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The Joys of Jazz
65 minutes | 5 months ago
“45 Revelations Per Minute” & other stories
In this concluding episode of the Joys of Jazz series, Bob shares several personal stories about such things as his first hearing and falling in love with jazz, as well as several other pivotal and jazz-connected moments in his life. Playlist “A Kiss To Build a Dream On” Earl Hines“They All Laughed” George Shearing“A Kiss To Build a Dream On” Louis Armstrong“West End Blues” Louis Armstrong & Hot Five“Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea” Louis Armstrong“West End Blues” quote by Charlie Parker“Parker’s Mood” Barry Harris“Parker’s Mood” Charlie Parker“Constellation” Charlie Parker“Shoeshine Boy” Lester Young with Count Basie“Baby, Look at You” Buster Smith“Swingmatism” Charlie Parker with Jay McShann“Koko” Charlie Parker“Bird of Paradise” Charlie Parker“Dewey Square” Charlie Parker“Out of Nowhere” Charlie Parker“Parker’s Mood” King Pleasure“Bluesette” Hank Jones“Bluesette” Toots Thielemans“Stolen Moments” Oliver Nelson“Requiem” Lennie Tristano””Mean to Me” Roger Kellaway and Red Mitchell“Blue Hodge” Al; Cohn & Zoot Sims“Have You Met Miss Jones?” Roger Kellaway and Red Mitchell The post “45 Revelations Per Minute” & other stories appeared first on The Joys of Jazz.
49 minutes | 6 months ago
REGINA CARTER, Versatile Virtuoso
In this episode, the remarkable jazz violinist talks about her Detroit roots, her important mentors and her special love for playing ballads. In conversation with Bob, she proves as eloquent and compelling in as she is musically. Playlist “Oh, Lady Be Good” Regina Carter“Misterioso” Regina Carter & Kenny Barron“Renaissance” Jean-Luc Ponty“Superwoman” Noel Pointer“Tangerine” Stephane Grappelli“A Tisket, A Tasket” Regina Carter“It’s Good To Be Home Again” Marcus Belgrave & Geri Allen“Fukai Aijo” Regina Carter & Barry Harris“Dat Dere” John Blake“A Woman’s Place Is in the Groove” Ginger Smock with Vivian Garry Quintet“Bugle Call Rag” Stuff Smith“Billie’s Bounce/Bloomdido” Regina Carter with The New York String Trio“A Flower” Regina Carter with Kenny Barron“I’ll Be Seeing You” Regina Carter The post REGINA CARTER, Versatile Virtuoso appeared first on The Joys of Jazz.
51 minutes | 6 months ago
St. James Infirmary Blues
As we all make our way through the coronavirus era, the traditional blues, “St. James Infirmary,” seems more apt than ever. A simple yet profound eight-bar blues, this powerful piece has been recorded by everyone from Armstrong to Gillespie. In this episode we explore the history of this blues lament, and sample some of its greatest recordings. Playlist “St. James Infirmary” Hank Jones“St. James Infirmary” Louis Armstrong“The Unfortunate Rake” A. L. Lloyd(all following: “St. James Infirmary”)Sidney Bechet w. Art Hodes, Sidney deParisEarl HinesBill ColemanDoc CheathamDizzy GillespieEnrico RavaNicholas PaytonJimmy Smith, Oliver Nelson, arrangerJunior ManceAnat CohenArchie SheppJack TeagardenHank Jones The post St. James Infirmary Blues appeared first on The Joys of Jazz.
