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Jazz Unlimited  for February 17, 2019, will be “The Music of Freddie Hubbard.”  Born in Indianapolis, IN in 1938, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard became a professional at an early age, recording in his home town with Wes Montgomery in 1957.  He moved to New York in 1958 and recorded with John Coltrane that same year.  He had a lot of work with Slide Hampton and Eric Dolphy and made his recording debut with “Open Sesame” in 1960.  From then on Hubbard was in high demand.  He played with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers (1961-65) and recorded extensively with Quincy Jones.  We will hear

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Jazz Unlimited for December 16, 2018 will be “The Keys and Strings Hour Plus New Music.”  The “Keys and Strings Hour” will present new and recent recordings by Carolbeth True. Ryan Marquez and the WirePilots along with Ptah Williams, and two piano trios led by Steve Davis.  New music will be heard from our own Nick Savage and vocalist/bassist Janet Evra, recently arrived in St.

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Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, December 2, 2018 will present “Remembering Roy Hargrove.”  Trumpeter Roy Hargrove passed away from cardiac arrest and kidney failure November 10 at the age of 49.  Born in Waco, Texas, he was discovered by Wynton Marsalis while he was still in high school.  He was one of the last of the “young lions.”  In addition to his own groups we will hear him with a trio of himself, Christian McBride and Stephen Scott, Nicholas Payton and Wynton Marsalis, Slide Hampton and the Jazz Masters Big Band, Shirley Horn, Kitty Margolis, Antonio Hart, the Jimmy Heath big ban

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Jazz Unlimited FOR Sunday, November 26, 2017 will be “The Keys and Strings Hour (Jim Hall) Plus New Music.”  I have always been fascinated by the sound and conception of guitarist Jim Hall, who will be featured on the “Keys and Strings Hour.”  Hall will be heard in duos, a trio, piano quartets and a quintet featuring such artists as Ron Carter, Charlie Haden, Pat Metheny, Hampton Hawes, Geoff Keezer and Red Mitchell, who will be playing cello.  New music will be heard by the Canadian pianist Nick McLean, Bill Charlap, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Joey Alexander, Christian McBride and hi

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Jazz Unlimited tonight for May 28, 2017 will be “Six Decades of Keys and Strings at the Vanguard + New Music.”  The venerable Village Vanguard has been the site of many outstanding recordings.  The May Keys and Strings Hour will present music recorded in every decade from the 1960’s to the 2010’s in that venue, including music by the Bobby Hutcherson Quartet, a Jim Hall Quartet and the trios of Junior Mance, Christian McBride, Bill Charlap and Fred Hersch, along with the Great Jazz Trio.  New music for May will feature George Coleman, a duo between Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith,

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Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, November 15 will be “The Career of Christian McBride.”  Born in Philadelphia in 1972, bassist Christian McBride joined Bobby Watson’s Horizon at the age of 17.  A virtuoso, he has played with nearly every important name in jazz since then.  His career has involved funk, pop and fusion in addition to mainstream jazz, earning four Grammies.  He will be heard with his mentor, Ray Brown, Jay McShann, Cyrus Chestnut, the Contemporary Piano Ensemble, Roy Hargrove, Joe Henderson, Ann Hampton Callaway, Gary Burton, Chick Corea, Kurt Elling, Donald Harrison, T.S.

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Jazz Unlimited for October 25, 2015 will be “A Tribute to Willie Akins and New Music.”   St. Louis saxophonist Willie Akins died September 23, 2015 from congestive heart failure.  Akins worked in New York during the 1960, but returned to St.

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The Sunday, March 9 Jazz Unlimited show will be  “Live Jazz from Other New York Venues, Part 2.”  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 conclude 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.  The musicians feature include trumpeter Bobby Hackett with trombonist Vic Dickenson, the Art Tatum Trio, Sarah Vaug