Lazaro Vega

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  1. Newport

    Since 1954 the Newport Jazz Festival has welcomed some of the music’s greatest performers to one of New England’s premier resort communities, and fortunately for jazz fans, many of those great festival sets were recorded down through the years, as you can hear on Jazz From Blue Lake found here: Please join us for the music of Louis Armstrong, Jack Teagarden, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Miles Davis and John Coltrane, among others, recorded at Newport. (photo by Kevin R. Mason) #BlueLakePublicRadio
  2. Benny Goodman, 1935

    On July 1, 1935 the Benny Goodman Orchestra recorded a smooth, flowing version of “Sometimes I’m Happy,” a jazz classic, “King Porter Stomp,” featuring trumpeter Bunny Berigan, and Fletcher Henderson’s arrangement of Irving Berlin’s “The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” with vocalist Helen Ward. As Loren Schoenberg wrote, “Through Henderson’s extension of Louis Armstrong’s principles, and Goodman’s coaching of the band, they arrived at a swing that hasn’t dated in over half a century.” Please join “Jazz From Blue Lake” for the music of Benny Goodman in 1935 and 1936 in the first part of each hour found here: .
  3. Johnny Smith

    Jazz From Blue Lake is the name of the program, and it turns over every day, so it's under "Daily Shows." Since Johnny Smith we've done programs on Reggie Workman, Madeline Eastman and Tierney Sutton, with Friday night's program featuring Julian Priester. The program airs from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. eastern so the on-demand is for day people checking out Jazz From Blue Lake. But, it's radio, so it goes away.
  4. Johnny Smith

    Do you remember guitarist Johnny Smith? Please join Blue Lake Public Radio in appreciation of the musician who elevated the skill level played on the instrument while remaining a story teller with a listenable sound, and lovely chord-melody arrangements. Click on Jazz From Blue Lake here:
  5. Johnny Smith

    ""The hardest thing to do on the guitar is to play a melodic chord progression in smooth, even fashion without leaving space between chords," he told the Colorado Springs Independent. "Then one day I noticed how an organist managed to keep a tone going between chords by holding down one of the notes of the chord while he pivoted to the next chord. I picked up on that and applied it to chord progressions on the guitar.""
  6. Tal Farlow

    Please join Jazz From Blue Lake in celebrating the anniversary of jazz guitarist Tal Farlow's birth by listening to his music here:
  7. Chick Corea

    When Chick Corea appeared with his Vigil band at St. Cecilia Music Center in 2014 there came a point in the concert where he turned to the audience and said, “We’re just going to play for a while now. You’re welcome to stay.” And the inference was clear: the band was going to stretch out, play long, winding, improvised arrangements and we were welcome to stay for the ride. But if we were expecting a pithy medley of Chick’s hits, well...On his new album “Chinese Butterfly,” which celebrates a 50 year musical collaboration with drummer Steve Gadd, the same aesthetic is in play: stretch. As we heard last night on Jazz From Blue Lake, found here:
  8. Sun Ra

    The truth is Sun Ra had a book of “hits.” That is, if you know Sun Ra’s music, you’re probably familiar with “Saturn,” “Enlightenment,” “Velvet,” “Rocket Number Nine Take Off For the Planet Venus” and “We Travel The Spaceways.” These staples of his marathon live performances, Ra’s music was, as he said, concerned with “the potential future, which I call the alter destiny, realizing that earth is getting over into what you might call different isolated armed camps, and if people don’t get something in common quick, well, they’re not going to have anything at all.” So, to Ra, “Musicians really represent the harmony department of the universe.” Right on. Hear Sun Ra’s music on Jazz From Blue Lake here:
  9. Rahsaan Roland Kirk

    Jazz From Blue Lake’s broadcast featuring multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk is heard today at our on-demand page . From his roots in Ohio, and his first recording for Cincinnati’s King Record label, we explored Kirk’s recording career, ending up in our 5th hour on stage with Charles Mingus at Carnegie Hall. Here’s hoping you’ll join us.
  10. Sonny Rollins 1966

