Jazz Unlimited for SUnday, December 7 will be “The Fifty Year Anniversary of the Recording of “A Love Supreme.” On December 9, 1964, the John Coltrane Quartet entered Rudy Van Gelder’s studio with almost no written music but for a few sketches and what looked like a handwritten poem. They proceeded to record the album “A Love Supreme,” one of the most important and best selling albums in jazz. Since that time, three other versions of the work have been recorded along with interpretations of various sections by a number of artists. We will hear these interpretations played by the Conrad
The September 12 Jazz Unlimited show will present “The Music of Thelonious Monk.” By his early teens, Thelonious Monk was a promising classical pianist. However, he left this music for jazz because of the freedom of expression it brought him. This show will present his idiosyncratic piano playing along with 22 of his compositions, all of which are played today by many musicians. He will be heard with big bands, piano trios and his own quartet. His music will also be played and sung by others such as the Monk’s Music Trio, The Pocket Brass Band, Danilo Perez, Carmen McRae, Abbey Lincoln
Jazz Unlimited for September 21 will be “The Music of John Coltrane.” Saxophonist John Coltrane had the most formidable technique in jazz history. His influence was so strong that for decades after his death, many saxophonists would base their work on just a six month period of his development. This show will present music that Coltrane recorded and composed after his spiritual awakening in 1957 that was part of his recovery from heroin use. Coltrane will be featured with his classic quartet, his quintet with Eric Dolphy, the Africa/Brass big band and with vocalist Johnny Hartman. Play
Jazz Unlimited for June 1, 2014 will be “The Career of Tommy Flanagan.” One of the most respected pianists in jazz, Tommy Flanagan was born in 1930 in Detroit. By the age of 15, he was playing professionally, doing his school homework backstage between sets. At the urging of his fellow Detroiter, Kenny Burrell, Flanagan moved to New York in 1956. In that year, he appeared on 13 jazz albums. In his career, he was heard on 401 recording sessions, recording 50 albums as a leader. He has five Grammy Nominations to his credit. Flanagan was Ella Fitzgerald’s accompanist from 1962-1965 and
Please join me Sunday night on Jazz Unlimited from nine to midnight for “The Career of Kenny Burrell.” Detroit born guitarist and teacher Kenny Burrell has had a 64 year as a performer and teacher. An active studio musician, he performed in over 600 record sessions. Burrell has 70 albums as a leader. In 1996, he became a professor and Director of Jazz Studies at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. He teaches an annual course on Duke Ellington called “Ellingtonia.” Kenny Burrell will be heard with Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Hank Jones, Billie Holiday, Ray Charles, Milt Jackson,
The April 6 edition of Jazz Unlimited will be “The Career of Paul Chambers.” In his career from 1954-1969, bassist Paul Chambers participated in over 360 recording sessions. His big sound and great time made him an invaluable player. He was unusual because he would use the bow in some of his solos. He is best known for his long tenure with Miles Davis, the Red Garland Trio and the Wynton Kelly Trio. In this show, Chambers will also be heard with J.J.
Jazz Unlimited on February 16 is “Live from the Village Vanguard-Part 2.” We continue our survey of New York jazz clubs with the first of two parts on the Village Vanguard. Max Gordon started the club in 1935 and ran it until his death in 1989. Since then, his widow Lorraine continues to run it. It remains the way it was when Max died. The featured artists for this show, the Junior Mance Trio, the Joe Lovano Quartet, Chucho Valdes and his band, the John Coltrane Quartet, the Bobby Hutcherson Quartet, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie, the Bill Evans Trio, Art Pepper, the Tha
Jazz Unlimited for October 13 will be “Classical Themes in Jazz-Part 2.” 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 Bach, Ravel, Brahms, Lizst, Mozart, Lehar, DeFalla, Chopin, Scarlatti, Johan Strauss, Verdi, Gershwin, Vaughan-Williams, Rachmaninoff, Offenbach, Dvorak, and Ravel. The musicians include “Hot Lips” Page, the Nat “King” Cole Trio, Art Tatum, The Gerald Wilson Orchestra, Bach to t