Jazz

(2/14 in a nutshell… )

Happy Skalentines from RSST! The “Ooooooh” is jam-packed with all the ska oldies designed to bring out the warm-fuzzies in you and yours… and for those of you without a “yours”, consolation prizes from Phyllis Dillon, Prince Buster and Justin Hinds. Sherwood stayed in the spirit with papayas and mangos straight from Rosemary Clooney’s shady nook… and Shiina Ringo’s shady nuke, respectively… and just wait’ll you hear who Dizzy Gillespie met in the Land of Oo-Bla-Dee! The Home Stretch gave us Pily Gaos extolling the virtues of“Mi Novio Esquimale” (her “Lollipop” by any other name), the 5@5:05 were 5 uninterrupted Froggies, and… whatever else you do, don’t get Bonnie Pink or The Miceteeth wrong! And remember… “There’ll Always Be Sunshine” on that “Marvelous Trip to the Planets”. Tune in, and stay tuned!

Ash Wednesday – mardi gras conclusion featuring la muzique louisiane… then concluding in Brasil for a different sort of carnival music.

Today’s show featured an interview with Big Bill Morganfield, the son of Muddy Waters…who has a new release on the market. It’s called “Blues With A Mood”.
We talked about this project and about a new addition to his touring show: the guitars of his father….2 guitars belonging to Muddy Waters that Bill is exhibiting as part of his stage show.

TRIBUTE TO LAWRENCE D. “BUTCH” MORRIS (1947-2013)

I was visited today by singer Katie Gearty and choreographer/director Regina Peluso, who talked about the Jazz Ballet, Go A Lot of Living to Do, at the Southern Theater. We talked about the ballet and played some of the songs that Katie Sings in it. Also spent time playing music from New Orleans, in celebration of Mardis Gras, including tunes by the New Orleans Collective, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Louis Armstrong, the Dirty Dozen, James Andrews, Astral Project, and Jim Robinson. A couple of songs to remember the recently passed Donald Byrd, and that was the show.

Episode #392 – Glen Returns to the Cockpit and guides the Jet to an EASY landing.

Red Baraat, Mardi Gras, a visit with Paul Collins, and a wallop of female-empowered power pop.

2/7 in a nutshell…

Ooh, was it Bob Marley’s birthday? (No, it was actually the morning after. There’s got to be a… oh, never mind) Anyhoo, the RSST Crew launched this week’s show with a set of tunes stretching from Bob’s pre-Wailers recording debut in 1962 (“Judge Not”), all the way to 2 Tone-era songs the man didn’t even write, but were nevertheless named “Concrete Jungle” and “Rat Race” by their composer, Specials guitarist Roddy (“Radiation”) Byers. Aboard the Voovie Doo, Sherwood was feelin’ a change in the air, so on went “My Foolish Heart (Crazy in Shibuya)”, the online single Soil and “Pimp” Sessions cut with Shiina Ringo. The “February” tracks from our two “calendar albums”, Hal Blaine’s “Flashy” from Psychedelic Percussion and Emil Richards’ “Amethyst” from Stones, got the ol’ Planet off to a rollicking start, while Francis Bay went undercover as “John Evans” to bookend Sherwood’s show-within-a-show with “The Peanut Vendor”. The Home Stretch “gotcha SKAvered” in Portuguese again with Wanderlea’s contribution to (“Meu Bem”) Lolli-dom, backed by Renato and his Blue Caps. The 5@5-past-5 took us into Ska’s Lost Decade (roughly ’68-‘78) with tracks by everybody from the Milwaukee Coasters (1968) to Carlos Malcolm & the Fireburners (1970) to Plastic Bertrand (1977). Pitbull’s “Funky Kingston”-looping “Don’t Stop the Party” landed the Ship for another week, just in time for “The End”. Don’t worry… this show ends once every week, making The End a rather commonplace occurence. Tune in and stay tuned; it’ll happen again!

New releases from Meklit Hadero, in town at the Cedar, and from Rupa & the April Fishes, both from San Francisco. A preview of Red Baraat coming to the Cedar late in Feb. and some Cajun & Zydeco music – just for good measure !

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