Crossroads wraps up its look back at the Best of 2014 by highlighting some of this year’s blues and blues-related Grammy nominees. Plus a birthday salute to R&B great Ruth Brown and a tribute to Bo Dollis, Big Chief of the Wild Magnolias, the first Mardi Gras Indian to commercially record and one of the Crescent City’s great Indian groups.
Now that the Best of 2014 feature is over, it's time for some new material. We’ve had a whole month to receive new Straight No Chaser music. Tonight, hear The Cookers's newest release,Time and Time Again, named the itunes 2014 Jazz Album of the Year. We'll also hear Ian Sims and Divergent Paths's new project, Conundrum. From our library, the Harper Brothers and Brother Jack McDuff.
Global Village pays tribute to Big Chief Bo Dollis of the Wild Magnolias who passed away last week; marks the birthday of acclaimed English folk-rock bassist Ashley Hutchings; and highlights more of the Best of 2014 – the time with the Grammy-nominated album from the Pedrito Martinez Group, the Latin Grammy-winning album from Chick Corea, and a Global Village favorite and most played release on European world music radio in 2014 by Aziza Brahim.
Hear new gospel jazz music from award-winning keyboardist and producer Ben Tankard on Soulsations Sunday. His new release, Full Tank 2.0, will be released on February 10 and features R&B and gospel artist Shirley Murdock and jazz artist Kirk Whalum.
Web extra: Here is Ben Tankard's video for the single "Reach Out and Touch" featuring Kirk Whalum.
Music fans from across the globe are pouring into a Los Angeles church Wednesday to say farewell to gospel legend, Andrae Crouch. The 72-year-old musician and singer died on January 8th from a heart attack. The 7-time Grammy award-winner was known as the Father of Modern Gospel Music. KMUW’s Carla Eckels brings us this remembrance…
It's our final show of Straight No Chaser featuring the Best of 2014. Favorites this time include Theo Croker's Afro Physicist album, the DePaul University Jazz Ensemble's salute to Woody Herman, and Eric Alexander's Chicago Fire.
This week at the Crossroads, as part of the January Best of 2014 feature, it’s a special salute to the new Rock Hall of Fame inductees – the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bill Withers, the 5 Royales, and Stevie Ray Vaughan (including a Stevie Ray & Double Trouble special in hour two of the show).
Plus more favorites of the past year and a birthday salute to legendary R&B singer Etta James.
Night Train steps aside tonight for two specials for Dr. King Day. In hour one, Night Lights highlights some of the many jazz classics inspired by Dr. King, including music from Oliver Nelson, Nina Simone, Blue Mitchell, Duke Ellington, Mary Lou Williams and Louis Armstrong. In hour two, a Blues and Beyond special highlights jazz and blues artists inspired by King and the Civil Rights movement, including Dr. Billy Taylor, Johnny & Shemekia Copeland, Eric Bibb, Lucky Peterson and Paul Robeson.