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Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, August 11, 2019, presents “The Career of Kenny Burrell.”  Guitarist Kenny Burrell is one of the many jazz musicians who came out of Detroit in the late 1940’d to mid 1950’s.  Born in 1931, he began playing guitar by age 12, and took music theory and classical guitar lessons.  Influenced by Charlie Christian, Oscar Moore and mainly Django Reinhardt, Burrell made his first recordings with Dizzy Gillespie while he was a student at Wayne State University in 1951.  He moved to New York in 1956 and soon became a stalwart for the Blue Note label.  Burrell was al

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Jazz Unlimited for July 28, 2019, will present “The Keys and Strings Hour Plus New Music.”  The quieter side of jazz will present duos, trios and quartets featuring Count Basie, Jimmy Smith & Kenny Burrell, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Pat Metheny & Charlie Haden, Hank Jones and Milt Jackson.  The new music portion of the show will have unknown Tadd Dameron compositions by Paul Combs, vocalists Rosanna Eckert and Judy Wexler, Eric Alexander, Luke Gillespie, a Bach prelude played by Keith Jarrett, Matt Olson, Eric Skov, Rich Halley, Xavier LeCouturier, Marlene Rosenberg and t

Jazzoo-Part 1

Jul 14, 2019
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Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, July 14, 2019 will present “Jazzoo-Part 1.”  A friend challenged me to put together a show featuring with tunes featuring animals in the titles.  There are many more than you think.  This week’s show will feature cats from large predators o the little cats we have as pets.  The word ‘cats” will also be used with some musicians.  The musicians who play the music in part one include Art Tatum, Duke Ellington, John Graas, Julia Lee, Oliver Nelson & Jimmy Smith, Vic Dickenson, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Cy Touff, our own Muggsy Sprecher, Leo Parker

Soul Jazz

Mar 24, 2019
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Jazz Unlimited for March 24, 2019 will be “Soul Jazz.”   The ‘Soul Jazz” style of jazz grew out of hard bop as an alternative to the hard turn to the avant-garde that jazz was undergoing in the late 1950’s.  We will hear music by Gene Harris, Akiko Tsuruga, Les McCann, Hank Crawford and Jimmy McGriff, Junior Mance, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Johnny O’Neal, Johnny Griffin and the Big Soul Band, Sonny Stitt, Eddie Harris, Oliver Nelson with Jimmy Smith, Horace Silver, Richard “Groove” Holmes, Ramsey Lewis, Jack McDuff and Cannonball Adderley.  Please make your contribution to St.

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Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, December 30, 2018 will be “Jazz Giants Born in November and December.”  Jazz Giants are individuals whose sound and approach are instantly identifiable.  Their work has influenced those who came after them.  This show will highlight music from bandleaders Fletcher Henderson, Benny Moten and Toshiko Akiyoshi; pianists Willie “The Lion” Smith, Teddy Wilson, Dave Brubeck, Wynton Kelly, Roger Kellaway, Ray Bryant, Hampton Hawes, and John Hicks; trumpeters Clark Terry, Bunny Berigan and Woody Shaw; saxophonists Serge Chaloff, Phil Woods, Joe Lovano; trombonists Steve T

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Jazz Unlimited for August 5, 2018 will be “The Turrentine Brothers.”  The Turrentine brothers, saxophonist Stanley and trumpeter Tommy were born in Pittsburgh.  They were associated mainly with the Hard Bop/Soul Jazz styles of the fifties and sixties, but Stanley had a hit recording, “Sugar,” in the 1970’s while Tommy recorded with Sun Ra in 1989.  We will their music with their own groups, the George Hudson Orchestra, Ray Brown, Gene Harris, Horace Silver, Jimmy Smith, Branford Marsalis & Kurt Elling, Ernie Wilkins, Freddie Hubbard, Les McCann, Max Roach & Abbey Lincoln, R

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Jazz Unlimited for June 17, 2018 will be “The Music of Horace Silver.”   Pianist-composer and bandleader Horace Silver wrote over 160 compositions.  Over 20 of these compositions have become jazz standards.  We will hear some of these tunes played by Horace himself, George Shearing, Hank Mobley, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie Jefferson, The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Keith Jarrett, Dr.

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Please join me Sunday night on Jazz Unlimited from nine to midnight for  “The Career of Kenny Burrell.”  Detroit born guitarist and teacher Kenny Burrell has had a 64 year as a performer and teacher.  An active studio musician, he performed in over 600 record sessions.  Burrell has 70 albums as a leader.  In 1996, he became a professor and Director of Jazz Studies at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.  He teaches an annual course on Duke Ellington called “Ellingtonia.”  Kenny Burrell will be heard with Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Hank Jones, Billie Holiday, Ray Charles, Milt Jackson,