Category Archives: Aaron the Jazz Czar

Best of 2013

brian keena.  jazz messenger.  monday, 10am-noon.
  • miles davis: live in europe, 1969. columbia-bootleg.
  • eliane elias.  i thought about you.  concord
  • ben sidran.  don’t cry for no hipster.  nardis.
  • john d’earth. on. cosmology.
  • joey defrancesco.  one for rudy. high note.
steve huff.  anything goes. monday. 8-11pm.
  • bill frisell. big sur;  ensemble at kevin eubanks.
  • john hollenbeck – songs i like a  lot;  kate mcgarry never sounded better.
  • ben allison – the stars look very different today;  guitar/banjo craziness… think he has found his ensemble.
  • azul – howard, d’earth, caputo;  improvisational trio great live could see them every week…
  • other mentions – carla bley, ralph towner, charles lloyd, gary burton, john abercrombie.
sean grzegorczyk. anything goes. monday 8-11pm.
  • allison miller.  no morphine, no lillies. royal potato family.
  • ben allison.  the stars look very different today. sonic camera
  • chris potter, the sirens. ecm
  • patricia barber. smash. concord.
  • michael blake.  in the grand scheme of things.  songlines.
  • madeleine peyroux. the blue room.  decca
  • ralph alessi.  baida.  ecm.
  • carla bley. trios. ecm.
  • wayne shorter.  without a net.  blue note.
  • dave douglas.  time travel. greenleaf.
gary funston.  living time.  wednesday  8-11pm.
  • dylan ryan & sand.  sky bleached.  cuneiform: drum, guitar, bass trio blows open the possibilities of format.
  • blue cranes.  swim.  cuneiform: from Portland, OR, saxophones + strings create lush  emotional portraits.
  • ben goldberg. unfold ordinary mind. BAG:  clarinetist explores spectrum of low reeds with nels cline guitar.
  • azul.  howard, d’earth, caputo. espresso. improvisation that inspires and surprises.
  • allison miller. boom tic boom. foxhaven:  great drummer with pianist myra melford + jenny scheinman on violin.
  • nik bartsch.  ronin: live. ecm: Swiss pianist with “Zen Funk” group ronin, bass clarinet stars.
  • darcy james argue.  secret society “Brooklyn Babylon”.  new amsterdam;  ambitious, rich, non-traditional big band.
  • dave holland.  prism.  dare2:  legendary bassist with keyboard master craig taborn + kevin eubanks on guitar.
  • pat metheny x 2.   tap. nonesuch: interpretations of music of john zorn. & the orchestrion project. nonesuch:  compositions for computer controlled instruments, called the Orchestrion.
ann porotti.  all that jazz.  thursday, 10am-noon.
  • blue cranes.  swim.  cuneiform.
  • nik bartsch + ronin.  live.  ecm
  • anoushka shankar.  traces of you.  dgg.
  • cecile mcloren salvant.  womanchild.  mack avenue.
  • joe locke.  lay down my heart.  motema.
  • marc cary.  for the love of abbey.  motema.
  • charles lloyd & jason moran.  hagar’s song.  ecm.
  • dave brubeck & tony bennett.  white house sessions, 1962. columbia
  • next collective w/christian scott.  cover art.  concord.
  • boz scaggs.  memphis.  429 records.
sandy snyder.  wild women get the blues.  thursday, 8-9pm.
  • tedeschi trucks band.  made up mind.  masterworks.
  • kara grainger.  shiver and sign. electrogroove.
  • nanette workman.  just gettin’ started.  bros.
  • lisa biales.  singing in my soul.  big song.
  • maria woodford. bad dog blues. self.

david eisenman.  induced to judder thursday, 9-11pm.

