December 2010 Rhythm and Grooves Archives

Drummer Jonathan Blake stopped by to talk about his background and his performance this evening with the Dakota Combo, a group of very talented high school students. Blake spent ten years in the Mingus Big Band, and plays regularly with Oliver Lake, Tom Harrell, and Kenny Baron, among others. I played music from Big John Patton, Jon Pemberton, John Coltrane, Dan Block McCoy Tyner, and more…

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Lots of classic music for a snow-bound day, including Rueben Wilson, Ray Charles Betty Carter, Cal Tjader, Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody, Charles Mingus, and Oliver Nelson. Newer music from Bill O’Connell and Dean Magraw’s Red Planet.

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Contemporary sounds from Louis Hayes, The Bad Plus, Andy Farber, Charmin Shapira, George Colligan, and Curtis Fuller. Classic tunes from Jimmy Smith, Hank Crawford, Ron Carter, and Charles Mingus.

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It’s a Christmas Day episode, with jazz versions of Christmas Carols, snow-themed songs, Santa ditties, toy songs, and more, including tunes from Carla Bley, Rhoda Scott, Kermit Ruffins, Tony Bennett, The Bad Plus, and Charles Mingus.

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