The Sunday, November 9 Jazz Unlimited will present “Interpretations of Monk.” Thelonious Monk’s compositions are little, quirky gems that are among the most recorded in jazz. Monk’s distinctive piano playing will not be present as we hear others interpret his tunes. The Interpretations include 10 vocal recordings, 10 recordings of small groups without horns and nine 9 big band recordings. Some of the big bands are the Woody Herman Orchestra, the Quincy Jones Orchestra and others. Vocalists include Carmen McRae, Kevin Mahogany and Denise Jannah, among others. The small groups include
The September 12 Jazz Unlimited show will present “The Music of Thelonious Monk.” By his early teens, Thelonious Monk was a promising classical pianist. However, he left this music for jazz because of the freedom of expression it brought him. This show will present his idiosyncratic piano playing along with 22 of his compositions, all of which are played today by many musicians. He will be heard with big bands, piano trios and his own quartet. His music will also be played and sung by others such as the Monk’s Music Trio, The Pocket Brass Band, Danilo Perez, Carmen McRae, Abbey Lincoln
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.
On Sunday, October 28, the Jazz Unlimited Keys and Strings Hour will present music by 11 of my favorite jazz singers accompanied by groups without horns. The singers are Patricia Barber, Betty Carter, Kurt Elling, Ella Fitzgerald, Johnny Hartman, Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae, Judy Niemack, Sarah Vaughan, Joe Williams and Cassandra Wilson. The second and third hours of Jazz Unlimited will present music by some of the real heavyweights in current and past music: Kurt Elling, Keith Jarrett, Joe Lovano, Teo Macero, the Fred Hersch Trio, Ran Blake, the Kronos Quartet, Anat Cohen, the Brubeck B