jazz
  • the catholics.  yonder.  bugle.
  • ben allison.  the stars look very different today.  sonic camera.
  • charlie hunter + scott amendola. not getting behind is the new getting ahead. self.
  • greyboy allstars.  inland emperor.  knowledge room.
  • robert walter’s 20th congress.  get thy bearings.  royal potato family.
  • john scofield. uberjam deux.  decca.
  • chick corea.  the vigil. stretch.
  • ahmad jamal.  saturday morning.  jazz village.
  • john ginty.  bad news travels. american showplace.
  • dr. lonnie smith.  in the beginning.  pilgrimage.
blues
  • southern hospitality.  easy livin’.  blind pig.
  • charlie musselwhite  juke joint chapel.  henrietta
  • james hunter.  minute by minute.  fantasy
  • boz scaggs.  memphis.  429 records.
  • jimmy vivino + black italians.  13 live. blind pig.
  • johnny rawls.  remembering o.v.  catfood.
  • j.j.grey + mofro.  this river.  alligator.
  • ronnie earl.  just for today.  stony plain.
  • duke robillard.  independently blue.  stony plain.
  • buzzard hollow boys.  yazoo basin folktales & other tone poems.
david lee.  jazz essence.  friday,  10am-noon.
  • preservation hall jazz band.  that’s it!
  • oliver jones with josee aidans.  just for my lady.
  • marc johnson & eliane elias.  swept away.  concord.
  • michael gallant trio.  completely.
  • the new gary burton quartet.  guided tour.
dave rogers.   professor bebop.  friday, 11pm-1am.
  • azul.  improvisation by john d’earth, brian caputo, greg howard.
  • smash.  patricia barber.  concord.
  • fight song.  a tribute to charles mingus.  no bs. brass.
  • get up.  ben harper & charlie musselwhite.
  • nikki hill.  here’s nikki hill.
steve shuman aka ruday palisades.  the groove tube.  saturday , 9-11pm
  • the greyboy allstars.  inland emperor.  knowledge room
  • the rootdowns.  songs with friends.  self.
  • robert walters 20th congress.  get thy bearings.  royal potato family.
  • govt. mule.  shout.
aaron zatcoff aka jazz czar.  jazz mania.  sunday, 10am-noon.
  • wayne shorter.  without a net
  • dave holland.  prism.  dare2
  • dave douglas.  time travel.  greenleaf.
  • john scofield uberjam deux.  ecm
  • pat metheny.  john zorn’s book of angels.
rebecca foster.  in the spirit.  sunday, 9-10am
blues/gospel
  • blind boys of alabama.  i’ll find a way.
  • nikki hill.  here’s nikki hill.   self
  • mavis staples.  one true vine.
  • j.j. grey & mofro.  this river.
  • julian fauth.  everybody ought to treat a stranger right.
jazz
  • pink martini.  get happy.
  • carline ray.  vocal sides.
  • hod o’brien.  i hear a rhapsody.
  • quiet  fire.  jarjuna.
  • anoushka shankar.  traces of you. dgg.
 joe oddo.  “jus joe”.  jazz sub.
  • sao paulo underground.  beija flors velho e sojo.  cuneiform.
  • christian mcbride.  bass out here. mack avenue.
  • kermit ruffins. we’re partyin’ traditional style.  basin street.
  • houston person.  nice ‘n’ easy. high note.
  • ricardo silveira & vinicius cantuaria.  RSVC. adventure music.
kevin kellam.  jazz announcer emeritus.
  • rudresh mahanthappa. gamak.
  • john zorn.  shir hashirim.
  • harris eisenstadt september trio.  the destructive element.
  • magnus ostrom. searching for jupiter.
  • ches smith &  these arches.  hammered

Jazzmania [Sunday, October 14, 2012]

October 13 Jazz Birthdays: Art Tatum, Pharoah Sanders;
October 14: Garrison Fewell

Complete playlist here.

Pharoah SandersYou’ve Got to Have Freedom / Live at Jazz Cafe London 2011


Jazzmania [Playlist – 07/24/11]

  1. “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free”Billy Taylor Trio – Music Keeps Us Young [Arkadia: 1997]
  2. “Naima”Billy Taylor Trio – Music Keeps Us Young [Arkadia: 1997]
  3. “Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams”Billy Taylor – Ten Fingers – One Voice [Arkadia: 1998]
  4. “All The Things You Are”Billy Taylor & Gerry Mulligan – Live at MCG [MCG Jazz: 2007]
  5. “Nostalgia In Times Square”Charles McPherson – First Flight Out [Arabesque Jazz: 1994]
  6. “Manhattan Nocturne”Charles McPherson – Manhattan Nocturne [Arabesque Jazz: 1998]
  7. “South Rampart Street Parade”The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band/Music Director Jon Faddis – The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band [Blue Note: 1996]
  8. “The Hunters & Gatherers”Jon Faddis – Teranga [Koch Records: 2006]
  9. “The Fibble-Ow Blues”Jon Faddis – Teranga [Koch Records: 2006]
  10. “Spasmodic Movements”James Zollar – Zollar Systems [JZAZ Records: 2009]
  11. “The Prayer of a Happy Housewife”James Zollar – Zollar Systems [JZAZ Records: 2009]
  12. “Folklore”Etienne Charles – Folklore [Etienne Charles: 2009]
  13. “Kaiso”Etienne Charles – Kaiso [Culture Shock Music: 2011]
  14. “Kitch’s Bebop of Calypso”Etienne Charles – Kaiso [Culture Shock Music: 2011]
  15. “Day-o”Monty Alexander – Harlem-Kingston Express Live! [Motema Music: 2011]
  16. “King Tubby Meets The Rockers Uptown”Monty Alexander – Harlem-Kingston Expres Live! [Motema Music: 2011]

