Airs Thursday, March 22, at 8 p.m. Eric Reed is a powerful, daring and elegant pianist who was blessed with perfect pitch and a desire to play piano for audiences. As a child prodigy raised in the Baptist church, he eventually found his true calling in performing ballads, blues and 4/4 swing, and has since become one of the finest instrumentalists in jazz today. This episode features Reed in a variety of performances at the Savannah Music Festival.
Airs Tuesday, March 20 at 9:00 p.m. Lately, the alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón has been listening to some of his parents' favorite music. That is, he's adapted a handful of classic popular songs from his native Puerto Rico for his jazz quartet. And on his forthcoming album Alma Adentro, he even contracted his friend Guillermo Klein to write backing arrangements for a 10-piece woodwind section. Lush and verdant — like the tropical isle which inspired them — the charts see a rare public performance at Newport's central Quad Stage. Recorded live at the Newport Jazz Festival on Sunday, August 7.
Airs Thursday, March 15 at 8:00 p.m. Listen to one of the greatest living exponents of boogie woogie piano, octogenarian Bob Seeley playing at the Charles H. Morris Center during the 2009 Savannah Music Festival. The sound of a train rolling down the tracks has long served as the metaphor for American musical styles rooted in the blues. One such style was created especially on the piano and it's known as boogie woogie. Tune in to this episode to hear one of the genre's greatest living exponents, the 80-year old Bob Seeley. Having studied under Meade Lux Lewis, one of the kings of boogie woogie piano, Seeley's playing style is virtuosic, creative and showcases a very powerful left hand.
Airs Tuesday, March 13 at 9:00 p.m. Decades after his death, the richly-detailed, soul-stirring oeuvre of Charles Mingus still packs a wallop. Thankfully, the beat goes on in the form of the Mingus Big Band — one of several repertory ensembles organized by widow Sue Mingus. Its latest, Grammy-winning album captures the ensemble's regular residency at the Jazz Standard in New York; this recording finds the band sparking the action on the Fort Stage of the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival. Recorded live at the Newport Jazz Festival on Sunday, August 7.
Airs Friday, March 2, at 8 p.m. Guitarist Steve Howell joins hosts Wally Derleth and Bill Beckett for a live show on Red River Radio. Howell presents a delicate blend of roots music from country, blues and rockabilly to torch songs. In 2011, his CD "Since I Saw You Last" was awarded the Historical Significance Award from the Academy of Texas Music. Support live, local music on the radio by making a pledge by calling 800-552-8502. Or, make your pledge now on line by clicking here: DONATE NOW!