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Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, July 30 2017 will be “Remembering Geri Allen.”  Geri Allen was a pianist, composer, arranger, bandleader and visionary jazz educator who died last June.  Jazz Unlimited will pay tribute to her by playing music from her own Mary Lou Williams Collective and Timeline groups as well as with such musicians as Bobby Hutcherson, Andy Bey, Charlie Haden, Charles Lloyd, Roy Brooks, Betty Carter, T.S.

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Jazz Unlimited for December 25, 2016 will be “Meditations on Peace and Quiet.”  This year has been loud, stressful and certainly not peaceable.  Some people are even seeking counseling after what we as a nation have been through.  This time of year is for family and friends coming together to celebrate the several traditions of the season and hopefully to heal our selves.   The meditations will be played by Stanley Cowell, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Charlie Haden & Hank Jones, Art Pepper, James P.

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Jazz Unlimited for April will be “The Career of Geri Allen.” Geri Allen was born Pontiac, MI.  Her family moved to Detroit.  She is a graduate of Cass Technical High School, whose music program has produced so many jazz musicians.  She has an AB in jazz from Howard University and an MS in ethnomusicology from the University of Pittsburgh.  In addition to her performing career, she is now an Associate Professor and jazz studies director at the University of  Pittsburgh.  We will be heard with her own trios and small groups and in addition with Wallace Roney, Charles Lloyd, Roy Brook

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Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, November 1, 2015 will be “The Music of Pat Metheny.”   Since the late 1970’s, guitarist Pat Metheny has been a very popular figure in jazz, but he is much more than that.  He is always experimenting with different guitars and ways of playing his instrument.  Over his career, Metheny has played with the most advanced mainstream musicians of his day.  In addition, we will play seven of his compositions by other musicians.  Musicians and groups featured on this show include the Pat Metheny Group, Kurt Elling, Matt Wilson’s Arts and Crafts, the Pat Metheny-Brad Mehlda

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Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, July 19 will be “The Norman Granz Labels-Part 1.”  During his career, Norman Granz founded the Clef, Norgran, Down Home, Verve and Pablo record labels.  These labels recorded mainstream and traditional jazz artists including Oscar Peterson, Ben Webster, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Jazz at the Philharmonic, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Kenny Barron, Charlie Parker, Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra, Clark Terry and others from 1944 until today.

The Slide Show contains my photographs of some of the artists heard on tonight's show.

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Jazz Unlimited March 15, 2015 will present “The Music of Joe Henderson-Part 1.”  Tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson came on the scene in 1963.  He brought a unique sound, style and conception to his music.  This show will feature him with his own groups and such musicians as Grant Green, Bobby Hutcherson, Horace Silver, Woody Shaw, the Wynton Kelly Trio, Lee Morgan, Larry Young, Andrew Hill, Charlie Haden and Al Foster.  In addition, his compositions will be sung and played by Judy Niemack, Janice Borla, the Blue Wisp Big Band, James Williams, Stanley Clarke and the Conrad Herwig “Latin Side o

Jazz Unlimited with host Dennis Owsley will air Sunday, February 22 at 9 p.m.

This week's show will be “Keys and Strings Hour and Other Music.”  The quieter side of jazz will mainly feature compositions by pianist Elmo Hope.  Herbie Nichols will present two of his compositions while pianist Myra Melford will also be heard.  

Other music will feature Charlie Haden and Hank Jones, Peter Appleyard, Catherine Russell, Donald Byrd and Gigi Gryce, Les McCann, Stanley Turrentine, Bobby Hutcherson, Matt Wilson, Herbie Hancoek, Keith Jarrett, Jonathan Blake and Ravi Coltrane.

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The October 26 Jazz Unlimited will be in three parts.

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Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, September 14 will be “Remembering Charlie Haden.”  Bassist Charlie Haden was born in Shenandoah, Iowa in 1937 and was raised on a farm.  His family members were musicians who played country and folk music and were on the radio with their own show.  Haden began singing with the group by the age of two and continued until the age of 15 when he contracted polio, turning to bass when he could no longer sing.  He heard classical bass on the radio and became interested in jazz.  He turned down a scholarship to Oberlin College because they had no jazz program.  Charlie m