Lazaro Vega

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  1. Jazz in Grand Rapids and west Michigan

    Yes, it was a very listenable concert: tippin'!
  2. The Blue Lake Public Radio Jazz Datebook is attached. Jazz Datebook October 3, 2019.docx
  3. Jazz in Grand Rapids and west Michigan

    Friday is the 100th anniversary of drummer/bandleader Art Blakey's birth (yes, his recordings are featured on Friday night's Jazz From Blue Lake, 10 p.m. - 3 a.m. over 88.9 and 90.3 FM, streaming live from Then, on the 27th, Detroiter Sean Dobbins joins guitarist Joshua Breakstone and bassist Marion Hayden for their tribute to Art Blakey at LaFontsee Galleries in the Underground Concert Series produced by Drum on!
  4. John Coltrane - Blue World

    Thanks for posting Chinen's review.
  5. James Carter chimes in? Man, his debut on Blue Note recorded live at Newport was our on-air funder premium so my boss suggested I get him saying a few words about Blue Lake that we could use on the air. Two hours later! Man, what a conversation! His memory is astonishing. The Blue Lake part is up under "Interviews" at This last year the concert series I'm "curating" in Grand Rapids, MI, featured Detroit/Aretha drummer Gayelynn McKinney with saxophonist Dave McMurray (who's "In A Sentimental Mood" was in that tough tenor mold), and their keyboardist Gerard Gibbs (University of Michigan grad) played Herbie Hancock's "Butterfly" during sound check at the most perfect tempo. When he wasn't in gig mode and just playing with feel, damn man -- nothing to show off there but pure time. He's on James new one playing organ. The album is Django melodies, but, you know, "Melodie Au Crepuscule" gets a Bill Withers "Use Me" background. I really don't care because it all comes out James in the end, and at his best, when he's lit, it's the whole story. He and Scott Robinson are saxophone nerds to the tenth power, and fountains of insight. Robinson's coming to GR this year to play duets with Chicago drummer Jack Mouse, free duets. Click the link?! Jazz Spam: Looking forward to the Tough Tenors. Do you have those sides they recorded at Minton's?
  6. Where did you pick this up from? Amazon, etc?
  7. John Coltrane - Blue World

    His rhythmic approach on the head to "Like Sonny" is very different, more staccato, than on previous versions I've heard, or when he quotes at length while on tour with Miles in 1960. The title piece is a variation on "Out of This World" which he played the shit out of on that earlier Impulse album and digs in quickly here. It's interesting to hear him at this stage, with "A Love Supreme" and "Crescent" surrounding it, playing his own material from earlier. Nice long bass intro to "Traneing In," though it sounds like Elvin had to put down a smoke to get into tempo with everyone when it was time for the ensemble to enter.
  8. Deb Bowman - Fast Heart

    ELEW pops up and plays beautifully on "Crazy He Calls Me."
  9. Leslie Odom, Jr. - Under Pressure

    Quincy Davis played drums on his first album and pointed out he was asked not to play his cymbals, other than the hi-hat, on the entire date.
  10. The Chicago music scene in the 60s/70s

    Eleanor is 16 now and going to Homecoming this weekend. The recent concert by Roscoe and The Art Ensemble for their 50th Anniversary at The Chicago Jazz Festival found the ensemble expanded to include a string section, two contemporary classical operatic voices, 3 basses, 4 or 5 percussionists, two trumpets and trombone, a poet/electronics person, all in the service of expanding the stylistic reach of the music in the same organic, amoeba-like flow that the best of the AEC is known for, was planned. Very well planned and well rehearsed and executed with a level of professionalism that did not interfere with the music's spontaneity and spirit. I mean, it was wider than anything I'd ever heard. It seemed a logical extension of the AEC's early promise of "anything is possible" and found a way to expand their methodology to reach that; and brings to mind what Bowie said about the music being "young."
  11. Donny McCaslin

