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The episode begins celebrating jazz great Charles McPherson's 83 birthday. Then we highlight Hartford's Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz Series, and the artists that will be performing in the last three concerts. We conclude with another birth anniversary of Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia.

Playlist
Artist ~ Name ~ Album
Charles McPherson ~ Tropic of Capricorn ~ Charles McPherson's Jazz Dance Suites
Charles McPherson ~ Little Sugar Baby ~ From This Moment On!
Black Art Jazz Collective ~ Iron Man ~ Ascension
Linda May Han Oh ~ Ebony ~ Aventurine
Nick Di Maria ~ Sagittaron ~ Indigo Seven
Go: Organic Orchestra, Brooklyn Raga Massive & Adam Rudolph ~ Africa 21 ~ Ragmala
Jonathan Pinson's Boom Clap ~ That Girl ~ Jonathan Pinson's Boom Clap
Joni Mitchell ~ Blue Motel Room ~ Hejira
Jerry Garcia & Howard Wales ~ South Side Strut ~ Hooteroll? +2

Covid Redux

Due to getting Covid a couple of days ago, I didn't feel up to recording a new podcast. So, I picked a show from last year and did a minimal amount of editing to bring you this week's episode. It has a nice vocal set as well as other good music.

Playlist
Artist ~ Name ~ Album
Larry Goldings, Jay Bellerose & David Piltch ~ Blueberry Hill ~ Music from the Front Room
Robert Castelli and Boom! ~ Your Lucky Number ~ Party at One World Plaza
Michael Brecker ~ Song for Bilbao ~ Tales from the Hudson
John Scofield ~ I'll Catch You ~ Works for Me
Hudson ~ Woodstock ~ Hudson
Herbie Hancock Feat. Luciana Souza ~ Amelia ~ River: The Joni Letters
Gretchen Parlato ~ Roy Allan (feat. Airto Moreira) ~ Flor
Karrin Allyson ~ West Coast Blues ~ In Blue
Billie Holiday ~ Them There Eyes ~ Billie Holiday's Greatest Hits
Gerald Clayton ~ Rejuvenation Agenda ~ Happening: Live at The Village Vanguard

New for 2022

All new 2022 releases in this week's show.

Playlist
Artist ~ Name ~ Album
Brian Charette ~ High Ball ~ Jackpot
Peter Sprague ~ Questions ~ Peter Sprague Plays Pat Metheny, Vol. 2
Cyrus Chestnut ~ Working Out Just Fine ~ My Father's Hands
Julieta Eugenio ~ Snowbirds ~ Jump 
Steve Davis ~ They Wore 44 ~ Bluesthetic
David Binney ~ Casa  ~ Tomorrow's Journey
Joey Alexander ~ Winter Blues ~ Origin

Mostly music from the San Diego jazz scene, with a couple artists with Hartford CT roots. It's an uplifting set of tunes to tap your feet to, and enjoy these great summer days. 

Playlist
Artist ~ Name ~ Album
Leonard Patton ~ Beautiful Day ~ A Beautiful Day
Curtis Taylor ~ Naima ~ Snapshot
Charles McPherson Quartet ~ Nature Boy ~ Love Walked In
Joel Frahm ~ Steeplechase ~ Joel Frahm Quartet - Live At Smalls
Matt Dwonszyk ~ Passage ~ A Year and a Day
Matt Hall ~ No Going Back ~ I Hope to My Never
Mike Wofford & Holly Hofmann ~ Soul Street ~ Turn Signal

PBMNJ 2022 pt1

The first half of this episode features the Hartford Jazz Society's Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz series. We hear from some of the artists that will be performing in the first three weeks of concerts in Hartford CT this summer. We also play new music by Matt Dwonszyk, Jonathan Barber and Gerald Clayton.

