• Jazz at 100 Hour 28: The Genius of Modern Music – Thelonious Monk on Blue Note

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    In 1940, Minton’s Playhouse on West 118th Street hired drummer Kenny Clarke as a bandleader. For the house band, Clarke hired trumpeter Joe Guy, bassist Nick Fenton, and an eccentric pianist named Thelonious Monk. Although Monk recorded with Coleman Hawkins in 1944, he didn’t record with his own group until 1947. Despite these kind of […]

  • Jazz at 100 Hour 30: Jazz on Central Avenue – Bebop in Los Angeles

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    Wardell Gray & Dexter Gordon Most of the pioneering bebop musicians we have featured in the past several programs were centered in New York – Bird, Dizzy, Monk, Bud Powell, Coleman Hawkins, Fats Navarro, JJ Johnson, Max Roach. While New York may have dominated the modern music scene, it wasn’t the only scene. The wartime […]

  • Jazz at 100 Hour 27: Un Poco Loco – The Intensity of Bud Powell

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    Mentored by Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell became the first great piano innovator of bebop. “It would be hard to overstate Powell’s impact. His ingenious technique and originality as an improviser and composer established the foundation for all pianists to follow. Long after bop had faded, Powell remained a source of inspiration for pianists as varied […]

  • New Jazz Adds – 8/27/2017

    New Jazz Adds – 8/27/2017 John Beasley – Presents Monk’estra, Vol. 2 (Mack Avenue): Volume 2 of arranger and musical director John Beasley’s Monk’estra, this time featuring big band versions of ten Monk compositions, including “Crepuscule With Nellie”, “Evidence”, “I Mean You” and Dear Ruby” among others. The players include Bijon Watson, Jamie Hovorka, James […]

  • Jazz at 100 Hour 26: That Dizzy Cat – Dizzy Gillespie

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    Dizzy Gillespie grew up professionally playing in the big bands of Teddy Hill, Cab Calloway, Earl Hines and Billy Eckstine and writing for Woody Herman and Jimmy Dorsey. The wartime economy with its shortages and the musician’s strike of the early 1940s led Gillespie to focus on small combos for his own projects, including his […]

  • New Blues News – 8/21/2017

    New Blues News – 8/21/2017 Steve Azar & The Kings Men – Down At The Liquor Store (Ride): Singer / songwriter / guitarist Steve Azar offers his fifth disc. He has had notable success in country and pop fields and has constantly been a spokesman for the Mississippi Delta region. He writes some touching songs […]

  • Jazz at 100 Hour 25: Yardbird – The Savoy and Dial Recordings of Charlie Parker

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    Charlie “Yardbird” Parker and Miles Davis Emerging from the Jay McShann Orchestra from Kansas City and relentlessly curious about how to play the new music he heard in his head, Charlie Parker found sympathetic players in New York, especially Dizzy Gillespie. In November of 1945, Bird, as he was universally known, began to record with […]

  • New Jazz Adds – 8/16/2017

    New Jazz Adds – 8/16/2017 Fabian Almazan & Rhizome – Alcanza (Biophilia): Fabian Almazan began his career as a leader with a goal to fuse classical, Latin, and post-bop jazz-based musical languages into a complex whole. Two releases later, Almazan offers an hour-long, nine-movement suite that still seeks to meld these styles in a deeper […]

  • WTJU Presents Co-Operative Jazz Trio, Aug 24

    WTJU joins the Charlottesville Jazz Society in presenting co-operative jazz trio 10³²K (pronounced 10 to the 32nd K) in concert August 24 at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.  The group features trombonist Frank Lacy, who is a member of the Mingus Big Band and has performed with Art Blakey, McCoy Tyner and others. […]