Jazz Unlimited for December will be "The Career of Charlie Parker.” Saxophonist Charlie Parker is one of the most important musicians of the 20th century in any genre. His phrasing and use of advanced harmony changed music in ways that are being still explored today. Parker’s music was not a revolution from the swing styles of music and when playing with such players, fit elegantly into what they were doing. His favorite “licks” or short phrases are heard everywhere, for example, in film music and bluegrass violin music. In addition to Parker, Jay McShann, Dizzy Gillespie, Don Byas, De
Jazz Unlimited on Sunday, November 17 will be “A Tribute to Frank Wess and Live Jazz From Carnegie Hall-Part 2.” Frank Wess, who brought the flute into the big band lexicon in 1954 with Count Basie, died October 30 at the age of 91. We will celebrate his career and also listen to live music from Carnegie Hall that spans the years 1943 to 2005. In addition to Wess, some of the artists featured during this show include Joe Newman, Count Basie, the Wess-Edison Orchestra, Kenny Burrell, Hank Jones, Buddy Rich, Sarah Vaughan, Charlie Parker, John Lewis, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Woody
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 August 4, 2013 edition of Jazz Unlimited, we begin a four part series highlighting the great jazz soloists. A great jazz solo is awe-inspiring, exciting, emotional and always tells a story. In the entire history of jazz, there may be less than 140 soloists who are consistently capable of a great solo in nearly every performance. We will hear some of them spotlighted tonight. The musicians featured include Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, Woody Shaw.