A bit of a preview of the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, coming up in 10 days, with songs from regional artists like Charmin Michelle, George Avaloz, and Cory Wong, and from visiting artists like Joe Lovano, as well as music from Sonny Stitt, Johnny Adams, Charles Mingus, Linda Ciafolo, Ella Fitzgerald, and more…. * = New, # = Twin Cities Artist.
To commemorate the fact that KFAI broadcast out of its own Studio One for a short while Tue. night, the first 20 minutes this week were wall-to-wall Studio 1 (label) tracks produced by Clement Coxsone Dodd at his famed Kingston recording facility, housed in a former jazz club that had been known as The End. When The End came to an end, Dodd moved in and the rest is musical history. A requested Inspecter 7 track also made its way into the first hour. Hour 2 saw Sherwood B. Funn debut the new Waitiki 7 release New Sounds of Exotica, while the 4(+2)@4, a random selection of US ska, preceded the original My Boy Lollipop, birthed in New York in 1956 by Barbie Gaye and an ace studio crew for Darl Records, laying out a textbook Blue Beat shuffle years before anybody was calling it that (Other examples would include Fats Domino’s Be My Guest and Rosco Gordon’s No More Doggin’). And that’s Pre-History Of Ska 101 for this week, kiddies!
Quite a mixture of music tonight, from Roland Kirk with Jack McDuff, to Miles Davis’ late 60s quintet, to the two pianos of Bill Charlap Renee Rosnes and a new guitarist by the name of Yotam. And more….