After two weeks of a pledge drive, I tried to keep the music coming on strong, with classic tunes from Richard Groove Holmes, Tadd Dameron w/John Coltrane, Jimmy Scott, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, and Charles Mingus. Contemporary jazz included new releases from Monty Alexander, Lynne Arriale,and Bobby Sanabria, as well as music from Carolyn Leonhart, Kevin Eubanks, The Spanish Harlem Orchestra and more…
4/7 in a nutshell…
Pledge drive edition week 2, and our Rocket Ship visits (Derrick Morgan’s) The Moon and The Planets (band) with their Follow the Leader. And no, I’m NOT dreaming… Kid-Nap is, and Hal Blaine’s even Hallucinating, to boot! But they’re not imagining Sammy Kaye Talking to the Animals by the light or Joe Loco’s Silvery Moon, ‘cuz that’s actually happening! In the 4(+2)@4, lollies are getting popped by Millie Small, the mysterious fictitious Fizzy, Malaysia’s finest Gerhana Ska Cinta, 2Toners Bad Manners and The Selecter, and originator Barbie (not Marvin’s aunt) Gaye. The Strange Tenants kick off a month-long GotchaSKAvered tribute to Prince Buster’s fave gangster Al Capone, and the Tokyo Ska make a respectable showing, complete with Shiina Ringo. By the way, we’d love it if she’d cut 2 more skas so we could make her our 4@4 feature at some point in the future. OK, everybody, now: Dreeeeeeamm aaahhh-nnn!
More live music in the studio to celebrate 2011 pledge drive:
Annie Mack along with guitarists Jeremy Johnson and Phil Schmid.
Annie came up from Rochester, Minnesota to support KFAI and to promote the 2011 International Blues Challenge. She’ll be competing May 1st at Wilebski’s Blues Saloon to see who gets to go to Memphis to represent Minnesota.
For the second show of our Spring 2011 Pledge Drive, Twin Cities vocalist/pianist JoAnn Funk came by and we played a couple of tracks from her brand new album, Pick Yourself Up. I also played tracks from John Patton, Joe Lovano, Lee Morgan, Christian Scott, Charles Mingus, Claudia Acuna and more….