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  1. R.I.P. Freddie Hubbard

    Jazz From Studio Four Friday, Jan 2, 8pm–midnight, WGBH 89.7, Boston REMEMBERING FREDDIE HUBBARD (b. April 7, 1938 / d. December 29, 2008) Listed by artist: selection, album (label) 8:00pm THEME: HORACE PARLAN QUINTET: Wadin', Speakin' My Piece (Blue Note) 8:05pm Freddie Hubbard: Open Sesame, Open Sesame (Blue Note) Freddie Hubbard: Topsy, Topsy-Standard Book (Alfa Jazz) Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers; featuring Freddie Hubbard: Blue Moon, 3 Blind Mice, Volme 1 (Blue Note) 8:27pm Wes Montgomery; featuring Freddie Hubbard: Bock To Bock, Fingerpickin' (Pacific Jazz) John Coltrane; featuring Freddie Hubbard: Dahomey Dance, Ole Coltrane (Atlantic) 8:54pm Freddie Hubbard: Blues For Miles (Hip-Hop Bop), Blues for Miles (Evidence) Dexter Gordon; featuring Freddie Hubbard: Society Red, Dexter Gordon: The Classic Blue Note Recordings (Blue Note) 9:17pm Slide Hampton; featuring Freddie Hubbard: Hi-Fly, Sister Salvation (Atlantic) Joe Henderson; featuring Freddie Hubbard: A Shade of Jade, Joe Henderson Big Band (Verve) Booker Ervin; featuring Freddie Hubbard: L.A. After Dark, Booker 'n Brass (Pacific Jazz) Quincy Jones; featuring Freddie Hubbard: Robot Portrait, Quintessence (Impulse) 9:47pm Freddie Hubbard: High Blues Pressure, High Blues Pressure (Atlantic) Wayne Shorter; featuring Freddie Hubbard: Black Orpheus, Wayning Moments (Koch/Vee Jay) Kirk Lightsey; featuring Freddie Hubbard: Gibralter, Temptation (Timeless) 10:12pm Freddie Hubbard: Lament For Booker, Hub Tones (Blue Note) Freddie Hubbard: God Bless the Child, Bolivia (MusicMasters) Freddie Hubbard: Caravan, The Artistry of Freddie hubbard (Impulse) 10:40pm Oliver Nelson; featuring Freddie Hubbard: Yearnin', The Blues and The Abstract Truth (Impulse) Freddie Hubbard: Body and Soul; Thermo; i Got It Bad, The Body & The Soul (Impulse) 11:03pm Bill Evans; featuring Freddie Hubbard: Interplay, Interplay (Riverside) Jackie McLean; featuring Freddie Hubbard: Blues Function, Bluesnik (Blue Note) Jimmy Heath; featuring Freddie Hubbard: Gemini, Triple Threat (Riverside) 11:28pm Carl Allen; featuring Freddie Hubbard: InThe Still of The night`Piccadilly Square, Timeless George Cables; featuring Freddie Hubbard: Inner Glow, Cables Vision (Contemporary) Freddie Hubbard: I Love You, Above & Beyond (Metropolitan Records) Freddie Hubbard: Cry Me Not, Hub Cap (Blue) 11:54pm Freddie Hubbard: One Mint Julep, Open Sesame (Blue Note)
  2. R.I.P. Freddie Hubbard

    I'll be devoting my show to Freddie on Friday night, Janaury 2nd, 8p-midnight. Go to: www.wgbh.org/jazz and clock on "Listen Live" In addition to his recordings as leader I will be playing Freddie as a sideman with the likes of Wes, Jackie Mac, Tina, Coltrane, Persip, Ervin, Cables, Henderson, JJ, Slide, Quincy and lots more. What an incredible career! Thank you for the music, Freddie!
  3. Those that left us in 2008

