 10:00 AM
This was the self-described appellation for the Art Ensemble of Chicago, but jazz, with its roots in Africa, evolved in America with the unique mix of slavery, freedom, the blues, and the many social forces and challenges of life.  This show will present an eclectic mix of avant-garde and traditional, celebrating the birthdays of Eubie Blake and King Curtis, with nods to Charlie Parker, John Coltrane and Miles Davis as well as the AEC.
Walking Blues Memphis Slim Preston Palisades 9:00 PM
Vagabond Shoes celebrates Black History Month by jumping among genres to present significant African-American musicians in pop, jazz, folk, blues and rock – and whatever is in between. From Duke to Prince, from Hendrix to Holiday, from Miles and Mingus to Ike and Tina Turner, to the Godfather of Soul and Sly and the Family Stone, Odetta and Ella and Sarah.

Best of 2009 – Larry Minnick

  1. “Folk Art”Joe Lovano (Blue Note)
  2. “Heaven On Earth”James Carter (Half Note)
  3. “Think Free”Ben Allison (Palmetto)
  4. “Human Activity Suite”Brad Shepik (Songlines)
  5. “Bare Bones”Madeleine Peyroux (Universal)
  6. “Urban Myths”Joel Harrison (High Note)
  7. “Live In 2009”SF Jazz Collective (SF Jazz)
  8. “Brass Fantasy”Dave Douglas (Koch Records)
  9. “Esta Plena”Miguel Zenon (Marsalis Music)
  10. “Radiolarians II”Medeski Martin and Wood (Red Ink)

Best of 2009 – Aaron (The Jazz Czar)

  1. “Piety Street”John Scofield (EmArcy)
  2. “Folk Art”Joe Lovano (Blue Note)
  3. “Metamorphosen”Branford Marsalis (Marsalis Music)
  4. “Heaven On Earth – Live At The Blue Note”James Carter (Half Note)
  5. “Quartet Live”Gary Burton (Concord)
  6. “Now vs Now”Jason Lindner (Anzic)
  7. “Historicity”Vijay Iyer (ACT)
  8. “Urban Myths”Joel Harrison (HighNote)
  9. “The Bright Mississippi”Allen Toussaint (Posi-Tone)
  10. “Think Free”Ben Allison (Palmetto)
  11. “Out With It”David Ashkenazy
  12. “Big Neighborhood”Mike Stern
  13. “Radiolarians II & III”Medeski, Martin & Wood

Best of 2009 – Steve Huff

  1. “Brewster’s Rooster”John Surman – Vet baritone sax player returns to jazz forms with allstar cast Abercrombie/DeJohnette/Gress (ECM)
  2. “Wait ’til you see her”John Abercrombie – Mature guitar/violin quartet defining their brand of chamber jazz (ECM)
  3. “Radiolarians III”Medeski, Martin and Wood – More jazz than funk this time the party continues (Indirecto)
  4. “The Astounding Eyes of Rita”Anour Brahem – Jazz oud works with chamber world music (ECM)
  5. “Eddie Loves Frank”Ed Palermo Big Band – Zappa covers with swing (Cunieform)
  6. “Five Peace Band Live”Chick Corea and John McLaughlin – Modern masters at work with contemporary fusion (Concord)
  7. “Cartography”Arve Henriksen – Breathy nordic Supersilent trumpeter somewhere between ambient and jazz (ECM)
  8. “Last night the moon came….”Jon Hassell – Ambient jazz from former Eno collaborator (ECM)
  9. “Movements in Colour”Andy Sheppard – Carla Bley sax sideman with his ECM debut as leader (ECM)
  10. “Extra Mile”Pete McCann – Guitar-led ensmble (Nine-teen Eight Records)

