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Tuesday, September 1

Released in early 1972, Brother, Brother, Brother is one of the many varied turns in the long history of the Isley Brothers. For this record, the group turned to the rich Carole King catalog for several songs and dug deep into their own songbook, resulting in an LP that married funk and soul with the singer-songwriter sounds of the early 1970s.

Monday 8.31.15

Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate Van Morrison’s 70th birthday, highlighting some of the many jazz-inspired recordings he’s done throughout his career. Plus a final fling with flutes, the August feature, with both classic tracks and new releases featuring the instrument – and new music from pianists Donald Vega and Jeb Patton, singers Mark Winkler and Sarah Partridge, guitarist Dave Stryker, and bassist Charlie Haden with pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba.

Monday, August 31

Global Village celebrates the 70th birthday of Van Morrison with some classic tracks and a guest appearance he made with the Chieftains. Plus a final visit with August featured artist Jordi Savall – this time with music from both volumes of The Celtic Viol; a birthday salute to world chamber jazz pioneer Paul Winter; and new music from Spiro, Tipsy Oxcart, and Seckou Keita.

Tuesday, September 1

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One veteran Wichita band performs a show this weekend that will bring together members from its past, present and maybe its future. KMUW’s Jedd Beaudoin recently spoke to one of the group’s founding members and has more.

Thirteen years ago, Ophil took a break from writing and from extensive live performances. The group didn’t exactly break up—whatever the rumors may have been.

Sunday, August 30

Soulsations highlights multi-talented R&B balladeer Brian McKnight with his new release called "Uh Oh Feeling".  The talented singer known for his strong falsetto range also plays several instruments including piano, trombone and guitar.  This brand-new single comes as McKnight readies a new album via Kolbalt Label Services to be released in January.

Listen to "Uh Oh Feeling" here:

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Sunday, August 30

Straight No Chaser closes out the old month with new music from the Larry Douglas & Jorge Pineda Alltet, The Motor City Jazz Octet, and tenor saxophonist George Garzone with Esperanza Spalding.

Also hear the latest from Mike LeDonne's Groover Quartet. The group features prolific organist and pianist Mike LeDonne, and has been the featured Tuesday night band at Smoke jazz club in New York City for several years. 

August 28/30

Crossroads wraps up the August centennial birthday celebration for Wynonie Harris with music from two new import compilations and a rarity that featured Sun Ra with him on piano.

Plus a sneak preview of Shemekia Copeland’s new album, along with new music from Muddy Waters 100, the Cash Box Kings, retro soul phenom Leon Bridges, Arlen Roth (with Johnny Winter’s last recorded session),  Sonny Landreth, and the Texas Horns – and classics from Little Walter, Ten Years After, Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Rolling Stones, and Al Green.

Monday 8.24.15

Night Train highlights several major new jazz vocal albums tonight – from Dee Dee Bridgewater, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Carter Calvert and Giacomo Gates. Plus more jazz flutes – this time from key jazz flute players Charles Lloyd, Frank Wess, Hubert Laws, and Yusef Lateef - and birthday salutes to Wynonnie Harris (his 100th birthday today –also featured throughout August on Crossroads), guitarist Mimi Fox, and saxophonist Ron Holloway.

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Monday, August 24

Global Village explores South American jazz – including new music from the Gabriel Alegria Afro Peruvian Sextet, Colombian percussionist Samuel Torre, and Forro in the Dark’s new project combining Brazilian influences with the music of John Zorn. Also Brazil’s Carlos Barbosa-Lima and Jovino Santos Neto, Diego Urcola and Dino Saluzzi from Argentina, and some “false Bahians” who play jazz-choro called Grupo Falso Baiano.

Tuesday, August 25

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Sunday, August 23

Grammy, Stellar and Dove Award-winning gospel recording artist, Israel Houghton, returns to Soulsations with a live worship experience captured in an expansive tour of Asia. Covered: Alive In Asia is Israel & NewBreed's 10th album together.  The ensemble is known for transforming the contemporary worship experience through their uplifting music.

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