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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!




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...


Talking guitar with Dan Liparini

Hartford guitarist Dan Liparini plays and talks with Ken about guitar and guitarists. I subject Dan to the “Blindfold Test” and we discuss lots of different guitar styles. Following the interview we hear music from Joe Henderson, Coltrane, Hal Galper, Kris and Jen Allen, and the Kevin Harris Project. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Dan Liparini ~ Panonica Dan Liparini ~ Spiral Joe Henderson ~ Serenity ~ In ‘N Out John Coltrane ~ I Want to Talk About You ~ The Gentle Side of John...


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...


Trane & Miles covers

Two of my favorite standards are covered here. Dig vocal and instrumental covers of Trane’s Moment Notice, then Miles’ So What. Following that is a jazz voyage with Hancock and Pharoah. Then we pay tribute to the victims and families of the Parkland shootings with music from Rob Garcia, Noah Baerman and Noah Preminger. The podcast concludes with Ellington’s Jeep Blues. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Pharoh Sanders ~ Moment’s Notice ~ Rejoice Hubert Laws ~ Moment’s Notice ~ In The...


Runs the Jazz Gamut

This podcast runs the gamut of modern jazz styles. We begin with a classic piano trio from jazz master Ahmad Jamal. Then creative nonet arrangements from newcomer Dan Pugach. That is followed by early jazz/rock fusion from Herbie Hancock, Weather Report and George Duke. Finally you will hear guitarist Bill Frisell with his version of a surfer classic. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Ahmad Jamal ~ Patterns ~ The Awakening Ahmad Jamal ~ Stolen Moments ~ The Awakening Dan Pugach Nonet ~...


Nicole and Dan plus Jazz Grammys

Had a great time interviewing Nicole Zuraitis (vocals, piano) and her husband Dan Pugach (drums, arranger) about their new album releases and upcoming gigs. You will get to hear from their new CD’s, Nicole’s Hive Mind and Dan’s Nonet Plus One. Following the interveiw is a review of the 2018 Grammy Awards in the Jazz categories.


Opening Borders with Earl MacDonald

In this epidsode pianist, composer, arranger and educator Earl MacDonald joins me in an interesting discussion. We delve into Open Borders of the musical, political and social kind. By the way, Open Borders is the name of Professor MacDonalds latest album with a 10tet. We also put Earl through the Blindfold Test and get his reactions to a wide range of pianists and jazz styles. Open Borders on CD Baby


Truth matters

In these days of political chaos and division, truth does matter. We are reminded of that through music from Noah Baerman (Satyagrahi) and Kamasi Washington (Truth) at the center of this podcast. Those tunes are sandwiched between classic jazz from Miles and Blakey, and a jazz/fusion set featuring Haque, Mahavishnu and new from Chick/Gadd. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Miles Davis Quintet ~ Freedom Jazz Dance ~ Miles Smiles Art Blakey ~ Nica’s Dream ~ Jazz Messengers Noah Baerman ~...


MLK Day 2018

My annual podcast honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, with jazz music. This year it takes on even more importance following the racism displayed by the man in the White House. Perhaps some good can come from this incident by awakening the good people of this country to stand up and resist racism and injustice in our society with non-violence as Dr. King would have wanted. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album John Coltrane ~ Alabama ~ The Gentle Side of John Coltrane Noah Baerman ~...


My 2017 Favorite Releases

2017 was a great year for new jazz releases. There were so many great new albums that this extended podcast is 2 3/4 hours in length. Happy New Years to all my podcast listeners. Looking forward to more great music (and a change in politics) in the coming year. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Greg Abate and the Tim Ray Trio ~ Road to Forever ~ Road to Forever Billy Childs ~ The Windmills of Your Mind ~ Rebirth Christian Sands ~ ¡Óyeme! ~ Reach Christian Sands ~ Somewhere Out There ~...


Best of 17 and Nutcracker

Let’s begin with a Christmas tune from Hartford alumni “The Human Race” led by Dane Scazzari. Then some of the great releases of 2017. Finally you will hear in its entirety Ellington/Strayhorn’s arrangement of the Nutcracker Suite, inspired by the Tchaikovsky classic. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Dane Scazzari and the Human Race ~ Blue Christmas ~ It’s Christmas Time Again Christian Sands ~ Bud’s Tune ~ Reach Christian Sands ~ Use Me ~ Reach Billy Childs ~ Starry Night ~...


Tribute 2017

This podcast pays tribute to the victims and families of the Sandy Hook massacre on its 5 year anniversary. Jimmy Greene pays homage to his daughter, a victim of the attack. We also pay tribute to another tragedy; the murder of John Lennon with jazz covers of several of his tunes. Also in this episode is a set of McCoy Tyner music to celebrate his birthday. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Jimmy Greene ~ Ana’s Way (feat. Kurt Elling) ~ Beautiful Life Jimmy Greene ~ Second Breakfast ~...


Wynton Miles Donald Joe Wayne

A podcast of heavy hitters in the jazz world. Wynton, Donald, Miles, Joe, Wayne are represented here. I also threw in some heavy hitters from the Hartford scene led by tenor saxophonist Jovan Alexandre. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Wynton Marsalis ~ Winter Wonderland ~ A Jazzy Wonderland Donald Byrd ~ Fly Little Bird Fly ~ Mustang Donald Byrd ~ Off To the Races ~ Off To The Races Miles Davis ~ Shhh/Peaceful ~ In A Silent Way Jovan Alexander ~ Red Blues ~ Collective...


Standards New and Old

We have a different take on jazz standards in this week’s podcast. Inspired by a Facebook post, I assembled this program of modern compositions that may or may not be considered new standards along with more traditional covers of older standards. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Earl MacDonald ~ Appointment in Ghana ~ Open Borders Stan Getz ~ Voyage (comp. Kenny Barron) ~ Soul Eyes Roy Hargrove ~ Strasbourg/St. Denis ~ Earfood Roy Hargrove ~ To Wisdom the Prize (comp. Larry Willis) ~...


Day After Thanksgiving

This podcast was recorded the day after Thanksgiving. We begin with music inspired by this, my favorite holiday. Since Thanksgiving is centered around eating food, we will begin with Arthur Blythe’s Stuffy Turkey. Then we “Give Thanks” with saxophonist Jimmy Greene, and partake of some Soul Food with Cyrus Chestnut and Atla DeChamplain. Lots more music follows. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Arthur Blythe ~ Stuffy Turkey ~ Focus Jimmy Greene ~ Give Thanks ~ Mission Statement Hank...


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