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.
Thursday, April 9: Short Movie is the fifth album from singer-songwriter Laura Marling and is notable for Marling’s heavy incorporation of electric guitar on this release. We’ll hear selections from that as well as from Jenny Wood’s Thumbsucker release.
Tonight hear soulful music from R&B legend Al Green. The 11-time Grammy Award winner turned 69 on April 13th. He has also excelled as a gospel artist. In December 2014, Green received Kennedy Center Honors. Tune in for some favorites by this influential artist in celebration of his birthday.
More of only the very best jazz for Jazz Appreciation Month. We are featuring some of the most acclaimed musicians, specializing in a wide range of instruments, tonight on Straight No Chaser. Hear from saxophonist Jim Snidero, pianist and composer Ray Bryant, guitarist Bobby Broom, and Wichita native Greg Skaff.
The theatrical release of the film The Wrecking Crew has been nearly 20 years in the making. Director Denny Tedesco began by wanting to tell the story of his father, acclaimed guitarist Tommy Tedesco, and the group of studio musicians he was surrounded by who played on a seemingly endless string of hits in the 1960s and 1970s.
Tedesco began filming in 1996 and from the beginning he heard one thing over and over: "You’re not going to get this released. It’s just not going to happen. The music’s going to cost way too much.”
The Deepest Lake is the first full-length album in four years from the Los Angeles band Dengue Fever. The group’s brand of music blends elements of Cambodian pop music—as influenced by American psychedelic music. This new album finds the group diversifying its sound—that’s in part because the group felt more open to diverse influences.
Night Train marks birthdays of cool jazz baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, pianist Andre Previn, guitarist Gene Bertoncini, and also African jazz pioneer Randy Weston, including a performance from Weston and his African Rhythms Trio at the Newport Jazz Festival in hour two of the show. Plus more music from April featured artist Billie Holiday (whose 100th birthday is tomorrow) and new music from drummer Ali Jackson and accordionist Richard Galliano.