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  1. November 15, 1971. Thelonious Monk ends an 8 week tour with the Giants of Jazz. During a 36 hour stop over in London, he records a solo and trio session (with bassist Al McKibbon and drummer Art Blakey) for Black Lion Records. His first trio album in 15 years ends up being his final studio recording, and the entire date is a sort of summation of his career, from "My Melancholy Baby" to "Trinkle Tinkle." Please join Blue Lake Public Radio when we feature these historic recordings in the first part of each hour, 10 p.m. - 3 a.m. eastern, WBLV FM 90.3 / WBLU FM 88.9, www.bluelake.org/radio
  2. Last night Blue Lake Public Radio was celebrating the birthday of guitarist Russell Malone in the first part of each hour, 10 p.m. - 3 a.m. with an emphasis on two recent quartet recordings. In addition to his stellar, straight ahead guitar playing on jazz standards and originals, we also heard Malone with Diana Krall, Paul Keller, and Benny Green. I can't believe you missed this swinging program! What were you doing? Not to worry, it's available again, today only, here: www.bluelake.org/ondemand
  3. Is it conceivable (advisable) to hybridize creative improvised music with punk? Jazz celebrates a high level of creativity, usually expressed through a hard earned virtuosity. Punkers? “I’m not practicing scales in my room!” So where is the intersection? Perhaps in the recordings of the band Throttle Elevator Music, inspired by producer/composer Gregory Howe and featuring saxophonist Kamasi Washington. Their take on it is heard in the first part of each hour of Jazz From Blue Lake found here:www.bluelake.org/ondemand
  4. Chicago celebrated with Ravi Coltrane at the Jazz Showcase. New York acknowledged with “Coltrane Revisited” at Birdland all week (Steve Kuhn and an all-star band). From Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in the Manistee National Forest, Jazz From Blue Lake remembered John Coltrane, too, on the 90th anniversary of his birth, with his recordings played on the radio, and recordings by Jack DeJohnette, Gary Bartz and Steve Davis of Coltrane’s music. Joe McPhee was at the Village Vanguard when Coltrane recorded “At the Village Vanguard Again!” and he suggested that version of “Naima.” Intrigued? You can hear that Jazz From Blue Lake today under “Programs”:www.bluelake.org/ondemand
  5. This summer, I kept calling trumpeter Keyon Harrold’s name on the radio, he seemed everywhere: on the Miles Ahead Sound track; on many of those Don Was productions coming out on Blue Note. No idea he recorded with Common, or LL Cool J, or Beyonce. We have his trumpet with the Charles Tolliver Big Band, and saxophonist Billy Harper’s interpretation of John Coltrane’s “Africa,” a version featuring the poetry of Amiri Baraka. Keyon Harrold’s jazz records on the radio, under “Jazz From Blue Lake” here: www.bluelake.org/ondemand
  6. Randy Brecker appears at St. Cecilia Music Center's newly remodeled Royce Auditorium on Friday, October 7th as part of a Jazz Showcase presented by Western Michigan University. The Grammy-award winning trumpeter performs with the Western Jazz Quartet, the vocal ensemble Gold Company, and the University Jazz Orchestra. Blue Lake Public Radio's interviewed Brecker about the concert, and how his ties to WMU led to a Grammy award with Poland's Wlodek Pawlik. Listen here:www.bluelake.org/ondemand
  7. Since re-invigorating international interest in the sound of the Hammond organ in the 1980's, Joey Defrancesco grew from prodigy to standard bearer, and we featured a wide variety of his celebrated music (including his trumpet playing) Friday night during Jazz From Blue Lake, which you'll find here: www.bluelake.org/ondemand
  8. Since re-invigorating international interest in the sound of the Hammond organ in the 1980's, Joey Defrancesco grew from prodigy to standard bearer, and we featured a wide variety of his celebrated music (including his trumpet playing) Friday night during Jazz From Blue Lake, which you'll find here: www.bluelake.org/radio
  9. People know Harvey Mason -- he's the drummer on Herbie Hancock's "Chameleon," a regular for 25 years in "Fourplay," among hundreds of records. He loves playing with an organ trio, which goes down in Holland, MI, Saturday at Hope College with organist Tony Monaco and guitarist Chuck Loeb at the Jack Miller Theater, then after hours at Windows on the Waterfront. For a preview please see www.bluelake.org/ondemand under "Interviews." To hear Tony Monaco's music, please click on Jazz From Blue Lake under "Programs."
  10. Michael Cuscuna describes Duke Pearson as, "Pianist, composer, arranger, producer, talent scout and trend setter." Jazz From Blue Lake featured Pearson's recordings last evening, especially this previously un-issued big band (Baltimore, 1969) concert featuring Donald Byrd, Pepper Adams and Mickey Roker. In the 3rd hour we took it "Out on Blue Lake" with recordings by Perry Robinson as well as Wadada Leo Smith. Find Jazz From Blue Lake under "Programs" here: www.bluelake.org/ondemand
  11. Please join us for 5 hours of the finest in recorded jazz, with an emphasis on the music of pianist/composer Mal Waldon. Described by Jazz critic Francis Davis as making music that's, "Crowded, low-ceilinged, and invariably fixated on a cluster of notes near middle C..." and that, "Waldron’s music as he plays it tends to be about tension and release—but sometimes just tension." You'll find his music under the files labeled "Jazz From Blue Lake," here: www.bluelake.org/ondemand
  12. Bill Evans music was heard last night on Jazz From Blue Lake, using some of this essay in explaining his significance to the music, https://www.allaboutjazz.com/bill-evans-1929-1980-bill-evans-by-aaj-staff.php. We also featured interviews with Paul Vornhagen and Steve Hilger as we get ready for this weekend's GRandJazzFest. If you missed last night's broadcast, you can still catch it today from www.bluelake.org/ondemand . Under "programs" click Jazz From Blue Lake, all 5 hours.
