Jazz Unlimited for June 1, 2014 will be “The Career of Tommy Flanagan.” One of the most respected pianists in jazz, Tommy Flanagan was born in 1930 in Detroit. By the age of 15, he was playing professionally, doing his school homework backstage between sets. At the urging of his fellow Detroiter, Kenny Burrell, Flanagan moved to New York in 1956. In that year, he appeared on 13 jazz albums. In his career, he was heard on 401 recording sessions, recording 50 albums as a leader. He has five Grammy Nominations to his credit. Flanagan was Ella Fitzgerald’s accompanist from 1962-1965 and
Jazz Unlimited for March 2, 2014 will be “Live Jazz from Other New York Venues, Part 1.” Jazz played live is a different animal from jazz recorded in the emotionally sterile confines of a studio. The energy and emotion reflected back from an audience to the performers brings about better performances. We continue our survey of New York venues with smaller clubs and Lincoln Center as well as presenting music from clubs that we did not have time for on earlier shows. We will feature duets between Dick Wellstood and Kenny Davern, Dick Hyman and Roger Kellaway and Joe Lovano and Hank Jones
Jazz Unlimited for January 12, 2014 will present “Live Jazz from the Five-Spot, Village Gate and Café Bohemia.” Energy reflected back to performing artists from an up close and personal audience often brings out the best performances. We will feature live performances from Donald Byrd & Pepper Adams, Les McCann, Stanley Turrentine, Mongo Santamaria, Kenny Dorham, Coleman Hawkins, Sir Roland Hanna, Kenny Burrell, Herbie Mann, Horace Silver, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis.
On the March 24 Jazz Unlimited, we will feature the quieter side of jazz (jazz without horns) and new music. Some of the artists featured are Duke Ellington, Nat "King" Cole, Herbie Hancock, Gary Burton, Lennie Tristano, Willie Akins, Montez Coleman, Gregory Porter, Patricia Barber, the group Old Time Musketry, Patricia Barber, Charles Mingus, the Wayne Shorter "without a safety net" quartet and the Vijay Iyer Trio
Check out the slide show to find images of some of the musicians heard on this show.