Sunday on Soulsations, new music from 1970's R&B and funk band, Con Funk Shun. The group is set to release their new studio album, the first in two decades. Hear their new romantic love song “Your Night."
Night Train continues the April Billie Holiday centennial birthday celebration and also marks birthdays of vibes great Lionel Hampton, Mambo King Tito Puente, guitarist Issi Rozen, and bassist Avishai Cohen. Plus new music from tenor saxophonist Harry Allen, drummer Quincy Davis, and pianist Dave Bass.
This week at the Crossroads we wrap up the April Jazz Appreciation Month feature with more jazzy-blues sounds and a special celebrating jump blues great Louis Jordan. Plus a tribute to Percy Sledge, the birthday of blues legend Albert King, and new music from Brad Absher & Swamp Royale, Shaun Murphy, and JJ Grey & Mofro.
The Global Village Jazz Appreciation Month celebration continues this time with music from three birthday artists who bring together world and jazz influences in their work – ‘El Rey’ Tito Puente, one of the legends of Latin jazz, and two Middle Eastern artists – bassist Avishai Cohen and guitarist Issi Rozen. Plus music from two new reissues- one featuring music of ska pioneer Don Drummond, and the other with highlife great E.T. Mensah.
Thursday, April 16: Czech-born keyboardist Jan Hammer had his greatest commercial success in the 1980s after composing the theme to the popular television show Miami Vice but his recorded output as a solo artist in the 1970s featured several superlative albums including 1976’s Oh Yeah. Listen for selections from that album as well as from Teaser, the 1975 release by guitarist Tommy Bolin.
Crossroads spotlights recordings newly inducted into the National Recording Registry; showcases new music from Albert Castiglia, Rory Block, the Duke Robillard Band, and Rob Stone; and, for the April feature celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month – music from T Bone Walker, organist Joey DeFrancesco with guitarist Danny Gatton, soul jazz organist Reuben Wilson, and blues-jazz singer Jimmy Witherspoon – including his version of a Billie Holiday classic and a special in hour two chronicling his life and music.
We continue to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month, although on Straight No Chaser that's all year long. Some of the very best new selections include Italian-American jazz guitarist Pat Martino and Down Beat's 1969 "Jazz Artist of the Year," Charles Lloyd. Plus hear classic oldies from Gene Ammons in his first release after his 1962 incarceration.
Night Train highlights a number of tribute albums tonight – including salutes to Billy Strayhorn, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Chet Baker, and Sarah Vaughan. Plus two of the rising stars on today’s jazz vocal scene – Cecile McLorin Salvant and Gregory Porter; vibes players Stefon Harris and Gary Burton; and classics from Keith Jarrett’s ‘Standards Trio,’ Cannonball Adderley and Leon Thomas.
It’s New Years’ in Thailand and Cambodia, and Global Village celebrates with music from both countries. Plus more for the Global Village April celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month with world jazz sounds from vibes and percussion player Emil Richards, Joe Sample (of Crusaders fame) from a recent Caribbean inspired project with the NDR Big Band, and guitarist John Scofield from his new project with Gov’t Mule.
Crossroads kicks off the April feature celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month exploring the many connections between blues and jazz. Highlights this time include music from soul jazz organists Groove Holmes and Charles Kynard, jazz and soul saxophonist King Curtis, and Kansas City shouter Big Joe Turner with jump blues band Roomful of Blues.