Red River Radio

Airs Wednesday, October 8 at 8:00 p.m. Wally Derleth will be your host with Bill Beckett at the Mix Console for this live show in our Marion and Donald Weiss Performance Studios with Darrel Mims (Guitar & Vocals) and Rodger Barnes (Keys, Percussion & Vocals), George Nelson (Percussion) AKA Jazziana. Call in and show your support for live music and diverse programming during this special at 800-552-8502 or pledge on line here: DONATE NOW!

Airs Monday, September 22 at 8 p.m. Bassist and bandleader Ben Allison has developed the ability to write music with the sound and electric attack of rock 'n' roll, as well as the sophistication and improvisational frames of jazz. His constant search for new timbres and combinations has made him one of the most engaging composers today. At the CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, R.I., his band blasted in full force.


Airs Thursday, September 18 at 8 p.m. While there are certain unmistakable similarities in the musicianship of the two siblings, the younger brother of Nat King Cole long ago emerged from the awesome shadow cast by his elder brother. In truth, his phrasing is far closer to that of Frank Sinatra or Billie Holiday than that of his brother, and his timing swings a little more.

Airs Monday, September 16 at 8 p.m.  It's not her light and feathery voice so much as how she uses it: phrased creatively, on pitch, in ways that request and reward closer attention. It's to her credit that hip young New York musicians are happy to play with Parlato — she's as much a musician as they are. One such grouping appears here at the CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, R.I.

Gretchen Parlato, vocals
Gerald Clayton, piano/Fender Rhodes
Alan Hampton, bass
Kendrick Scott, drums

Airs Monday, September 8 at 8 p.m. It's a great idea in theory: One of the leading trumpeters, composers and public figures in jazz puts together a brass ensemble. Led by Dave Douglas, it's an even better idea in practice, bounding with enthusiasm and virtuosity. The compact-but-mighty Brass Ecstasy lit up the CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, R.I., with a stylish, fervent update of the brass-band tradition.