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…
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.
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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