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 for October 6 will be “Classical Themes in Jazz.” There are a lot of connections to jazz from classical music. Most of today’s musicians are as well versed in classical music as in jazz. Since the beginning, classical themes have crept into the jazz lexicon. The show will feature themes by Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Bach, Rimsky-Korsakov, Debussy, Dvorak, Ravel, Borodin and Stravinsky, among other composers. The musicians include the John Kirby Sextet, the Nat “King” Cole Trio, Charlie Ventura, Don Byron, Duke Ellington, the Modern Jazz Quartet,
All of us spend a significant portion of our lives sleeping. When we are asleep, we dream, we have rapid eye movements, some of us talk, some of us walk and at one time or other we all have nightmares. There are a surprising number of tunes having to do with what goes on when we sleep. We feature music by Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Ben Webster, Irene Reid, Johnny Hodges, Bertha, Roger Kellaway, Count Basie, Ornette Coleman, Kurt Elling, Gary Burton, Horace Silver, Irene Reid, Meredith D'Ambrosio, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Charles Mingus, Gerald Clayton, Marilyn Crispell, Toshiko Akiy
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
On the March 24 Jazz Unlimited, we will feature the quieter side of jazz (jazz without horns) and new music. Some of the artists featured are Duke Ellington, Nat "King" Cole, Herbie Hancock, Gary Burton, Lennie Tristano, Willie Akins, Montez Coleman, Gregory Porter, Patricia Barber, the group Old Time Musketry, Patricia Barber, Charles Mingus, the Wayne Shorter "without a safety net" quartet and the Vijay Iyer Trio
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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
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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