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WHYR JAZZ: Gifts & Messages 6/13/2015 Show 171

WHYR JAZZ: Gifts & Messages 6/13/2015 Show 171

Chart positions

This show was 1st in the global community radio chart, 7th in the global r&b chart, 10th in the global radioshow chart, 17th in the global funk chart and 21st in the global jazz chart.

Ah, Friday the 13th on a Saturday (for all you Pogo fans). Well, no political satire here, just lots of good music. After a greasy start with Yotam, we offer a trio of trumpeters (Farmer, Douglas, Charles) and a catchy number from Adams/Pullen, In part 2, we explore bebop in atypical places (violinist Zach Brock & altoist Greg Osby). Trombones up front in part 3, kicking off with the latest from Steve Turre and Horace Silver as a sideman with JJ Johnson. We celebrate the centennials (Strayhorn & Holiday) with an added dash of Grappelli. And in part 4, we go deep with Rudresh Mahanthappa/Bunky Green, the Maria Schneider ensemble and Miguel Zenon. Thanks for listening, enjoy the show, and tell your friends.......... If I get my act together, June birthdays next week.

Comments

The Soul Preacher

According to Fred Wesley's book "Hit Me Fred – Recollections Of A Sideman" J.J. Johnson was the main inspiration for him to study the instrument. FW adored the articulated and precise style of playing the trombone the way J.J. Johnson could. After "enjoying" piano lessons from his grandma, the very young Fred learned to play the trumpet, the baritone horn ("a tuba like thing" like he explained to me) and finally the trombone. You can read that one of Mr. Wesley's first records was Johnson's "J is For Jazz", that he bought as a teenager and he will be 72 next month. He always loved to play Jazz and he really enjoyed the moment when I gave him a concert of him together with the Count Basie Orchestra live in Japan, 1978. The book is a great read by the way. For the true Fred Wesley researcher, only 25% is about JB. I didn't know the JJ tunes you played and it carried me out just a little bit :-)

DrJazz
DrJazz

I'll put the book on my list. JJ was the key man who first translated bop to the trombone. He was the first 'modern' bone stylist. One of the many reasons I'm enjoying my Silver retrospective is the chance to play some of these underplayed sessions from the 50s, good stuff but not the true classics. Thanks for listening. Cheers, DrJ

The Lemon Circus

Sonnys Back, Trees, Grass and Thangs, Funky Thing, Them There Eyes just some of the fantastic tracks on this weeks show Dr J - your rice may grow quicker if you play them some G&M!! Just a thought - keep the music strong? Always :)

DrJazz
DrJazz

Now there's an idea! That beats sittin' out there in a lawn chair and watching the plants grow! If the temperatures were lower, this could be the UK; rain EVERY day. It's so wet, the heavy equipment would sink in the fields! But the music keeps us all strong. Cheers from the colonies, DrJ

The Groove Point/ Halle Cat

I always think Osby is a young, new jazz guy....(He's a couple of weeks older than me.) Heee.

DrJazz
DrJazz

Yup. The mind/ear plays tricks. As Muhal might say: young at heart, wise in time...........:)

The Groove Point/ Halle Cat

great show Doc..Bombshelter Beast is the nuts.

niggaG0d
niggaG0d

Wonderful was the every section of today broadcast : Hey ..Greg Osby is wicked cat !! I have check out this album : Have great week ahead dear sir

DrJazz
DrJazz

Yeh, that Osby is the real deal. Great band, too. He's one of our regular rotation artists that we play throughout the year. For additional validation: The Penguin Jazz Guide considers Banned In NY (1998) to be one of the 1,001 best jazz albums in the music's history (p. 624). Time will tell on that, but it's riveting listening. Have a good week. Cheers, DrJ