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My annual podcast honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, with jazz music. This year it takes on even more importance following the racism displayed by the man in the White House. Perhaps some good can come from this incident by awakening the good people of this country to stand up and resist racism and injustice in our society with non-violence as Dr. King would have wanted.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
John Coltrane ~ Alabama ~ The Gentle Side of John Coltrane
Noah Baerman ~ Wahington, 1963 ~ Soul Force
Herbie Hancock ~ I Have a Dream ~ The Prisoner
Martin Luther King Jr. ~ I Have a Dream Speach ~ n/a
Wallace Roney ~ I Have a Dream ~ If Only For One Night
Sonny Rollins ~ The Freedom Suite ~ Freedom Suite
Gil Scott-Heron ~ Peace Go With You, Brother ~ Winter In America
Joey DeFrancesco + The People ~ Project Freedom ~ Project Freedom
Noah Preminger ~ A Change I Gonna Come ~ Meditations on Freedom

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This podcast celebrates the birthday of jazz fusion guitarist John McLaughlin. We play his music in several different settings to show the depth of his artistry and innovation. Most of this show has (Mahavishnu) John McLaughlin as a leader, but there are also tracks as a sideman. His work with Miles Davis is legendary. The podcast ends with an unrelated track from a CTI release of Milt Jackson playing Hubbard's Sunflower.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Playlist
John McLaughlin ~ Extrapolation ~ Extrapolation
John McLaughlin ~ Peace One ~ Our Goals Beyond
Mahavishnu Orchestra ~ Dawn ~ The Inner Mounting Flame
Shakti ~ The Daffodill and the Eagle ~ Natural Elements
Joe Farrell ~ Follow Your Heart ~ The Joe Farrell Quartet
Miles Davis ~ Miles Runs the Voodoo Down ~ Bitches Brew
Milt Jackson ~ Sunflower ~ Sunflower

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This podcast was recorded the day after Thanksgiving. We begin with music inspired by this, my favorite holiday. Since Thanksgiving is centered around eating food, we will begin with Arthur Blythe's Stuffy Turkey. Then we "Give Thanks" with saxophonist Jimmy Greene, and partake of some Soul Food with Cyrus Chestnut and Atla DeChamplain. Lots more music follows.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Arthur Blythe ~ Stuffy Turkey ~ Focus
Jimmy Greene ~ Give Thanks ~ Mission Statement
Hank Mobley ~ No Room for Squares ~ No Room For Squares
Hank Mobley ~ Up a Step ~ No Room For Squares
Cyrus Chestnut ~ Soul Food ~ Soul Food
Atla and Matt Dechamplain ~ Soul Food ~ Pause
Atla and Matt Dechamplain ~ Two for the Blues (feat. Jon Hendricks) ~ Pause
Nicole Zuraitis ~ Sunny Side ~ Hive Mind
Marian McPartland ~ Naima ~ n/a - Internet Download w/Lee Konitz
Jane Ira Bloom ~ Emily & Her Atoms ~ Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson
Jane Ira Bloom ~ One Note from One Bird ~ Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson
Jen Allen ~ Pieces of Myself ~ The Repurcussions

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As I put this podcast together I am watching the Hurricane hit the Florida coast. Our thoughts and concerns are with those affected, and hope for the safety of all. We start with two versions of Work Song for this past labor day, then a couple of Steely Dan tracks in memory of Walter Becker, before a set of music inspired by hurricanes. Then some great guitar work by Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery and Dave Stryker. Finally, something new by Brian Charrette.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Oscar Brown Jr. ~ Work Song ~ In A New Mood
Cannonball Adderley ~ Work Song ~ Phenix
Steely Dan ~ Aja ~ Aja
Steely Dan ~ Home At Last ~ Aja
Joe Farrell ~ Hurricane Jane ~ Penny Arcade
Trombone Shorty ~ Hurricane Season ~ Backatown
Herbie Hancock ~ The Eye of the Hurricane ~ Maiden Voyage
Kenny Burell ~ Chitlens Con Carne ~ Midnight Blue
Wes Montgomery ~ Four on Six ~ Incredible Jazz Guitar
Dave Stryker ~ Trouble Man ~ Eight Track II
Brian Charrette ~ Doll Fin ~ Kurrent

