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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!




Joni Roy and more

After opening tracks from Sands, Preminger and Miles we get into the heart of this week's show. We celebrate the 75th birthday of Joni Mitchell with a couple from the Hejira album. Then the Grammy winning River from Herbie's tribute album of Joni covers. Finally we pay respects to Roy Hargrove who passed away last week. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Christian Sands ~ Fight For Freedom ~ Facing Dragons Noah Preminger ~ Just the Way It Is ~ Meditations on Freedom Miles Davis ~ Round...


Paper Man

Let's begin with Art Blakey featuring Wynton and Branford in the beginning of their illustrious careers. Next up Wynton's epic composition Magic Hour. Then, Charles Tolliver in music and his own words prior to the upcoming concert in Hartford. Finally new music from Christian Sands. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers ~ A La Mode ~ Keystone 3 Wynton Marsalis ~ The Magic Hour ~ The Magic Hour Charles Tolliver ~ Household of Saud ~ Paper Man Charles...


Last Hour of Oct 12

This podcast is the second half from a broadcast of a few weeks ago. No theme, just a variety of great music, mostly new but a few old favorites mixed in. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers ~ Fuller of Love ~ Keystone 3 Christian McBride ~ The Middleman ~ New Jawn John Scofield ~ Dang Swing ~ Combo 66 Darren Barrett ~ Ugly Beauty ~ But Beautiful Darren Barrett ~ Nica's Dream ~ But Beautiful Bobby Broom ~ Come Together ~ Soul Fingers Tom Pierson ~...


Sax in the modern era

Some great tenor sax players in the post millenium era kick off this episode. Then we go way back to celebrate the birthdays of Tatum, Gillespie, Harris. Wynton has a birthday too. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Joshua Redman ~ Whittlin' ~ Wish Chris Potter ~ Ilimba ~ The Dreamer is the Dream Michael Brecker ~ Renaissance Man ~ Time is of the Essence Noah Preminger ~ Nashua ~ Genuinity Jimmy Greene ~ Bloomfield ~ Live at Smalls Jimmy Greene ~ Love in Action ~ Mission...



You all know Cannonball, Monk and Blakey. The last two had birthdays last week and we celebrate those. It's likely you haven't heard Sarah Hanahan, a senior at Hartford's Jackie McLean Instute. After listening to this podcast you now have.You will want to hear more. The podcast begins with a classic rendition of Autumn Leaves and other great Cannonball tracks. This leads to a Monk set with the master himself, and covers by Helen Sung and Branford. It is Art Blakey's 99th birth anniversary...



It's all Wonder in this week's podcast. There is a depth to these compositions that goes beyond most rock and pop artists. It's no *wonder* that jazz artists love to cover these tunes. Artist ~ Song ~ Album Stevie Wonder ~ Summer Soft ~ Songs in the Key of Life Stevie Wonder ~ Love's In Need of Love Today ~ Songs In The Key of Life Joe Farrell ~ Too High ~ Penny Arcade Cedar Walton ~ Another Star ~ Voices Deep Within Yaron Israel ~ Creepin' ~ Visions Ben Williams ~ Part-Time Lover ~...


Autumn 2018

This week it's back to straight up jazz starting with a swingin' version of Autumn Leaves from Brother Jack McDuff on the B3. That's followed by new music from New Faces and Christian Sands. Great vocals up next from Jazzmeia Horn. Then back to classic jazz from Buster and Toots. Trumpeters Charles Toliver is coming to Hartford in November and Jason Palmer was here in the Summer. The podcast concludes with Noah Preminger's Women's March. We are due for another one. Playlist Artist ~...


Different Directions

Much of this podcast features artists with jazz influences creating sounds that bend the genre lines. The music is unique and creative. This is particularly true with Jennifer Hartswick and Jacob Collier with Snarky Puppy. Also featured here is Gato Barbieri playing Santana and Marc Cary's Rhodes Ahead project. Also in the more traditional jazz format is new music from Cecile McLorin Salvant and Christian Sands. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Jennifer Hartswick ~ Numb ~ Nexus Jennifer...


