Lazaro Vega

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  1. Wardell Gray

    Nice. I'd like to find that Xanadu.
  2. Wardell Gray

    Wardell Gray swung. The Oklahoma born, Detroit-bred tenor saxophonist may have played Grand Rapids in the 1940’s as a member of the Benny Carew Band before taking off for the big time Earl Hines Orchestra in Chicago. Though considered a bebop stylist, especially for his post-WWII work with Dexter Gordon, Charlie Parker and Howard McGhee, Gray recorded with Benny Goodman and Count Basie, those giants of swing. Blue Lake Public Radio spun Gray's recordings last night during Jazz From Blue Lake found here:
  3. Ra Kalam Bob Moses

    So, Bob Moses has a record label, Ra-Kalam Records . . He sent Blue Lake about a dozen releases recently, and we featured some of them last night. The third hour of Jazz From Blue Lake at our ondemand page is given over to Roscoe Mitchell's music, "Out on Blue Lake," including the new release on Nessa Records. On January 28th drummer, composer, artist, poet and nature mystic Ra Kalam Bob Moses celebrated his 70th B’earthday at The Lilypad in Cambridge. He writes, “Still flying (and recuperating)…Twas a joyous explosion of Spirit light and love in the form of sound.” Blue Lake Public Radio celebrated, too, by airing performances from Ra-Kalam Records on Jazz From Blue Lake, found here:
  4. Jane Ira Bloom

    Her version of "The Nearness of You" with Julian Priester and Kenny Wheeler does it for me.
  5. Jane Ira Bloom

    Did you know soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom was the first musician commissioned by the NASA Art Program to create three original compositions (1989) and has a minor planet named after her (6083 Janeirabloom)? Did you know this Yale graduate (1977) and tenured music professor at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music is married to the actor/director Joe Grifasi? Yeah man, she’s way hip. Friday night’s edition of Jazz From Blue Lake featured Jane Ira Bloom’s music in the first part of each hour and is at Blue Lake Public Radio’s on-demand page until tomorrow. (photo of Bloom by Erika Kapin).
  6. Charlie Parker at Birdland, 1950

    Is this a carefully produced "package"?
  7. Max Roach

    From his early work with the beboppers to the great band he co-led with Clifford Brown, to his civil right music, to recordings with avant gardists to his percussion ensemble and solo drums, Jazz From Blue Lake touched on the music of Max Roach last evening. Jazz From Blue Lake is found here:
  8. Dan Barrett

    Trombonist/cornetist Dan Barrett’s music was heard last night on Jazz From Blue Lake. That version of “Perdido” where the Howard Alden/Dan Barrett Quintet transcribed Flip Phillips famous solo on the Ellington classic and then played it together as a band? Still knocks me out. Barrett grew up in California in the 1970’s hanging with all the aging traditional New Orleans transplants, and I read he played at Kid Ory’s funeral. Was a kick to swing the night away. The program is available today through Blue Lake’s on demand page.
  9. Jazz From Blue Lake remembered the south side Chicago tenor saxophonist Eddie Johnson during last evening’s Jazz Retrospective segment of Jazz From Blue Lake. Johnson’s uncle, Doc Poston, played alto in Jimmy Noone’s Apex Club Orchestra (1920’s era band), and Johnson himself appeared with Louis Jordan’s Tympani Five (turning down an offer from Duke Ellington to work with Jordan, but later subbing for Ben Webster in Ellington’s band at a concert in Detroit, and appearing on Ellington’s 1960’s era Mary Poppins recording). Johnson rose to prominence as Chicago’s chief computer systems engineer, but returned to music in the late 1970’s, appearing in the 1980’s at the Grand Haven (MI) Winterfest with special edition of The Hubbard Street Swingers, and in Grand Rapids with Greg Sergo’s Ellington Dynasty at Lincoln Country Club. You’ll hear his music under “Jazz From Blue Lake” at our on demand page.
  10. Eddie Johnson, tenor saxophonist

    Cool: did not know that.
  11. Sonny Greer

    Chick Webb, Jo Jones, Big Sid Catlett, Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich are recognized jazz drummers from the hey day of swing. Yesterday Blue Lake Public Radio celebrated the music of another percussionist, a colorist with an elaborate set up allowing him to create sounds perfect for The Duke Ellington Orchestra from 1921 to 1951. Greer and Jimmy Blanton made a fearsome rhythm section, too. In addition to music by Sonny Greer, last night’s radio program brought you the newly issued 1956 Ella Fitzgerald recording taped at Zardi’s Jazzland in Hollywood, and we went “Out On Blue Lake” in the third hour, remembering Sunny Murray and featuring Mars Williams new Albert Ayler Xmas recording.
  12. Eddie Heywood

    Yesterday jazz pianist Eddie Heywood was remembered on Jazz From Blue Lake, including his earliest recordings with the 1939 Benny Carter Orchestra, an unforgettable session with Coleman Hawkins, and his commercially successful New York Sextet of the mid-1940’s that served as house band at Jimmy Ryan’s Sunday Jam Session, appeared regularly at Café Society, accompanied Billie Holiday on record and made several sessions for Milt Gabler’s Commodore Record label. “Begin the Beguine” and other hit records by pianist Eddie Heywood found under “Jazz From Blue Lake” at our on-demand page,
  13. Chu Berry

    Now at “Jazz From Blue Lake” featuring the music of tenor saxophonist Chu Berry, one of the great soloists of the 1930’s. Catch the program now, as it will be replaced tomorrow. Under programs click on “Jazz From Blue Lake.”
  14. Christian McBride program

