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Jazz Unlimited for October 27, 2019, will present “The Keys and Strings Hour Plus New Music.” The Keys and Strings Hour will present selections from a new compilation of the Fred Hersch Trio, Art Tatum, E.S.T., and two duos: Gary Burton & Steve Swallow and Marc Copland & Gary Peacock.  New music will feature a previously unknown recording by John Coltrane, Lazslo Gardony, vocalist Sonia Johnson, Andy Ballantyne, Vaughan Nark, Jeff Denson, our own Lester Bowie’ Brass Fantasy, Mark Sherman, the Vienna Art Orchestra, Trevor Giancola, the German group “Mikropuls” and the Britis

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Jazz Unlimited on Sunday, October 20 will present music from the 56-year of Armando “Chick” Corea.  Chick was born in the Boston area and was working professionally by his late teens.  His career includes straight-ahead jazz, avant-garde jazz, jazz-rock fusion and classical music.  We will hear music from his groups Return to Forever, Origin, his duets with Gary Burton and his own trio.  He will also be heard with Herbie Hancock, the Donald Byrd/Pepper Adams group, Miles Davis and the Joe Henderson Big Band.  Many of his compositions are now jazz standards and some of them will be played an

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Jazz Unlimited for September 15, 2019 will present “The Keys and Strings Hour Plus New Music.”  The quieter side of jazz will present quartets without horns.  We will hear music from the Ralph Sutton & Jay McShann “Last of the Whorehouse Piano Players Group,” Gary Burton & Stephane Grappelli, Laurindo Almeida & Charlie Byrd, Geri Allen’s Timeline, Bill Charlap & Ted Rosenthal, Jim Hall, Bach to the Future, Monty Alexander, Patricia Barber and Billy Bang with Sun Ra.  New music for September Duke Ellington singing a composition commissioned by NASA for the first moon

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Jazz Unlimited for May 5, 2019, presents “The Career of Roy Haynes.”  Known as “Snap Crackle” for his snare drum playing, drummer Roy Haynes’ 70 plus year career spans all styles from bebop to beyond.  We will present his work with his own groups, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Kenny Barron, Chick Corea, Sarah Vaughan, Oliver Nelson, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Gary Burton, Thelonious Monk, Etta Jones, Sonny Rollins, Charles Lloyd, Pat Metheny, Art Farmer, John Coltrane, Art Pepper and Clifford Jordan.

The Slide Show has my photographs of some of the musicians heard on this show.

Classic Bebop Tunes

Nov 11, 2018
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Jazz Unlimited  for November 11, 2018 will be “Classic Bebop Tunes.”  The bebop era in jazz brought about a change in how we think about improvisation.  Tunes from that era continue in jazz, many of them played by musicians playing in later styles.  We will hear this music played by Gary Burton, Supersax, Karrin Allyson, Sphere, Grant Green with Sonny Clark, Ahmad Jamal, Scott Hamilton, Ken Peplowski & Spike Robinson, J.J. Johnson, Mulgrew Miller, Keith Jarrett, the Gerald Wilson Orchestra, Tony Monaco, Milt Jackson, a Tommy Flanagan/Hank Jones duet, Joe Lovano, Dr.

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Jazz Unlimited for May 27, 2018 will be  “The Keys and Strings Hour Plus New Music.”  The “Keys and Strings Hour” will feature some Miles Davis compositions played by the Turtle Island String Quartet, the Lynne Arriale Trio, Gary Burton, two Ray Brown trios, Mary Lou Williams, Harvie Swartz and the Stanley Clarke Trio with Hiromi.

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Jazz Unlimited for Sunday.

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Jazz Unlimited for May 14 will be “The Compositions of Carla Bley.” Composer, arranger and bandleader Carla Bley continues to work at age 81.  Her first compositions were recorded by the George Russell sextet.  These elegiac, sometimes sardonic and witty compositions will be played by George Russell, her own groups and big bands, Gary Burton, Jimmy Giuffre, the Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra, John McLaughlin, Art Farmer & Jim Hall, Paul Bley, Orrin Evans and Tony Williams’ Lifetime.

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Jazz Unlimited for SUnday, January 8, 2017 will be “With Mallets Aforethought.”  Mallet instruments can be used in jazz for melody, harmony or percussion.  They also add a cooler sensibility to a performance.  We will present 24 mallet players in various ensembles ranging from trios to big bands and with vocalists.  These mallet players are:  Red Norvo, Lionel Hampton, Marjorie Hyams, Terry Gibbs, Hagood Hardy, David Friedman, Roy Ayers, Warren Chaisson, Gary Burton, Emil Richards, Victor Feldman, Joe Locke, Bobby Hutcherson, Stefon Harris, Peter Schlamb, Steve Nelson, Bryan Carrot

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Jazz Unlimited June 26, 2016 will be “The Keys and Strings Hour + New Music.”  The Quieter Side of Jazz will feature pianist, composer and bandleader Chick Corea along with Gary Burton in music ranging from piano trios, a piano-vibes duet and a quintet.  In addition, new music from Steve Davis, Russell Malone, Rene Marie, Warren Wolf, Geoff Keezer, Steve Swallow, the Frank Lowe Saxemble, the power trio of David Murray, Geri Allen and Terri Lynne Carrington, Anthony Braxton, Joe Manieri, and William Parker will be heard in the last two hours. 

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Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, January 25 will be “Gershwin-Part 4: Classical Compositions + New Music”  Gershwin’s classical compositions have also resonated with audiences.  During our keys and strings hour, we will hear his piano roll versions of “An American in Paris,” Rhapsody in Blue” and “Novelette in Fourths” and duets between Gary Burton and Makoto Ozone on “Prelude No.

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Jazz musicians occasionally use classical music themes for improvisation.  On the January 28, 2013 edition of Jazz Unlimited, the first hour will have music by Bach, Villa Lobos, Mozart, Pachelbel, Rachmaninov, Dvorak and Rodrigo played without horns.  The second hours will present new music with Dizzy Gillespie, Dena DeRose, Art Pepper, Marcus Roberts, Hal Russell and others.

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The January 20 Jazz Unlimited show will present musicians who have major birthdays.  Most have passed on, while some are still going strong in their careers.  The musicians and their ages are as follows: vibists Milt Jackson (90) and Gary Burton (70), trumpeters Henry "Red" Allen (105) and "Hot Lips" Page (105) , guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli (85), reed players Haywood Henry (100) and Billy Harper (70), violinist Stephane Grappelli (105),  bassists Steve Gilmore (70) and Curtis Counce (90), and drummers Barry Altschul (70) and Osie Johnson (90).