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
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 February 4, our feature The Quieter Side of Jazz will have music by pianists Elmo Hope, Herbie Nichols, and Jay McShann and drummers Kenny Clarke, Frank Butler and Max Roach. The second hour will consist of an interview with music with Marc Myers, author of the book, "Why Jazz Happened" (University of California Press). Myers discusses the technological, business and social currents that made jazz what it became in the 1940's through the late 1960's. The final hour of the show will feature new music with Joe Lovano, the SF Jazz Collective, Chris Potter, David Liebman and his daughter