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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!




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

NYC Jazz Clubbing

This podcast reviews some of the great music I had the pleasure of seeing on a recent trip to NYC. Harold Mabern (age 81) plays with the energy and chops of someone half his age. Ravi Coltrane performed a moving tribute to his mother Alice Coltrane at Jazz Gallery. Accompanying Ravi was harpist Brandee Younger. We also were turned on to a tremendous vocalist, Melissa Morgan in a live performance at the Side Door jazz club in CT. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Harold Mabern ~ My...

Duration: 01:23:01

Mobley & Metheny

The title says it all. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Miles Davis ~ No Blues ~ In Person At the Blackhawk, San Francisco Hank Mobley ~ Lookin’ East ~ Reach Out Hank Mobley ~ Goin’ Out of MyHead ~ Reach Out Hank Mobley ~ Good Pickin’s ~ Reach Out! Pat Metheny ~ Phase Dance ~ Pat Metheny Group (1978) Pat Metheny Unity Group ~ On Day One ~ Kin(

Duration: 01:22:52

20170707 radio show

Highlights of this show include contributions from great drummer Jack DeJohnette. We hear from his newest effort Hudson, and later in the show an extended piece led by Pat Metheny with DeJohnette, Haden, Redman, and Brecker from 80/81. Along the way we play great jazz music from Cannonball, Louis Hayes, Kenny Burrell and more. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album 00:08 Cannonball Adderley ~ Jeannine ~ Them Dirty Blues 07:24 Louis Hayes ~ St. Vitus Dance ~ Serenade for Horace 15:42 Jimmy...

Duration: 01:03:05

Rochester Review

This podcast is based in part on the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. The XRIJF is a 10 day street party, with some serious jazz happening in clubs around town. The concderts I attended were Jacob Collier, Billy Childs and Jochen Ruckert. Late night jam sessions were held by guitarist Bob Sneider and drummer Mike Melito. Walt Weiskopf was scheduled later in the week. At the end of the podcast I pay tribute to pianist Geri Allen who passed away at the age of 60 last...

Duration: 01:31:40

Continuing on

This episode is the second hour of my last broadcast show. There is no real theme to this one. These are just some great straight-up swinging jazz tunes. We hear from jazz greats Louis Hayes, Herbie Hancock, Tom Harrell, Steve Davis and Lee Morgan. Also on this podcast are up-and-coming jazz artists Theo Hill, David Gibson, Curtis Brothers and Yoko Miwa. Enjoy. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album 0:25 Louis Hayes ~ Summer in Central Park ~ Serenade for Horace 5:26 Herbie Hancock ~ First...

Duration: 01:06:20

More Chick

Can’t get enough Chick Corea. We have been playing a lot of Chick on recent podcast, and I just realized his 75th birthday had just passed. We start with three very different tunes from Corea followed by new music from a young Christian Sands and then a couple from Billy Childs. We cap things off this week with vocalist Gregory Porter. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Return to Forever with Chick Corea ~ Spain ~ Light as a Feather Chick Corea Trio ~ Fingerprints ~ Trilogy Return To...

Duration: 00:53:02

Chick Kenny and More

This podcast begins with a funky cover of a Coltrane classic before settling in on some great piano jazz. We start with young pianists Theo Hill and Zaccai Curtis (Curtis Brothers Quartet). What follows are some great living masters of jazz piano, Ahmad Jamal, Chick Corea and Kenny Barron. It was Kenny’s 74th birthday on the day this radio show was broadcast. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Marcus Miller ~ Lonnie’s Lament ~ M2 Curtis Brothers ~ Afro Blue ~ Syzygy Theo Hill ~ I Love...

Duration: 01:59:40

Indian Influence

This is a special podcast of Eastern or Indian influenced jazz music. We will hear from Alice Coltrane, John McLaughlin, Charles Lloyd and more. This influence even affected the Beatles, particularly George Harrison. The last portion of this podcast shows a funky side of Indo-Jazz fusion with many influences. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Mahavishnu John McLaughlin ~ Peace One ~ My Goals Beyond Alice Coltrane ~ Jourey in Satchindananda ~ Jourey in Satchindananda Alice Coltrane ~...

