November 27/29

This week Crossroads wraps up the month-long celebration of the centennial birthday of Piedmont blues great Brownie McGhee. There are also some special sounds in store as Crossroads highlights the new blues and R&B recordings just named to the Grammy Hall of Fame, and also the newly named nominees for the Maple Blues Awards, the most prestigious of the Canadian blues awards. Plus new releases, classic recordings, and music from artists with regional concerts in the coming week.

Daran Herrman

The Oklahoma music scene is as is vibrant today as it has ever been thanks to a group of young bands that blur the lines between country, rock and Americana. KMUW's Jedd Beaudoin spoke to a founding member of one of those bands, a musician who says that the audience for this brand of music continues to grow.

Saturday, November 28

This week on New Settlers' Radio Hour it’s Buddy Mondlock performing at the Old Settlers Inn. Buddy has written songs recorded by Garth Brooks, Art Garfunkle, Peter, Paul & Mary and many others. But, there’s nothing like hearing the songwriter perform his own works.  

Here are my two favorite Buddy Mondlock tunes. Love them so much.  

"Cats of the Colosseum" - Sweet and sad.

Sunday, November 29

Thanksgiving has passed, and it's time to begin playing holiday music on Straight No Chaser. The tsunami of holiday cheer begins with Tom Kubis, Dexter Gordon, Jimmy Smith and the Ray Brown Trio.

This week on Night Train, we'll look at jazz records in the 2016 Grammy Hall of Fame, we'll have birthday salutes to Paul Desmond, Teddy Wilson and more, and we'll continue our celebration of the November featured artist Billy Strayhorn. And here's a bonus--read Chris Heim's book review of Strayhorn: An Illustrated Life edited by A. Alyce Claerbaut and David Schlesinger. Here are the daily details for the week:

Monday, November 23

Global Village celebrates birthdays of one of Spain’s greatest composers, Manuel de Falla, Italian minimalist Ludovico Einaudi, and Balkan blues (and more) artist Koby Israelite. Plus more music from Ethiopia for the November feature – this time including new music from the group Qwanwa – and new music from ‘desert blues’ band Terakaft, flamenco/North African music of Seffarine, Canada’s Soul Jazz Orchestra, and the wild and wooly world jazz ensemble TriBeCaStan.

Tuesday, November 24

As famous as Duke Ellington is (and apparently he isn't to all. In front of the Ellington exhibit at the Smithsonian some years ago, a small child asked who he was. Her mother muttered, "I don't know, some kind of royalty," and hustled her off to a toy exhibit down the hall.), so largely unknown is Billy Strayhorn.

Sunday, November 22

This Sunday Soulsations features Thanksgiving music! Hear an hour of R&B and gospel tunes about being grateful and giving thanks including Sly and the Family Stone, William DeVaughn, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, The Clark Sisters and The Williams Brothers. 

A Global Village: An Interview with Chris Heim

Nov 18, 2015

Global Village host, Chris Heim, was recently interviewed by Taylor Moore of WSU Instructional Design and Technology. The interview, shared through a blog on the WSU website, looks at Chris's career in music... from a Saturday show in Chicago to the multitude of shows she produces which are now carried globally.

Read the entire interview--A Global Village--here:

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Wednesday, November 18

Taking its name from the Italian version of George A. Romero’s Dawn Of The Dead, Zombi has long held a special place in the hearts of music lovers who also love film scores. The band’s synth-heavy sound recalls the music of Italian horror masters Goblin and filmmaker John Carpenter’s unique scores. We’ll hear selections from that record as well from Kimono My House, the 1974 album from Sparks. 

Thursday, November 19