Jazzmania [Playlist – 08/29/10]

Deejays Dusty and Aaron collaborate to present their favorite New Orleans and related musics.

  1. “Steal Away & Nearer My God To Thee”Jelly Roll Morton – The Library of Congress Recordings [Rounder: 1938/1993]
  2. “King Porter Stomp”Jelly Roll Morton – The Library of Congress Recordings [Rounder: 1938/1993]
  3. “Kansas City Stomp-begun & concluded”Jelly Roll Morton – The Library of Congress Recordings [Rounder: 1938/1993]
  4. “(Darktown) Strutter’s Ball”Jelly Roll Morton – The Library of Congress Recordings [Rounder: 1938/1993]
  5. “Maple Leaf Rag”Jelly Roll Morton – The Library of Congress Recordings [Rounder: 1938/1993]
  6. “Low-Down Blues (New Orleans Blues)”Jelly Roll Morton – The Library of Congress Recordings [Rounder: 1938/1993]
  7. “Walkin’ to New Orleans”Fats Domino – Crescent City Soul [Columbia: 1996]
  8. “Bright Mississippi”Allen Toussaint – Bright Mississippi [Nonesuch: 2009]
  9. “Ooh Poo Pah Doo”Jessie Hill – Crescent City Soul [Columbia: 1996]
  10. “Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley”Lee Dorsey – Great Googa Mooga
  11. “Dear Old Southland”Allen Toussaint – Bright Mississippi [Nonesuch: 2009]
  12. “Yes We Can Can”Allen Toussaint – Our New Orleans
  13. “Narration-Louis Armstrong on New Orleans funeral music”Louis Armstrong – Satchmo the Great
  14. “Oh Didn’t He Ramble”Louis Armstrong – Satchmo the Great [Sony: 2000]
  15. “When the Saints Go Marching In”Louis Armstrong – The Essential Louis Armstrong [Sony: 2000]
  16. “Wolverine Blues”Louis Armstrong – The Complete Decca Studio Master Takes
  17. “Do You Know What It Means to Miss New”Louis Armstrong – “Sugar” The Best of The Complete RCA Victor Recordings [Bluebird: 1943-47]
  18. “Turvalon”Allen Toussaint – I Believe To My Soul
  19. “Southern Nights”Allen Toussaint – Southern Nights
  20. “Day Dream”Allen Toussaint – Bright Mississippi [Nonesuch: 2009]
  21. “I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say”Dr. John – Goin’ Back to New Orleans [Warner Bros.: 1992]
  22. “Goin’ Back to New Orleans”Dr. John – Goin’ Back to New Orleans [Warner Bros.: 1992]
  23. “Iko Iko”Dr. John (Mac Rebennack) – The Definitive Pop Collection [ATCO/Rhino: 2006]
  24. “Right Place Wrong Time”Dr. John – The Definitive Pop Collection [2006]
  25. “Bongo Beep”Dirty Dozen Brass Band – My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now [Concord Jazz: 1985]
  26. “What’s Going On”Dirty Dozen Brass Band – What’s Going On [Shout Factory/Sony: 2006]
  27. “What’s Happening Brother”Dirty Dozen Brass Band – What’s Going On [Shout Factory/Sony: 2006]
  28. “Minor Fuller/Ruler Of My Heart”Allen Toussaint

Jazzmania [Playlist – 08/22/10]