Hurricane 2018

This podcast is dedicated to those affected by Hurricane Florence. Other notable music on this week's podcast is the release of Nexus by singer, trumpeter, songwriter Jennifer Hartswick, and new music from pianist Christian Sands and trumpeter Jason Palmer. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Trombone Shorty ~ Hurricane Season ~ Backatown Herbie Hanckock ~ The Eye of the Hurricane ~ Maiden Voyage Jennifer Hartswick ~ Blue Rose ~ Nexus Jennifer Hartswick ~ Drowning ~ Nexus Ralph...


B3 Organ Plus JMac

Lots of Hammond B3 music from masters Jimmy Smith, Dr. Lonnie Smith and Charles Earland. Also are some of Hartford's favorites Nat Reeves, Mike Casey, Al Rivera and Steve Davis. We finish the podcast with a 4 song set of Jackie McLean tunes. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Jimmy Smith ~ Summertime ~ Fourmost Dr. Lonnie Smith ~ Too Damn Hot ~ Too Damn Hot! Nat Reeves ~ Big Bertha ~ Blue Ridge Mike Casey ~ Song To Breath ~ Stay Surprising Albert Rivera ~ Back At It ~ Back At...


Birthday Celebration

Amazing the number of jazz birthdays this past week. Bird, Prez, Alice, Wayne, Branford, Cecile... They are all represented in this week's podcast. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Cecile McLorin Salvant ~ Never Will I Marry ~ Dreams and Daggers Cecile McLorin Salvant ~ You've Got to Give Me Some ~ Dreams and Daggers Alice Coltrane ~ Journey in Satchidanda ~ The Impulse Story Alice Coltrane ~ Blue Nile ~ Translinear Light Wayne Shorter ~ Black Nile ~ Night Dreamer Wayne Shorter ~...


Talking with Nat

The highlight of this episode is my interview with bassist and educator Nat Reeves. First we hear a jazz fusion set with something new from Jonathan Barber and Noah Preminger-Rob Garcia, a trio of John Coltrane tunes, and one from Jackie McLean featuring Nat. To skip to the interview, go to 01:11 of this podcast. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Kurt Rosenwinkel ~ Gamma Band ~ Star of Jupiter Return to Forever ~ Theme to the Mothership ~ Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy Jonathan Barber ~...


The Queen

We pay our respect to a true legend of American music, Aretha Franklin. She is surrounded in this podcast by jazz greats Coltrane, Elvin Jones, Weather Report and Chris Potter. Also newcomers Lauren Sevian, Troy Roberts and Dan Pugach. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Aretha Franklin ~ I Never Loved A Man ~ The Very Best of... Lauren Sevian ~ Square One ~ Bliss John Coltrane ~ Impressions (Take 3) ~ Both Directions At Once/The Lost Album John Coltrane ~ Villa ~ Both Directions At...


Newport Jazz Fest Wrap 2018

My podcast review of this year's Newport Jazz Festival. I feature some of the performances I most enjoyed at this years fest. For a complete review please check out the Hartford Jazz Society blog post: Photo Gallery: Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Pat Metheny Group ~ Phase Dance ~ Pat Metheny Group Pat Metheny ~ Last Train Home ~ One Quiet Night Renee Rosnes ~ Elephant Dust ~...


Back from vacation

Refreshed from a two week vacation, I have assembled a playlist to satisfy any jazz lover. Beginning with the new Trane release, then a couple from Donald Byrd's Royal Flush. We follow with a more contemporary trumpeter, Jason Palmer with an extended piece. We pay homage to Henry Butler on his passing. Then new music from Geoffry Keezer, and a collaboration of young NYC musicians, New Faces. The podcast closes with vocalist Rene Marie. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album John Coltrane ~...



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 speaks with us prior to his performance at the opening concert of Monday Night Jazz. Some hot music from Dr. Lonnie Smith is up next. He also will headline our concert series 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 ~...


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...