Airs Monday, March 18 at 9 p.m. So much of what we think of as straight ahead jazz was shaped by the Blue Note Sound. As the host of this special, Jim Luce explains, in the mid-20th century Producer Alfred Lyons brought a diverse group of musicians into the studio to conceive, compose and make jazz records without compromise. In Rudy Van Gelder's recording studio in New Jersey, fueled by an intensively creative, collaborative, risk-taking and "hip" culture among the artists, magic happened.
The hour provides a good sampling of music that epitomized that period, featuring artists (interchangeable leaders and sidemen) that included the likes of Horace Silver, J.J. Johnson, Joe Henderson, Dexter Gordon, Freddie Hubbard, Woodie Shaw, Lee Morgan, Billy Higgens, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Billy Cobham, Jackie McLean and more.
Airs Tuesday, March 19 at 9 p.m. Like his countryman Pedrito Martinez, drummer Dafnis Prieto came over from Cuba around the turn of the century — promptly placing every rhythm section in New York City on notice. His next-level understanding of the clave, combined with his seeming willingness to try anything that grooves, led to his nomination as a MacArthur Fellow last year. That cast of mind powering a sextet with horns will prove volatile, as it did on his 2008 album Taking The Soul For A Walk. On stage, it's liable to cause bug-eyed amazement if onlookers aren't careful. His band features Peter Apfelbaum on saxophone, Felipe Lamoglia on saxophone, Ralph Alessi on trumpet, Manuel Valera on piano, and Yunior Terry on bass.
Airs Tuesday, March 5 at 8 p.m. Chris McCaa, AKA Professor Pork Chop will be cooking up some musical gumbo LIVE this Tuesday night at 8 p.m. on Red River Radio. His latest CD, U R My Everything as made a big splash on the roots and blues charts and he'll be here to share some of the music with you. All About Jazz says the "Professor ... has a voice that is the love child of Randy Newman and John Hiatt, seasoned with Tabasco and gin." Tune in for his high proof and hot music live during our Spring Pledge Drive and give us a call at 800-552-8502 to make your pledge or go on line here. Donate Now!
Airs Tuesday, February 19 at 9 p.m. The great drummer turns 70 during the week following the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival, but he's certainly not going quietly into retirement age. Lately, he's been leading a quintet which combines a brilliant saxophonist fluent in South Asian music (Rudresh Mahanthappa), an electric guitarist known for microtonal experiments (Dave Fiuczynski) and the combination of keyboards (George Colligan) and acoustic bass guitar (Jerome Harris).
Airs Thursday, February 7 at 8 p.m. There have been many outstanding piano trios throughout the history of jazz, each with its own signature sound. There is the majestic swing of the Oscar Peterson Trio, the classy bop of the Hank Jones Trio, the great independence of the Bill Evans Trio, and the powerful virtuosity of Bud Powell's trios. Each great jazz piano trio brought something slightly different into the fold, combining swing, group interaction, and musical dynamics in unique ways. In this episode, we listen to one of the finest contemporary jazz piano trios, the Bill Charlap Trio, in concert at the 2011 Savannah Music Festival with special guest Houston Person. Bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington fill out the stage and sound.