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 Sunday, March 16 will present “The Career of Kenny Barron.” Born in Philadelphia in 1943, this jazz piano master began his recording career in 1960 at the age of 17 with recordings with Yusef Lateef and his brother tenor saxophonist Bill Barron. To date, Kenny Barron has 564 recording sessions to his credit with 54 as a leader. He had a five-year stints with Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz and recorded with just about everyone who is anyone in jazz. In addition to work on his own projects, tonight’s show presents Kenny Barron with Regina Carter, Kevin Mahogany, Clark Te
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 for Sunday, December 1st will be “Live Jazz from Town Hall, New York City.” We continue playing live music from the jazz capital of the world with concerts from Town Hall that span the years 1944 to 1990. The artists featured are Eddie Condon and His All-Stars, Louis Armstrong and the All-Stars, the Dizzy Gillespie-Charlie Parker Quintet, four pieces from a Baron Timmie Rosenkranz concert in 1945, which includes the classic “I Got Rhythm” duet of Don Byas and Slam Stewart, Mary Lou Williams’ “Zodiac Suite,” Benny Carter, Red Norvo and Teddy Wilson, Thelonious Monk, the Chic
Jazz Unlimited Sunday evening, July 14 will have “Music from the Newport and Monterey Jazz Festivals-Part One” 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, was canceled for a time and 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 festivals when they added popular rock groups to boost attendance. Monterey has run uninterrupted for 55 years with its make-up of mainly
Jazz musicians occasionally use classical music themes for improvisation. On the January 28, 2013 edition of Jazz Unlimited, the first hour will have music by Bach, Villa Lobos, Mozart, Pachelbel, Rachmaninov, Dvorak and Rodrigo played without horns. The second hours will present new music with Dizzy Gillespie, Dena DeRose, Art Pepper, Marcus Roberts, Hal Russell and others.
Money makes the world go 'round. This episode of Jazz Unlimited will feature Duke Ellington, Muggsy Sprecher, Benny Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie and others with tunes about money.
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