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There are lots and lots of jazz greats with November b'days.

For example, and in no particular order: Charlie Mariano. George Cables. Teddy Wilson. Paul Desmond. Etta Jones. Gigi Gryce. Coleman Hawkins. Kevin Eubanks. Don Byron. Eddie Condon. June Chistry (see LP cover herewith, btw). Hampton Hawes. Roswell Rudd. Don Cherry. Mose Allison. Sam Jones. Chris Connor. Ellis Marsalis. Roger Kellaway. Phil Woods. Kurt Elling. Serge Chaloff. Al Cohn. Maria Schneider. Lyle Mays. Scott Joplin.

Hear ye, hear ye, folks:

On the next edition of All This Jazz, come Saturday the 3rd at 10pm on Public Radio 89.5-1, we'll offer a terrific show from our archives.

I say "terrific" because the second-hour theme of the program is such a mighty fine one. Said theme is "Great Trumpet Players, Then and Now," and therefore we'll hear from the likes of Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and Woody Shaw (pictured here), Ingrid Jensen and Dave Douglas, and more. Please join us.

Please tune in for the next edition of All This Jazz, which begins at 10 o'clock on Saturday night, the 27th, on KWGS-FM 89.5-1. The second-hour theme of our program will be (gasp! scream!) Halloween!

On the next All This Jazz, which kicks off at 10 o'clock on Saturday night (October 20th) on KWGS-FM 89.5-1, our second-hour theme will be jazz combos led by drummers.

Tony Williams, Buddy Rich, Matt Wilson, Art Blakey, and Jack DeJohnette: we'll hear from bands under the respective direction of all these greats, and a few others, on the forthcoming edition of ATJ.

Please join us, dear rhythm buffs!

On the next edition of All This Jazz, on Saturday the 13th, our second-hour theme will be "Monk's Tunes." Thelonious Monk would have turned 95 earlier this week; he was born on October 10th, 1917. (He died in 1982.)

More beignets, waiter --- and more gumbo, please --- at this table. On the next All This Jazz, on Saturday the 6th, our second-hour theme will be "New Orleans."

"Early Autumn," "Autumn in New York," "Autumn Serenade," "Autumn Nocturne," and so forth.... The cool and colorful fall season is finally here, thank goodness, and on the next edition of All This Jazz, on the 29th, we'll celebrate precisely that. Our second-hour theme, in other words, will be "Autumn" on 9/29/12 --- and thus we'll hear all the gorgeous tunes listed above, plus many more. Join us on KWGS-FM 89.5-1 on Saturday night at 10pm. It's All This Jazz --- modern jazz, both recent and classic.

John Coltrane would have been 86 on Sunday (September 23rd). He died of liver cancer in 1967; he was only 40.

Starting back in 2000, or thereabouts, Universal Music France, the French cousin of the current guise of the long-running jazz record label known as Verve, inaugurated a wonderful series of reissued recordings: the "Jazz in Paris" series. These CDs were made available in the States as well as the Continent.  

We've had some mighty nice feedback over the past few days regarding the show that we aired on Saturday the 8th; namely, we've received a handful of kind and/or appreciative emails referring specifically to the second hour of that show, when our theme was jazz renditions of tunes from "Porgy and Bess."

Long before he appeared on the cover of Time Magazine, in 1964, Thelonious Monk was a one-of-a-kind jazz pianist: a player and composer of startling originality, a musician of ample wit and heart, a bebopper of seemingly boundless genius. His body of work --- indeed, his approach to the piano itself --- was fresh and unique and cohesive. It was also, in the opinion of some, quite odd. Or else sloppy-sounding in its fingering, or else melodically lop-sided, or worse.

He was the tenor saxophonist and main composer for Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers --- and then for the Miles Davis Quintet --- in the Sixties. Later in that decade, he took up the soprano sax while participating in the landmark Davis recording sessions that would produce "Bitches Brew" (and he's now a master on both horns).

He co-led Weather Report, the internationally popular jazz-rock fusion supergroup, in the Seventies and Eighties.

Howdy, kids. Sorry about the prolonged absence, blog-wise; I'm still away from the studio on vacation.

I'll be back soon enough, but in the meantime I wanted to quickly preview the "re-broadcast" that we have on deck for tonight's edition of All This Jazz (that is, for our 8/18/12 show).

The second-hour theme for this program, which first aired in December of 2010, is pretty special --- it's "The Less-Familiar Ellington."

Whether we're talking about, say, the historic accumulation of medals by swimmer Michael Phelps or Rowan Atkinson's keyboard "playing" during the Opening Ceremony a few days ago, there have been --- at the current Olympic Games, of course --- scores of outstanding performances in London lately.

Therefore, in a tip of the hat to Mr. Phelps, Mr. Atkinson, and so many others, the next installment of All This Jazz will present a host of great performances from London Town . . . performances, in our case, in a jazz vein.

London Summer Olympics.




In the theme-driven second hour of All This jazz the other night --- see playlist here; I refer to the 7/21/12 show --- I played a couple of tracks by the wonderful Eddie Palmieri, the Puerto Rican pianist, arranger, and composer (pictured herewith) who's long been deemed one of the brightest stars in the Latin Jazz firmament.

Hello, campers.

If I may, a quick recommendation, live-music-wise, for tomorrow night (Tuesday the 24th) here in Tulsa. In the final 2012 Starlight Concert performance of the summer, the Starlight Jazz Orchestra will present a "Frank Sinatra Tribute." The program begins at 8pm and is, as ever, free to the public.

Grab a friend or two, a blanket or some lawn chairs, and --- if nothing else --- a cooler loaded with cold drinks, and then head over to the River West Festival Park (on the west bank of the Arkansas River).

Hot Stuff

Jul 22, 2012

With still another triple-digit high in today's local forecast (are we there yet?), I have started a shortlist of hot-weather jazz cuts --- tunes to set spinning, perhaps, whilst pouring that umpteenth lemonade o'er ice on a Sunday afternoon and staring out at one's sun-bleached and scorching backyard.


Jul 20, 2012

Well, here we go. The journey of a thousand blog entries begins, I suppose, with a single cliched expression.

Welcome to Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal. Of course, if this journal should actually survive for anything remotely near 1,000 entries, I'll be pleased as punch. Whoa, another cliche. Bear with me.