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We celebrate the music of Wayne Shorter for most of this podcast. It's Shorter's 84th birthday, and we pay homage to his creative saxophone work and intrigueing compositions. First we honor the guitarist John Ambercrombie upon his recent passing. Then a taste of a new release from fusion pioneer John McLaughlin.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Gill Evans Orchestra ~ Up From the Skies ~ The Music Of Jimi Hendrix
Gata Barbieri ~ Parana ~ Under Fire
John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension ~ Meeting of the Spirits ~ Ronnie Scotts Live
Wayne Shorter ~ Footprints ~ Adams Apple
Wayne Shorter ~ Deluge ~ Juju
Wayne Shorter ~ Black Nile ~ Night Dreamer
Wayne Shorter ~ Lost ~ The Soothsayer
Wayne Shorter ~ Witch Hunt ~ Speak No Evil
Wayne Shorter ~ Starry Night ~ Without a Net
Weather Report ~ Elegant People ~ Black Market

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Continued from last week's show.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Esperanza Spaulding ~ Unconditional Love ~ Emily's D+Evolution
Vijay Iyer Trio ~ Human Nature ~ Accelerando
Harold Mabern ~ So What ~ To Love and Be Loved
Harold Mabern ~ Afro Blue ~ Live at Smalls
Herbie Hancock ~ Toys ~ Speak Like A Child
SF Jazz Collective ~ Joshua ~ The Musc of Miles Davis and Original Compositions
Sims, Bloom, Zinno, Langone ~ Wichita Lineman ~ The New Stablemates
Steve Langone Trio ~ Humpty Dumpty ~ Breath
Cyrus Chestnut ~ Easy Living ~ There's a Sweet, Sweet Spirit
Cyrus Chestnut ~ Rhythm-a-Ning ~ There's a Sweet, Sweet Spirit

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This episode is the second hour of my last broadcast show. There is no real theme to this one. These are just some great straight-up swinging jazz tunes. We hear from jazz greats Louis Hayes, Herbie Hancock, Tom Harrell, Steve Davis and Lee Morgan. Also on this podcast are up-and-coming jazz artists Theo Hill, David Gibson, Curtis Brothers and Yoko Miwa. Enjoy.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
0:25 Louis Hayes ~ Summer in Central Park ~ Serenade for Horace
5:26 Herbie Hancock ~ First Trip ~ Speak Like a Child
12:20 Tom Harrell ~ Dream in June ~ Sail Away
23:15 Steve Davis ~ Atmosphere ~ Think Ahead
29:45 Theo Hill ~ Citadel ~ Promethean
35:28 David Gibson ~ Eyes of Argus ~ Boom!
44:30 Curtis Brothers Quartet ~ What's Going On ~ SYZYGY
50:57 Lee Morgan ~ Twice Around ~ Tom Cat
01:00:52 Yoko Miwa Trio ~ Court and Spark ~ Pathways

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I had the pleasure of speaking on-air with the great trombonist Steve Davis for an interview on WWUH. Enjoy our chat about music and jazz education. Also on this podcast is new music from Terrell Stafford, Ralph Peterson and Theo Hill. Herbie Hancock too.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Jackie McLean ~ Optimism (clip) ~ Fire and Love
(Steve Davis Interview)
Steve Davis ~ Abena's Gaze ~ Think Ahead
Steve Davis ~ Atmosphere ~ Think Ahead
Steve Davis ~ A Little Understanding (clip) ~ Think Ahead
(end interview)
Terrell Stafford ~ The Tint Train ~ Forgive and Forget
Aggregate Prime w/Ralph Peterson ~ Fearless ~ Dream Deferred
Christian Sands ~ Song of the Rainbow People ~ Reach
Herbie Hancock ~ The Sorcerer ~ Speak Like a Child
Theo Hill ~ Hey, It's Me Your Talking To ~ Promethean
Theo Hill ~ Litha ~ Promethean

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