Playlist
Artist ~ Name ~ Album
Al Foster ~ Pent-Up House ~ Reflections
Julieta Eugenio ~ La Jungla ~ Jump
Brandee Younger ~ Reclamation ~ Somewhere Different
Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra ~ Clump, Unclump ~ Four Questions
Matt Dwonszyk ~ Room to Dream ~ A Year and a Day
Jonathan Barber & Vision Ahead ~ Denim ~ Poetic
Gerald Clayton ~ Peace Invocation ~ Bells On Sand
Freddie Hubbard ~ Birdlike ~ Ready For Freddie

Chopin three ways

This episode presents the music of composer Fredrick Chopin, as interpreted by two jazz ensembles. The first is Kurt Rosenwinkel and Jean-Paul Broadbeck. The second, Noah Preminger and Rob Garcia. Both produced albums of Chopin compositions. We finish with Irina Zaritzkaya playing Chopin the way it was written by the Polish composer, circa 1840. From there, we feature guitarist Peter Sprague with Leonard Patton on vocals, and finally something new from acclaimed jazz pianist Gerald Clayton.

Playlist
Artist ~ Name ~ Album
Kurt Rosenwinkel & Jean-Paul Brodbeck ~ Prélude in E - Flat Minor (Op. 28, No. 14) ~ The Chopin Project
Noah Preminger and Rob Garcia ~ Prelude OP28 N8 in F# minor ~ Chopin Project
Kurt Rosenwinkel & Jean-Paul Brodbeck ~ Prélude in C Major (Op. 28, No. 1) ~ The Chopin Project
Noah Preminger and Rob Garcia ~ Prelude OP28 N24 in D minor ~ Chopin Project
Irina Zaritzkaya ~ Op. 28: Prelude No. 24 in D Minor ~ 50 of the Best: Chopin
Peter Sprague ~ Going with Me ~ Peter Sprague Plays Pat Metheny, Vol. 2
Peter Sprague & Leonard Patton ~ With a Little Help from My Friends ~ Dream Walkin'
Gerald Clayton ~ Water's Edge ~ Bells On Sand

No theme to this week's show. We begin with more music from San Diego before launching a set of varied music from modern jazz masters. Happy Fathers day and Juneteenth to all.

Playlist
Artist ~ Name ~ Album
Matt Hall ~ Biscuits & Gravy ~ I Hope to My Never
Justin Grinnell Quartet ~ Both Sides of the Story ~ Without You
Herbie Hancock ~ Driftin' ~ Takin' Off
Toots Thielemans & Kenny Werner ~ Windows ~ Toots Thielemans & Kenny Werner
Dave Holland, Zakir Hussain & Chris Potter ~ Mazad ~ Good Hope
Kenny Barron & Dave Holland ~ In Walked Bud ~ The Art of Conversation
Chris Potter ~ The Peanut ~ Sunrise Reprise
Joe Farrell ~ Great Gorge ~ Moon Germs

Remembering Chick

This show celebrates two recent birthdays. Chick Corea born June 12, 1941 and Kenny Barron on June 9, 1943. Chick is so missed, and we are fortunate to have Kenny Barron still recording and performing. Other greats represented here are Jackie McLean and Herbie Hancock. Flora Purim surprises us with a new recording at age 80 after a fifteen year absence. Hartford bassist Matt Dwonszyk has released a single from his soon to be released second album.

Playlist
Artist ~ Name ~ Album
Return To Forever ~ Spain ~ Light As A Feather
Chick Corea ~ Windows ~ Now He Sings, Now He Sobs
James Moody, Kenny Barron, Todd Coolman & Lewis Nash ~ Voyage ~ Moody 4A
Herbie Hancock ~ Speak Like a Child ~ Speak Like a Child
Jackie McLean ~ Action ~ Action
Matt Dwonszyk ~ Be Strong Carry On (feat. Ghazi Omair) ~ Single
Flora Purim ~ Zahuroo ~ If You Will
Chick Corea ~ Admiration ~ Antidote

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