New and old releases including Jazz Master, Von Freeman, playing acoustic piano with his brother, George Freeman. Andrew Hill, Chucho Valdes, Esperanza Spaulding, Bahia Black and Sekou Sundiata also featured.
Twin Cities vocalist Teresa Manzella stopped by to talk about her career, her involvement in jazz, and a date at the Hat Trick Lounge. I played new music by Radam Schwartz and Esperanza Spalding, as well as classics from the Jazz Crusaders, Milt Jackson, Jimmie Lunceford, and Charles Mingus.
9/16 in a nutshell…
Hot on the heels of blastoff, we had a couple of Top Deckers, then some impossibly rare 45s found on YouTube… and we couldn’t resist reprising the delightful De Blue Blue Beat by (the unfortunately late) Rita Hovink. More 2Tone goodies also figured into Hour 1. The Sherwood’s Planet hour careened from Pram to Perrey/Kingsley to Sauter/Finegan to Dick Schory… all before the first bumper break! In the home stretch, the 4@4 found poor Cozy Little without a theme, resorting to twisting the track knob on a home-burn comp specifically in order to NOT know what song was coming up in the mix next… think of it as Shuffle Mode, and that was the theme! Put3Ska lollipopped, Giuliano Palma looked back over his shoulder, and The Selecter were fronted by a cool blue lady. Weren’t they always? (Well, except for the ‘b’-side of Gangsters, when they weren’t actually a band yet… )