Jazz Unlimited for September 28 will be “Keys and Strings Hour/New Music.” Piano fireworks and great beauty abound when we present new music from four of the greatest pianists in current jazz. Chick Corea, Hiromi, Lynne Arriale and Keith Jarrett will be presented in solo, piano duet, piano bass duo and piano trio configurations on the “Keys and Strings Hour.” The new music segment will feature trumpeter Sean Jones, vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, saxophonist Azar Lawrence, the Dave Liebman Big Band, pianist Kenny Werner, Arturo O’Farril and his orchestra, th
Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, September 14 will be “Remembering Charlie Haden.” Bassist Charlie Haden was born in Shenandoah, Iowa in 1937 and was raised on a farm. His family members were musicians who played country and folk music and were on the radio with their own show. Haden began singing with the group by the age of two and continued until the age of 15 when he contracted polio, turning to bass when he could no longer sing. He heard classical bass on the radio and became interested in jazz. He turned down a scholarship to Oberlin College because they had no jazz program. Charlie m
Jazz Unlimited for December 8 will be “Live Jazz from The Blue Note, Iridium, Jazz Standard and In Time Cafe.” We continue playing live music from the jazz capital of the world with recordings made in jazz clubs, where the interaction between the audience and the players takes both to new heights. Tonight’s show features music from Oscar Peterson, Carmen McRae, the Charles Tolliver Big Band, Monty Alexander, Conrad Herwig’s “Latin Side of…” ensembles, Kenny Barron & Charlie Haden, Von Freeman, John Scofield, the Mingus Big Band, the Keith Jarrett Standards Trio, Jacky Terrasson, Elvin
Jazz Unlimited on Sunday, October 27 will feature some compositions of saxophonists Benny Golson and Sonny Rollins on the "Keys and Strings Hour." These two jazz giants have written a number of compositions that are played by horn players, but rarely by piano players. The quieter side of jazz will present the compositions that piano players play. The artists playing these compositions will be Tommy Flanagan, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Grant Green with Sonny Clark, Milt Jackson with Wes Montgomery, Keith Jarrett, Phineas Newborn, Jr.
On the August 4, 2013 edition of Jazz Unlimited, we begin a four part series highlighting the great jazz soloists. A great jazz solo is awe-inspiring, exciting, emotional and always tells a story. In the entire history of jazz, there may be less than 140 soloists who are consistently capable of a great solo in nearly every performance. We will hear some of them spotlighted tonight. The musicians featured include Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, Woody Shaw.
The June 23 Jazz Unlimited show will have new music featuring a duet between pianists Jaki Byard and Tommy Flanagan, vocalist Ben Sidran, pianists Joey Calderazzo, Monty Alexander and Keith Jarrett, alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, the Jim Widner Big Band and a five part Suite called "Hagar’s Song" by Charles Lloyd and Jason Moran.
The slide show has images of some of the musicians heard on this show.
This Archive of the 6/23/13 show will be available until Monday morning 7/1/13
On November 25, 2012, we will play something unusual. String quartets in jazz are usually reading ensembles doing transcriptions or supporting soloists. A few do improvise. The Keys and Strings Hour feature on string quartets will feature the Kronos Quartet, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the Beaux Arts String Quartet, and the Zapolski String Quartet, along with soloists Jim Hall (guitar) and the Modern Jazz Quartet. The second and third hours of Jazz Unlimited will feature new music by Joe Newman, Keith Jarrett, Art Pepper, Dena DeRose, Bill McHenry along with two rare recordings by
On Sunday, October 28, the Jazz Unlimited Keys and Strings Hour will present music by 11 of my favorite jazz singers accompanied by groups without horns. The singers are Patricia Barber, Betty Carter, Kurt Elling, Ella Fitzgerald, Johnny Hartman, Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae, Judy Niemack, Sarah Vaughan, Joe Williams and Cassandra Wilson. The second and third hours of Jazz Unlimited will present music by some of the real heavyweights in current and past music: Kurt Elling, Keith Jarrett, Joe Lovano, Teo Macero, the Fred Hersch Trio, Ran Blake, the Kronos Quartet, Anat Cohen, the Brubeck B