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This podcast begins with a celebration of Joni Mitchell on her birthday. Included is a track from the grammy award winning album from Herbie Hancock River: The Joni Letters. Following that is the tenor sax playing of Ben Webster. The end of the podcast features another great tenor, Joe Henderson.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Joni Mitchell ~ A Case of You ~ Blue
Joni Mitchell ~ Furry Sings the Blues ~ Hejira
Joni Mitchell ~ Blue Hotel Room ~ Hejira
Herbie Hancock ~ River ~ River The Joni Letters
Ben Webster (and Joe Zawinul) ~ Trav'lin' Light ~ Soulmates
Ben Webster (and Joe Zawinul) ~ Like Someone in Love ~ Soulmates
Frank Varela ~ Ganja Groove ~ Grandma's Revenge
Pat Metheny Group ~ Are You Going With Me ~ Offramp
Miguel Zenon ~ El Nazaro ~ Sonero: the music of Ismael Rivera
John Coltrane ~ Naima (Take 1) ~ Blue World
Bennie Wallace ~ The Bob Crosby Blues ~ Mystic Bridge
Joe Henderson ~ Blue Bossa ~ Live in Japan
Joe Henderson ~ Beatrice ~ The State of the Tenor
Chris Potter ~ Shadow (For Joe Henderson) ~ Gratitude

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This abbreviated podcast was recorded during the WWUH fundraiser. A lot of editing was done to cut out the pledge drive pitches, so this episode may sound a bit choppy. An eclectic set of music, beginning with an excellent band led by bassist Miroslav Vitous from circa 1970, and ending with new music from Miguel Zenon. A variety of tunes in between.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Miroslav Vitous ~ I Will Tell Him On You ~ Infinite Search
Ron Jackson ~ Moon Dance ~ Standards and Other Songs
Marshall Gilkes and the WDR Big Band ~ Switchback ~ Always Forward
Leala Cyr ~ The Secret ~ First Instinct
Niki Parrot ~ There's a Boat That's Leaving Soon for NY ~ New York to Paris
John Coltrane ~ Village Blues Take 3 ~ Blue World
Migel Zenon ~ Las Caras Lindas ~ Sonero The Music of Ismael Rivera

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Let's begin with a send-off to Summer with music from Redman, Terry, Brubeck and Wonder. After classics from Cannonball and Byrd, a set of Preminger, we finish this broadcast with the ever changing Miles.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Joshua Redman ~ Summertime ~ Timeless Tales of Changing Times
Summer Relief ~ Yosvany Terry ~ Today's Opinion
Summer Song ~ Dave Brubeck ~ India Summer
Summer Soft ~ Stevie Wonder ~ Songs in the Key of Life
Cannonball Adderley ~ Minority ~ Portrait of Cannonball
Donald Byrd ~ Off To the Races ~ Off To The Races
Donald Byrd ~ Down Tempo ~ Off To the Races
Noah Preminger ~ Halfway to Hartford ~ Genuinity
Noah Preminger ~ Trouble in Mind ~ Dark Was The Night, Cold Was the Ground
Ted Nash ~ Jet Song ~ Somewhere Else: West Side Story Songs
Ted Nash ~ Maria ~ Somewhere Else: West Side Story Songs
Miles Davis ~ Frelon brun ~ Files De Killimanjaro
Miles Davis All Stars ~ Solar ~ Walkin'
Miles Davis ~ So What ~ Live at the 1963 Monterey Jazz Fest
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First, we play a relevant tune of immigration and cultural assimilation from West Side Story. Then celebrate jazz festivals in Hartford and Newport with Elio Vilafranca, Joel Ross, Herbie Hancock and more. We conclude this episode with random tracks from Weather Report, Lucky Peterson and Dream Shanti.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Dave Grusin ~ America ~ West Side Story
Elio Vilafranca ~ Assumption ~ Incantation
Elio Vilafranca ~ In The Dark ~ the source in between
Joel Ross ~ Kingmaker ~ Kingmaker
Suite Haus ~ Universal Beings ~ Makaya McCraven
Diana Reeves ~ One for My Baby ~ Good Night and Good Luck
Herbie Hancock ~ Maiden Voyage ~ Maiden Voyage
Herbie Hancock ~ Dolphin Dance ~ Maiden Voyage
Weather Report ~ Paladium ~ Heavy Weather
Walt Weiskopf ~ Scarlett Woman ~ The Way You Say It
Lucky Peterson ~ Misty ~ Tribute to Jimmy Smith
Dream Shanti ~ Danhya Deep ~ Music In Our Dreams

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To the moon

This episode begins with a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. I have chosen some unique tracks to commemorate this event including an acapella reading of Moon River. Also, a review of a Hartford Jazz Society concert from Cuban pianist Elio Villafranca and a preview of a concert tribute to Roy Hargrove.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Jacob Collier ~ Moon River ~ Djesse Vol 1
Joe Farrell ~ Moon Germs ~ Moon Germs
Roy Haynes Quartet ~ Fly Me To The Moon ~ Out of the Afternoon
Giacomo Gates ~ How High the Moon/Ornithology ~ Centerpiece
Elio Villafranca ~ The Source In Between ~ The Source In Between
Elio Villafranca ~ Odda Suite ~ The Source In Between
Antonio Hart ~ for amadu ~ ama tu sonrisa
Roy Hargrove ~ Strasbourg/St. Denis ~ earfood
Roy Hargrove ~ Bring it on Home to Me ~ earfood

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Let’s Get Funky

A very funky episode of In The Groove. 

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album 
Herbie Hancock ~ Actual Proof ~ Thrust
Herbie Hancock ~ Hang Up Your Hangups ~ Man-Child
Tower of Power ~ I Like Your Style ~ Tower of Power Live
Tower of Power ~ What Is Hip ~ Tower of Power Live
Brecker Brothers ~ Some Skunk Funk ~ Brecker Brothers
Billy Cobham ~ Stratus ~ Spectrum
Rale Micic ~ Hotel Insomnia ~ Night Music
Pat Metheny ~ James ~ Offramp
Jovan Alexandre ~ Red Blues ~ Collective Consciousness
Dezron Douglas ~ Great Provider ~ Black Lion

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Here are selections of tunes about America for this 4th of July holiday weekend. Other than Ray Charles' version of America the Beautiful, these songs may not be exactly the typical patriotic music one is used to listening to on this holiday. But what could be more patriotic than exercising one's free speech and freedom to protest. The highlight of this podcast comes at the end, with a jazzed-up version of West Side Story.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Ray Charles ~ Ray Charles Forever ~ America the Beautiful
Billy Childs ~ Save the Country ~ Map To The Treasure
Kurt Elling ~ American Tune ~ The Questions
Danilo Perez ~ Suite for The Americas Pt I and II ~ Motherland
Jason Palmer ~ American Deceptionalism Part 2 ~ Places
Noah Preminger ~ A Change is Gonna Come ~ Meditations on Freedom
Christian Sands ~ Fight for Freedom ~ Facing Dragons
Max Roach ~ Freedom Day ~ We Insist!
Miles Davis ~ Freedom Jazz Dance ~ Miles Smiles
Joe DeFrancesco ~ Lift Every Voice and Sing ~ Project Freedom
Dave Grusin ~ Prologue/America ~ West Side Story

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This is part two of a broadcast aired on the birth date of the great Jackie McLean. Part one was last week's podcast episode. Jackie is heard in the beginning and end, with music from Joe Farrell, Dave Holland and Andrew Hill in between.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album 
Jackie McLean ~ Right Now ~ Right Now
Jackie McLean ~ I'll Take Romance ~ Swing Swang Swingin'
Joe Farrell ~ Follow Your Heart ~ Joe Farrell Quartet
Joe Farrell ~ Great Gorge ~ Moon Germs
Dave Holland ~ Four Winds ~ Conference of the Birds
Dave Holland ~ Conference of the Birds ~ Conference of the Birds
Andrew Hill ~ Spectrum ~ Point of Departure
Jackie McLean/Dexter Gordon ~ Rue De La Harpe ~ The Meeting Vol 1

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