    Here is the play list from last Friday's Show. I didn't get everyone in who passed in '08 but did play a good representative sampling. RIP: Friday, Dec 26, 8pm-midnight, WGBH 89.7 LAST CHORUS: A CELEBRATION OF THE MUSICIANS WHO DIED IN 2008 Listed by artist: selection, album (label) 8:00pm THEME: Horace Parlan Quintet: Wadin', Speakin' My Peace (Blue Note) 8:05pm Ronnie Mathews: Someday My Prince Will Come, At Cafe Des Copains (Sackville) Ronnie Mathews: Dark Before The Dawn, Dark Before The Dawn (DIW) Ronnie Mathews: The Orient, Mathews, Alexander, Hubbard (Prestige) 8:27pm Matt Wilson's Arts and Crafts; featuring DENNIS IRWIN: We See, The scenic route (Palmetto) Walt Dickerson: Time, This Is Walt Dickerson (Prestige New Jazz) Tony Reedus: Minor Thang, Minor Thang (Criss Cross) 8:51pm Grant Stewart: Repition (NEIL HEFTI), Young at Heart (Sharp 9) Count Basie: I'm Shouting Again (Comp/Arr: NEIL HEFTI), Count Basie Compact Jazz (Verve) Count Basie: L'il Darlin (Comp/Arr NEIL HEFTI), Atomic Basie (Roulette) Neil Hefti; Charlie Parker: Repitition, The Jazz Scene (Verve) 9:14pm Shorty Rogers Giants; Featuring JIMMY GIUFFRE: Four Mothers, Giuffre 1947-1953 (Blue Moon) Jimmy Giuffre: Do It, The Complete Capitol & Atlantic Recordings (Mosaic) Jimmy Giuffre: My All, The Jimmy Giuffre 3 (Atlantic) Jimmy Giuffre: In The Mornings Out There, Jimmy Giuffre 3, 1961 (ECM) 9:36pm Prince Lasha: Bojangles, The Cry! (Contemporary) Chris Anderson: Sophisticated Lady, Solo Ballads (ALSUT Records) Israel "Cachao" Lopez: Romantica Mujer, Master Sessions (Crescent Moon/epic) 10:02pm Jimmy Gourley: You Go To My Head; Blues For Gene; I Wish I Knew, Jimmy Gourley/Highlights (Elabeth) 10:22pm Johnny Griffin: Soft and Furry, change of Pace (Riverside) Johnny Griffin: Grab This!, Grab This! (Riverside) Johnny Griffin: Woe Is Me, The Cat (Antilles) 10:45pm Gerald Wiggins: Love For Sale, Wig (Tampa LP) Gerald Wiggins: The Way you Look Tonight, Piaon Playhouse (Mode/VSOP) Gerald Wiggins: Sonar, Wiggins & Wiggins (Madwig Music) Pete Candoli: Nature Boy, From The Top (Progressive) 11:05pm Phil Urso: Halima, Salute to Chet Baker (Jazzed Media) Chet Baker; featuring PHIL URSO: Lucious Lu, Chet Baker and Crew (Pacific Jazz) Phil Urso: Little Pres; Ozzie's Ode (for OZZIE CADENA), Brothers and Other Mothers, Volume 2 (Savoy LP) 11:26pm Arne Domnerus: Boogie Stop Shuffle, Jump for Joy 1959-1961 (Dragon) Jimmy Cleveland: My One and Only Love, Introducing Jimmy Cleveland (Emarcy) Teo Macero: Blues for Amy, The Best of Teo Macero (Stash) 11:40pm Dave McKenna: Time Medley: Just In Time, I'm Bidin' My Time, As Time Goes By' A Time for Love, Time on My Hands, Some Other time, Time After Time, Live from Studio One, WGBH, Boston 10/7/1992 (ONLY ON 89.7FM) Only on 89.7! performances and recordings are exclusive WGBH Radio productions and are not commercially available.
  4. Those that left us in 2008

    I'll be featuring many of the musicians who left us during '08 tonight on my radio show, Jazz from Studio Four, on WGBH, 89.7fm, Boston. We'll hear from johnny Griffin, Jimmy Giuffre, Irene Reid, Jimmy Gourley, Gerald Wiggins, Jimmy Cleveland, Chris Anderson, Neil Hefti, Tony Reedus, Phil Urso and too many others. Tune in or log on, 8p-midnight
  5. Jazz From Studio Four Friday, Dec 19, 8pm–midnight, WGBH 89.7 Boston HAPPY HOLIDAYS CHRISTMAS BABIES: Ray Bryant (12/24/1931); Ralph Moore (12/24/1956); Woody Shaw (12/24/1944); Ernie Andrews (12/25/1927); Ronnie Cuber (12/25/1941); Don Pullen (12/25/1941) Listed by artist: selection, album (label) 8:00pm THEME: Horace Parlan Quintet: Wadin', Speakin' My Piece (Blue Note) 8:05pm Ray Bryant: Blues/Willow Weep for Me, Alone At Montreux (32 Jazz) Art Farmer/Benny Golson Jazzset: Tonk (R. Bryant), Here And Now (Mercury) Ray Bryant: The Duke, Ray's Tribute to His Jazz Piano Friends (JMI Jazz) 8:30pm Etta James: Joy To The World, 12 Songs of Christmas (Private Music) Bobby Watson: Cristo Redentor, Yule Be Boppin' (Blue Note) Hot Lips Page; Pearl Bailey: Baby, It's Cold Outside, Junp for Joy (Columbia) 8:49pm Mingus Big Band; featuring Ronnie Cuber: Nostalgia in Times Square, The Essential Mingus Big Band (Dreyfus) Ronnie Cuber: In A New York Minute, In A New York Minute (Steeplechase) Ronnie Cuber: Cheetah, Cubism (Fresh Sound) 9:12pm Jack Sheldon: A Jazz Musicians Christmas, Jack Sheldon (Private Label) Stan Freberg: Green Chri$tma$, The Best of Stan Freberg (Capital LP) Miles Davis; Bob Dorough: Blue Xmas, Jingle Bell Jazz (Columbia) 9:28pm Don Pullen: Variation on Ode To Life, Live at The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA 6/18/1992 (ONLY on 89.7FM) Don Pullen: Jana's Delight, New Beginnings (Blue Note) George Adams/Don Pullen Quintet: Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen, City Gates (Timeless) 9:55pm CBS Trumpeteers: Milky White Way, Milky White Way (Gospel Jubilee) The Staple Singers: Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Uncloudy Day (Vee Jay) Dixie Hummingbirds: Christian Automobile, Thank You For One More Daay (Vee Jay) The Five Blind Boys of Alabama: A Voice Fortold, THe Gospel at Colonus (Nonsuch) Aaron Neville: Ave Maria, Warm Your Heart (A&M) 10:17pm Houston Person; Graady Tate: Happy Hanukah, Jazz for A Christmas Present (Savoy) Andy Statman: Maggid, Between Heaven and Earth (Shanachie) Third World Love: Joy of Life, New Blues (Anzic) 10:40pm Woody Shaw: All The Way, Setting Standards (32 Jazz) Woody Shaw: The Moontrane, The Moontrane (32 Jazz) Woody Shaw: Little Red's Fantasy, Little Red's Fantasy (32 Jazz) 11:05pm Ernie Andrews: Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying, Jazz in LA (1921-1946) (Rhino) Cannonball Adderly; featuring Ernie Andrews: Big City, Capitol Ernie Andrews: If You Could See Me Now, From The Heart (Discovery LP) Ernie Andrews: Danger Zone, Jump For Joy (HighNote) Ernie Andrews: Don't Touch Me, Girl Talk (HighNote) Ernie Andrews: I've Got To Pass Your House To Get To My House, How About Me (HighNote) 11:36pm Ralph Moore: Pumpkin's Delight, Native Colors/One World (Concord) Ralph Moore: Christina, 623 C Street (Criss Cross) Ray Brown; featuring Ralph Moore: The Champ, Moore Makes 4 (Concord) Ralph Moore: Sleigh Ride, Round Trip (Reservoir) 11:55pm Charlie Parker: White Christmas, Christmas Blues (Savoy) Only on 89.7! performances and recordings are exclusive WGBH Radio productions and are not commercially available.
  6. RIP Dave McKenna

    From Songbirds: I just heard from his sister Jean that Dave McKenna passed away peacefully late last night. As some of you know he'd been sidelined for the past few years -- living out in Pennsylvania close to his son Steve. Worsening conditions from diabetes and other issues kept him from playing in recent years. It was cancer that finally did him in. At least he got to see the Red Sox surprise win the other night. Just two bars from Dave and he was immediately inside the song. His unique rhythmic thrust that sounded as if three hands were at work are a trademark of this world class piano stylist. But he also could caress a melody in a way that sounded as if he were singing just to you. Dave had an innate sense of just the right harmony to enrich a song without diminishing its integrity. Once he told me that Harold Arlen was one of his favorite writers and thought My Shining Hour to be the most perfect song. They'd met once when Dave was playing for a radio broadcast and the usual self-effacing McKenna seemed quite proud to relate how Arlen complimented his playing. I can well imagine Harold Arlen especially digging Dave. McKenna admitted he preferred backing horn/reed players (i.e. Bobby Hackett, Zoot Sims, Dick Johnson, Scott Hamilton). He'd bellyache about having to take out glasses to read charts or transpose but Dave really did enjoy playing for singers he liked and he was great at it. I grew up listening to recordings he'd made with sister Jean. Those of us lucky enough to catch him through those years out at the Cape, Boston or in New York might occasionally get asked to sit in. It was like riding in a Cadillac. People on this list will know more extensively just who and how many singers he's recorded with through his career. Donna Byrne has a recent one and I'm grateful to have recorded three with Dave. I'll be interested in reading future posts about this. Of course the Teddi King album is a poignant beauty. I recall that Richard Sudhalter helped produce that project. He loved and wrote a lot about both Teddi and Dave. Hope they're all together somewhere now. Imagine the collective colossal treasure trove of songs these three could toss around. Now, that's an eternity I could dig.
  7. Jazz from Studio Four from WGBH. Now playing: Terrell Stafford, "One for Shirley".
  8. On November 11th, pianist Nando Michelin brought his quartet into WGBH's Fraser Performance Studio to perform live on Eric Jackson's show. I Produced and Directed this live segment which is now available on demand from the WGBH website. Simply go to : www.wgbh.org/jazz Click on the Jazz from The Fraser Performance Studio link and enjoy!
  9. Last October 15th bassist Avery Sharpe brought his trio, featuring Onaje Allan Gumbs and Winard Harper into WGBH's Fraser Performance Studio to perform live on Eric Jackson's show. I Produced and Directed this live segment which is now available on demand from the WGBH website. Simply go to : www.wgbh.org/jazz Click on the Jazz from The Fraser Performance Studio link, and enjoy!
  10. Jazz from Studio Four Friday, Nov 14, 8pm­midnight, WGBH 89.7, Boston www.wgbh.org/jazz GEORGE CABLES @ 64 (b. 11/14/1944) CHARLIE MARIANO @ 85 (b. Boston, MA 11/12/1923 Listed by artist: selection, album (label) 8:00pm THEME: Horace Parlan Quintet: Wadin', Speakin' My Piece (Blue Note) 8:05pm George Cables: Looking for The Light, You Don't Know Me (Kind of Blue) George Cables: The Stroll, Cables Vision (Contemporary) George Cables: In Your Own Sweet Way, Bluesology (Steeplechase) 8:28pm Bill Cunliffe: Yearnin', The Blues And The Abstract Truth, Take 2 (Resonance) Mark Murphy: Stolen Moments, Stolen...And Other Moments (32 Jazz) Roy Haynes: Butch and Butch, Fountain of Youth (Dreyfus) 8:51pm George Cables: Cheese Cake, A Letter to Dexter (Kind of Blue) Dexter Gordon; featuring George Cables: You're Blasé, Sophisticated Giant (Columbia) 9:09pm Charlie Mariano: You Better Go Now, Deep in A Dream (Enja/Justin time) Charlie Mariano: Johnny One Note, Swingin' With Mariano (Affinity) Charlie Mariano: Adagio, Adagio (Lipstick Records) 9:32pm Dominique Eade: Something Cool, When The Wind Was Cool (RCA Victor) Dena DeRose: We'll Be Together Again, Live at Jazz Standard Vol.2 (MaxJazz) Rachael Price: I Only Have Eyes for You, The Good Hours (Claire Vision) 9:54pm George Cables: Helen's Song, George Cables at Maybeck (Concord) Harold Land; featuring George Cables: Xocia's Dance, Xocia's Dance (Muse) Frank Morgan; George Cables: I Told you So, Double Image (Contemporary) Winard Harper; featuring George Cables: Circle (Cables), Faith (Savant) 10:19pm Benny Powell: Night, Never End, Nextep (Origin) Steve Davis: Smooth, Outlook (Positone) Steve Turre: Cleopatra's Needle, Rainbow People (HighNote) 10:40pm Charlie Mariano: Boston Uncommon, Boston All Stars (PRestige) Charlie Mariano; with Tete Montoliu: You Stepped Out of A Dream, It's Standard Time Volume Two (Fresh Sound) Charlie Mariano: Diane's Melody, Boston Days (Fresh Sound) Charlie Mariano: Children Steps, Savannah Samurai (Jazzline) 11:00pm George Cables: One Finger Snap, Dark Side, Light Side (Steeplechase) George Cables: In Walked Bud, Person To Person (Steeplechase) George Cables: Waltz for Debby, You Don't Know Me (Kind of Blue) 11:17pm Art Pepper; featuring George Cables: But Beautiful, In A Mellow Tone: Blues for Blanche, The Complete Galaxy Recordings (Galaxy) 11:41pm George Cables: Embraceable You, By George (Contemporary) George Cables: Nocturne No.2, New York Concerto (Meldac) George Cables: 'Round Midnight, A Letter to Dexter (Kind of Blue) 11:54pm George Cables: Goin' Home, You Don't Know Me (Kind of Blue)
  11. RIP Dave McKenna

