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Jazz Unlimited for March 3, 2019, will be “The Compositions and Arrangements of Oliver Nelson.”   Born in St.

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Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, September 2, 2018 will be “The Career of Phil Woods.”  Alto saxophonist Phil Woods’s 61-year performing career included 30 wins as best alto saxophone in the Down Beat Readers Polls.  He led his own quintet from 1972 to 2015 and played with the big bands of Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Oliver Nelson, Thelonious Monk and Jay McShann.  He and Benny Carter were close friends.  In addition to those already mention, Woods will be heard with Gary Burton & Joe Morello, Gene Quill, Bill Mays, George Wallington, Jim McNeely, his European Rhythm Machine, the

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Jazz Unlimited for March 18, 2018 is “The Music of Bill Evans.”  Writer Gene Lees described the life of pianist Bill Evans’ as a long slow suicide.  Evans’ piano playing influenced nearly all pianists from the mid-1950’s until today.  We will hear only a small fraction of his beautiful music on Jazz Unlimited, including music with overdubbed solo piano, the Tadd Dameron Big Band, the Joe Pass Quartet, Tony Bennett, Chick Corea & Hiromi, the Kronos Quartet, the Miles Davis Sextet, Shirley Horn, the Gunther Schuller Orchestra, George Russell, Cannonball Adderley, Oliver

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Jazz Unlimited for February 6, 2016 is “The Compositions of Richard Rodgers.”  Richard Rodgers was a composer who wrote over 900 compositions.  Music from his Broadway shows is used in jazz.  His music will be performed on this show by Stan Getz, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Bill Watrous, Roy Hargrove, Donald Byrd, Pepper Adams, Billie Holiday, the Great Jazz Trio, Gerry Mulligan, Nat Adderley, Sonny Clark, Miles Davis, Roger Kellaway, Red Mitchell. Gene Harris, John McLaughlin, Cassandra Wilson and Oliver Nelson.  This show is part of St.

Heard on Horace Silver's "Peace."
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Jazz Unlimited's show for Sunday, December 21 will be the annual winter holiday show, this time called “Meditations on Peace.”  2014 has been a rough year for our world, our country and our city.  At this time of year many people espouse peace, but do they really mean it?  In 24 different songs containing the word “Peace” in the title and in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Sir William Gladstone, Petra Kelly, John F.

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Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, January 19 will be “The Career of Shelly Manne.”  Drummer, bandleader, composer and club owner Shelly Manne was born in New York in 1920 and began working professionally in swing groups as early as 1939.  He soon was noticed by people like Coleman Hawkins and other giants of the period and began recording and working with them.  During World War II, Manne often jammed on 52nd Street in New York while wearing his navy uniform.  He began playing with modernists Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker by 1945 and was in the Stan Kenton and Woody Herman orchestras.  Manne