59 minutes | 7 months ago
The Fabulous FATS NAVARRO
Theodore “Fats” Navarro is considered by many to be the greatest of the bebop trumpeters, famous for his full sound, inventive ideas and remarkable execution. In this episode I am joined by trumpeter and educator Al Hood, as we hear many of Fats’ greatest solos and discuss his place in the jazz pantheon. Playlist “Our Delight” Fats Navarro solo“Infatuation” Fats Navarro“Casbah” (“Out of Nowhere”) Fats Navarro“Struttin’ with Some Barbecue” Louis Armstrong“Let Me Off Uptown” Roy Eldridge“Shaw’Nuff” Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker“A Bebop Carol” Fats Navarro with Tadd Dameron“Tell Me Pretty Baby” Fats Navarro with Bill Eckstine Band“Good Bait” Fats Navarro with Tadd Dameron“Yardbird Suite” Fats Navarro“Move” Fats Navarro“Fats’ Flats” Fats Navarro with Lennie Tristano“Double Talk” Fats Navarro, Howard McGhee“A Night in Tunisia” Fats Navarro“A Night in Tunisia” Clifford Brown“I Remember Clifford” Al Hood“Ornithology” Clifford Brown practicing“Jahbero” (All the Things You Are”) Fats Navarro“All the Things You Are” Clifford Brown“Anthropology” Fats Navarro“Everything’s Cool” Fats Navarro“Ladybird” Fats Navarro with Tadd Dameron“Nostalgia” Fats Navarro“High on an Open Mic” Fats Navarro“The Tadd Walk” Fats Navarro with Tadd Dameron“Ornithology” Charlie Parker and Fats Navarro“The Things We Did Last Summer” Fats Navarro The post The Fabulous FATS NAVARRO appeared first on The Joys of Jazz.
43 minutes | 8 months ago
Why BIX Matters
The legendary cornet player Bix Beiderbecke is often considered to be the first great white jazz musician. But what is his legacy beyond that? And why should he matter to us today, nearly ninety years after his death? In this episode we examine the lasting contributions of this unique jazz musician. Playlist “Jazz Me Blues” Bix Beiderbecke“Riverboat Shuffle” Bix Beiderbecke“Wringin & Twistin'” Dick Hyman“Singin’ the Blues” Bix Beiderbecke and Frankie Trumbauer“Singin’ the Blues” Dick Hyman“Potato Head Blues” Louis Armstrong“I’m Coming Virginia” Bix Beiderbecke“I’m Coming Virginia” Dick Hyman“Davenport Blues” Dick Hyman “Davenport Blues” Bix Beiderbecke“Davenport Blues” Gil Evans with Johnny Coles“Dear Bix” Dave Frishberg“Sweet Sue” Bix Beiderbecke with Paul Whiteman“Reflets dans l’eau” Francois-Joel Thiollier“In a Mist” Bix Beiderbecke“In a Mist” Freddie Hubbard with Don Sebesky“Stardust” Clark Terry“In the Dark” Joe Wilder with Thomas Talbert The post Why BIX Matters appeared first on The Joys of Jazz.
7 minutes | 9 months ago
Blue in Green
In 1959, Bill Evans and Miles Davis collaborated on the famed Kind of Blue album. Scholars have shown that Evans was responsible for composing some of the tunes from that classic album, most notably the ballad, “Blue in Green.” In this episode we take a look at the inspiration behind the creation of this marvelous, elegiac composition. Playlist “Blue in Green” Miles Davis The post Blue in Green appeared first on The Joys of Jazz.
56 minutes | 9 months ago
Lee Konitz, Improviser
Improvisation is at the heart of jazz, and throughout its history there have been many great improvisers, but perhaps none has been truer to the ideals of pure improvisation than alto saxophonist Lee Konitz. We recently lost Lee to Covid-19, at the age of 92, after a 75-year career as one our leading saxophonists. In this episode we take a look at how Lee approached improvisation, and how he was inspired by several of his heroes, including Lester Young, Lennie Tristano, and Charlie Parker. Playlist “All the Things You Are” Lee Konitz with Gerry Mulligan“All the Things You Are” Lee Konitz with Martial Solal“Lover Man” Lee Konitz with Stan Kenton“Lover Man” Lee Konitz with Michel Petrucciani“Too Marvelous for Words” Lee Konitz with Lennie Tristano“Pound Cake” Lester Young with Count Basie“Scrapple from the Apple” Charlie Parker“Scrapple from the Apple” Lee Konitz“I’ll Remember April” Lee Konitz“I’ll Remember April” (“Aprilling”) Lee Konitz with Gil Evans“You Stepped Out of a Dream” Lee Konitz with Warne Marsh“You Stepped Out of a Dream” Lee Konitz, Brad Mehldau, Charlie Haden“Body & Soul” Lee Konitz with Alan Broadbent“Blue Ballad” Lee Konitz“Subconscious-Lee” Lee Konitz “Topsy” Lee Konitz with Warne Marsh The post Lee Konitz, Improviser appeared first on The Joys of Jazz.