    From today's Boston Globe: Pianist Dave McKenna's signature style resonated By Bryan Marquard, Globe Staff | October 21, 2008 Dave McKenna liked to call himself a saloon piano player, though the gin joints he graced were as classy as the guy whose hands effortlessly glided over the keys, creating a sound so full that many listeners thought two pianists were in the room. A decade-long run at the Copley Plaza bar in the 1980s made him an institution in Boston, and critics loved him wherever he went. In 1981, Newsweek called him "the world's best barroom piano player." Critic Whitney Balliett of The New Yorker wrote in 1973 that "a great many jazz musicians of the middle generation consider him the best pianist alive, and it is easy to understand why." "Yeah, but I'm just a tune player, you know," Mr. McKenna, who never missed a chance to hit a modest note in interviews, told the Globe in 1984. Diabetes and lung cancer cur tailed his playing in the past several years as he moved from his longtime home in South Dennis to Providence and then to State College, Pa., to live closer to his son. Mr. McKenna died in his State College home Saturday. He was 78. "Unquestionably, in the annals of pianists, he was right at the top," said WGBH-FM radio personality Ron Della Chiesa. "You could instantly tell Dave's sound because it was unique. Some people say that when they listened to Dave, they thought they were listening to two pianos, but when you watched him, he really had a light touch. It was hardly any effort at all, and yet the sound could fill a room. I guess it's the mark of a genius that he could do that." Sharing the stage with a who's who of the musically brilliant, Mr. McKenna performed or recorded with such jazz luminaries as saxophonists Stan Getz and Zoot Sims, drummers Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich, and band leaders Woody Herman and Charlie Ventura. Along with his gifts as a solo pianist, Mr. McKenna was a sought-after accompanist. "Tony Bennett told me that when he sang with Dave, it was like singing with a full orchestra, he had so many embellishments," Della Chiesa said. While Mr. McKenna may have played to high praise from Los Angeles to New York City, where Balliett hailed his "brilliant six-week solo appearance" at Michael's Pub in 1973, he loved Boston, his musical home for the more than 30 years he lived on Cape Cod. And his devotion to the Red Sox was such that he often kept a radio, tuned quietly to the game, sitting on his piano at the Copley. He wrote a melody for Ted Williams called "Splendid Splinter," the slugger's nickname. Sunday night during the radio broadcast of the Red Sox game, an announcer mentioned that Mr. McKenna, a legendary fan, had died. In Woonsocket, R.I., where Mr. McKenna grew up, his father played drums, his mother violin, and his siblings were musical, too. But Mr. McKenna's talent was apparent early on, though not because of formal training. "All I thought about was music," he told the Globe in 1991. "I'd spend hours playing tunes from the radio, Benny Goodman and Nat Cole. But I wouldn't practice. Never learned the scales properly. I never had the patience, and even now I'm not a good sight reader." By his late teens he was playing with bands and "when he'd return home, sometimes in the middle of the night after a job, I can remember him playing quietly at the piano when he thought everyone was asleep," said his sister Jean McKenna O'Donnell of Woonsocket. "I would go sit on the stairs and listen, so he didn't know I was there. He'd be playing a piece, maybe by [Claude] Debussy." Mr. McKenna spent years touring with musicians, and eventually spent time in studios recording. In 1966, he moved to Cape Cod, his home for the rest of his musical career. As he turned principally to solo work, he developed his signature style. "His left hand is distinctly his own: The moving fingers walked, or strode, or strummed," jazz critic Leonard Feather wrote in 1990 in The Los Angeles Times. "I think of the melody and bass line - and other things fall into place," Mr. McKenna told Newsweek in 1981. "I do it not so much to sound big, like a big band, as to sound complete. Maybe, too, without knowing it, I've always had a little bit of Bach and Mozart in my playing." Mr. McKenna's solo performances also exhibited his agile mind as he created medleys by plucking similar words from song titles. "Take the 'street medley,' which was 26 minutes," Della Chiesa said. "There was "Easy Street," "42nd Street," "Beale Street Blues," "Basin Street Blues," "On the Street Where You Live," "On Green Dolphin Street," and "Don't Forget 127th Street." " In addition to his sister, Mr. McKenna leaves his wife, Frances of Oak Island, N.C.; two sons, Stephen of State College and Douglas of Dennis; a brother, Donald of Woonsocket; another sister, Patricia Savard of Barrington, R.I.; and one granddaughter. The family plans to hold a tribute concert, which will be announced at a later date. Della Chiesa said that beginning at 9 p.m. on Saturday, he will devote two hours of his radio show on WPLM, 99.1 FM, to playing Mr. McKenna's recordings and excerpts from interviews. Mr. McKenna no doubt would have preferred little fuss. The torrent of praise that came his way often made him uneasy. "I just like to play songs," he told the Globe in 1978 as he shrugged off a compliment, "melodies for dancing."
  12. I have an indelible memory of being in New York City and going to see pianist Barry Harris at The Angry Squire, a club that used to be on Seventh Avenue at 23rd Street. After an incedible set of music by the trio, we paid our check and proceeded to head for the exit along with other patrons. I was walking behind a very petite woman with long black hair and an even longer, full length fur coat. She was petite enough so the coat dusted the floor as she walked. As we hit the front door to the street there was a shiny silver Bentley automobile double parked, right in front of the club. The fur clad woman went directly to the already opened back door, closed it and was driven away into the night. It dawned on me, immediately, that I was walking behind the Barroness Pannonica.
  13. The Baroness of Jazz A very nice article about The Baroness Pannonica Koenigswarter and her previously unpublished photographs of Monk and Rollins and others from Sunday's NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/19/arts/mus....html?ref=music
  14. Von Freeman

