Lazaro Vega

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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. Donny McCaslin

    Have any of you heard "The Passion of Charlie Parker" on Impulse?
  6. 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.
  7. Happy 75th birthday to drummer/pianist/bandleader Jack DeJohnette featured on Jazz From Blue Lake here (click to listen):
  8. Happy 75th Jack DeJohnette!

    I just requested that one. Going to play it on the radio!
  9. 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.)
  10. Percussion Bitter Sweet

    In August 1961 drummer/bandleader Max Roach represented the civil rights movement in sound with a band moving into a unique rhythmic soundscape – Eric Dolphy and Clifford Jordan on woodwinds; Booker Little, trumpet; Julian Priester, trombone; Mal Waldron, piano; Art Davis, bass; Roach on drums plus two percussionists and the voice of Abbey Lincoln. “Tender Warriors” is a lyrical, haunting, consonant theme featuring Dolphy’s flute. After an innocent sounding trumpet solo, Dolphy’s bass clarinet interrupts in distressing dissonance – youth and experience represented symbolically in sound. This classic recording is featured in the first part of each hour of Jazz From Blue Lake Lake found under “Programs” here:
  11. BassDrumBone

    BassDrumBone is actually a trio of bassist Mark Helias, drummer Gerry Hemingway and trombonist Ray Anderson. Right now they're celebrating the 40th anniversary of creating music with a continent jumping tour. Starting in New Haven just after the nation’s bi-centennial, each member had early playing and touring experience with composer/multi-instrumentalist Anthony Braxon. A review at says of BassDrumBone’s music, “Variety is a predominant factor here.” Jazz From Blue Lake focuses on the 40th anniversary of BassDrumBone and their new double CD “The Long Road” under “Programs” found here today:
  12. BassDrumBone

    I'd check out their touring -- they're coming across the big water this fall, I believe.
  13. Mingus at Antibes

    57 years ago Charles Mingus was invited to perform at the Antibes Jazz Festival in Juan Les Pins, France, a concert recorded and finally issued in the 1970's. Last night, in the first part of each hour, Blue Lake Public Radio featured that recording, and later in the evening the sessions Mingus did for Candid recordings in the fall of 1960. This 5 hour episode of Jazz From Blue Lake is available today under "Programs" . You may want to read this while listening:
  14. Bobby Bradford switched permanently from trumpet to cornet in 1973, using the horn for great timbre flexibility and expressiveness in deftly organized spontaneous composition, something he’s excelled at since first coming out of Texas as a boyhood friend of the great Ornette Coleman. Blue Lake Public Radio’s celebration of Bobby Bradford’s 83 birthday is available to hear today under “Programs” and “Jazz From Blue Lake” here:
  15. Monk and Bags

    Bob Blumenthal typified Milt Jackson’s July 2, 1948 quartet recording session with Thelonious Monk as easily his most important outside of the Modern Jazz Quartet, and one which produced music of the highest level, some of the most celebrated in Monk’s career. Combine those recordings with the July 23, 1951 session led by Monk featuring Jackson on “Four in One” and “Criss Cross” and you’ll be listening to last night’s Jazz From Blue Lake, here: .
  16. Naked Lunch

    With this coming up -- -- I was prompted to revisit a 1992 radio program on the soundtrack to this film including interviews with Ornette Coleman and film composer Howard Shore. You'll find the half hour long broadcast under "Interviews" at
  17. Geri Allen

    Geri Allen. You've read the tributes flowing out of Michigan's jazz scene about her, and the jazz world's incredible appreciation of this dynamic creative artist. Tonight on Jazz From Blue Lake at midnight eastern time we'll rebroadcast a 2008 solo piano performance she gave live on the radio from the Blodgett Recital Hall at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Streaming from . Geri went to Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp as a 6th grader (the camp is for high school students).
  18. Tonight on Blue Lake Public Radio from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. in the first part of each hour, in honor the solstice, we're featuring this recording by Alex Cline and his 14 piece Flower Garland Orchestra, "Oceans of Vows," Cline's meditation on inner-being.
  19. This 5 hour broadcast is now available from under "Jazz From Blue Lake."
  20. Sir Charles Thompson

    It was a year ago that Sir Charles Thompson passed away. Last night we remembered his clear, concise piano playing and lovely melodies during part of Jazz From Blue Lake, which you'll find on line today to stream from .
  21. Sir Charles Thompson

    Glad you liked it: thanks for listening!
  22. Miles

    Jazz From Blue Lake featuring the music of Miles Davis in the first part of each hour is available right now from
  23. Archie Shepp

    Jazz From Blue Lake is available from In the first hour of the program we hear music by Cecil Taylor’s bands featuring saxophonist Archie Shepp, The Jazz Datebook, and music by Thelonious Monk from 1959, including some of the newly recovered film soundtrack. The other four hours of the program feature Shepp in the first 20 minutes, with “Out On Blue Lake” in the 3rd hour. Get into some massive sound via an avant gardist who joined the mainstream, whose depth of interpretation in blues and spirituals will fill you up.
  24. Sun Ra

    Jazz From Blue Lake celebrated the music of Sun Ra, jazz’s sun god, yesterday evening and the program is available today on demand from . As his biographer John Swed said, Sun Ra believed music has a power that is closest you can come to certain God-like experiences. Music is a model for a kind of reality that’s not otherwise available directly to the mind. The broadcast includes part of a special live performance by the Blue Lake studios from saxophonist Marshall Allen and bassist Henry Grimes. (Image by Jan Persson, thanks to Stephen Haynes )
  25. John Coltrane: Giant Steps

    Two weeks after recording Miles Davis's album "Kind of Blue," on May 4, 1959, John Coltrane recorded his classic album "Giant Steps" which Blue Lake Public Radio featured Friday evening in the first part of each hour of Jazz From Blue Lake. You can hear that broadcast of Jazz From Blue Lake here: