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.
The celebration of Adolphe Sax and the saxophone continues tonight on Straight No Chaser. Hear from tenor saxophonist Houston Person, brothers Cannonball and Nat Adderley, plus Bud Shank, Gene Ammons with his big band, Ike Quebec, and Pete Christlieb with Lou Levy.
Tuesday, November 18: Released in 1992, Wish was the ninth studio album from British band The Cure, we’ll hear from that release as well as from Burning From the Inside, the 1983 release from influential British gothic rock band Bauhaus.
Night Train marks birthdays of trombonist Roswell Rudd and bassist Ben Allison, and continues with more music for the November saxophone feature, including new music from saxophonist Steve Kaldestad and from James Farm with saxophonist Joshua Redman, along with a classic from Charlie Parker and in hour two of the show, the first of a two part Charlie Parker Jazz Profiles special.
Global Village celebrates birthdays of two jazz artists who have incorporated world influences in their work – trombonist Roswell Rudd and bassist Ben Allison. Plus a newly released classic from Ethiopia, and new music from kora player Mamadou Diabate and Robert Plant.
Crossroads celebrates the birthday of Crescent City legend Dr. John with music from his early days up to his new album in hour one, and a House of Blues Special in hour two of the show. Also a tribute to Chicago bluesman Michael Coleman, who passed away earlier this month, with music under his own name and with James Cotton, and more saxophone sounds for the November feature, including music from Jr. Walker, A.C. Reed, Joe Houston and David “Fathead” Newman.