    Here is the Playlist from my radio show celebrating Vonski's 86th birthday a few weeks ago. I featured him in every other set for the entire four hours: JAZZ FROIM STUDIO FOURFriday, Oct 3, 8pm–midnight, WGBH 89.7 VONSKI: CELEBRATING TENOR SAXOPHONIST VON FREEMAN (b. Oct 3, 1922) Listed by artist: selection, album (label) 8:00pm THEME: Horace Parlan Quintet: Wadin', Speakin' My Piece (Blue Note) 8:05pm Von Freeman: Blues for Billie, The Improvisor (Premonition) Von Freeman: Violets for Your Furs, The Great Divide (Premonition) 8:25pm Roy Hargrove; @ Scullers Jazzz Club, Boston; Oct 3, 4.: Speak Low, Earfood (Groovin High/Emarcy) John Swana: Shrack's Corner, Bright moments (Criss Cross) Joe Magnarelli: I Had The Craziest Dream, Persistence (Reservoir) 8:45pm Von Freeman: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face; Lost In A Fog; Catnap, Doni' It Right Now (Atco) 9:09pm Rachel Price: That Old Black Magic, The Good Hours (Claire Vision) Cassandra Wilson: Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most, Loverly (Blue Note) Kelley Johnson: Should've Been, Home (Sapphire) 9:27pm Von Freeman; Chico Freeman: Jug Ain't Gone; Time Marches On; I Can't Get Started, Fathers & Sons (Columbia LP) 9:43pm Alan Broadbent: Chi Chi, Mment's Notice (Chilly Bin Records) Wycliffe Gordon: Anthropology, Boss Bones (Criss Cross) Lafayette Harris Jr: Moose The Mooche, Trio Talk (Airman) Charlie Parker: Bird of Paradise (All TheThings You Are), TheComplete Dial Sessions (Stash) 10:06pm Kurt Elling; Von Freeman: The Rent Party, Live in Chicago (Blue Note) Von Freeman; Chico Freeman; Dianne Reeves: Comes Love, 75th Birthday Celebration (Platinum) Von Freeman: Crazy She Calls Me, Live At The Dakota (Premonition) 10:33pm Anat Cohen: AfterThe Rain, Notes From The Village (Anzik ) McCoy Tyner: Mr. P.C., Guitars (Half Note) 10:52am Louis Smith; featuring Von Freeman: Silvering, Silvering (Steeplechase) Von Freeman: Song For My Father, Dedicated To You (Steeplechase) Von Freeman: Bruz, George & Chico, Walkin' Tuff! (Southport) 11:19pm Generations: So What, Tough Guys (Int'l Center for The Arts) David Murray; Mal Waldron: Jean-Pierre, Silence (Justin Time) 11:40pm Von Freeman: Blue Pres, The Great Divide (Premonition) Von Freeman: In My Solitude, Never Let Me Go (Steeplechase) 11:56pm Von Freeman: My Little Brown Book, Live At The Dakota (Premonition)
  15. Vonski at 86

