The June 15 Jazz Unlimited show will be “Jam Sessions.” Jam sessions have been going on since the music started. They can be contests where individual players test themselves against other players. They can be situations in which an instrumentalist can try out new ideas and techniques. They can be auditions for jobs with a certain bandleader and they can be situations where the musicians are having fun and experiencing higher-level communication than just talking. Jam session records belong to a subset of jazz recordings.
Jazz Unlimited for February 23 will be “The Guitar of Jim Hall, A Tribute to Rich McDonnell and New Music.” Jim Hall will be featured on the first hour, the “Keys and Strings Hour,” bringing you the quieter side of jazz. Rich McDonnell, founder of the Max Jazz label died recently and we will honor him with some of recordings from the Max Jazz catalog. The third hour will be new music for February. Artists heard on the show will be: the Jim Hall trio, the Red Mitchell quintet, duos between Jim Hall and Pat Metheny, Bill Evans and Ron Carter and the Hampton Hawes quartet. Music in the sec
Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, December 22 will be “The Winter Holiday Show.” Each year around the winter solstice, cultures around the celebrate the coming of longer days. In this country, the major celebrations are Hanukah, solstice celebrations, Christmas and Kwanza. We will feature some perennial favorites: Duke Ellington’s version of the “Nutcracker Suite,” Louis Armstrong’s reading of “The Night Before Christmas,” The Modern Jazz Quartet’s version of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” Count Basie’s version of “Jingle Bells” and Dexter Gordon’s version of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Chris
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 evening, August 25 will present “Kansas City Piano and New Music.” The Quieter Side of Jazz will feature blues and boogie woogie music from Kansas City pianists Count Basie, Mary Lou Williams, Jay McShann, Pete Johnson, Julia Lee and Sammy Price. The new music for August will include music by Leo’s Five, Ambrose Akinmusire, Jay Clayton, Tootie Heath, The Clayton Brothers, Ptah Williams’ Trio, Rich Thompson, Kris Davis, The Bad Plus, Jan Garbarek and Wayne Shorter.
Check out my images of some of the musicians in the Slide Show.
Jazz Unlimited for July 21 will feature “Music from the Newport and Monterey Jazz Festivals-Part Two” The Newport and Monterey Jazz Festivals are the longest running jazz festivals in history. Newport was founded in 1954 and Monterey in 1957. Newport was wracked by riots in 1960, 1970 and 1974 and was canceled for a time and was moved to New York City for a time in the 1970’s. The riots were caused by drunken young people who were attracted to the festival when they added popular rock groups. Monterey has run uninterrupted for 55 years with its make-up of mainly straight ahead jazz an
The March 10, Jazz Unlimited will be devoted to an examination of tunes about money. Money is what fuels St. Louis Public Radio. Some of the srtists to be heard to night include Muggsy Sprecher recorded live at the Silver Dollar Club on Gaslight Square, Ahmad Jamal, J.J. Johnson, Count Basie with Buddy DeFranco, Art Tatum, Phil Woods, Cannonball Adderley, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Jay McShann and the World Saxophone Quartet.
Check out my photos of some of the artists heard on the show.
On the Sunday, December 23 edition of Jazz Unlimited, we celebrate the return of the sunlight and some of the celebrations around the Winter Solstice. Specifically, the music will reflect the Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanza traditions. The artists on the show include Pieces of Eight with Debby Lennon, Herbie Mann, Jess Stacy, Don Byron, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Dexter Gordon, Randy Weston, The Jim McNeely Tentette, Count Basie, John Coltrane with Eric Dolphy, Duke Ellington, The Kronos Quartet. A special feature is the reading of the Clement Moore poem "The Night Before Christmas" by Loui