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
Some jazz greats have major birthdays in February. The February Jazz Unlimited show will include reed players John Handy, Buddy DeFranco, Harold Land and Dexter Gordon and many others. In addition we will have a tribute to jazz great Donald Byrd, who passed away February 4.
Check out my photos of some of the musicians heard on tonight's show.
The Left Coast over the years has been the host to many great jazz clubs. The October 21 show presents jazz recorded in clubs in San Francisco, Oakland, Santa Cruz and Seattle. Some of the clubs are The Jazz Workshop, Yoshi's, Keystone Corner and the Blackhawk in the San Francisco Bay area and Jazz Alley and The Penthouse in Seattle. We feature such musicians as the Ray Brown Trio, the Yerba Buena Jazz Band, Shelly Manne, Cannonball Adderley, Thelonious Monk, Henry Threadgill, John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders.