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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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The gem of this episode is the last 4 tracks celebrating the birth anniversary of Jackie McLean. We start off with two of Jackie's students. Steve Davis, now professor at the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at University of Hartford, and Ray McMorrin who now resides in Japan and has released a great album. Other notable sax players on this podcast are Greg Abate and Joe Farrell.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Steve Davis ~ Warrior ~ Think Ahead
Ray MacMorrin ~ Procrastination ~ RayMac
Greg Abate w/the Tim Ray Trio ~ Farewell To Phil ~ Road to Forever
Greg Abate w/the Tim Ray Trio ~ Mr. Parker ~ Road to Forever
Joe Farrell ~ Moon Germs ~ Moon Germs
Joe Farrell ~ Sound Down ~ Outback
Joe Farrell ~ Circle in the Round ~ The Joe Farrell Quartet
Jackie McLean ~ Sentimental Journey ~ 4, 5 and 6
Jackie McLean ~ Appointment in Ghana ~ Jackie's Bag
Jackie McLean ~ The Expolorers ~ Rhythm of the Earth
Jackie McLean ~ Optimism ~ Fire & Love

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This set is mostly great female vocalists. Some are celebrated jazz masters like Ella, Lady Day, Nancy Wilson. Others are current performers like Diana Reaves, Chaka Kahn, Tina Turner. We also introduce great newcomers like Dana Lauren, Atla DeChamplain and Cyril Aimee.

 

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Cannonball Adderley & Nancy Wilson ~ Save Your Love for Me ~ Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley
Cyrille Aimee ~ When I Was a Child ~ Cyrill Aimee and Friends (Live at Smalls)
Dana Lauren ~ That Old Black Magic ~ It's You or No One
Ed Fast And Conga-Bop ~ Willow Weep For Me (feat. Linda Ransome) ~ Do or Die
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong ~ Stompin' At the Savoy ~ The Best of Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Chick Corea, Stanley Clark, Lenny White ~ I Love You Porgy (feat. Chaka Khan) ~ Forever
Atla & Matt Dechamplain ~ I Can't Believe Youre In Love with Me ~ Pause
Billy Childs ~ To a Child (feat. Diana Reaves) ~ Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro
Herbie Hancock ~ Edith and the Kingpin (feat. Tina Turner) ~ River: The Joni Letters
Billy Holiday ~ Travelin' Light ~ Lady In Autumn: The Best Of The Verve Years
Billy Holiday ~ All of Me ~ Lady In Autumn: The Best Of The Verve Years
Lee Morgan ~ Riggarmortes ~ Top Cat
Lee Morgan ~ Exotique ~ Top Cat

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After opening with a classic Freddie Hubbard track, we are joined by Noah Preminger to talk about the making of his latest release of protest songs, Meditations on Freedom. Also featured are new albums by Mark Whitfield, The Curtis Brothers and Theo Bleckman.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Freddie Hubbard ~ Red Clay ~ Red Clay
(Noah Preminger Interview)
Noah Preminger ~ Only A Pawn in Their Game ~ Meditations on Freedom
Noah Preminger ~ Just The Way It Is ~ Meditations on Freedom
Mark Whitfield ~ The Socrates ~ Grace
Frank Varela ~ Giant Steps ~ Grandma's Revenge
Curtis Brothers Quartet ~ Yes or No ~ Syzygy
Curtis Brothers Quartet ~ Syzygy ~ Syzygy
Theo Bleckman ~ Fields ~ Elegy
Theo Bleckman ~ The Mission ~ Elegy

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A wide variety of modern jazz including Herbie Hancock, Joey Alexander, Rob Garcia, Noah Preminger and more precedes a Thanksgiving set to celebrate my favorite holiday. Miguel Zenon, Jimmy Greene, Cyrus Chestnut are some of the artists that help us give thanks again this year.

 

Featured Album

Miguel Zenon - Looking Forward

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Herbie Hancock ~ Actual Proof ~ Thrust
Joey Alexander ~ Maiden Voyage (featuring Chris Potter) ~ Countdown
Joey Alexander ~ Countdown ~ Countdown
Eddie Henderson ~ Zoltan ~ Collective Portrait
Michael Musillami and Rich Syracuse ~ Juju ~ Of the Night
Donny McCaslin ~ Glory ~ Beyond Now
Rob Garcia 4 ~ Little Wing ~ The Passion of Color
Noah Preminger ~ Future Blues ~ Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground
Rob Garcia ~ Whatever Gets You By ~ Finding Love in an Oligarchy on a Dying Planet
Rez Abbasi's Invocation ~ Thanks for Giving ~ Suno Suno
Miguel Zenon ~ Prayer #1 (Blessing) ~ Looking Forward
Miguel Zenon ~ Prayer #2 (Thanksgiving) ~ Looking Forward
Jimmy Greene ~ Give Thanks ~ Mission Statement
Arthur Blythe ~ Stuffy Turkey ~ Focus
Atla Dechamplain ~ Soul Food ~ Pause
Cyrus Chestnut ~ Soul Food ~ Soul Food

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We start this show by continuing last week's Joe Farrell feature. Then, reflecting on last week's surprising and disturbing election results, we play some protest songs, both vocal and instrumental. Gil Scott Heron, Les McCann/Eddie Harris, Charlie Haden are among those represented in this set. The show ends on a more optimistic note with McCoy Tyner, Fly with the Wind. 

Featured Album


Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra - Not In Our Name

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Joe Farrell ~ Hurricane Jane ~ Penny Arcade
Joe Farrell ~ Cloud Cream ~ Penny Arcade
Les McCann & Eddie Harris ~ Compared to What ~ Swiss Movement
Kurt Elling ~ An American Tune ~ 1619 Broadway - The Brill Building Project
Billy Childs ~ Save the Country ~ Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro 
Gil Scott-Heron ~ Winter In America ~ Midnight Band: The First Minute of a New Day
Curtis Brothers ~ Manifest Destiny ~ Compeltion of Proof
Christian Scott ~ American't ~ Yesterday You Said Tomorrow
Salim Washington & RBA ~ Chaos In America ~ Love In Exile
Charlie Haden & Music Liberation Orchestra ~ This is Not America ~ Not In Our Name
Rob Garcia ~ Terror, Fear and Media ~ Finding Love in an Oligarchy on a Dying Planet
McCoy Tyner ~ Fly With The Wind ~ Fly With the Wind

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I rediscovered this Joe Farrell album and shared it with my podcast listeners. That led to playing some of the great saxophone masters, Henderson, Dexter and Rollins. From there, we explore some great new releases from modern jazz artists.

 
Featured Album
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Joe Farrell - Penny Arcade
 
Playlist
Artist ~ Song ~ Album
Joe Farrell ~ Penny Arcade ~ Penny Arcade
Joe Farrell ~ Too High ~ Penny Arcade
Joe Farrell ~ Geo Blue ~ Penny Arcade
Joe Henderson ~ Black ~ Mode for Joe
Dexter Gordon ~ Our Man in Paris ~ Scrapple from the Apple
Sonny Rollins ~ Some Enchanted Evening ~ Road Shows, Vol. 1
Jason Hainsworth ~ Barak's Blues ~ Third Ward Stories
Donny McCaslin ~ Bright Abyss ~ Beyond Now
Rob Garcia (w/Noah Preminger) ~ Guns Make Killing Easy ~ Finding Love in and Oligarchy on a Dying Planet
Ray McMorrin ~ For My Brother Andy ~ Raymac
The Dave Liebman Group ~ Footprints ~ Expansions Live
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