Living Jazz, Fridays at Noon.
The “Living Jazz” show is designed NOT to play the greats of the past but instead to focus mainly on the current, the new, the jazz being produced in the moment by living practitioners.
Often, the tunes we listen to have been released the morning of the show.
In early June, in memory of my Dad, I devoted a show to “My Father’s Jazz,” the music that played on the record player in our household as I was growing up.
So, in celebration of what would have been my Dad’s 104th birthday, we’ll listen to some of the great musicians my Dad loved: Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, Earl “Fatha” Hines, Big Sid Catlett, Fats Waller, Ella Fitzgerald, Ben Webster, Vic Dickenson, Sarah Vaughan, Pee Wee Russell, and others among the many jazz masters I grew up listening to.
We’ll finish off with a couple of reissues from Charles Mingus that I didn’t have time to play on April 22, the centenary of the great bass player and composer’s birth.
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