Living Jazz at Noon

This week’s “Living Jazz” show will be a grab-bag of new releases and truly wonderful reissues. 


Many of the new releases have a COVID influence. For instance, harpist Brandee Younger’s tribute to Olivia Benson, the character on “Law and Order,” her preferred TV show during the lockdown. And Arturo O’Farrill’s new “Virtual Birdland” album, which was recorded by artists around the world and melded together under the aegis of the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. And Fred Hersch’s solo piano CD was recorded in the living room of his rural Pa. home (which is in our listening area). And Jon Batiste’s vocal rendition of “Sweet Loraine,” was recorded to support the Jazz Foundation of America’s Musicians Emergency Find.


In the second hour, we’ll check out recent re-issues featuring two legendary trumpeters: Don Cherry’s “The Third World Underground” (1974) and Lee Morgan’s “Live at the Lighthouse”  (1972). We’ll also listen to a track from”First String” (1979), the debut recording of The String Trio of New York, which features the great guitarist James Emery, a resident of Newburgh, N.Y.


“Living Jazz” airs Fridays from noon to 2 p.m. on WJFF, 90.5 F.M., and streams online at

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