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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!




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

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

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