This is a must listen this weekend on Bonnie Johnson's Color's of Jazz program. Bonnie will be interviewing the living legend, Hugh Masekela. The South African trumpeter and singer has toured across the globe, won a Grammy, and had several number one singles. In addition to the success of his musical voice, he is a legend for his activism and work to end apartheid in his native South Africa.
Bebop met chamber music at the 1949 Charlie Parker with Strings recording session. Steve Wilson brings a fresh, original take to this classic material, including a piece or two that did not get recorded. He beamingly calls his string quintet "the crown jewels" with his working group -- Bruce Barth, Michael Bowie and Lewis Nash -- at the KC Jazz Club.
This edition of Folk Revival features an eclectic mix of folk songs, old and new, presented by Nick Noble.
A real treat on Thursday's Jazz New England when the amazing Rebecca Parris visits. She's New England's sweetheart and has a Valentine's Day show coming up. We'll hear about that, discuss her long and illustrious career and, of course, enjoy some humorous stories from this New England great!
Sachal Vasandani is already earning critical acclaim as the next great male jazz vocalist. And today’s listeners agree—his 2011 album, Hi-Fly, shot straight to the number one spot on the iTunes jazz chart. Vasandani also penned some of the tunes on the album. On this week’s program, he swings on a set of standards and originals with host Jon Weber.
German boogie-woogie pianist Axel Zwingenberger and American vocalist Lila Ammons (opera singer and granddaughter of pianist Albert and niece of saxophonist Gene) talk about working together, in spite of their very different cultural and musical backgrounds.
On Tuesday local mainstays Lou and Jan Borelli visit. Their eight-piece band has held court at Nick's in Worcester for years and it's there that the band will celebrate their CD release this week. The recording showcases the arrangements of west coast jazz icon Dave Pell. We'll hear about his works, the Worcester jazz scene and more when we catch up with the Borelli's Tuesday at 2 pm.
“We wish you love, peace & soul” was how Don Cornelius signed off every Soul Train episode. The show lasted 35 years, but the host’s impact will last forever. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the legacy of a true soul music hero. This Monday at 7pm!
Sam Rivers Duet And Orchestra. Saxophonist and band leader Sam Rivers passed away on December 26, 2011. In his 2001 JALC-commissioned work for his orchestra, Rivers revealed a vibrant compositional palette with the poly-instrumentalist Anthony Cole. Hear what Dizzy Gillespie meant when he said Rivers "plays ALL the changes."
Pianist and composer Sunnie Paxson join us on Monday. Her latest recording "Bohemian Sun" is produced by, and features the bass of, the great Stanley Clarke and is climbing the jazz charts. She's a perennial winner of LA Magazine's best jazz performers, a Berklee grad and will be calling in on Monday's edition of Jazz New England. Be sure to join us at 2pm.
Underwriter of the Week
SBA Preferred Lender
Expanding a commitment to serving the needs of small and medium size businesses in Central Massachusetts.
Awarding grants and scholarships to non-profits and worthy programs that enhance the quality of life in Central Massachusetts.
Member FDIC/DIF/Equal Housing lender.