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From the Jazz masters of past and present to emerging new artists performing hard bop jazz and fusion. A weekly Jazz radio show that airs on WHUS FM, Storrs CT. No smooth jazz here!

From the Jazz masters of past and present to emerging new artists performing hard bop jazz and fusion. A weekly Jazz radio show that airs on WHUS FM, Storrs CT. No smooth jazz here!
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From the Jazz masters of past and present to emerging new artists performing hard bop jazz and fusion. A weekly Jazz radio show that airs on WHUS FM, Storrs CT. No smooth jazz here!





I’ve been busy working with the Hartford Jazz Society on producing 6 great summer concerts in the park. I reference this frequently during this podcast. More information can be seen at Concurrerntly with our concert series is the Emerging Artist Showcase. Please look for the links to this competition and view these videos and cast a vote. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Jason Palmer ~ Preservation of the Lower 9th Ward ~ At Wally’s Volume 1 3 Cohens ~ Do...


Jason Palmer and Monday Night Jazz

Trumpeter Jason Palmer is interviewed prior to the performance of his quartet at the opening concert of Monday Night Jazz. Dr. Lonnie Smith will follow the following week. Also in this episode is Chick with strings, Miles and something “new” from Trane. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Jason Palmer ~ Allow Me To Be ~ Beauty ‘n Numbers Jason Palmer ~ Interview Jason Palmer ~ Stop Drop and Roll ~ Live at Wally’s Vol. 1 Doctor Lonnie Smith ~ Too Damn Hot ~ Too Damn Hot Chick Corea ~...


Both Directions

This podcast celebrates the release of John Coltrane’s lost album release. The show is bookended by tracks from his Both Directions At Once CD. In between we will hear from Wayne Shorter, young saxophonist Mike Casey and baritone Lauren Sevian. Somewhere in the middle are pianists, master Chick Cora and a talented Theo Hill. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album John Coltrane ~ Impressions take 4 ~ Both Directions at Once The Lost Album Weather Report ~ Herandnu ~ Black Market Wayne Shorter...


Jazz Rock Jazz Funk

The title says it all. Joe Henderson starts it off. Then a Jimmy Hendrix set. Back to jazz including some new music from Buster. Then finish it with a surprising funky tune from Marcus M. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Joe Henderson ~ Beatrice ~ The State of the Tenor Joe Henderson ~ Mode for Joe ~ Mode for Joe Joe Henderson ~ Isotope ~ Inner Urge The Jimi Hendrix Experience ~ Voodoo Chile ~ Electric Ladyland Rob Garcia 4 ~ Little Wing ~ The Passion of Color The Gil Evans...


Silver Theme

The first half of this podcast is filled with Horace Silver compositions. He wrote such wonderful tunes. That is followed by Hartford’s favorite son, Dezron Douglas (bass), then new music by some jazz artists you may not know, but you should. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Louis Hayes ~ Song For My Father ~ Serenade for Horace Art Blakey ~ Nica’s Dream ~ The Jazz Messengers Art Blakey ~ Ecaroh ~ The Jazz Messengers Horace Silver Quartet ~ Nutville ~ The Cape Verdean Blues Dezron...


Ellington and Summer

A podcast that gets me psyched for summer. The highlights are in Duke Ellington’s Far East Suite, and a summer set from Louis Hayes, Joshua Redman and Shirley Horn. The podast ends with a couple of tracks from Jason Palmer who will kick off Hartford’s summer concert series beginning July 9. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Art Pepper & The Hollywood All-Stars ~ Art Pepper ~ Art Standards Duke Ellington ~ Isfahan ~ Far East Suite Duke Ellington ~ Mount Harissa ~ Far East...


Miles and more 2018

The podcast begins with a couple of Miles’ tunes to celebrate his birth date. Sets from Preminger, Rosnes and Joey Alexander are featured in this show as well. Also tracks from Cannonball and Lovano round out the podcast. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Miles Davis ~ Joshua ~ Seven Steps to Heaven Miles Davis ~ Paraphanalia ~ Miles in the Sky Cannonball Adderley ~ Gemini ~ In New York Noah Preminger ~ The Genuine One ~ Genuinity Noah Preminger & Rob Garcia ~ Etude Op25 No7 in C#...



A podcast of tunes that are, in my opinion uplifting. Clifford Brown’s Joy Spring and Metheny’s First Circle are my picks to uplift. Also, music from Noah Baerman and Jen Allen helped inspire this playlist. New music from Noah Preminger, Kurt Elling and Renee Rosnes are featured here as well. Dylan covers from Elling and Ballantine are here too. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Clifford Brown & Max Roach Quintet ~ Joy Spring ~ Clifford Brown’s Finest hour Pat Metheny Group ~ The First...


Vocal Sax Piano

This show features sets of vocals, saxophone and piano. Rene Marie and Van Morrison start things off. Next up, tenor sax players Henderson, Rollins and Potter. The show concludes with pianists Theo Hill, Benito Gonzalez and Kenny Barron. That makes for a pretty nice jazz podcast. Enjoy. PLAYLIST Artist ~ Track ~ Album Rene Marie ~ If You Were Mine ~ Sound of Red Van Morrison & Joey Defrancesco ~ Magic Time ~ You’re Driving Me Crazy Joe Henderson ~ Power To The People ~ Power To The...


Broadcast 11 May 2018

Classic tracks from Cannonball, Morgan and Ellington before diving into some new music. You will hear new releases from young Joey Alexander, Chris Potter, Eddie Henderson, Van Morrison and Jonathan Barber. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Cannonball Adderley ~ Arriving Soon ~ Plus Lee Morgan ~ Ceora ~ Cornbread Duke Ellington ~ Ad Lib on Nippon ~ Far East Suite Joey Alexander ~ The Very Thought of You ~ Eclipse Joey Alexander ~ Space ~ Eclipse Chris Potter ~ Ilimba ~ The Dreamer is...


