During the 11:00 hour I broadcast an interview with drummer Lenny White, interspersed with cuts from Return to Forever, in anticipation of their June 19 appearance at the Orpheum. Music as well from Ravi Coltrane and Jerry Gonzalez, appearing this weekend at Mears Park as part of the Twin Cities Jazz Festival
Today’s show featured a live performance by the Bill Crutcher Group:
a jazz/funk sextet dedicated to the higher vibrations of the soul.
Bill Crutcher-vibes;T-Scott-bass; The Truth-keys;Cam Muwata-guitar; Sam Brooks-sax and Kevin Washington-drums. They played live in the studio during the 5 O’Clock hour to promote an appearance at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival.
We heard new releases this program from Sergio Mendes and Mason Jennings. Sergio’s new one, Encanto, is not very different from Timeless in that he invites superstars of the American and Brazilian pop scenes to join him on some funky and tropical tracks. In the Ever showcases the strength of songwriting and topical tracks we know and love from Mason Jennings. So, not unexpected releases from either talented artist, but great nonetheless and I’m glad to share them with you. Check out what else we heard…
And the Radio Gods looked down and laughed at what romantic fools we mortals be…..Big Time Technical Difficulties put the program’s start back by an hour. Aren’t computors supposed to make our Broadcast Life easier? Our sixty minute Lost Weekend was filled by a syndicated special FRANKSINATRA:A VOICE IN TIME.
Meanwhile, back at RB Central, We celebrate the End of another School Year—School Is OUT!!!! The Big Book of Days yields up Birthdays-in-Blue for Sir Paul McCartney, Don ‘Sugarcane’ Harris, Unsung Motown Heroine Brenda Holloway, David ‘Little Caesar’ Johnson, and composer Gene DePaul from the Golden Age of American Popular Song.