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The Sacred in Jazz

Dec 8, 2019
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Jazz Unlimited for December 8, 2019 will be “The Sacred in Jazz.”  Jazz can be a sacred, spiritual music, as witness the works of John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, Charlie Haden and Grant Green and others.  There is more to that direction in jazz than you might think.  We will explore connections between the sacred and the secular from other religions with selections from Johnny Griffin and the Big Soul Band, the Duke Ellington Sacred Concerts, John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, Cyrus Chestnut, Dave Brubeck, Max Roach, our own Grant Green, Charlie Haden & Hank Jones, Abd

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Jazz Unlimited  for February 25, 2018 will be “The Keys and Strings Hour (Oscar) Plus New Music.”   The “Keys and Strings Hour will present performances by Oscar Peterson plus four of his compositions played by Makoto Ozone, Rene Rosnes & Bill Charlap, Ramsey Lewis and Monty Alexander.  The New Music Segment for February in the last two hours will feather music by Alicia Olatuja, Cyrus Chestnut, Peter Sommer, Mike Vaax & Ron Romm, James Hall. Craig Fraedrich.

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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.