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
Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, September 29 will be "An Interview With Marty Ehrlich and a Tribute to Cedar Walton.” University City High School graduate, reed man Marty Ehrlich visits Jazz Unlimited to discuss his career, an open forum at the Regional Arts Commission on Thursday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Jazz Unlimited on Sunday evening, September 15 will feature “John Coltrane in His Own Words and Music.” During his career, John Coltrane gave only a few interviews to jazz journalists. He was a quiet, humble man who was very guarded. Until now, only transcripts existed of these interviews. Two well-known interviews with August Blume (1958) and Frank Kofsky (1966) have recently been issued in audio form. These interviews, along with a short 1960 audio interview from Stockholm and a short 1966 interview from Japan will provide a different look at this jazz giant. In addition, we will p
Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, August 18 will present “The Great Jazz Soloists-Part 3.” A great jazz solo is awe-inspiring, exciting, emotional and always tells a story. In the entire history of jazz, there are only a few soloists who are consistently capable of a great solo in every performance. Jazz Unlimited will play these musicians over the next few weeks. The artists for August 18 are Art Tatum, Slam Stewart, Charlie Christian, Artie Shaw, Buddy DeFranco, Wes Montgomery, Roy Eldridge, Kenny Barron, Regina Carter, Zoot Sims, Bobby Hutcherson, McCoy Tyner, Lennie Tristano, Warne Marsh
Jazz Unlimited for Sunday evening, August 11 will be “The Great Jazz Soloists-Part 2.” A great jazz solo is awe-inspiring, exciting, emotional and always tells a story. In the entire history of jazz, there are only a few soloists who are consistently capable of a great solo in every performance. Jazz Unlimited will play these musicians over the next few weeks. The artists for August 11 will be Joe “King” Oliver, Fats Waller, Bix Beiderbecke, Django Reinhardt, Coleman Hawkins, Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Johnny Hodges, Stuff Smith, Pee Wee Russell, Serge Chaloff, Paul Desmond, Jim Hall, Ra