  1. “When There is Love”Abbey Lincoln – When There Is Love [Verve: 1993]
  2. “The World is Falling Down” – The World Is Falling Down [Verve: 1990]
  3. “Brother Can You Spare a Dime” – You Gotta Pay the Band [Verve: 1991]
  4. “I’ll Be Seeing You” – Abbey Sings Billie [Enja: 1989]
  5. “When I’m Called Home” – You Gotta Pay the Band [Verve: 1991]
  6. “Tutankhamun”Malachi Favors Maghostut – Tribute to Lester [ECM: 2003]
  7. “Trouble In Mind”John Lee Hooker – Jack O’ Diamonds (1949 recordings) [Eagle Records: 2004]
  8. “In the Evening When the Sun Goes Down” – ” [“: “]
  9. “Walkin’ The Boogie (alternate)” – The Complete Chess Recordings [MCA/Chess: 1998]
  10. “Please Don’t Go” – ” [“: “]
  11. “The People Want a Change”John Lee Hooker, Jr. – All Odds Against Me [Steppin’ Stone Records: 2008]
  12. “Boogie Chillen'” – Face to Face [Eagle Records: 2003]
  13. “Limehouse Blues”Larry Coryell – Prime Picks: The Virtuoso Guitar of Larry Coryell [High Note Records: 2010]
  14. “Tonk” – “: [“: “]
  15. “Ana Maria”Kurt Rosenwinkel Standards Trio – Reflections [Word Of Mouth Music: 2009]
  16. “Harvest Song”Tom Harrell – Roman Nights [High Note Records: 2010]
  17. “Buying, Selling”Ralph Alessi – Cognitive Dissonance [CamJazz: 2010]
  18. “Someday My Prince Will Come”Alexis Cole – Someday My Prince Will Come [Venus Records: 2009]
  19. “High Pockets & a Fanny Pack”Charley Hunter – Gentlemen, I Neglected to Tell You You Will Not Be Getting Paid [CHT Music: 2010]

Jazzmania [Playlist – 08/08/10]

Jazz Birthdays: Benny Carter (1907), Urbie Green (1926), Jimmy Witherspoon (1920)

  1. “Three Little Words”Benny Carter – Pablo Live/Montreux ’77 [Pablo Records: 1977]
  2. “In a Mellow Tone”Benny Carter – Pablo Live/Montreux ’77 [Pablo Records: 1977]
  3. “Blues In My Heart”Benny Carter – Blues In My Heart [Pablo/Fantasy: 1998]
  4. “Little Girl Blue”Benny Carter – 3.4.5 The Verve Small Group Sessions [Verve: 1991]
  5. “My One & Only Love”Benny Carter – 3.4.5 The Verve Small Group Sessions [Verve: 1991]
  6. “We’ll Be Together Again”Benny Carter – 3.4.5 The Verve Small Group Sessions [Verve: 1991]
  7. “Sunset Glow”Benny Carter – Legends [MusicMasters: 1993]
  8. “Mutation”Urbie Green – East Coast Jazz Series/6 [Avenue Jazz: 1955]
  9. “On Green Dolphin Street”Urbie Green – East Coast Jazz Series/6 [Avenue Jazz: 1955]
  10. “Three Little Words”Urbie Green – East Coast Jazz Series/6 [Avenue Jazz: 1955]
  11. “Ain’t Nobody’s Business”Jimmy Witherspoon – Spoon So Easy, The Chess Years [MCA Records: 1990]
  12. “Goin’ Down Slow”Jimmy Witherspoon – Spoon So Easy, The Chess Years [MCA Records: 1990]
  13. “Cryin'”Jimmy Witherspoon – Spoon So Easy, The Chess Years [MCA Records: 1990]
  14. “Love Is A Five Letter Word”Jimmy Witherspoon – Love Is A Five Letter Word [Avenue Jazz: 1974-75/1998]
  15. “S.K. Blues”Jimmy Witherspoon – Jazz Me Blues: The Best of Jimmy Witherspoon [Prestige: 1998]
  16. “Trouble In Mind”Jimmy Witherspoon – Jazz Me Blues: The Best of Jimmy Witherspoon [Prestige: 1998]
  17. “Money’s Gettin’ Cheaper”Jimmy Witherspoon – Jazz Me Blues: The Best of Jimmy Witherspoon [Prestige: 1998]
  18. “C.C. Rider”Jimmy Witherspoon – Jazz Me Blues: The Best of Jimmy Witherspoon [Prestige: 1998]
  19. “Something”Larry Coryell – The Virtuoso Guitar of Larry Coryell/Prime Picks [High Note Records: 2010]
  20. “Inner Urge”Larry Coryell – The Virtuoso Guitar of Larry Coryell/Prime Picks [High Note Records: 2010]
  21. “You Look Good In Orange”Charley Hunter – Gentlemen, I Neglected to Inform You, You Will Not Be Getting Pa [Spire Artists: 2010]
  22. “Shoes, Jump”Stephen Crump w/Rosetta Trio – Reclamation [Sunnyside: 2010]

Jazzmania [Playlist – 07/25/10]

Jazz Birthdays: Johnny Hodges, Annie Ross, Don Ellis, Brian Blade

  1. “The Very Thought of You” {RCA Victor}Johnny Hodges – Triple Play [1967 (CD 1996)]
  2. “C Jam Blues” {RCA Victor}Johnny Hodges – Triple Play [1967 (CD 1996)]
  3. “A Flower is a Lovesome Thing” {Impulse}Johnny Hodges – Everybody Knows Johnny Hodges [1992]
  4. “Jeep’s Blues” {Impulse}Johnny Hodges – Everybody Knows Johnny Hodges [1992]
  5. “Blues O’Mighty” {Compact Jazz}Johnny Hodges – Johnny Hodges & Wild Bill Davis [1989]
  6. “Blue Hodge” {Compact jazz}Johnny Hodges – Johnny Hodges & Wild Bill Davis [1989]
  7. “Charleston Alley” {Columbia}Lambert, Hendricks & Ross – Everybody’s Boppin’ [1989]
  8. “Twisted” {Columbia}Lambert, Hendricks & Ross – Everybody’s Boppin’ [1989]
  9. “Music Is Forever” {DRG Records}Annie Ross – Music Is Forever [1996]
  10. “Four & Three” {Original Jazz Classics}The Don Ellis Quintet – New Ideas [1990 (rec. 1961)]
  11. “Go-No-Go” {Original Jazz Classics}Don Ellis – LIve at Montreux [1992 (Rec. 1977)]
  12. “If You See Lurah” {Blue Note}Brian Blade – Brian Blade Fellowship [1998]
  13. “Perceptual” {Blue Note}Brian Blade Fellowship – Perceptual [2000]
  14. “Omni” {Verve}Brian Blade Fellowship Band – Season of Changes [2008]
  15. “After the Revival” {Verve}Brian Blade – Mama Rosa [2009]
  16. “Mercy Angel” {Verve}Brian Blade – Mama Rosa [2009]
  17. “You’ll Always Be My Baby” {Verve}Brian Blade – Mama Rosa [2009]
  18. “Good Day” {Sunnyside}Absolute Ensemble – Absolute Zawinul [2007]
  19. “Attahasa” {ECM}Steve Tibbets – Natural Causes [2010]

Jazzmania [Playlist – 07/11/10]

Jazz Birthday, Tomas Stanko (trumpeter), new releases, best of 2010 so far…

  1. “Never Turn Back”John Scofield – Piety Street [Emarcy: 2009]
  2. “Celina”Tomasz Stanko – Matka Joanna From The Angels [ECM: 1995]
  3. “Song For Sarah”Tomasz Stanko – Suspended Night [ECM: 2004]
  4. “Kattorna”Tomasz Stanko – Lontano [ECM: 2006]
  5. “Expansion”Pat Metheny – Orchestrion [Nonesuch: 2010]
  6. “Four By Five”Geri Allen – Geri Allen & Timeline Live [Motema Music: 2010]
  7. “Flying Toward The Sound”Geri Allen – Flying Toward The Sound [Motema Music: 2010]
  8. “John Boy”Brad Mehldau – Highway Rider [Nonesuch: 2010]
  9. “Memphis”Stephan Crump & Rosetta Trio – Reclamation [Sunnyside: 2010]
  10. “The Peacocks”Sarah Manning – Dandelion Clock [Posi-Tone Records: 2010]
  11. “Illinois Procession Rain”Scott DuBois – Blackhawk Dance [Sunnyside: 2010]
  12. “O Se Shalom”4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra – East Atlanta Passover Stomp [Self Produced: 2009]
  13. “For Frederick Franck”Claudia Quintet – Royal Toast [Cuneiform: 2010]
  14. “Mobile Tigers”Fight The Big Bull – All is Gladness In The Kingdom [Clean Feed: 2009]
  15. “Dewey Dah”John Ellis & Doublewide – Puppet Mischief [ObliqSound: 2010]
  16. “Cleanse This House”Stanton Moore – Groove Alchemy [Telarc: 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 – 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