Songs about railroads, the passage of time, and prison – with special guest co-host Joe Boudreau!
Maria Muldaur is best known world-wide for her 1974 mega-hit “Midnight at the Oasis,” which received several Grammy nominations, and enshrined her forever in the hearts of Baby Boomers everywhere; but despite her considerable pop music success, her 50-year career could best be described a long and adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American roots music. Maria Muldaur joins host Chet Williamson at 4PM on the Jazz Matinee!
The enduring success of Incognito is one of the great stories of UK music during the last 20 years. Look at the recent history of soulful UK artists and you will find any number of short-lived acts that have achieved pop success. Narrow the list to those that have created a uniquely British sound and that have endured as a global phenomenon on their own terms and the list becomes short. Dues, then, to Jean-Paul 'Bluey' Maunick and Incognito, formed in 1980 and celebrating 25 years of positive vibes and undiluted jazz funk in 2005.
Pianist, keyboardist, composer, and arranger Bill O’Connell is a native New Yorker who studied classical composition at The Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Over the years, Bill has displayed his versatility performing, writing and arranging for numerous jazz artists including Gato Barbieri, The Fort Apache Band, and vocalists Jon Lucien, Kenny Rankin, and Astrud Gilberto. Acclaimed saxophonist Donny McCaslin takes a bold leap forward with his tenth album as a leader, Casting for Gravity. McCaslin’s gargantuan tenor sound finds an ideal setting to rampage through ferocious grooves and electronic textures. Tune in at 4pm with host Chet Williamson!
Tonight on Inquiry we welcome journalist, teacher, screenwriter and story editor BEVERLY GRAY. She talks about the latest edition of her wonderful biography ROGER CORMAN: BLOOD-SUCKING VAMPIRES, FLESH-EATING COCKROACHES AND DRILLER KILLERS. Roger Corman specialized in making films that elevated the exploitation genre, films like Little Shop of Horrors and The Trip. He made them fast and he made them cheaply. Beverly Gray worked for Roger Corman in a number of different jobs and has written an incredible insiders look at this legendary director and producer who in turn worked with luminaries like Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, John Sayles, Jack Nicholson and Peter Fonda. Tonight is part one of our conversation and we concentrate on Corman’s formative years working for American International Pictures. Shown is a still of Jack Nicholson in Little Shop of Horrors.
Drummer Dave Tull has provided rhythm for everyone from Chuck Magione and Michael Buble, to JackSheldon and Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane. While Dave has also occasionally sung a tune or two with these groups and others, he has recently focused on performing his own beautiful melodies and often hilarious lyrics. Dave is a favorite among jazz musicians, who relish his spot on laments of the sometimes ridiculous challenges jazz musicians face.
New York based drummer and Grammy nominee Matt Wilson is one of todays most celebrated jazz artists. He is universally recognized for his musical and melodic drumming style as well as being a gifted composer, bandleader, producer, and teaching artist. Trumpeter Phil Grenadier is the brother of the immensely successful jazz bassist Larry Grenadier. He has made sideman appearances on albums by Bob Belden, Owen Howard, Harvey Wainapel, Bob Nieske, and Melissa Kassel. His debut recording, Sweet Transients, was released in 2000. Tune in at 4pm with host Chet Williamson.
Along with Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff, Thom Bell was one of the architects of the smooth sound coming out in the 1970s on Philadelphia International Records. A producer and songwriter, Bell had hits with The Stylistics, The Delfonics and Denice Williams to name just a few. You'll recognize these soul classics the second you hear them. It all starts at 7pm!!
In 1949, Charlie Parker envisioned an album that would link jazz to pop and influence artists to come. His legendary venture with strings has done just that. Parker with Strings set his searching solos against a lush string quartet. And onstage Bird lives - as we feature saxophonists Wess Anderson and Charles McPherson and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas.
Five-time Grammy Nominee Tierney Sutton was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and was educated at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut and the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Known for her tonality, phrasing and interpretation, the Tierney Sutton Band takes time signatures to a new level and always leaves you guessing.
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