    Bassist Christian McBride appears with Tip City this Thursday at St. Cecilia Music Center. On Friday, Blue Lake Public Radio featured the music of McBride on Jazz From Blue Lake, including an interview with the 4 time Grammy-award winning bassist/bandleader, as well as music by pianist Emmett Cohen and guitarist Dan Wilson who complete Tip City. The program, Jazz From Blue Lake, is available to hear from
  15. It’s a tradition at Blue Lake Public Radio, featuring trumpeter Clifford Brown and saxophonist Illinois Jacquet on the radio at the end of October (honoring their birthdays, memories and, especially, music). So much happening in the performance arts in west Michigan this time of year, too, which Blue Lake hips you to. Clifford Brown is under “Jazz From Blue Lake” at For Jacquet please join tonight from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. edt.
  16. Dizzy Gillespie at 100

    Dizzy time. Saturday is the 100th anniversary of jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie’s birth and last night Jazz From Blue Lake featured “the theoretician” (as Budd Johnson called Gillespie) in the first 20 minutes of each hour found here: . Saturday morning Jazz a la Carte will include plenty of Gillespie, too, from 7 – 10 a.m. and Sunday night at 10 Gillespie is featured on “Night Lights.” Please join Blue Lake Public Radio in our celebration of this entertaining virtuoso and ambassador of American music.
  17. THIS Sunday, 3 p.m., Adam Rudolph's Moving Pictures in the Underground Music Series at LaFontsee Galleries! The new season of The Underground Concert Series opens October 22nd at 3 p.m. The band "Moving Pictures" includes Adam Rudolph: handrumset; Alexis Marcelo: Fender Rhodes, electric keyboards; Damon Banks: electric bass; Hamid Drake: drumset, percussion; Kenny Wessel: electric guitar, electronics; and Ralph M. Jones: c flute, alto flute, bass clarinet, soprano and tenor saxophones, husli, bamboo flutes. Adam Rudolph's Moving Pictures just released its first new album in over five years, “Glare of the Tiger,” a perfect example of creative music looking to the future while expressing the sound of now. Says Adam Rudolph, “It is my feeling that to honor tradition, one should look forward and not backward. The tradition is to sound like yourself and create a NEW music that reflects the NOW. To put it another way, Yusef Lateef often said to me, "Brother Adam, we are evolutionists." This concert is presented by Adventure Music, Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door; $10 for students.
  18. Gjerstad Trio + Swell

    Thanks David. He was loquacious! Benny Goodman is free jazz. All right then. Thanks Chuck for putting up the photos. This broadcast is available to hear under "Studio Performances" at
  19. Gjerstad Trio + Swell

    Photos to large to share, I guess. Blue Lake Public Radio features a special in studio performance by the Frode Gjerstad Trio with Steve Swell this Thursday morning from midnight to 1 a.m. eastern time “Out on Blue Lake.” The saxophonist/clarinetist who considers all jazz “free” since a boyhood encounter hearing Benny Goodman jam on record, Gjerstad’s trio features bassist Jon Rune Strom (who in 2016 performed with Gjerstad’s trio at Mexicains Sans Frontiers in Grand Rapids, and with Universal Indians at the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival in East Lansing), and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love, the 49 year old who’s played with Gjerstad for 34 years. Trombonist Steve Swell is on his third tour with the Norwegian free jazz ensemble, finding an exciting rapport in the band’s spontaneous orchestrations. This program is heard over WBLV FM 90.3 / WBLU FM 88.9 and streaming over the web from
  20. Donny McCaslin

    Well, David Baerwald's lyrics nailed a mood, for sure -- McCaslin and Craig Taborn do, too. Can't play the vocal version of K.C. Blues, which is called "So Long," sung by Jeffrey Wright. But the writer finds a voice inside Bird. Might not be Bird's voice, but it's a convincing character. You know the last bit of theme on KC Blues...he gives it the line, " ain't gonna hurt me no more." There's this, too, "such a dynamite little be from." Goodness. I can't play it on the radio because it builds up to "fuck yoooouuuu Kansas City." "Moose the Mooche" is so right on. This guy dives into drug addiction from a hipster point of view, but it's not one of like "being hip," but just jaded, lost, above it yet consumed by it, and the singers, mostly, get it. Kurt Elling sure does. And so does this Jeffrey Wright. No, it's really something. Eerie. Uncomfortable. Welcoming. It may be a one off, but it's not a tourist point of view. Parts of this record crawl under your skin.
  21. Donny McCaslin

    Have any of you heard "The Passion of Charlie Parker" on Impulse?
  22. Sonny Rollins is 87!

    Heard him wipe everyone out at the Chicago Jazz Festival in 1988, taking chorus after chorus on "Red Top" with a raring to go Marvin "Smitty" Smith taking no prisoners behind him. Today at “Jazz From Blue Lake” features the music of Sonny Rollins in honor of his 87th birthday.
  23. Happy 75th birthday to drummer/pianist/bandleader Jack DeJohnette featured on Jazz From Blue Lake here (click to listen):
  24. Happy 75th Jack DeJohnette!

    I just requested that one. Going to play it on the radio!
  25. Tony Bennett at 91

    Tony Bennett's 91st finds the musician and painter keeping a promising performance schedule, including a concert at Ravinia in Chicago tonight and a celebration in New York on the 8th. Blue Lake Public Radio brings you jazz related recordings by Bennett during all five hours of Jazz From Blue Lake found under "Programs" here: (In concert photograph by William Ellis.)