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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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Storrs, CT


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!




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...

Duration: 01:25:20

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) ~...

Duration: 01:25:17

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...

Duration: 01:14:04

All Women Jazz

Last week I played a set of “Women in Jazz”. This week we go full out with an All Women jazz revue. We have some established artists such as Anat Cohen, Maria Schnieder and Helen Sung as well as lesser known players like Tineke Postma, Ingrid and Christine Jensen, Monica Herzig and Sunna Gunlags. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Anat Cohen ~ Sweet Georgia Brown ~ Clarinetwork Live at Village Vanguard Anat Cohen ~ Lilia ~ Luminosa Tineke Postma ~ The Observer ~ The Dawn of Light Tineke...

Duration: 01:21:07

Women in Jazz and more

This podcast begins with a set of women instrumentelists in jazz music. This features Rosnes, Brackeen, Carrington and Ingrid Jensen. The balance of the show has mostly new music with a definite groove. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Renee Rosnes ~ Galapogos ~ Written in the Rocks Joanne Brackeen ~ Nature Boy ~ Popsicle Dreams Joanne Brackeen ~ I Hear a Rhapsody ~ Fi-Fi Goes to Heaven Terri Lyne Carrington ~ Grass Roots ~ Money Jungle Ingrid Jensen / Project O ~ The Night Has A...

Duration: 01:19:52

Broadcast 2017-11-3 part 1

This podcast is the first half of my November 3 radio broadcast. The featured set is in tribute to the late Muhal Richard Abrams who passed away last week. Other notable music is from Steve Davis, Noah Preminger, Chick Corea and much more. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Steve Davis ~ Abena’s Gaze ~ Think Ahead Walt Weiskopf ~ Laura ~ Fountain of Youth Noah Preminger ~ November ~ Before the Rain Abraham Burton and Eric McPherson ~ Centrifugal Force ~ Future Muhal Richard Abrams ~...

Duration: 01:32:17

Autumn in Connecticut

Two autumn classics to start the show. Joe Lovano and Hank Jones play Autumn in NY. Next is one of the most beloved jazz standards, this time by Bill Evans, Autumn Leaves. Next up are Chico Freeman and Buster William who recently performed in Connecticut’s premier jazz club, The Side Door. Then Eric Alexander who will be in Hartford next week. Finally, a saxophonist that often plays in Boston clubs, Jerry Bergonzi from his new album. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Joe Lovano (w/Hank...

Duration: 01:23:41

Talking Jazz, Art, Hartford

This special podcast features a conversation with some of Hartfords great artists, musicians and educators. In the WWUH studio I was joined by artist Andres Chaparro, musician and creative voice Mixashawn, and jazz musician and educators Nat Reeves and Eric McPherson. Learn more about these great artists here: Andres Chaparro - Nat Reeves - Eric McPherson -...

Duration: 01:21:38

A Nice Vocal Set

We begin with a celebration of Art Blakey’s birthday, then a Cyrus Chestnut cover of a Roberta Flack classic. That takes us to a sweet set of great women vocalists. We complete the show with Monk inspired tunes from Joey Alexander and Helen Sung. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers ~ One By One ~ Ugetsu Cyrus Chestnut ~ The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face ~ Genuine Chestnut Roberta Flack ~ Compared to What ~ First Take Sarah Vaughan ~ Dindi ~ The Best Of...

Duration: 01:46:29

Morgan Monk and More

The heart of this podcast is from Lee Morgan and Thelonious Monk. Monk’s set is a celebration of his centenial birthday. But first, this podcast begins with classic Chick Corea and Return to Forever. That is followed by Rahsaan Roland Kirk, new music from Vijay Iyer. Wayne Shorter’s takes us on a trip to the jungles of Brazil with wild version of Jobim’s Dindi. We are brought down to earth with Hartford’s own Ed Fast before we take off with the Monk, Morgan set. Playlist Artist ~ Track...

Duration: 01:41:10

Miles, Dylan and Protest

We begin with classic Metheny, young Mike Casey, jazz master Art Farmer and Benny Golson, something new from Weiskopf. Then comes the heart of this podcast with early electric Miles. We conclude with a set of music inspired by Bob Dylan’s protest songs also featuring Hendrix, Hudson, Sachal Ensemble and Preminger. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Pat Metheny Group ~ First Circle ~ First Circle Mike Casey ~ Norwegian Wood ~ Single - Live from Sofar Sounds NYC Art Farmer and Benny Golson...

Duration: 01:32:37

Trane’s Birthday Special

First day of Autumn, and John Coltrane; Two of my favorite things. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album The Bobby Timmons Trio ~ Autumn Leaves ~ In Person John Coltrane ~ Acknowledgement/Resolution ~ A Love Supreme John Coltrane ~ Africa ~ Africa/Brass Duke Ellington and John Coltrane ~ The Feeling of Jazz ~ Duke Ellington and John Coltrane John Coltrane ~ Equinox ~ Coltrane Sound John Coltrane ~ Dear Lord ~ The Gentle Side of John Coltrane John Coltrane ~ Mr. PC ~ Giant Steps John...

Duration: 01:33:04

Cannonball 2017

We celebrate the birth date of Cannonball Adderly, but first new music from John McLaughlin and Joey DeFrancesco. Harrold Mabern plays the Wes classic Road Song. A vocal set with Melissa Morgan and something new from Cecile McLorrin Salvant. Then we kick off the Cannonball tribute with his collaboration with Nancy Wilson. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album John McLaughlin and 4th Dimension ~ New Blues Old Bruise ~ Live at Ronnie Scotts Joey DeFrancesco + The People ~ So Near, So Far ~...

Duration: 01:10:15

Hurricane Season

As I put this podcast together I am watching the Hurricane hit the Florida coast. Our thoughts and concerns are with those affected, and hope for the safety of all. We start with two versions of Work Song for this past labor day, then a couple of Steely Dan tracks in memory of Walter Becker, before a set of music inspired by hurricanes. Then some great guitar work by Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery and Dave Stryker. Finally, something new by Brian Charrette. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~...

Duration: 01:12:23

Sep 2 Broadcast

Here is your jazzy soundtrack for this Labor Day festivities. We begin with some Miles’ covers, then some funky fusion and finish with Hartford’s own Stevie D. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album SF Jazz Collective ~ Tutu ~ The Music of Miles Davis & Originals SF Jazz Collective ~ So What ~ The Music of Miles Davis & Originals John McLaughlin and 4th Dimension ~ Live at Ronnie Scotts ~ Miles Beyond Takuya Kuroda ~ Zigzagger ~ R.S.B.D. Rale Micic ~ Hotel Insomnia ~ Night Music George...

Duration: 01:10:08

Shorter for Longer

We celebrate the music of Wayne Shorter for most of this podcast. It’s Shorter’s 84th birthday, and we pay homage to his creative saxophone work and intrigueing compositions. First we honor the guitarist John Ambercrombie upon his recent passing. Then a taste of a new release from fusion pioneer John McLaughlin. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Gill Evans Orchestra ~ Up From the Skies ~ The Music Of Jimi Hendrix Gata Barbieri ~ Parana ~ Under Fire John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension ~...

Duration: 01:30:29

Continue from last week’s show

Continued from last week’s show. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Esperanza Spaulding ~ Unconditional Love ~ Emily’s D+Evolution Vijay Iyer Trio ~ Human Nature ~ Accelerando Harold Mabern ~ So What ~ To Love and Be Loved Harold Mabern ~ Afro Blue ~ Live at Smalls Herbie Hancock ~ Toys ~ Speak Like A Child SF Jazz Collective ~ Joshua ~ The Musc of Miles Davis and Original Compositions Sims, Bloom, Zinno, Langone ~ Wichita Lineman ~ The New Stablemates Steve Langone Trio ~ Humpty...

Duration: 00:58:51

Newport 2017 Retrospective

My annual post Newport Jazz Festival review. This podcast highlights only a few of the many great performances we experienced at this year’s festival. You will hear jazz artists we have heard for decades lake One For All, Sean Jones, Joey D and new artists on the scene George Burton and Theo Croker. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album One For All ~ Daylight ~ The Third Decade Hudson ~ Tony Then Jack ~ Hudson Sean Jones ~ Lost Then Found ~ Live from the Jazz Bistro Sean Jones ~ I Don’t...

Duration: 01:04:13

Newport Preview 2017 pt2

This is part 2 of my Newport Jazz Festival preview. It starts with vocalists Cecile McLorin Salvant and Cyrille Aimee. We conclude the Newport preview with saxophonists Jimmy Greene and Branford Marsalis. The rest of the show features a variety of jazz styles from piano trios (Valera, Hartley) to fusion (Coryell) to free (Stanko) and more. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Cecile McLorin Salvant ~ Somthing’s Comming ~ For One To Love Cyrille Aimee ~ Love For Sale ~ Live at Smalls Jimmy...

Duration: 01:34:27

Newport 2017 part 1

This is my annual Newport Jazz Festival preview show (part 2 to be published mid-week). We begin with newly annointed NEA Jazz Master, Joanne Brackeen. Christian McBride is the new curator of music at Newport and will also lead his Big Band at the festival. Other artists featured here are One For All (with Hartford’s Steve Davis), Christian Sands, Antonio Sanchez and an all-star band Hudson. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Joanne Brackeen ~ Fi-Fi Goes to Heaven ~ Fi-Fi Goes to...

Duration: 01:16:43

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