Crossroads kicks off its May feature celebrating the 65th birthday of Stevie Wonder with music from the soul legend, and in hour two of the show, a special about Motown, the famous label that Wonder called his recording home. Plus birthday salutes to Joe Bonamassa, and Phil Wiggins of Cephus & Wiggins; music from blues artists with concerts in the coming week; and new music from Marcus Miller, the Altered Five Blues Band, Pops Staples and Steve Krase.
Night Train celebrates the birthday of legendary bassist Ron Carter with music he did as a leader, and with Miles Davis, Joe Henderson, Steve Kuhn, Chico Hamilton, the V.S.O.P. Quintet, and Bill Frisell.
Plus music from Stevie Wonder (including music from saxophonist Dave Pietro’s tribute album, Standard Wonder, and Brazilian pianist and singer Eliane Elias) and new releases from saxophonists Sax Gordon and Charles McPherson and pianist Dave Bass.
The Magic Whip is the first studio album from British band Blur since 2003’s Think Tank and the first album from the band’s original four piece lineup since 1999. Listen for selections from it as well as from Different Class the 1995 album from Britpop band Pulp.
Global Village highlights some ‘girl groups’ this time around – the rather rare offering in world music of groups featuring all-female lineups. We’ll hear Zap Mama, Angelique Kidjo (from her album Eve, dedicated to the women of Africa and featuring a number of female choirs), the Silly Sisters, the Roches, and from South Africa – the Mahotella Queens and the 12 Apostles Church Choir.
Jazz Appreciation Month may be over, but here on Straight No Chaser we celebrate year round. Tonight, listen for American jazz tenor saxophonist Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis and friend Sonny Stitt from their 1950's duo pieces. Also hear selections from David “Fathead” Newman, who is best known for his work as a sideman on singer-pianist Ray Charles' recordings.
We're celebrating the birthday of Stevie Wonder throughout the month of May. The musical genius turns 65 on May 13th. Hear interviews with two of his childhood friends and an archivist at the Motown Museum in Detroit, Michigan.