68 minutes | a year ago
Terell Stafford’s Circuitous Path to Jazz Stardom
Recognized as one of the foremost contemporary jazz trumpeters, Terell Stafford’s path has been marked by many twists, turns, ups and downs. At various times he was strongly discouraged by teachers—one early teacher even told him he should stay far away from music—and at other times he has been challenged and inspired by various mentors, including alto legend Bobby Watson and trumpet greats Clark Terry and Wynton Marsalis. In my conversation with Terell, wait ’till you hear how Wynton helped Terell’s musical evolution at a couple of pivotal points… Playlist “Soft Winds” Terell Stafford“Blame It on My Youth” Terell Stafford“Moto Perpetuo” Wynton Marsalis“Let the Bright Seraphim” Kathleen Battle & Wynton Marsalis“Symphony # 4” Tchaikovsky, Chicago Symphony Orchestra“Bags’ Groove” Miles Davis“Step Right Up” Clark Terry“Cherokee” Bobby Watson“Country Corn Flakes” Bobby Watson“Pere” Bobby Watson, Terell Stafford“Into the Faddisphere” Jon Faddis“Black & Tan Fantasy” Duke Ellington“Blueberry Hill” Trumpet Summit Band with Terell Stafford“Favor” Terell Stafford The post Terell Stafford’s Circuitous Path to Jazz Stardom appeared first on The Joys of Jazz.
55 minutes | a year ago
Veronica Swift—”Preserving the Legacy”
In this episode Bob talks with the remarkable young singing sensation Veronica Swift, about her parents’ influence and legacy (she is the daughter of bebop pianist Hod O’Brien and the vocalist Stephanie Nakasian) and about her new Mack Avenue Records album, “Confessions.” Playlist “Silver’s Serenade” Hod O’Brien“Something I Dreamed Last Night” Veronica Swift & Benny Green“I’m Hip” Veronica Swift“Pennies from Heaven” Veronica Swift“For Regulars Only” Veronica Swift with Benny Green“September in the Rain” Veronica Swift with the Birdland Big Band“September in the Rain” Lester Young“Yes, I’m in the Barrel” Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five“‘Round Midnight” Hod O’Brien and Barry Harris“Harpsichord Concerto in D Minor” Bach, Leonard Bernstein“I’m in the Mood for Love” Stephanie Nakasian & Hod O’Brien“A Little Taste” Veronica Swift“No Not Much” Veronica Swift“You’re Gonna Hear from Me” Veronica Swift“A Stranger in Town” Veronica Swift“I Don’t Wanna Cry Anymore” Veronica Swift“Naturally” Veronica Swift with Benny Green“No Regrets” Veronica Swift The post Veronica Swift—”Preserving the Legacy” appeared first on The Joys of Jazz.