Best of 2009 – Sean Grzegorczyk

  1. “Historicity”Vijay Iyer – moves with assured consistency across a huge swath of musical territory, from a Leonard Bernstein ballad to a particularly hard-hitting version of M.I.A.‘s “Galang”. (Act Music)
  2. “Blood form Stars”Joe Henry – Blood‘s songs start off with traditional blues patterns, but ventures off in uncharted directions. (Anti-)
  3. “Coward”Nels Cline – Working solo in the studio on a plethora of instruments, he delivers an alternately ravishing and rocking session marked by surprising grooves and exquisite textures. (Cryptogramophone)
  4. “Think Free”Ben Allison – unexpected textures of Shane Endsley’s trumpet and Jenny Scheinman’s violin. (Palmetto)
  5. “Brewster’s Rooster”John Surman – the trio of old friends – Surman, DeJohnette, Abercrombie – is joined by bassist Drew Gress (ECM)
  6. “For all I Care”Bad Plus – modern jazz readings of rock standards (Heads Up)
  7. “Standards Trio: Reflections'”Kurt Rosenwinke – superbly played standards (Wommusic)
  8. “Things To Come”Rez Abbasi – Pakistani-American guitarist Rez Abbasi coalesces his rock, jazz and South Asian influences into a melodically and rhythmically complex suite of tracks on his latest sojourn (Sunnyside)
  9. “Continuation”Alex Cline – Working across styles and in longer forms, Cline’s tunes are patient and full of space (ECM)
  10. “Lost on the Way”Louis Sclavis – The melodies are typically byzantine, but fizzing with muscular lyricism, brooding in dark guitar lines or dancing balletically over sombre booming drums (ECM)

Best of 2009 – Gerald Watts

  1. “Blueprints Of Jazz Vol. 1”Mike Clark (Talking House)
  2. “Radiolarians III”Medeski, Martin & Wood (Indirecto)
  3. “Waxed Oop”Fast ‘N’ Bulbous (Cuneiform)
  4. “Ray’s Way”Ray LeVier (Origin)
  5. “Big Neighborhood”Mike Stern (Heads Up)
  6. “Eddy Loves Frank”Ed Palermo (Cuneiform)
  7. “Inter Vivos”The catholics (Bungle)
  8. “Joe’s Strut”Michael Wolff (Wrong)
  9. “Disfarmer”Bill Frisell (Nonesuch)
  10. “Night of the Living Daylights”The Living Daylights (self produced)

Best of 2009 – Ann Porotti

  1. “Heaven On Earth – Live At The Blue Note”James Carter – Tied for Number 1 of 2009, this CD is all about the strong band, and Carter’s leadership. (Half Note)
  2. “Detroit”Gerald Wilson – magnificent (Mack Avenue)
  3. “Historicity”Vjay Iyer – pianist Iyer’s take on “Somewhere” from West Side Story floats on its thermals (ACT)
  4. “The Bright Mississippi”Allen Toussaint – the other 2009 Number 1 showers us with New Orleans boogie and mood. (Nonesuch)
  5. “intervivos”The Catholics – New to me, the beginning of a beautiful friendship (Bungle )
  6. “Spirit”Cyrus Chestnut – solo piano, elegant restraint within a traditional, gospel repertoire (IPO)
  7. “Live At The Village Vanguard”Martial Solal – on the occasion of Martial Solal’s 80th birthday he gave this solo piano performance @ the Village Vanguard in 2007. Intelligence, discipline, and authentic jazz licks on old chestnuts. Wise and beautiful, the music. (CamJazz)
  8. “Obsession, Nights on Key Largo”Tessa Souter – 2 Recordings in 2009- gorgeous singer, tremendous style (Venus, Motema)
  9. “Quartet Live”Gary Burton – A little sedate, but very unified and cool. (Concord)
  10. “Think Free”Ben Allison – I love this band because Jenny Scheinman plays her violin with them (Palmetto)
  11. “Disfarmer”Bill Frissell – Every new musical corner is a fresh look (Nonesuch)
  12. “Apti”Rudresh Mahnthappa – Presses my world buttons (Inova)

Best of 2009 – Nick Page

  1. “Keys in Ascension”Fabian Zone Trio (CAP)
  2. “No Title”Dr. Lonnie Smith (Palmetto)
  3. “The So Then Collection”Jesse Jones Jr. (self produced)
  4. “Dylan Different”Ben Sidron (Bonsai)
  5. “Live at the Blue Note”Charles Tolliver Big Band (Half Note)
  6. “Dark Wood, Dark Water”Chad McCullough (Origin)
  7. “Quiet Nights”Diana Krall (Verve)
  8. “Legendary”Bob Florence (MAMA)
  9. “Movie Song Project”Royce Campbell Trio (Philology)
  10. “The Comet’s Tail: A Tribute to Michael Brecker”Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge (MAMA)

