Please join me Sunday night on Jazz Unlimited from nine to midnight for “The Career of Kenny Burrell.” Detroit born guitarist and teacher Kenny Burrell has had a 64 year as a performer and teacher. An active studio musician, he performed in over 600 record sessions. Burrell has 70 albums as a leader. In 1996, he became a professor and Director of Jazz Studies at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. He teaches an annual course on Duke Ellington called “Ellingtonia.” Kenny Burrell will be heard with Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Hank Jones, Billie Holiday, Ray Charles, Milt Jackson,
The Sunday, March 30 Jazz Unlimited show is “Jazz Giants for March and April.” These musicians are the ones who have changed the way we listen to jazz. They have set the styles. These musicians include Bix Beiderbecke, Harry Carney, Lionel Hampton, Nat “King” Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Gerry Mulligan, Carmen McRae, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Larry Coryell, Thad Jones, Charles Mingus, Pee Wee Russell, Johnny Griffin, Red Norvo, Sarah Vaughan, Randy Weston, Billie Holiday, Jim Hall, George Adams, Paul Chambers, George Coleman, Herbie Hancock, Charles Lloyd, Lennie Tristano, Charles Tolliver, Joe Hen
Jazz Unlimited for February 2, 2014 will be “Tributes to Jim Hall and Chico Hamilton + Dexter Gordon’s 90th Birthday.” Hall and Hamilton died in late 2013 after long lives and careers. All three artists featured tonight had their early careers in Los Angeles. We will attempt to play music representative of their careers. The artists featured on this show include Gerald Wiggins, Billie Holiday, Paul Desmond, the Billy Eckstine Big Band, Pat Metheny, Art Farmer, Charles Lloyd, Herbie Hancock, Gerry Mulligan, Sonny Rollins, Kenny Baron, Joe Lovano, Chris Potter and Woody Shaw, along with H
Jazz Unlimited Sunday, November 10 will be “Live Jazz From Carnegie Hall-Part 1.” While Carnegie Hall opened in 1881, jazz was not heard there until 1938, when Benny Goodman had the first jazz concert. Since then many jazz concerts have been held there and some were recorded. In the years since 1938, Carnegie Hall has hosted three of John Hammond’s “Spiritual to Swing” concerts with Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Charlie Christian, Big Joe Turner and Lester Young; Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts with Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Flip Phillips and Oscar P
On the March 31 Jazz Unlimited show, we will present jazz giants born in March and April. Some of the artists include Bix Beiderbecke, Billie Holiday, Lionel Hampton, Sarah Vaughan, Nat "King" Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Henderson, Pee Wee Russell, Carmen McRae and Michael Brecker.
Check out my photos of Michael Brecker, Brad Mehldau and John Pattitucci on the slide show.
Here is a video of Lionel Hampton (introduced by Patti Page) playing "Flying Home" in 1957.