73 minutes | a year ago
Rowles Rules: The Subtle Art of Jimmy Rowles, with Guest Mike Wofford
Stan Getz once commented on the genius of pianist Jimmy Rowles, describing him as “the best-kept secret to the public at large since the Mona Lisa’s smile!” This understated piano giant was revered by other jazz musicians and sought after by the greatest jazz singers as an accompanist, and yet he never achieved wide-spread fame. So in this episode we are going to pay tribute to this master, “one of the true giants,” as our guest Mike Wofford observes. Playlist “That’s All” Jimmy Rowles & Ray Brown “Evenin'” Jimmy Rowles “What Is This Thing Called Love” Jimmy Rowles with Ben Webster “It Might As Well Be Spring” Jimmy Rowles with Red Mitchell “Cole Porter” Mike Wofford Trio “Puttin’ on the Ritz” Jimmy Rowles with Benny Goodman “Rosalie” Jimmy Rowles “Godchild” Jimmy Rowles “Wave” Jimmy Rowles with Ella Fitzgerald “Stars Fell on Alabama” Jimmy Rowles with Billie Holiday “That Sunday, That Summer” Jimmy Rowles with Sarah Vaughan “Day By Day” Jimmy Rowles with Carmen McRae “I’ll Never Be the Same” Jimmy Rowles with Stan Getz “A Sleepin’ Bee” Jimmy Rowles with Ray Brown “The Ballad of Thelonious Monk” Jimmy Rowles with Carmen McRae “Looking at You” Jimmy Rowles “The Peacocks” Jimmy Rowles with Stan Getz “Drinkin & Drivin'” Shelly Manne with Mike Wofford The post Rowles Rules: The Subtle Art of Jimmy Rowles, with Guest Mike Wofford appeared first on The Joys of Jazz.
60 minutes | a year ago
Rabbit’s Blues: The Story of Johnny Hodges
For over 40 years, alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges was the primary solo voice of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. 2019 brought the first ever biography of this timeless jazz giant: “Rabbit’s Blues: The Life & Music of Johnny Hodges” by author Con Chapman, published by Oxford University Press. For this episode we talked with the author of this important biography. Playlist “Jeep’s Blues” Johnny Hodges with Duke Ellington “Smada” Johnny Hodges with Duke Ellington “In a Sentimental Mood” Johnny Hodges with Lawrence Welk “The Intimacy of the Blues” Johnny Hodges with Duke Ellington “Wishing & Waiting” Johnny Hodges “Bechet’s Fantasy” Sidney Bechet “The Blues with a Feelin'” Johnny Hodges with Duke Ellington “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” Johnny Hodges “Things Ain’t What They Used To Be” Johnny Hodges “Passion Flower” Johnny Hodges “Funky Blues” Johnny Hodges & Charlie Parker “On the Sunny Side of the Street” Johnny Hodges “Blood Count” Johnny Hodges with Duke Ellington “Warm Valley” Johnny Hodges with Duke Ellington The post Rabbit’s Blues: The Story of Johnny Hodges appeared first on The Joys of Jazz.
18 minutes | a year ago
Milt Jackson—Bags’ Groove
There is no question about it… Milt Jackson revolutionized the way the vibraphone was played in jazz, and continues, twenty years after his death to be considered the modern master of the instrument, influencing everyone who has followed. As writer Don Heckman wrote in Jackson’s obituary in 1999, “Jackson gave language and voice to the vibraphone–a totally touch-dependent assemblage of metal bars and tubes. Without him, the instrument would have remained a jazz stepchild with no capacity for the sort of bent tones and contrasting timbres essential to jazz expressiveness.” So In this episode we take a look at this giant of the jazz vibes… Playlist “Bags’ Groove” Barry Harris “Bags’ Groove” Modern Jazz Quartet “Moonglow” Benny Goodman Quartet “Misterioso” Milt Jackson and Thelonious Monk “Yesterdays” Modern Jazz Quartet “Trav’lin” Modern Jazz Quartet “Skating in Central Park” Modern Jazz Quartet “Bags’ Groove” Modern Jazz Quartet “‘Round Midnight” Milt Jackson “Bags’ Groove” Bobby Hutcherson “Bags’ Groove” Bobby Hutcherson and Milt Jackson The post Milt Jackson—Bags’ Groove appeared first on The Joys of Jazz.