  13. Since the 1960's, multi-instrumentalist Roscoe Mitchell stayed at the forefront of creative music by following the principals of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, an artist-based non-profit dedicated to presenting concerts of original music, among other arts activities. Last evening we listened to some of this remarkable artist's multi-dimensional recording career, and now you can too by clicking "Jazz From Blue Lake" under "Programs" found here: www.bluelake.org/ondemand(Image by Joseph Blough)
  14. Alto saxophonist, composer, record producer, sideman, leader, David Binney regularly plays at 55 Bar in NYC. In fact, he put together the band that David Bowie heard and drafted to appear on his swan song "Blackstar." Binney appeared live on Blue Lake Public Radio in 2006 with guitarist Joel Harrison's band. You'll find his music under Programs, then Jazz From Blue Lake, today only, right here: www.bluelake.org/ondemand
  15. Over the weekend Blue Lake Public Radio remembered pianist Hank Jones and celebrated the birthday of guitarist Kenny Burrell. Burrell grew up in Detroit, made New York by the mid-1950's and since the late 1970's is deeply involved in music education through UCLA. Click on the links to Jazz From Blue Lake found here and you'll catch his blues drenched improvised music in the first part of each hour,www.bluelake.org/ondemand
  16. The Clayton Brothers music (bassist John, saxophonist Jeff) was heard in the first part of each hour of Jazz From Blue Lake Friday night. Mainstays of mainstream jazz since the late 1970's, the brothers are featured with their quintet and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Just a reminder the program is up for on-line listening via www.bluelake.org/ondemand .
  17. The music of Arturo O'Farrill filled the airwaves of west Michigan last evening, including his Grammy Award winning Afro-Latin Jazz Suite. We included the original Afro-Latin Jazz Suite with Bird, too, the one written by his Dad, Chico O'Farrill; plus Duke Ellington's Degas Suite, and some long performances by Carla Bley and Bobby Bradford. Hear last night's Jazz From Blue Lake today from www.bluelake.org/ondemand
  18. Jazz From Blue Lake brought you one of the best male vocalists ever last evening as our Jazz Retrospective feature fell on the recordings of Johnny Hartman, a bass/baritone balladeer. To hear the program please click www.bluelake.org/ondemand and then under Programs click Jazz From Blue Lake. Hartman has a gift of singing story songs, especially "Lush Life."
  19. Duke Ellington said, "I was born at Newport." Jazz From Blue Lake brought you Duke's recordings featuring tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves last night, including that epic Newport concert, in the first part of each hour. For all five hours, including "Out On Blue Lake" with Anthony Braxton at Montreux in the third hour, please listen at www.bluelake.org/ondemand.
  20. She's played everything, starting at NYC's "Fame" high school and the Manhattan School of Music with symphonic and chamber ensembles, to the merry-go-round of talent at the Apollo Theater to Max Roach's Double Quartet, and her own Quartette Indigo. Cellist/arranger/bandleader Akua Dixon Turre is in a tradition which includes Oscar Pettiford, Fred Katz, Ron Carter, Abdul Wadud and the young Tomeka Reid as players who want to use "the language of jazz on the cello." Here's a link to last night's Jazz From Blue Lake broadcast featuring her music, www.bluelake.org/ondemand
  21. Trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso is heard in the soundtrack to HBO’s hit series “Boardwalk Empire” as a member of Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks. He moved to NYC from Michigan to play with that band in 1989 after years of playing with James Dapogny’s Chicago Jazz Band. In his young life, Kellso was a member of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp’s International Youth Symphony. As Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp celebrated its 50th Anniversary (July 5, 1966), Jazz From Blue Lake brought you music by this esteemed former camper, available to listen to here: www.bluelake.org/ondemand
  22. The fireworks in New York wrapped up on t.v. at 10. Here on the far side of the eastern time zone, they hadn't begun (wasn't dark enough). Blue Lake Public Radio provided a Louis Armstrong soundtrack to the festivities, remembering Pops on the birthday he celebrated throughout his life. Here's hoping you'll listen today via www.bluelake.org/ondemand (Image by Jack Bradley).
  23. Stanley Clarke is still taking the bass to another place. Musically, he's put the bass on top. Checking out his recordings again last night and couldn't help smile at his sense of humor, usually expressed through virtuosity, or his sense of musical drama and, yes, speed. 5 hours of the finest in recorded jazz here, under Jazz From Blue Lake:www.bluelake.org/ondemand
  24. Yesterday, New Orleans saxophonist Donald Harrison celebrated his 56th birthday, and so did Blue Lake Public Radio, including a piece from his forthcoming album "The Eclectic Jazz Movement," a nouveau swing/rap called "Dat's Jazz." You can hear the entire 5 hour broadcast through the end of today from www.bluelake.org/ondemand. Image by Kiel Scott.
  25. Jazz From Blue Lake's program highlighting the recorded legacy of Lucky Thompson is available here: www.bluelake.org/ondemand . He played at the highest level. See: http://www.attictoys.com/LuckyThompson/
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