Duration: 01:47:21

Stevie D Interview

I had the pleasure of speaking on-air with the great trombonist Steve Davis for an interview on WWUH. Enjoy our chat about music and jazz education. Also on this podcast is new music from Terrell Stafford, Ralph Peterson and Theo Hill. Herbie Hancock too. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Jackie McLean ~ Optimism (clip) ~ Fire and Love (Steve Davis Interview) Steve Davis ~ Abena’s Gaze ~ Think Ahead Steve Davis ~ Atmosphere ~ Think Ahead Steve Davis ~ A Little Understanding (clip) ~...

Duration: 01:54:55

JMac and more

The gem of this episode is the last 4 tracks celebrating the birth anniversary of Jackie McLean. We start off with two of Jackie’s students. Steve Davis, now professor at the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at University of Hartford, and Ray McMorrin who now resides in Japan and has released a great album. Other notable sax players on this podcast are Greg Abate and Joe Farrell. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Steve Davis ~ Warrior ~ Think Ahead Ray MacMorrin ~ Procrastination ~...

Duration: 01:13:10

Only a Pawn

No theme to this week’s podcast. It starts with Sonny Rollins on the Alfie movie soundtrack. We then hear from Noah Baerman and Linda Oh. Let’s get political with Noah Preminger’s treatment of Dylan’s Only a Pawn in Their Game, followed by the original from Bob Dylan. We mellow things down with Getz and Greene and finish the podcast with a haunting tune from Billy Childs Laura Nyro tribute and then from his latest release. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~Album Sonny Rollins ~ Alfie Original...

Duration: 01:10:23

Running the gamut

This podcast runs the gamut of modern jazz music. Joe Farrell and Greg Abate bring a retro-fusion sound. We take you back to 70’s classic rock with War. Steve Davis, Art Pepper, Mitch Foreman put their spin on some great jazz Standards. The podcast concludes with new music from young pianist Christian Sands. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Joe Farrell ~ Great Gorge ~ Moon Germs War ~ City, Country, City ~ The World is a Ghetto Greg Abate w/the Tim Ray Trio ~ Road to Forever ~ Road To...

Duration: 01:12:40

Funk Samba Drums and Song

The gem of this podcast is at the end with a tribute to the 100 birth anniversary of Ella Fitzgerald. We start with a funky fusion groove, followed by the sultry sound of Stan Getz, and some killin’ drum work from Ralph Peterson Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Song The Dave Weckl Band ~ Wake Up ~ Transition Joe Farrell ~ Too High ~ Penny Arcade Stan Getz ~ Feijoada ~ Bossas and Ballads: The Lost Sessions Stan Getz ~ Soul Eyes ~ Bossas and Ballads: The Lost Sessions Jimmy Greene ~ Flowers...

Duration: 01:11:40

Mostly New 2017

We explore lots of new music in this week’s podcast. First we pay tribute to fusion guitarist Allan Holdsworth who passed away this week. This is followed by new releases by Kevin Eubanks, Billy Childs, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Linda Oh, and Christian Sands. The show concludes with Stan Getz. PLAYLIST Artist ~ Song ~ Album Tony Williams Lifetime Fred Believe It Allan Holdsworth The Sixteen Men of Tain The Sixteen Men of Tain Kevin Eubanks Take the Coltrane East West Time Line Kevin Eubanks...

Duration: 01:27:49

Continue on

This episode is part 2 of last week’s broadcast and features some great guitarists, sometimes in a supporting role. Lionel Lueke, Kurt Rosenwinkle and Joshua Breakstone are heard here. Next up is something new from rising star pianist Christian Sands. The last half of the podcast has great players with roots in the Hartford area that have played here recently. Noah Preminger, Earl MacDonald, Noah Baerman and singer Giacomo Gates are included. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Dave...

Duration: 01:13:35


Let’s start this show with the Curtis Brothers and Ralph Peterson. Next up is Pianist Emmet Cohen with Jimmy Cobb. Then we will get into a Frank Zappa set. Jimmy Greene has a new album out. Then we wrap it up with guitarists Mark Whitfield and Dave Stryker. Playlist Artist ~ Album ~ Track Zaccai Curtis, Ralph Peterson, Luques Curtis ~ Beatrice ~ Triangular III Curtis Brothers Quartet ~ Afro Blue ~ Syzygy Emmet Cohen, featuring Jimmy Cobb ~ Two Bass Hit ~ Masters Legacy Series, Vol....

Duration: 01:37:47

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