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We begin this episode with these jazz standards that celebrate my favorite season. That is followed by Azerbaijan pianist Amina Figarova with her vision of Fall. Following is new music from Chick, Curtis brothers, and Zenon. Finally a couple tracks from Avery Sharpe and his 400 project. 

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album 
Johnny Griffin ~ Autumn Leaves ~ The Return of the Griffin
New York Voices ~ Early Autumn ~ Sing Sing Sing
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong ~ Autumn In New York ~ Best of...
Amina Figarova ~ Fall Eclipse ~ Road to the Sun
Chick Corea, Christian McBride, Brian Blade ~ Now He Sings, Now He Sobs ~ Trilogy 2
The Curtis Brothers ~ Three Points and A Sphere ~ Algorithm
Miguel Zenon ~ El Nazareno ~ Sonero The Music of Ismael Rivera
Avery Sharpe ~ Colonial Life / Fiddler ~ 400: An African American Musical Portrait

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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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Handful of Keys

This episode begins with the immense talent of pianist Matt Dechamplain. Matt is in the house talking about his latest project, a drummerless trio. We also discuss the rigors of playing stride piano, and the musicians that have influenced his playing. After that, listen to Roxy Coss making a political/social statement from her latest CD. The podcast finishes with bassist Avery Sharpe from his recent project 400.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Atla & Matt Dechamplain ~ Ask Me Now ~ Pause
Matt Dechamplain ~ A Handful of Keys ~ Stride-Bop
Matt Dechamplain Trio ~ Rough Ridin' ~ not yet available
Roxy Coss ~ Mr. President ~ Quintet
Jean-Luc Ponty ~ King Kong ~ King Kong: The music of Frank Zappa
Frank Varela ~ Upstream ~ Grandma's Revenge
Woody Herman. ~ Early Autumn ~ Early Autumn
Curtis Brothers ~ Parametric ~ Algorithm
Miguel Zenon ~ Las Caras Lindas ~ Sonero The Music of Ismael Rivera
Avery Sharpe ~ Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around ~ 400: An African American Portrait
Avery Sharpe ~ 500 ~ 400: An African American Portrait

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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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This playlist covers many facets of jazz music. New modern sounds of Makaya McCraven, Gerald Clayton and Guillermo Klein; more traditional jazz from Greg Abate, Jimmy Cobb and George Coleman; to a couple of icons of jazz music with posthumously released material from John Coltrane and Louis Armstrong.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Makaya McCraven ~ Mantra/Holy Lands ~ Universal Beings
Gerald Clayton ~ Squinted ~ Tributary Tales
Greg Abate & the Tim Ray Trio ~ Dracula ~ Gratitude
Louis Armstrong ~ Way Down Yonder In New Orleans ~ Live In Europe
Louis Armstrong ~ Coquette ~ Live In Europe
John Coltrane ~ Naima/Village Blues ~ Blue World
Kurt Elling & James Morrison ~ Save Your Love for Me ~ Live In New York
Jimmy Cobb ~ Willow Weep for Me ~ Remembering U
George Coleman ~ When I Fall In Love ~ The Quartet
Guillermo Klein - Los Chuachos ~ Melodia de Arrabal ~ Cristal

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This episode features bluegrass/jazz crossover. Grisman, Garcia, Fleck take over the first part of this show. A few more tunes including Chick's new trio album. Then we finish with a tribute to Larry Willis, who recently passed on but leaves us a great legacy of piano work as heard here.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Jerry Garcia & David Grisman ~ Milestones ~ n/a
David Grisman - Martin Taylor ~ Crystal Silence ~ Tone Poems II
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones ~ Big Country ~ Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
Chick Corea & Bela Fleck ~ Brazil ~ The Enchantment
Chick Corea ~ 500 Miles High ~ Trilogy 2
Ella Fitzgerald ~ Early Autumn ~ The Johnny Mercer Songbook
Avery Sharpe ~ Arrival ~ 400: An African American Portrait
Larry Willlis ~ Alter Ego ~ The Offering
Steve Davis ~ To Wisdom the Prize ~ Live At Smalls
Jackie McLean ~ Climax ~ Jacknife

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This podcast features new releases by John Coltrane and Miles Davis. For jazz fans, nothing can be better. Other new music is from New Chordet and bassist Ben Wolfe. The podcast concludes with early Chick.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
John Coltrane ~ Blue World ~ Blue World
John Coltrane ~ Untitled Original 11385 (Take 1) ~ Both Directions at Once
John Coltrane ~ Miles' Mode ~ Coltrane
Miles Davis ~ Maze ~ Rubberband
Miles Davis ~ Carnival Time ~ Rubberband
New Chordtet ~ Tom Cat ~ New Chordtet
Ben Wolfe ~ The Enforcer ~ Fatherhood
Chick Corea ~ Litha ~ Inner Space

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Cole Centennial

This podcast episode introduces Orice Jenkins and the release of his CD Centennial Cole. We play three tracks from this great new CD and speak with Orice about Nat King Cole as well as James Rich about his original musical play about Cole's life and music. The podcast concludes with another Hartford based musician Matt Dwonszyk's latest release and finally something new from pianist Eric Reed.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Nat King Cole ~ That's What ~ n/a
Orice Jenkins ~ The Very Thought of You ~ Centennial Cole
Orice Jenkins ~ Nature Boy ~ Centennial Cole
Orice Jenkins ~ Birmingham ~ Centennial Cole
James Rich ~ Route 66 ~ n/a
Matt Dwonszck ~ Pecan Delight ~ Wonderful World
Eric Reed ~ Martha's Prize ~ Everybody Gets The Blues

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