    Hey, Jazz Fans! Next Friday, October 3rd, Chicago tenor legend Von Freeman will celebrate his 86th birthday. I'll contributre to that celebration by featuring his music on my radio program, "Jazz From Studio Four" Tune in or log on in real time (8p-midnight)and enjoy some truly unique saxophone playing from the King of the Chicago Tenors.
  16. Blow, Brother Konitz, BLOW!

    Lee Konitz has just been given The National Endowment for The Arts Jazz Masters award. Others include Jimmy Cobb, Snooky Young, George Benson, Toots Thielemans nd Rudy van Gelder. Congratulations Mr. Konitz and all the others.
  17. William Claxton has passed

    http://www.williamclaxton.com/movie.html
  18. 24 hours of monk starting midnight eastern

    Here's how I celebrated Monk on my show last night. As Don Pullen said, "Thank you very much, Mr. monk!" Jazz from Studio Four Friday, Oct 10, 8pm–midnight, WGBH 89.7 THELONIOUS SPHERE MONK (b. October 10, 1917 Listed by artist: selection, album (label) 8:00pm THEME: Horace Parlan Quintet: Wadin', Speakin' My Piece (Blue Note) 8:05pm Thelonious Monk: Body and Soul, Monk Alone (Columbia) Earl "Fatha" Hines: Blue Monk, Honor Thy Fatha (Drive Arachive) Horace Silver: Monkeyin' Around with Monk, Rockin' With Rachmaninoff (Bop City) 8:24pm Bobby Watson: Monk He See, Monk He Do, Present Tense (Columbia) Thelonious Monk: Willow Weep for Me; Carolina Moon; I'll Follow You, Genius of Modern Music, Volume Two (Blue Note) Judy Niemack; Mal Waldron: You Know Who (I Mean You), Mingus, Monk and Mal (Free Lance) 8:47pm Ellis Marsalis: Jackie-ing, An Open Letterto Thelonious (ELM Records) Jerry Gonzalez: Ugly Beauty, Rumba Para Monk (Sunnyside) Anthony Brown; Asian Americn Orchestra; featuring Steve Lacy: Misterioso, Monk's Moods (Keeper Records) 9:12pm Coleman Hawkins; featuring Thelonious Monk: On The Bean, Bean & The Boys (Prestige) Charlie Parker; featuring Thelonious Monk: Bloomdido, Bird and Diz (Verve) Gigi Gryce; featuring Thelonious Monk: Nica's Tempo, Nica's Tempo (Savoy) Thelonious Monk: Remember, The Complete Riverside Recordings (Riverside) 9:31pm George Adams; Don Pullen: Thak You Very Much, Mr. Monk, City Gates (Timeless) Gerry Mulligan: Good Neighbor Thelonious, Lonesome Boulevard (A&M) Joan Stiles: Spherical, LoveCall (Zoho) 9:53pm T.S. monk: Crepuscule With Nellie, Monk on Monk (N2K Music) Kronos Quartet: Brilliant Corners, Monk Suite (32 Jazz) Pee Wee Russell: Ask Me Now, Ask Me Now (Impulse) 10:10pm Thelonious Monk: It Don't Mean A Thing...; IGot it Bad...; Mood Indigo; Solitude, Thelonious Monk Plays Duke Ellington (Riverside) 10:00pm John Stetch: Bright Mississippi, Live at Scullers, Boston, 2/8/2007 (ONLY ON 89.7) Michael Weiss; featuring Junior Cook: Off Minor, Live @ Scullers, Boston, 10/24/1991 (ONLY ON 89.7) Frank Kimbrough: Coming on The hudson, Live @ WGBH Fraser Performance Studio, 1/22/2008 (ONLY ON 89.7) 10:56pm Mulgrew Miller: Waltz for Monk, Hand in Hand (RCA Novus) Eric Dolphy: Hat And Beard, Out To Lunch (Blue Note) Andrew Hill: Monk's Glimpse, Shades (Soul Note) 11:18pm Thelonious Monk: Suburban Eyes, Genius of Modern Music, Volume One (Blue Note) Thelonious Monk: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Quintet (Prestige) Thelonious Monk; Gerry Mulligan: Sweet And Lovely, Mulligan Meets Monk (Riverside) 11:35pm Carman McRae: It's Over Now (Well, You needn't), Carmen Sings Monk (RCA Bluebird) Arthur Blythe: Light Blue, Blythe Byte (Savant) Abbey Lincoln: Blue Monk, Straight Ahead (Candid) 11:53pm Thelonious Monk: 'Round Midnight, Thelonious Himself (Riverside) Only on 89.7! performances and recordings are exclusive WGBH Radio productions and are not commercially available.
  19. Vonski at 86