Best of 2009 – Gary Funston


  1. “Think Free”Ben Allison – Some didn’t like it as much as Ben’s Previous cd’s, but its subtle charms grow on you. (Palmetto)
  2. “Heaven and Earth”James Carter – with John Medeski and an all star cast that actually sound like a band (Half Note)
  3. “Infernal Machines”Darcy James Argue – One of several envelope pushing big band cd’s in ’09, with John Hollenbeck’s Eternal Interlude (New Amsterdam)
  4. “Eddie Loves Frank”Ed Palermo – Still irresistable, smart big band arrangements of Zappa comps (Cuneiform)
  5. “Extra Mile”Pete McCann – Fine under-known guitaritst with first rate comps and wide range of styles (self produced)
  6. “Urban ….”Joel Harrison – see Pete McCann…all instrumental this time. (Highnote)
  7. “Kif Express”David Fiuczinsky – crazy Eastern trick-guitar fusion. irresistable. (Fuzelicious)
  8. “Brewster’s Rooster”John Surman – All-star lineup with great writing (ECM)
  9. “Afterburn”Torben Waldorf – guitarist under the influence of Maria Schneider. Lots of instantly likeable tunes. (artistshare)
  10. “Radiolarians I, II, and III”MMW – cheating to list 3 cd’s as one, but lots of great stuff on each cd. Their best in a long time. (Indirecto)


  1. “Re Visions”Jen Chapin – She defies category, singing Stevie’s tunes without a net–only bass and sax accompaniment (Chesky)
  2. “Pentatonic Wars…”Otis Taylor – A true original, with Jason Moran and other jazzers contributing to the spooky sounds (Telarc)
  3. “Blood From Stars”Joe Henry – Not jazz, but with jazz sounds. The most unique vocal album of the year (Anti)
  4. “Slice O Life-Live”Brice Cockburn – Not jazz either, just great musicianship and songwriting (Rounder)
  5. “Astral Weeks Live”Van Morrison – You can go home again (Listen to the Lion)
  6. “Never Going Back”Shemekia Copeland – but you don’t want to. What the heck happened in Memphis anyway? (Telarc)
  7. “Sweetheart Like You”Guy Davis – Great story telling, in wide variety of blues and country styles (Red House)
  8. “Project A”Joel Frahm and Bruce Katz – Instrumental, but all songs associated with Aretha. a guilty pleasure (Anzic)
  9. “Chioggia Beat”Jay Pun and Morwenna Lasko – Local duo defies category–instrumentals with stellar cast of local jazz players and others, incl. Johnny Gilmore (self)

Best of 2009 – Professor Bebop


  1. “Already Free”Derek Trucks – Supremely wonderful guitar: grit, beauty, passion (Victor)
  2. “Already Live”Derek Trucks – The live companion to the above (Victor)
  3. “Pentatonic Wars and Love Songs”Otis Taylor – Trance master of the blues (Telarc Blues)
  4. “Twisted”Rick Estrin & The Nightcats – Solid roadhouse blues and a lot of fun (Alligator)
  5. “This Time”Robert Cray – Some great ballads with a couple of groovy blues (Nozzle)
  6. “Living In The Light”Ronnie Earl – Guitar master still has tremendous power and sensitivity (Stony Plain)
  7. “Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears”Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears – Get the 10″ vinyl, garage soul, crazy! (Lost Highway)
  8. “Do It Like We Used To Do”North Mississippi Allstars – Live, Hill Country Blues retrospective, great dvd too (Songs of the South)
  9. “Live at Chan’s, Combo Platter #2”Nick Moss & The Flip Tops – Barroom blues, no frills, Lurrie Bell guests (Blue Bella)
  10. “Between A Rock And The Blues”Joe Louis Walker – Great guitarist presents his considerable skill in a variety of blues settings (Stony Plain)

All Genres

  1. “Already Free”Derek Trucks – Supremely wonderful guitar: grit, beauty, passion (Victor)
  2. “Chioggia Beat”Morwenna Lasko & Jay Pun – Eclectic, rhythmic, enchanting (Kuchica)
  3. “Live”Five Peace Band – Chick Corea, John McLaughlin revisit fusion (Concord)
  4. “Love Filling Station”Jesse Winchester – Great southern charm (Appleseed)
  5. “Heart Beat”Robert Jospe – Great jazz from local greats! (Random Chance)
  6. “Twisted”Rick Estrin & The Nightcats – Solid roadhouse blues and a lot of fun (Alligator)
  7. “Tangled Tales”Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks – Lazy, jazzy, groovy string band swing (Surfdog)
  8. “Roll On”J.J. Cale – Laid back as an old hound dog on a hot summer day (Rounder)
  9. “”Corey Harris – Sweet Music, Hard content, soul/reggae influence (Telarc )
  10. “Throw Down Your Heart”Bela Fleck – Africa sessions where Fleck blends with African styles (Rounder)