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Around Town

Most of this playlist features jazz artists that have been playing around the Hartford area, or will be in the coming weeks. Joey D hammers the Hammond while taking us to the ballgame. Dan Pugach's Nonet gives Brooklyn Blues a Nawlin's style, Casey takes us to worlds from Starwars. Curtis Bros and Ed Fast go latin style... and much more.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Joey DeFrancesco ~ Take Me Out the the Ballgame ~ Joey D!
Joey DeFrancesco ~ Dig ~ JoeyD!
Dan Pugach Nonet ~ Brooklyn Blues ~ Plus One
George Colligan ~ Today, Again ~ More Powerful
Joe Lovano ~ Sounds of Joy ~ Quartets
Ed Fast & Conga Bop ~ Insight ~ Do or Die
Mike Casey ~ Dagobah ~ Sound of Surprise
Curtis Brothers ~ Bebop ~ Syzergy
Sameer Gupta ~ Innocence in Harlem ~ A Circle Has No Beginning
Weather Report ~ Mysterious Traveler ~ Mysterious Traveler
Renee Rosnes ~ Black Holes ~ Beloved of the Sky
Andrew Gould ~ Destination ~ First Things First

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Two of my favorite standards are covered here. Dig vocal and instrumental covers of Trane's Moment Notice, then Miles' So What. Following that is a jazz voyage with Hancock and Pharoah. Then we pay tribute to the victims and families of the Parkland shootings with music from Rob Garcia, Noah Baerman and Noah Preminger. The podcast concludes with Ellington's Jeep Blues.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Pharoh Sanders ~ Moment's Notice ~ Rejoice
Hubert Laws ~ Moment's Notice ~ In The Beginning
Giacomo Gates ~ So What ~ Miles Tones
Harold Mabern ~ So What ~ To Love and Be Loved
Hank Mobley ~ Up A Step ~ No Room for Squares
Herbie Hancock ~ Maiden Voyage ~ Maiden Voyage
Herbie Hancock ~ First Trip ~ Speak Like a Child
Pharoah Sanders ~ Astral Traveling ~ Thembi
Rob Garcia ~ Guns Make Killing Easy ~ Finding Love in an Oligarchic Planet
Noah Baerman ~ Motherless ~ Ripples
Noah Preminger ~ Change in Gonna Come ~ Meditations on Freedom
Duke Ellington ~ Jeeps Blues ~ Live at Newport

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Had a great time interviewing Nicole Zuraitis (vocals, piano) and her husband Dan Pugach (drums, arranger) about their new album releases and upcoming gigs. You will get to hear from their new CD's, Nicole's Hive Mind and Dan's Nonet Plus One. Following the interveiw is a review of the 2018 Grammy Awards in the Jazz categories. 

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Nicole Zuraitis ~ Sunny Side (excerpt) ~ Hive Mind
Nicole Zuraitis ~ Failing ~Hive Mind
Dan Pugach Nonet ~ Brooklyn Blues ~ Plus One
Nicole Zuraitis ~ Inscription ~Hive Mind
Dan Pugach Nonet ~ Our Blues ~ Plus One
John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension ~ Miles Beyond (Grammy Jazz Improvised Solo) ~ Live At Ronnie Scott's
Billy Childes ~ Starry Night (Grammy: Jazz Instrumental Album) ~ Rebirth
Cecile McLorin Salvant ~ Youv'e Got To Give Me Some (Grammy Jazz Vocal Album) ~ Dreams and Daggers
Christian McBride Big Band ~ Optimism (Grammy Jazz Big Band) ~ Bringin' It
Jane Ira Bloom ~ Song Patrol (Grammy Best Surround Sound) ~ Early Americans

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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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My annual post Newport Jazz Festival review. This podcast highlights only a few of the many great performances we experienced at this year's festival. You will hear jazz artists we have heard for decades lake One For All, Sean Jones, Joey D and new artists on the scene George Burton and Theo Croker.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
One For All ~ Daylight ~ The Third Decade
Hudson ~ Tony Then Jack ~ Hudson
Sean Jones ~ Lost Then Found ~ Live from the Jazz Bistro
Sean Jones ~ I Don't Give A Damn Blues ~ Im-Pro-Vise Never Before Seen
Joey DeFrancesco + The People ~ Better Than Yesterday ~ Project Freedom
Joey DeFrancesco + The People ~ A Change is Gonna Come ~ Project Freedom
Cyrille Aimee ~ Live Alone and Like It ~ Let's Get Lost
Cyrille Aimee ~ Let's Get Lost ~ Let's Get Lost
George Burton ~ Second Opinion ~ The Truth of What I Am
George Burton ~ Bernie's Tune ~ The Truth of What I Am
Theo Croker ~ Raise Your Vibrations ~ Escape Velocity
Theo Croker ~ Transcend ~ Escape Velocity
Theo Croker ~ This Could Be ~ Escape Velocity

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LC Tribute

This week's podcast pays tribute to guitarist extroadinaire, Larry Coryell. While best known for his contribution to jazz rock fusion, Coryell was a master of all styles of guitar playing. This playlist demonstrates his wide ranging abilities in a variety of musical settings. Coryell passed away suddenly last week at age 73. His artistry and virtuosity will be missed. 

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Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Larry Coryell ~ The Great Escape ~ Barefoot Boy
Larry Coyell ~ Improvisation on "Bolero" ~ Bolero
Larry Coryell ~ Fantasy in D ~ Cedars of Avalon
Larry Coryell ~ Naima ~ Monk, Trane, Miles & Me
Larry Coryell ~ Bumpin' on Sunset ~ The Power Trio (Live in Chicago)
Larry Coryell ~ Rene's Theme ~ Spaces
Larry Coryell ~ The Dragon's Gate ~ Spaces Revisited
Larry Coryell ~ She's Leaving Home ~ Tricycles
The Eleventh House ~ Birdfingers ~ Introducing the Eleventh House
The Eleventh House ~ Low-Lee-Tah ~ Introducing the Eleventh House
The Eleventh House ~ Right On Y'all ~ Introducing the Eleventh House
Frank Varela ~ Angelina Park ~ Grandma's Revenge

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Snow Blues

After hearing tracks inspired by the snow storm here in New England, we get down to some serious New Orleans Second Line blues from Wynton Marsalis. The Majesty of the Blues takes us through the death and resurection of jazz music. 

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Wynton Marsalis - The Magesty of the Blues

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Greg Abate ~ Snowfall ~ Motif
Tineke Postma ~ Before the Snow ~ The Dawn of Light
Joshua Redman Quartet ~ Second Snow ~ Spirit of the Moment: Live At Village Vanguard
Alon Nechushtan ~ Snow-Flow ~ Venture Bound
Wynton Marsalis ~ Winter Wonderland ~ A Jazzy Wonderland
Wynton Marsalis ~ The Death of Jazz ~ The Majesty of the Blues
Wynton Marsalis ~ Premature Autopsies (sermon) ~ The Majesty of the Blues
Wynton Marsalis ~ Oh, But On The Third Day (Happy Feet Blues) ~ The Majesty of the Blues
The Jimmy McGriff and Hank Crawford Quartet ~ Frame for the Blues ~ Blues Groove

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This podcast episode features an interview with young saxophonist Mike Casey on his debut album. That is followed by veteran jazz ambassador Wynton Marsalis from his Majesty of the Blues recording. Also of note are new releases by Noah Preminger and the Curtis Brothers. 

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Mike Casey ~ The Sound of Surprise: Live at The Side Door 

Playlist
Artist ~ Song ~ Album
Mike Casey ~ Hydraulics ~ The Sound of Surprise: Live at The Side Door
Mike Casey ~ Little Melonae ~ The Sound of Surprise: Live at The Side Door
Wynton Marsalis ~ Hickory Dickory Dock ~ The Majesty of the Blues
Wynton Marsalis ~ The Majesty of the Blues ~ The Majesty of the Blues
Noah Preminger ~ A Change is Gonna Come ~ Meditations on Freedom
Noah Preminger ~ We Have A Dream ~ Meditations on Freedom
Jason Palmer ~ Capricorn ~ Here Today
Curtis Brothers Quartet ~ Afro Blue ~ Syzygy
Curtis Brothers Quartet ~ What's Going On ~ Syzygy
Craig Hartley ~ Just Wait ~ Books on Tape Vol II

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