Jazz Unlimited on Sunday, July 20 will feature “The Jazz History of St. Louis, Part 3: World War II and Its Aftermath." The period saw the formation of the George Hudson Orchestra and the early careers of Miles Davis, Clark Terry, Jimmy Forrest, Ernie Wilkins, Charles Fox, Chris Woods, Velma Middleton and Arvell Shaw. Some of the rare recordings include the recording debut of Wendell Marshall, two tunes recorded by Jimmy Forrest at the Bolo Club, a recording by the Tommy Dean Band, a V-disc recording by Clark Terry and His Section Eights, a recording made in St.
The July 13 Jazz Unlimited show is the second part of the Jazz History of St. Louis Radio Documentary. The story of the jazz musicians of St. Louis and their relation to St. Louis history will be told in words and music by the people who were a part of that story. The musicians and groups featured in Part Two are Red McKenzie and the Mound City Blue Blowers, Pee Wee Russell, Eddie Johnson and the St. Louis Crackerjacks, Hayes Pillars and the Jeter-Pillars Orchestra, George Hudson, Eddie Randle and the St.
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 for March 2, 2014 will be “Live Jazz from Other New York Venues, Part 1.” Jazz played live is a different animal from jazz recorded in the emotionally sterile confines of a studio. The energy and emotion reflected back from an audience to the performers brings about better performances. We continue our survey of New York venues with smaller clubs and Lincoln Center as well as presenting music from clubs that we did not have time for on earlier shows. We will feature duets between Dick Wellstood and Kenny Davern, Dick Hyman and Roger Kellaway and Joe Lovano and Hank Jones
Jazz Unlimited for January 5, 2014 will be “Live Jazz from Birdland, the Half Note and Sweet Basil.” Energy reflected back to performing artists from an up close and personal audience often brings out the best in them. We will feature live performances from Miles Davis, Bud Powell, Jim Hall, Clifford Brown, Lou Donaldson, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Nick Brignola, Abdullah Ibrahim, Count Basie with Sarah Vaughan, Lee Konitz, Bill Evans, Wes Montgomery with Wynton Kelly, Donald Harrison and Terence Blanchard, John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy with Booker Little, Paul Bley, Steve Lacy and
Jazz Unlimited Sunday, November 10 will be “Live Jazz From Carnegie Hall-Part 1.” While Carnegie Hall opened in 1881, jazz was not heard there until 1938, when Benny Goodman had the first jazz concert. Since then many jazz concerts have been held there and some were recorded. In the years since 1938, Carnegie Hall has hosted three of John Hammond’s “Spiritual to Swing” concerts with Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Charlie Christian, Big Joe Turner and Lester Young; Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts with Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Flip Phillips and Oscar P
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.
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
Plans are in motion to erect a bronze statue of jazz musician Miles Davis at his birthplace in Alton, Ill. The city council of Alton gave its approval in July, and sculptor Preston Jackson has been commissioned to build the statue.
Jackson's design was selected out of a pool of ten. A professor emeritus from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Jackson is also a musician and lover of jazz music.