    After his May 9, 1966 session for “East Broadway Run Down,” Sonny Rollins didn’t return to the recording studio until 1972, though his touring flourished, especially in Europe. Bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones joined the saxophone colossus, and trumpeter Freddie Hubbard contributed on the epic title piece heard on Jazz From Blue Lake found here today:
  11. Ornette Coleman, May 1968

    On May 7, 1968 Ornette Coleman completed the recording sessions for two Blue Note albums, “New York Is Now” and “Love Call.” With his boyhood friend Dewey Redman on tenor saxophone and a pocketful of original music, Coleman invited John Coltrane’s sidemen, bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones, into the studio where “Broad Way Blues,” “Back Home” and “Check Out Time” were recorded, as we heard last night during “The Jazz Retrospective” segments of “Jazz From Blue Lake” which you can hear right now today at our on-demand page
  12. Gene Ammons

    Gene Ammons soulful tenor saxophone rang out over the airwaves of Blue Lake Public Radio last night. In the first part of each hour we featured Ammons music, starting mid-career, 1961, with music from “Brother Jug” and “The Boss Is Back.” Though Dexter Gordon may have been the first to “bop the tenor saxophone,” Gene Ammons was close behind, digging the music of Charlie Parker, yet completely distinctive in playing ballads. You may check this episode of Jazz From Blue Lake out for yourself via
  13. Last recording I have by him released in 2014 on Tum, duos with Bill Laswell, "Space/Time.Redemption"
  14. Lee Morgan Film

    Thought the New Yorker review was fair, and who knew that 1968 meeting between Lee and Clifford Jordan playing "Straight, No Chaser"? Does anyone remember Billy Hart recounting Lee's last night on earth? Found in MP3 form if you scroll down the page.
  15. "Ella At Zardi's" finally being released

    Abney and Ella are on screen in "Pete Kelly's Blues." This was supposed to be the first Verve release, but the Cole Porter Songbook came out and 60 years later we get the, 'Oh yeah.....I forgot about that one.....' The crowd, and maybe that's Granz, is kind of treating her like a human jukebox. A few times she sort of shrugs to the band and says something along the lines of 'we're going off the set list.' She'd worked some stuff up, though, as you can hear in the intro to "Why Don't You Do Right?" That's a thought out arrangement. Kind of wish they'd have left her alone to play what she wanted, though everyone is up to winging it.
  16. Gene Ammons

    From the Lester Young Appreciation Society on Facebook, in response to this radio program posting: Jon Wheatley "I experience Gene as a kind of bebop sax version of Louis Armstrong. His music was down-to-earth, sweet, fiery, sincere and never too ornate. Like, jazz for everyman... I believe Gene had hit songs in three decades. My Foolish Heart (50's) Canadian Sunset (60's) and My Way (70's). Remarkable and his career wasn't even that long. " And from Terry Gibbs, "I worked with Gene on the Woody Herman Band. We know how great he was as a Jazz Saxophonist but a lot of you don't know that he was one of the most gentle people you would love to like to hang out with. We are both on a record called "More Moon" that we recorded with Woody. Gene's two choruses that he played on the record is something that would stay in your head if you ever heard it. It was great."
  17. Somethin' Holy

    This program is now available from under "Studio Performances." Ban is deeply influenced by Abdullah Ibrahim. There's some lovely music played in the program, especially the first number, "Dark Blue."
  18. Somethin' Holy

    Please join Blue Lake Public Radio this Saturday morning for a special broadcast from the performance studio featuring the duo “Something Holy.” The Transylvanian expatriate pianist Lucian Ban synthesizes a wide range of playing styles, from Abdullah Ibrahim, Keith Jarrett and Cecil Taylor as a pianist to Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and Ornette Coleman as a composer. He’s joined by Detroit area baritone saxophonist/bass clarinetist Alexander Harding, a good friend of former Blue Laker James Carter, in wildly expressive spontaneous musical conversations. Jazz From Blue Lake with your host Lazaro Vega airs Saturday morning from 7 – 10 a.m. over WBLV 90.3/WBLU 88.9 and #BlueLakePublicRadio
  19. Roscoe Mitchell's "Ride the Wind"

    On a less poetic note, check out Sun Ra's "Heliocentric" and then "Splatter." The low brass/drums sudden forte followed by little instrument sounds, that's a texture you'll find in few other places. "Splatter" develops into something different, crescendos into a sort of Braxton-type composition, but the openings are similar.
  20. "Sound" The new Randy Weston Album coming February 24, 2018

    Thanks for the heads up. Just ordered one.
  21. Roscoe Mitchell's "Ride the Wind"

    Hearing the various versions this is built upon is walking the process. At some point you get to the top of the stairs and time flattens out over the upper floor. Fortunately you'll have the feeling of being lifted higher, somewhere above music's roof. "Ride the Wind."
  22. Sunday, April 29th at 3 p.m. please join clarinetist Ben Goldberg and keyboardist Michael Coleman as they present “Practitioner,” a concert realization of soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy’s album “Hocus Pocus (Book H of ‘Practitioners’)” in The Underground Concert Series at LaFontsee Galleries, 833 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids. In 1985 Ben Goldberg took a lesson with Steve Lacy where, remembers Goldberg, Lacy, “prescribed some exercises for investigating the basic elements of music. At the end of our meeting he gave me a copy of a new record of his called ‘Hocus Pocus.’” “Hocus Pocus” is an album featuring six etudes for solo soprano saxophone, each titled with a word beginning with the letter “H,” that Steve Lacy described as, “Deliberately made so as to be hard to play,” yet containing many of the characteristic ‘licks’ which comprise the language Lacy used in different kinds of improvisational music. He said, “Each piece is also a portrait of, and an homage to, a distinguished practitioner of a particular art.” Keyboardist Michael Coleman and clarinetist Ben Goldberg studied and recorded Lacy’s compositions over a period of three years and envisioned a kind of dreamlike multidimensional sonic collage which they call “Practitioner.” Pianist, improviser and composer Michael Coleman is a graduate of the Oberlin College where he studied history and jazz piano before moving to Oakland, CA, where he dove into the improvised music scene, working with Scott Amendola, Marcus Shelby, many others, and developing three different bands of his own. Clarinetist Ben Goldberg was a pupil of the eminent clarinetist Rosario Mazzeo and studied with jazz greats Steve Lacy and Joe Lovano. Since 1992 he’s “shaped a career through curiosity and experimentation across genres and styles.” The New York Times wrote Ben’s music, “conveys a feeling of joyous research into basics of polyphony and collective improving, the constant usefulness of musicians intuitively coming together and pull apart.” The Downbeat Critics Poll named him the #1 Rising Star Clarinetist in both 2011 and 2013. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door ($10 for students or musicians). For information about please call (616) 745-4353. This year’s Underground Concert Series is underwritten in part by The Grand Rapids Therapy Group, providing West Michigan with experienced and innovative family, individual, and couples counseling at 500 Cascade W Pkwy SE #240, Grand Rapids, MI Phone: (616) 591-9000. “Experience the difference.”
  23. Mildred Bailey

    As we begin Women’s History Month please join Blue Lake on-demand for the first female vocalist featured with a national dance band (The Paul Whiteman Orchestra), who then formed the first big band co-led by a woman (with husband Red Norvo). Mildred Bailey was a microphone singer, an intimate new approach that Bing Crosby popularized as “a crooner.” Women singers who favored the mic were known as “canaries.” Bailey was the first, very different than Mamie or Bessie Smith. As you’ll hear today on Jazz From Blue Lake from Blue Lake on-demand,
  24. Julius Hemphill

    Remembering Julius Hemphill on Jazz From Blue Lake, found under "Programs" here:
  25. For 30 years pianist Keith Jarrett’s “Standards Trio” used compositions from the Great American Songbook as a starting point for exceptional improvisational music, as you’ll hear in a special Valentine’s evening broadcast of “Jazz From Blue Lake,” featuring Jarrett with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette. We’ll even include “love songs” by Albert Ayler during “Out on Blue Lake” in the 3rd hour. Jazz From Blue Lake is found at