We celebrate the birthdays of the 95 year old ukelele player Bill Tapia; multi-reed player Chris Potter and the vibraphonist Milt Jackson, a key member of the famous concert jazz group The Modern Jazz Quartet. New releases include the Pat Metheny CD with Chris Potter.
We celebrate the birthday of pianist Kenny Drew, Jr. who combines classical compositions with jazz standards and his own tunes. New Orleans called us with songs by vocalist Johnny Adams, clarinet player & composer Evan Christopher and the traditional Crescent City classic, St. James Infirmary.
We celebrate the birthdays of trumpeter & vocalist Doc Cheatham and the guitarist Attilar Zollar who founded the Vermont Jazz Center in Brattleboro. It’s also the birthday of my mother Ellen Kellywho loved blues, Count Basie & Joe Turner and Benny Goodman’s 1938 Carnegie Hall concert.
We celebrate the birthdays of two of the great pianists of the last 40 years: Chick Corea, who has worked with an astounding number of musicians including Miles Davis, John McLaughlin, Gary Burton and many others and Geri Allen who has worked with trios including, Charlie Haden & Paul Motian and a Mary Lou Williams tribute band.
Cole Porter’s birthday was last Saturday June 9 and we celebrate tonight with vocalists & instrumentals doing his songs, including versions by Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon, Art Tatum and many more. You’re The Top Cole Porter.
We celebrate the Burlington Discover Jazz artists, including pianist Vijay Iyre(6/5), Dianne Reeves(6/9) and Lee Konitz(6/10). Birthday greetings to composer, arranger & tenor sax player Oliver Nelson; tenor saxophonist Grant Stewart and drummer Winard Harper.
We celebrate the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival which begins tomorrow and runs through June 10th. Great time to hear some live jazz happening all over Burlington. We also celebrate the birthdays of drummer Louis Hayes, saxophonist Marty Ehrlich and bass player Christian McBride.
We celebrate the birthdays of clarinetist Benny Goodman, who ruled as "The King Of Swing" in the 1930’s, a rare moment when America’s popular music was Jazz and pianist Dave McKenna, know for his clever "Medleys" of songs connected by title. We also explore the artists of the upcoming Burlington Discover Jazz Festival.
We share some favorites of mine tonight, including "Compared to What" with Les McCann & Eddie Harris, "So What" from the classic Miles Davis album "Kind Of Blue," Horace Sliver’s "Song For My Father" with the tenor Sax of Joe Henderson and Christian McBride’s duet with Dee Dee Bridgewater on "It’s Your Thing." Thanks.
Our guest tonight is Brian Mital, Managing Director from the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. We listen to many of the musicians coming to the June 1-10 Festival: Bela Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio; Jonathan Batiste; Dianne Reeves and Chicha Libre.