    Here's the Playlist: Jazz From Studio Four Friday, Oct 3, 8pm–midnight, WGBH 89.7 VONSKI: CELEBRATING TENOR SAXOPHONIST VON FREEMAN (b. Oct 3, 1922) Listed by artist: selection, album (label) 8:00pm THEME: Horace Parlan Quintet: Wadin', Speakin' My Piece (Blue Note) 8:05pm Von Freeman: Blues for Billie, The Improvisor (Premonition) Von Freeman: Violets for Your Furs, The Great Divide (Premonition) 8:25pm Roy Hargrove; @ Scullers Jazzz Club, Boston; Oct 3, 4.: Speak Low, Earfood (Groovin High/Emarcy) John Swana: Shrack's Corner, Bright moments (Criss Cross) Joe Magnarelli: I Had The Craziest Dream, Persistence (Reservoir) 8:45pm Von Freeman: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face; Lost In A Fog; Catnap, Doni' It Right Now (Atco) 9:09pm Rachel Price: That Old Black Magic, The Good Hours (Claire Vision) Cassandra Wilson: Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most, Loverly (Blue Note) Kelley Johnson: Should've Been, Home (Sapphire) 9:27pm Von Freeman; Chico Freeman: Jug Ain't Gone; Time Mrches On; I Can't Get Started, Fathers & Sons (Columbia LP) 9:43pm Alan Broadbent: Chi Chi, Mment's Notice (Chilly Bin Records) Wycliffe Gordon: Anthropology, Boss Bones (Criss Cross) Lafayette Harris Jr: Moose The Mooche, Trio Talk (Airman) Charlie Parker: Bird of Paradise (All TheThings You Are), TheComplete Dial Sessions (Stash) 10:06pm Kurt Elling; Von Freeman: The Rent Party, Live in Chicago (Blue Note) Von Freeman; Chico Freeman; Dianne Reeves: Comes Love, 75th Birthday Celebration (Platinum) Von Freeman: Crazy She Calls Me, Live At The Dakota (Premonition) 10:33pm Anat Cohen: AfterThe Rain, Notes From The Village (Anzik ) McCoy Tyner: Mr. P.C., Guitars (Half Note) 10:52am Louis Smith; featuring Von Freeman: Silvering, Silvering (Steeplechase) Von Freeman: Song For My Father, Dedicated To You (Steeplechase) Von Freeman: Bruz, George & Chico, Walkin' Tuff! (Southport) 11:19pm Generations: So What, Tough Guys (Int'l Center for The Arts) David Murray; Mal Waldron: Jean-Pierre, Silence (Justin Time 11:40pm Von Freeman: Blue Pres, The Great Divide (Premonition) Von Freeman: In My Solitude, Never Let Me Go (Steeplechase) 11:56pm Von Freeman: My Little Brown Book, Live At The Dakota (Premonition)
  20. Vonski at 86