32 minutes | a year ago
Poet Billy Collins on Jazz & Poetry—part 2
In this episode Bob Hecht and former Poet Laureate Billy Collins continue their conversation about jazz and poetry, and Billy reads poems about Art Blakey, Johnny Hartman, Hank Mobley, Sonny Rollins and others. Playlist “Three Blind Mice” Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers “Blue Moon” Freddie Hubbard with Art Blakey “You Are Too Beautiful” Johnny Hartman, John Coltrane “This I Dig of You” Hank Mobley “That Face” Jimmy Rowles “Lucille” Joe Turner with Art Tatum “I’m an Old Cowhand” Sonny Rollins The post Poet Billy Collins on Jazz & Poetry—part 2 appeared first on The Joys of Jazz.
31 minutes | a year ago
Poet Billy Collins on Jazz & Poetry—part 1
Billy Collins is a modern poetry phenomenon. The former U.S., and New York State, Poet Laureate, Collins is one of the most-read poets anywhere—and also happens to be a lifelong jazz fan. In this episode, and in a second to follow next week, he and Bob Hecht talk about the interrelationships of music and poetry, he reads a number of his jazz-related poems, and we hear some of the jazz pieces that have inspired him. Billy Collins is the author of numerous books of poetry, and in addition to his poet laureate honors, his awards include the Mark Twain Prize for Humor in Poetry, as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the New York Foundation of the Arts. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Playlist “To Monk, With Love” Barry Harris “Sing, Sing, Sing” Benny Goodman Orchestra “Ruby, My Dear” Thelonious Monk “The Way You Look Tonight” Sonny Rollins with Thelonious Monk The post Poet Billy Collins on Jazz & Poetry—part 1 appeared first on The Joys of Jazz.
21 minutes | a year ago
The Many Worlds of Jaki Byard
There was only one Jaki Byard—he was a jazz pianist without peer. No one else combined elements from so many different genres of jazz piano and yet came up with a unique, immediately identifiable style of his own. In this episode we take a look at one of jazz’s complete virtuosos, a man who was always full of enthusiasm, propulsive rhythm, beauty and deep swing. Playlist “Shiny Stockings” Jaki Byard “Bugle Call Rag” Jaki Byard “Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?” Jaki Byard “Peggy’s Blue Skylight” Jaki Byard “Seasons” Jaki Byard “There Are Many Worlds” Jaki Byard “Orange Was the Color of Her Dress” Jaki Byard with Charles Mingus “So Long Eric” Jaki Byard with Charles Mingus “Diane’s Melody” Jaki Byard with Charlie Mariano “Chandra” Jaki Byard with Charlie Mariano “Mrs. Parker of K.C.” Jaki Byard with Eric Dolphy and Booker Little “Ode to Charlie Parker” Jaki Byard with Eric Dolphy and Booker Little “A Tribute to Jimmy Slyde” Jaki Byard “The Falling Rains of Life” Jaki Byard “King David” Jaki Byard with Joe Farrell “Aluminum Baby” Jaki Byard with Rahsaan Roland Kirk “Garnerin’ a Bit” Jaki Byard “Tribute to the Ticklers” Jaki Byard “Goin’ Home Blues” Jaki Byard The post The Many Worlds of Jaki Byard appeared first on The Joys of Jazz.
39 minutes | 2 years ago
The Sean Jones Interview
Sean Jones is recognized as one of today’s top trumpeters, and in this conversation with Bob Hecht he talks about his formative roots in Ohio, the importance of his early teachers, and his musical and spiritual influences. Playlist “The Ungentrified Blues” Sean Jones “Better Get It in Your Soul” Charles Mingus “Walk in the Light” Midwest Regional Choir of the Church of God in Christ “Come Sunday” Sean Jones “All Blues” Miles Davis “Joy Spring” Clifford Brown “Moto Perpetuo” Wynton Marsalis “Piscean Dichotomy” Sean Jones “Forgiveness” Sean Jones “Not While I’m Around” Sean Jones “Amazing Grace” Sean Jones The post The Sean Jones Interview appeared first on The Joys of Jazz.
