Jazz Unlimited for June 8 will feature “The Music of Shorty Rogers.” Trumpeter, composer arranger Shorty Rogers was born Milton Rajonsky in 1924 I Great Barrington, Massachusetts. He was involved in drum and bugle corps at an early age. Following graduation from high school, he became a professional musician, working with Will Bradley, Red Norvo and Woody Herman. Moving to Los Angeles, he worked with Stan Kenton and joined the Lighthouse All-Stars. Rogers was one of the architects of the “West Coast Jazz” style and for the 1950’s was known as an avant-gardist. He also had a studio ca
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
The April 27 Jazz Unlimited will be “The Keys and Strings Hour Plus New Music for April.” April marks the 115th birthday of one of our greatest composers, Duke Ellington. We will hear his music played without horns by Kenny Burrell, Abdullah Ibrahim, Tommy Flanagan, Duke Ellington, Jimmy Smith, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, Randy Weston and the Modern Jazz Quartet. New music will feature a new, never heard CD of Ben Webster and Oscar Peterson, a trio led by the Unusual pianist Billy Tipton, jazz pioneer Carline Ray, guitarist Terence Brewer, the Jimmy Heath Big Band, Leo Parker, a ma
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 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 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