Latin rock, soul, jazz and psychedelia this time in the Global Village, including music from the legendary Mongo Santamaria, a rising star on the Cuban jazz scene – Harold Lopez-Nussa, music from the Rough Guide to Latin Psychedelia, and a song from War that was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame this year.
Tonight on Straight No Chaser hear something new from Charles McPherson. Also tune in for a few old things from American saxophonist Charlie Rouse, renowned for his ten year collaboration with Thelonious Monk. Horace Silver, Stan Getz, and J J Johnson will also make appearances throughout the show.
Sunday on Soulsations, live music from R&B vocalist/musician Donny Hathaway. He is mostly known for his duets with his Howard University classmate Roberta Flack. He also worked as a producer/composer for Aretha Franklin, Jerry Butler, and the Staple Singers. Hear soulful music from his 1972 release Donny Hathaway Live.
Perfect Abandon is the latest release from singer-songwriter Tom Brosseau. Born in North Dakota and raised in the church, Brosseau’s music is informed by desolation, spirituality, and the eeriness that visits wide open spaces. Perfect Abandon was recorded using one microphone and produced by sometime PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish. We’ll hear selections from that album on this episode of the show as well as selections from Yeah Okay, I Know, the latest release from singer-songwriter Christian Lee Hutson.
Night Train marks birthdays of NEA Heritage Fellow and tabla master Zakir Hussain (performing with March featured artist Charles Lloyd), and singers Laurie Antonioli and Keely Smith. It’s also the birthday of Ornette Coleman, and along with music from both ends of his career, the second hour of the show features a special salute to the avant-garde pioneer from Dewey Redman and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
Crossroads kicks off the Sister Rosetta Tharpe Centennial feature with the first song ever recorded by the gospel blues great, music from a tribute album featuring covers of her classic tunes, gospel blues from the Slide Brothers presented by Robert Randolph, and in hour two, a Tharpe special with music and a conversation with Tharpe biographer Gayle Wald.
Plus new music from the Balkun Brothers and Freddy King’s Brother Benny Turner, and selections from several blues acts with regional concerts in the coming week.
Global Village celebrates the birthday of award-winning tabla master Zakir Hussain with music he did along with Joe Zawinul, Ravi Shankar, Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, Kronos Quartet, and with banjo star Bela Fleck and bassist Edgar Meyer. Plus more women in world music for the March feature, a Juno-nominated album from Sultans of String, and a Latin Grammy winning release just out in the U.S. from Brazilian mandolinist Hamilton de Holanda.
Tonight, New Settlers features Groovelily – an award-winning trio that is, in their words, hard to describe. They fuse acoustic, pop, classical, jazz, great vocal blends, and some hotshot solos. They're good. Very good. We recorded them at the Old Settlers' Inn.
Web Special: Here is a video collage of what you can expect.
Brand new music from captivating jazz and R&B artist, Rhonda Thomas. The talented songstress was a featured soloist and background singer for music legend Issac Hayes. Her new recording on Atlanta Records is called Vinyl Daze. Also hear selections from nine-time Grammy nominee Ledisi Young.
Web Special: Here is Ledisi performing her popular single "I Blame You" live from the 2013 Black Girls Rock! show.
Night Train kicks off this month's feature of music from saxophone, flute and tárogató player Charles Lloyd, who celebrates his 77th birthday on the fifteenth of this month, and we'll hear all week from trumpet player Clark Terry who died on February twenty-first at the age of 94, leaving behind an extraordinary legacy of music and jazz education.