Holiday and seasonal music today, including songs by Jimmy McGriff, Tony Bennett, Connie Evingson, Carla Bley, Pony Poindexter, Ellis Marsalis, and more. A special segment for toy trains at Christmas, with a brief number from NRBQ, and songs by Dan Hicks, and Susan Arioli. Finally, the 45 of the week: If I were a Bell, by Miles Davis on Prestige.

Facing East: The music of John Coltrane – Jose James

The Higher-Than-Fi Holiday Special

12/20 in a nutshell…

The Rocket Ship so big we had to start it at midnight! Well, actually the real story is Angie (“In Your Ear”) Pykonen had obligations away from the KFAI mic, I offered to fill in, and Angie called it live on the air on 12/13: Next week would be a whopping 6-hour Rocket Ship Ska Trip! Pleased as punch, we, the RSST crew, spent the whole week inbetween throwing the whole glorious mess together and came up with everything from schoolkids with cannibalistic designs on Santa Claus (“Candy Man”, not the Sammy D. Jr. hit!) to Dec. 25th birthday boy, Kenton alum and bandleader in his own right Pete Rugolo (both Percussion and Brass At Work) to The Ventures’ “Scrooge” (NOT on the original vinyl Ventures Christmas Album, it’s an original by the band and a cd bonus cut) to The Dualers’ fantastic “Jack Frost” and “Miss Santa Claus” and some outfit I discovered during the show called the Ska Santas! Non-Christmas-related highlights included “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La Da” Prince Buster style, an un-“bumpered” batch of Mutant Frogs goodies AND the final mix I busted at the now late, lamented King & I Thai restaurant, bar and dj venue_ a mix of The Kinks, Madness, Gichy Dan’s Beachwood #9, Bad Manners, Fun Boy Three and Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band that I later replicated and burned at home just so KFAI could air it! (Archive listeners take note: this 20min. mix exists on the “In Your Ear” page for the next two weeks). Now, it pleases me no end that the audio archive engineers HAVE RESCUED the 4: to 6: hours of this show… THANK YOU!!! :) :) :^)

La mayoria de la programa es en espanol; a wide panorama of Latinamerican music on today’s show. During the last 20 mins. Global Beat shares a tribute to the music of Ravi Shankar.

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It was a day of quieter music, reflecting the mood of the nation, and the dreariness outside. Played music from Ellington, Mulligan & Webster, Leon Thomas, Cannonball Adderley, Lynne Arriale, Bags & Trane, and more…. The 45 of the week was SAve Your Love for Me, by Johnny Griffin and Eddie Lockjaw Davis.