On Tuesday the great Wes Montgomery would have been 89 years old. Resonance Records has just released some recently-discovered mid-1950's recordings from this guitar genius who's been gone for over 40 years. The project's producer, Zev Feldman, joins us Tuesday at 2 pm to discuss this historic release.
Monday old pal Jason Yeager will call in during the 4 o'clock hour. This former New Englander is now based in New York and will be performing this week in Boston. Hear all about that and more on Monday's Jazz Matinee.
The lovely and the elegant Carol Sloane celebrates her birthday on Monday and she'll join us on the phone in the 3 o'clock hour to get us up to date. Always wonderful stories from one of the first ladies of song.
Born March 13, 1925, Haynes worked with Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Sarah Vaughan and John Coltrane, and continues to set the pace on the drums to this day. "He's so loose-limbed, writes JazzSet producer Mark Schramm. "There's not a trace of strain in any part of his body. Whether he's playing softly with brushes, or swinging with his trademark ride cymbal rhythm, or leaning in and driving the group, it's all done as if he were dancing at the drums. With Jaleel Shaw, Martin Bejerano and David Wong as the youth.
Trumpeter Dominick Farinacci has emerged as a young man whose versatile horn ranges from the soft and seductive to the rough and bluesy. His skills have earned him a headline spot with festivals worldwide and recording dates with a list of jazz legends; he’s also a composer with nine albums under his belt. Farinacci performs “Just One of Those Things” and his original tune, “Dawn of Goodbye.”
Grammy winning a-capella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock shines a new light on the work of Odetta, Abbey Lincoln and Nina Simone - and mark their own 30 year anniversary with something new: a backing trio.
Producer Allen Sviridoff was Rosemary Clooney’s longtime manager and kept his Clooney connection going producing the soundtrack of “Good Night and Good Luck” for Rosemary’s nephew George. Allen’s present activities include managing Rachael MacFarlane, who voices the character Haley on American Dad, and producing her debut CD.
The guitarist stepped off nightly TV, released the album Zen Food, and toured throughout the year in 2011. They loved him at the Amphitheatre stage in Detroit. Ross Davis wrote in JazzTimes that Eubanks "featured his own fine lines and plenty of room for his band mates to shine, most especially saxophonist Bill Pierce."
The West Indies meet West Harlem when Jamaican-born pianist Monty Alexander and the Harlem-Kingston Express make a stop at the House of Swing. Alexander brings his disparate worlds and singular voice to explore the new 'Calypso bebop' - called "mento". He's joined by drummer Herlin Riley and bassist Hassan Shukar.