    Who breaks singles of instrumental music on Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone? Donny McCaslin. Since saxophonist Donny McCaslin's band became "David Bowie's last band" for the album "Blackstar," McCaslin recorded and released "Beyond Now" in 2016 and played 80 concerts all over the world since. Jazz From Blue Lake features McCaslin's music in the first part of each hour found here:
  12. Last evening's Jazz From Blue Lake broadcast, featuring recordings by Joe Henderson in the first part of the hours, is available today from The 3rd hour, "Out on Blue Lake," features Alex Harding in tribute to Cecil Taylor; the Julius Hemphill Sextet; Hamiet Bluiett's Blueblack, and the new Art Ensemble of Chicago recording taped at Ann Arbor's Edge Fest.
  13. Sunday, April 28th at 3 p.m. please join the Adventure Music team for our finale concert of the 2018-19 season as we welcome Detroit born baritone saxophonist and bass clarinetist Alex Harding and his Organ Nation to LaFontsee Galleries, 833 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids. With Jim Alfredson on B-3 organ and Djallo Djakate on drums, Alex Harding and Organ Nation is the first organ concert presented in The Underground Concert Series. According to Sunnyside Records, “Harding got to into music early as a child in Detroit. His ever supportive parents allowed him a drum kit, drumming becoming a passion that he pursued until he heard saxophone great Grover Washington, Jr., which led him to switch to tenor sax. In a twist of fate, Northwestern High School band director Ernest Rogers assigned Harding to the baritone sax chair when James Carter joined the band. It took a little time for Harding to grow attached to the horn and he continued his study with Motown baritone saxophone player, Beans Bows. “Having moved to New York City in 1993, Harding became a regular on the local jazz scene, including stints in ensembles with this heroes Hamiet Bluiett and Julius Hemphill.” In the 2018 Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll, Alexander Harding was given the “Rising Star” award in the Baritone Saxophone category. For more on Alex Harding, please see . Our previously scheduled guest, J.D. Allen, is not be available for this concert. For tickets to the Underground Concert Series presented by Adventure Music at LaFontsee Galleries, 833 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids, see For directions to the venue (616) 451 – 9820. LaFontsee Galleries are wheelchair accessible.
  14. Sunday, March 31st at 3 p.m. Chicago saxophonist and bass clarinetist Geof Bradfield returns to The Underground Series with his “Yes and…music for nine improvisers” featuring a roll call of top Chicago and New York jazz musicians in a new multi-movement work which Howard Reich described in the Chicago Tribune as “…music [that] finds continuity in the tonal glow of the ensemble playing, the subtlety of instrumental voicing, and the harmonic sophistication of everything these musicians have to offer.” The Chicago composer/woodwind virtuoso/bandleader Geof Bradfield’s “Yes, and…Music For Nine Improvisers” features Nick Mazzarella: alto saxophone; Western Michigan University graduate John Wojciechowski: flutes and tenor saxophone; Russ Johnson and Tito Carrillo: trumpets; Joel Adams: trombone; Clark Sommers: bass; Scott Hesse: guitar and the great Dana Hall: drums, cymbals, and percussion. See for their recording. For tickets to the Underground Concert Series presented by Adventure Music at LaFontsee Galleries, 833 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids, see For directions to the venue (616) 451 – 9820. LaFontsee Galleries are wheelchair accessible.
  16. For the 96th anniversary of Dexter Gordon’s birth his widow, Maxine Gordon, gave a reading and discussion of her new book “Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon” at Mills College in Oakland, CA. Blue Lake Public Radio celebrated by featuring the innovative tenor saxophonist’s recordings in the first part of the hour on Jazz From Blue Lake with Lazaro Vega, 10 p.m. – 3 a.m. last night. You can find that program under Daily Shows then click Jazz From Blue Lake here:
  17. Today is the 50th anniversary of the session for The Creator Has A Master Plan.
  18. Underground Concert Series in Grand Rapids 10-28

    Sunday, February 24th at 3 p.m. the renowned jazz musician and multi-genre drummer GayeLynn McKinney of Detroit brings her family’s legacy of music education to Grand Rapids behind the release of her new album “McKinFolk, The New Begining” (Detroit Music Factory). Aretha Franklin’s drummer since 2016, and leader of the Grammy nominated all female jazz group Straight Ahead, McKinney is the daughter of renowned jazz educator and pianist Harold McKinney. This Grand Rapids area concert follows saxophonist Dave McMurray’s 2018 debut album on the fabled Blue Note Record label, as well as Gayelynn McKinney’s new album featuring Geri Allen and James Carter. For Black History Month this concert includes a band with first call Detroit jazz musicians Allen Dennard on trumpet, Ibrahim Jones on bass and Gerrard Gibbs on piano. For tickets to the Underground Concert Series presented by Adventure Music at LaFontsee Galleries, 833 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids, see For directions to the venue (616) 451 – 9820. LaFontsee Galleries are wheelchair accessible. Blue Lake Public Radio's conversation with GayeLynn McKinney is now available under "Interviews" from And check out this article/review on Dave McMurray.
  19. Here's a link to the concert series opening this Sunday at 3 p.m. with Julien Labro and the Chanson Experiment.
  20. And for classical music every day,
  21. Jazz From Blue Lake

    This program is now found under "Studio Performances" at
  22. Jazz From Blue Lake

    Coming up Saturday morning on Blue Lake Public Radio the Travis Swanson Trio with Aiden Cafferty on bass and Jonathan Taylor on drums. Here's a taste: Hope you'll join us on 88.9 or 90.3 FM, streaming live from for the rest of the hour.
  23. Looking for jazz radio stations 2018

    Blue Lake is now on Radio Garden:
  24. Modern/Avant New Releases: A running thread

    Wadada Leo Smith Rosa Parks: Pure Love
  25. Looking for jazz radio stations 2018

    Thank you John and David. We tell our smart speaker to play Blue Lake Public Radio. Or app. Or pre-set. Jazz From Blue Lake airs Monday through Thursday 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., and Friday from 10 p.m. to noon the following Saturday morning (eastern time zone); then from midnight Sunday to 7 a.m. Sunday morning and again Sunday night from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Those are the blocks. If you want to stream an mp3 of "Jazz From Blue Lake," each hour of the previous night's show is found under "Daily Shows" at The live material John speaks of, including recent in studio performances by John Lindberg with Teiku, and Josh Berman with The Bridge, and the young saxophonist Peter Formanek, a recent graduate from the University of Michigan school of music, with Teiku as well as a compelling duet performance with pianist Josh Harlow, are also found at the on-demand page under "Studio Performances." Lots of links there. Jazz From Blue Lake streams live nightly starting at 10 p.m. eastern from Night watch.