    A couple of years ago I had the great pleasure to see Von at Andy's in Chicago. A lifechanging experience! The middle 2 hours of this show will be archived on the GBH website. It might take a week or so for it to get there so keep checking. Chuck, can you email me off line with any contact information for Von. I would love to send him a copy of this program. BTW, the only recording I don't ahve is the one that came out on Nessa records. Oh, well! Thanks!
  21. This friendly reminder: Jazz from Studio Four, heard every Friday from 8p-midnight on WGBH, 89.7FM Boston is available on demand through our webssite. Simply go to www.wgbh.org/jazz and click on Jazz From Studio Four. This will take you to the most current show avaialble. To hear past programs, going back to January 2008, simply click on the "forward" button. Thanks for listening!
  22. Saturday, August 16th would have been Bill Evans' 79th birthday. "Jazz from Studio Four" will feature Evans as a leader, sideman, composer. We'll hear his music played by others and a few dedications to him also. Tune in or log on tonight from 8p-midnight and enjoy!
  23. Bill Evans on WGBH, Boston

    Here is thr playlist from last night's Evans birthday Special: Friday, Aug 15, 8pm–midnight, WGBH 89.7 EVANS-ESSENCE: BILL EVANS (b. 8/16/1929) Listed by artist: selection, album (label) 8:00pm THEME: Horace Parlan Quintet: Wadin', Speakin' My Piece (Blue Note) 8:05pm Bill Evans: All The Things You Are, The Complete Riverside Recordings (Riverside) Bill Evans; Jim Hall: I'm Getting Sentimental Over You, Undercurrent (Blue Note) Bill Evans: Conception, New Jazz Conceptions (Riverside) 8:27pm Kenny Drew Jr: This One's For Bill, This One's For Bill (TCB Records) Cannonball Adderley; featuring Bill Evans: Nardis (c. Bill Evans), Portrait of Cannonball (Riverside) Alex Sipiagin: Very Early (comp. B. Evans), Hindsight (Criss Cross) 8:55pm Lucy Reed; featuring Bill Evans: There's A Boat That's Leaving Soon for New York, The Singing Reed (Riverside) Bill Evans; Toots Thielmans: The Days of Wine and Roses, Affinity (Warner Brothers) Bill Evans; Tony Bennett: Some Other Time, The Tony Bennett-Bill Evans Album (Fantasy) 9:13pm Bill Evans: Re: Person I Knew; Midnight Mood; The Peacocks; Theme from "Mash", Live at Lulu Whites, Boston 10/30/1979 Recorded by WGBH (ONLY ON 89.7) 9:36pm Kronos Quartet: Five, Music of Bill Evans (Landmark) Paul Motian: Walkin' Up, Bill Evans (JMT Music) Tierney Sutton: We Will Meet Again, Blue in Green (Telarc) Bill Evans: Haunted Heart, Explorations (Riverside) 9:55pm Art Farmer; featuring Bill Evans: The Touch of Your Lips, Modern Art (Blue Note) Chet Baker; featuring Bill Evans: You And the Night And the Music, Chet (Riverside) Miles Davis; featuring Bill Evans: On Green Dolphin Street, '58 Sessions (Columbia) 10:17pm Bill Evans: Never Let Me Go, Alone (Verve) Bill Evans: Stella by Starlight, Empathy+A Simple Matter of Conviction (verve) Bill Evans: Gone With The Wind, California Here I Come (Verve) 10:42pm Ingrid Jensen: Time Remembered (comp. B. Evans), Here on Earth (Justin Time/Enja) Martin Wind: Turn Out The Stars (comp. B. Evans), Salt 'N Pepper (Challange) Judy Neimack: Interplay (comp. B. Evans), Blue Nights (Blujazz) 11:06pm George Russell; featuring Bill Evans: Concerto for Billy The Kid, Jazz Workshop (RCA Bluebird) Tadd Dameron; featuring Bill Evans: Our Delight, The Magic Touch (Riverside) Hal McKusick; featuring Bill Evans: Stratusphunk, Now's The time (Decca/GRP) 11:24pm Chick Corea; Gary Burton: Waltz for Debby, The New Crystal Silence (Concord) Mark Murphy: Waltz for Debby, Jazz Standards (32 Jazz) Bill Evans: Waltz for Debby, Waltz For Debby (Riverside) 11:45pm Bill Evans: Letter To Evan, Consecration (Milestone) 11:54pm Bill Evans: Peace Piece, The Complete Riverside Recordings (Riverside) Only on 89.7! performances and recordings are exclusive WGBH Radio productions and are not commercially available.
  24. Anyone going to the Newport Jazz Festival?

    I will be attending on Sunday. Going down there on the WGBH bus, filled with station supporters who contributed to go. Kind of a mixed bag this year due to new Producers (George Wein sold Festival Productions) booking some younger, unknown and non-jazz acts .We'll see! At least I don't have to drive and park a mile away.
  25. A word to the wise: Vocalist extrodinaire Ernie Andrews will be my guest for some conversation and listening. This will take place this Friday night from 9pm... Ernie is appearing at The Marblehead (MA) Summer Jazz Series on Saturday night. This is a very rare east cost appearance. Tune in or log on if you can. I have some very rare 78s by Ernie, from the mid 1940s, that we will pull out and play Steve Schwartz Jazz from Studio Four Friday, 8p-midnight WGBH, 89.7FM, Boston www.wgbh.org/jazz