• Jazz at 100 Hour 12: Ascent of the Tenor – Coleman Hawkins

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    We have to remember that the clarinet dominated the reeds throughout the 1920s. Sidney Bechet made a stand with the soprano sax and Frankie Trumbauer celebrated the lightness of the C-melody sax. And then there was Coleman Hawkins. Our guest today is Jeff Decker – saxophonist, composer, educator and member of the jazz performance faculty […]

  • New Jazz Adds – 5/16/2017

    New Jazz Adds – 5/16/2017 Alma Matters – Alma Matters (Self-produced): This project was started by music educator/multi-instrumentalist Jeff Weinmann who gathered together musical friends and colleagues also originally from the San Francisco Bay area to bring out a sampling and blend of their musical experiences. The group name is a play on the number […]

  • New Blues News – 5/12/2017

    New Blues News – 5/12/2017 Chris Antonik – Monarch (Self-produced): Singer/songwriter/guitarist Chris Antonik offers his third release featuring Chuck Keeping (drums), Guenther Kapelle (bass), Jesse O’Brien (organ, clavinet), Richard Underhill (alto, bari sax), Perry White (tenor sax) and William Sperandei (trumpet). Antonik wrote or co-wrote all but two songs on the disc. His own compositions […]

  • Jazz at 100 Hour 11 – Kansas City and the Territory Bands

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    Mary Lou Williams – “The Lady Who Swings the Band.” Outside of the Chicago – New York nexus, jazz thrived during the late 1920’s and 1930’s in Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas, with its center in Kansas City. Under the careful control of Boss Pendergast, Kansas City was a wide open town with a thriving night […]

  • WTJU & Prism Present Grant Gordy and Ross Martin, May 13

    WTJU, in partnership with The Prism Coffeehouse, is pleased to present guitarists Grant Gordy and Ross Martin in concert this Saturday evening, May 13, at C’Ville Coffee.  (Details)  As a special treat, they will also stop by WTJU that afternoon at 4 for a visit. Grant Gordy and Ross Martin are two of acoustic music’s […]

  • New Blues News – 5/5/2017

    New Blues News – 5/5/2017 Godboogie – Play Music & Dance (VizzTone): This Canadian blues group, featuring singer/harp player/accordion player/composer and former guitarist/singer with Spin Doctors Eric Schenkman, guitarist/bass Shawn Kellerman and drummer Gary Craig, is gathering a lot of attention with the release of this new disc. This is blues rock in full: heavy […]

  • New Jazz Adds – 5/5/2017

    New Jazz Adds – 5/5/2017 Joe Alterman – Comin’ Home To You (Self-produced): Pianist Joe Alterman studied and played with Jean Michel-Pilc, Ralph Lalama, Joe Lovano and John Scofield among others while studying at NYU. His playing has been praised by Les McCann, Monty Alexander and Ramsey Lewis as well. This is his third release […]

  • New Blues & Soul News – 4/28/2017

    New Blues & Soul News – 4/28/2017 New Blues Adds: Hector Anchondo Band – Roll The Dice (Self-produced): This appears to be Hector Anchondo’s first release. He’s mostly playing west of the Mississippi and in Canada. He wrote all but one of the songs on this disc. That song, a Latin take on Peter Green’s […]

  • John D’earth stops by WTJU, Apr 28

    Trumpeter/Composer John D’earth will stop by WTJU this Friday morning, April 27, around 11 to chat about a concert the following evening at UVA’s Old Cabell Hall.  The UVA Jazz Ensemble, directed by D’earth, will present Natural Synergies with special guests Glen Whitehead and the Cuong Vu Trio on Saturday, April 29th, at 8:00pm in […]