21 minutes | 2 years ago
Zoot Sims: Warm Tenor
Zoot Sims was one of the hardest-swinging jazz musicians, who had his own immediately identifiable sound… and that sound was one of the warmest and most human in all of jazz. Playlist “That Ole Devil Called Love” Zoot Sims “Lover Come Back” Zoot Sims, Al Cohn “Four Brothers” Woody Herman “Broadway” Lester Young with Count Basie “Captain Bligh” Zoot Sims with Count Basie “Expense Accont” Zoot Sims, Al Cohn “Sweet Lorraine” Zoot Sims, Red Mitchell “The Apple Core” Zoot Sims with Gerry Mulligan “Zoot Walks In” Dave Frishberg “I’ve Got It Bad” Zoot Sims “Willow Weep for Me” Zoot Sims The post Zoot Sims: Warm Tenor appeared first on The Joys of Jazz.
20 minutes | 2 years ago
Genius on a Cheap Clarinet
Lester Young is recognized as one of the all-time great tenor saxophonists, and one of the all-around giants of jazz. But in this episode we take a look at another of his unique contributions, on an instrument—the clarinet—that he only played occasionally during a couple of years, but on which he also left an unparalleled legacy. Playlist Lester Young featured on clarinet on: “Pagin’ the Devil” “Countless Blues” “I Want a Little Girl” “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans” “Blues with Helen” “Them There Eyes” “I Ain’t Got Nobody” “Goin’ to Chicago” “Texas Shuffle” “The Very Thought of You” Paul Desmond (alto) “Sacre Blues” Lee Konitz (alto) “Blue Ballad” Lester Young “I Want a Little Girl” alternate take The post Genius on a Cheap Clarinet appeared first on The Joys of Jazz.
45 minutes | 2 years ago
Clifford Brown LIVES!
Featuring an interview with jazz trumpeter Charlie Porter, this episode explores the living legacy of trumpet great Clifford Brown. Though gone for over sixty years, Clifford remains a major source of influence and inspiration for today’s trumpet players. Porter helps elucidate the many reasons why Brown’s music remains so important, not just for its technical achievements, but for its humanity. Playlist “I Remember Clifford” George Cables “Stockholm Sweetnin'” Clifford Brown with Quincy Jones “Messenger” Charlie Porter “Joy Spring” Clifford Brown with Max Roach “I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You” Clifford Brown “Delilah” Clifford Brown “I’ll Remember April” Clifford Brown “Easy Living” Clifford Brown “Ladybird” Fats Navarro with Tadd Dameron “Stompin’ at the Savoy” Clifford Brown “Pent-up House” Clifford Brown “Once in a While” Clifford Brown with Art Blakey The post Clifford Brown LIVES! appeared first on The Joys of Jazz.
49 minutes | 2 years ago
More Harlem Stride!
It’s rare to be able to hear about the Harlem Stride greats from someone who knew several of them personally, but that’s exactly what Stride jazz pianist Mike Lipskin gives us in part two of his conversation with Bob Hecht as together they delve more deeply into one of the most dynamic and virtuosic styles of piano jazz. Playlist “Riffs” James P. Johnson “Backwater Blues” Bessie Smith & James P. Johnson “My Handyman” Ethel Waters & James P. Johnson “If Dreams Come True” James P. Johnson “Snowy Morning Blues” Mike Lipskin “Nothin'” Luckey Roberts “Pilgrim’s Chorus” Donald Lambert “Tea for Two” Donald Lambert “Echo of Spring” Willie ‘the Lion’ Smith “Sneakaway” Willie ‘the Lion’ Smith “Just You, Just Me” Mike Lipskin & Dick Hyman The post More Harlem Stride! appeared first on The Joys of Jazz.
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