Broadcast 20 Apr 2018

Begin with a couple of tracks from Wynton. Then by request, Mulligan. After that, new music from young Joey, Kenny, a duet from Francois and Kavita. Close out the podcast with another new album from Dr. Henderson. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Wynton Marsalis ~ Feeling of Jazz ~ The Magic Hour Wynton Marsalis ~ The Magic Hour ~ The Magic Hour Gerry Mulligan ~ Blueport ~ What is There To Say Joey Alexander ~ Moments Notice ~ Eclipse Joey Alexander ~ Fourteen ~ Eclipse Kenny Barron...


Joe, Brad and others

Four tracks each featuring Joe Henderson and Brad Mehldau. Along the way we also hear new music from the Curtis Brothers and Noah Preminger. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Joe Henderson ~ Mode For Joe ~ Mode for Joe Joe Henderson ~ Night and Day ~ Inner Urge Joe Henderson ~ Relaxin’ At Camarillo ~ Relaxin’ At Camarillo Miroslav Vitous ~ I Will Tell Him On You ~ Infinite Search Curtis Brothers Quartet ~ What’s Going On ~ Syzygy Curtis Brothers Quartet ~ Syzygy ~ Syzygy Brad...


Broadcast 20 Apr 2018

Bookended by two very different versions of Corea’s Spain, are large ensembles, classic jazz, something new and even some bluegrass. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Atla & Matt DeChamplain ~ Spain ~ Pause Dan Pugach Nonet ~ Discourse This ~ Plus One Christian McBride Big Band ~ Full House ~ Bringin’ It Christian McBride Big Band ~ Optimism ~ Bringin’ It Hank Mobley ~ No Room For Squares ~ No Room For Squares Miles Davis ~ Delores ~ Miles Smiles Harold Maburn ~ The Gigolo ~ To Love...


Around Town

Most of this playlist features jazz artists that have been playing around the Hartford area, or will be in the coming weeks. Joey D hammers the Hammond while taking us to the ballgame. Dan Pugach’s Nonet gives Brooklyn Blues a Nawlin’s style, Casey takes us to worlds from Starwars. Curtis Bros and Ed Fast go latin style… and much more. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Joey DeFrancesco ~ Take Me Out the the Ballgame ~ Joey D! Joey DeFrancesco ~ Dig ~ JoeyD! Dan Pugach Nonet ~ Brooklyn...


Tenor Titans and more

No central theme to this show, but as I peruse the selections I see some great tenor sax players; young and old. Rollins, Coleman, Preminger and Potter all represented here. Throw in some other great music from pianist Noah Baerman with his tribute to MLK, Jason Palmer’s trumpet work with Mark Turner, and Metheny’s Quartet and we have a helluva podcast. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Sonny Rollins ~ Way Out West ~ Way Out West George Coleman ~ Up Jumped Spring ~ At Yoshi’s Noah...


Genuine Preminger

A conversation with Noah Preminger on the release of three new recordings and projects. We feature his latest quartet’s release of original material, Genuinity. Also a duet project with pianist Frank Carlburg, and a pre-release listen to the Chopin Project with Rob Garcia. We also put Noah through a blindfold test (way to easy). Following that is a Shorter set, and we end the podcast with something new from singer Kurt Elling. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Noah Preminger & Rob Garcia...


Believe in Spring

Here in the northeast, though the calendar says it is spring, it certainly doesn’t feel that way. Here is a playlist to help bring on Springtime. These tunes are inspired by Spring, flowers and sun. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Eric Alexander ~ You Must Believe in Spring ~ Revival of the Fittest Joshua Redman ~ It Might As Well Be Spring ~ Timeless Tales (for Changing Times) Milt Jackson ~ Sunflower ~ Sunflower Jimmy Greene ~ Flowers ~ Flowers, Beautiful Life vol2 Les McCann and...


Duets plus

Before we get to the duets, we hear from one of my favorite JMac albums Demon’s Dance. That is followed by two sax players with Connecticut roots. Nick Biello and Noah Preminger. Both have new recordings, Biello his premier, and Preminger with plenty. Then the duets: Preminger/Carlberg, Cohen/Hersch, Haden/Metheny. Salim Washington is back, and Sameer Gupta gives us Indian/Jazz fusion. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Jackie McLean ~ Demon’s Dance ~ Demon’s Dance Jackie McLean ~ Toyland...


Blakey & Miles

A set of early Blakey and Miles. They are bookended by Lovano covering Trane and a Duet featuring Metheny and Mehldau. Finally a gorgeous rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Halleluja as covered by the Manual Valera Trio. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Joe Lovano Quartets ~ 26-2 ~ Live at the Village Vanguard Art Blakey ~ Carol’s Interlude ~ The Jazz Messengers Art Blakey ~ The End of a Love Affair ~ The Jazz Messengers Miles Davis ~ Oleo ~ Bags’ Groove Miles Davis ~ Blue in Green ~ Kind...


The Gonz and more

At the center of this podcast is music from Jerry Bergonzi who performs on Monday nights at the Lillypad along with George Garzone and the Fringe. First we here from great pianists Harold Mabern, McCoy Tyner and Zaccai Curtis. Hartford’s saxophonist Jovan Alexander preceeds the Bergonzi set. The podcast concludes with Manuel Valera (piano) and his trio. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Harold Mabern ~ Inner Glimpse ~ To Love and Be Loved Harold Mabern ~ Dat Dere ~ To Love and Be...