Jazz Unlimited for February 2, 2014 will be “Tributes to Jim Hall and Chico Hamilton + Dexter Gordon’s 90th Birthday.” Hall and Hamilton died in late 2013 after long lives and careers. All three artists featured tonight had their early careers in Los Angeles. We will attempt to play music representative of their careers. The artists featured on this show include Gerald Wiggins, Billie Holiday, Paul Desmond, the Billy Eckstine Big Band, Pat Metheny, Art Farmer, Charles Lloyd, Herbie Hancock, Gerry Mulligan, Sonny Rollins, Kenny Baron, Joe Lovano, Chris Potter and Woody Shaw, along with H
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
Some jazz greats have major birthdays in February. The February Jazz Unlimited show will include reed players John Handy, Buddy DeFranco, Harold Land and Dexter Gordon and many others. In addition we will have a tribute to jazz great Donald Byrd, who passed away February 4.
Check out my photos of some of the musicians heard on tonight's show.
The Left Coast over the years has been the host to many great jazz clubs. The October 21 show presents jazz recorded in clubs in San Francisco, Oakland, Santa Cruz and Seattle. Some of the clubs are The Jazz Workshop, Yoshi's, Keystone Corner and the Blackhawk in the San Francisco Bay area and Jazz Alley and The Penthouse in Seattle. We feature such musicians as the Ray Brown Trio, the Yerba Buena Jazz Band, Shelly Manne, Cannonball Adderley, Thelonious Monk, Henry Threadgill, John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders.