Tuesday, December 2: Listen for music from singer-songwriter Christian Lee Hutson’s latest release, Yeah OK, I Know. The record spotlights Hutson’s remarkably smart and heartfelt songs. Although listeners will find parallels between Hutson and earlier songwriters he is in a class by himself among contemporary singer-songwriters. We’ll also hear from In Real Time, the latest album from Minneapolis, Minnesota singer-songwriter Chris Koza.
Night Train marks World AIDS Day with music from the Red Hot benefit releases and a benefit album from pianist Fred Hersch. Also a birthday salute to influential bassist Jaco Pastorius with music he did as a solo artist, and Weather Report and Joni Mitchell; Chick Corea’s Latin Grammy winning album The Vigil; and new releases from tuba master Bob Stewart, Hungarian saxophonist Viktor Toth, pianist & vocalist Andy Bey, and the duo of Kenny Barron and Dave Holland.
Special: Global Village marks World Aids Day in a special show devoted to the world music side of the “Red Hot” releases, a series of some 16 recordings in various styles to benefit the Red Hot Organization. Since it began in 1989, the Red Hot series has involved some 400 international artists and raised over $10 million dollars for AIDS education and prevention programs around the world.
This week on New Settlers, we revisit the wild, eclectic and multi-talented Vance Gilbert from his show at the Old Settlers Inn. Vance is a wonderful singer-songwriter and storyteller and he can bring tears to the toughest audience veteran…but he's also funny. Really.
We conclude our celebration of Adolphe Sax’s birthday tonight on Straight No Chaser. Hear from alto saxophonist Art Pepper, plus Ken Peplowski, Plas Johnson and Gerry Mulligan. Tonight's program also includes the Four Altos: Phil Woods, Gene Quill, Hal Stein and Sahib Shihab.
For the first time ever, legendary band Earth, Wind & Fire produces their first album of Christmas songs. The 13-track set called Holiday features songs such as “Joy to the World,” “Winter Wonderland," and “Jingle Bell Rock.” Two of the songs were inspired by well-known EWF classics: “Happy Seasons” (the 1975 album track “Happy Feelin”) and “December” (1978’s “September”). The latter tune features a duet of lead singer and co-founder Philip Bailey with the original master vocals of co-founder Maurice White.
Tuesday, November 25: Sweep The Leg Johnny and Mustangs and Madras were two bands from the last decade that combined elements of punk rock, hardcore along with the sounds of the saxophone. We’ll hear selections from both those acts on this episode of Strange Currency.
Crossroads wraps up the November saxophone feature with music from saxophonists Eddie Shaw, Eddie ‘Cleanhead’ Vinson, Bobby Spencer, Doug James, the Honkers & Bar Walkers series celebrating the R&B tenor – and in hour two of the show, a special about saxophonist and jump blues star Louis Jordan.
Also new music from Soul Brothers Otis Clay & Johnny Rawls, Bill Frisell, JW-Jones, and Vaneese Thomas – daughter of R&B star Rufus Thomas.
Night Train celebrates birthdays of two of the Four Brothers (the famous saxophone section in Woody Herman’s Second Herd) – Al Cohn and Serge Chaloff, and features Zoot Sims - a third Brother and longtime musical partner with Al Cohn – in a Jazz Profiles special in hour two of the show. It’s also the birthday of pianist Teddy Wilson, and there’s music from him as a solo artist and also with Billie Holiday – and there’s new music from singer and pianist Freddy Cole, and saxophonists Jimmy Greene and Lenny Pickett.