Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Jazz Gumbo - First Spin

On Monday night, I launched my new, weekly radio show, "Jazz Gumbo", on Radio Regent out of Regent Park in Toronto. It was a great kick-off. Lots of fun and lots of energy.

Below is the playlist for the show.
It's great music. Such a pleasure to spin the tunes, to share music I love so much, and to talk about it a little. A good chunk of it is off my vinyl, which I started accumulating while in junior high. My show will come substantially from the era of "original vinyl", which I date as up to '91, the latest year of issue of any of my twelve hundred or so albums. I haven't yet delved into the "new" vinyl that's emerged, except to replace a recording I've lost or worn out. I will play newer artists as well, and it won't all be jazz, but the heart of it will be the various strains of fusion, progressive and free jazz that emerged out of the 70's. But lots of room for the Sarah Vaughan, the Buckshot, the Sekoya.

One of the best parts about deejaying is being exposed to different stuff. When I did a weekly set at a local club, I was always being told about recordings and artists I didn't know well. I don't yet know how much different it will be spinning tunes from an audio booth, but I hope the recommendations will still flow. I won't always be fast about it, but I will check them out.

If/When I figure out how to "podcast" the show, I may do that. In the meantime, I hope you'll tune in - on your computers - to every Monday, from 6 to 8pm EDT. I'm gonna have so much fun!

Artist                                     Tune                                        Album
Buckshot LeFonque        “Music Evolution”       Music Evolution                     

JoAnne Brackeen            “Let Me Know”              Keyed In

Norman Connors             “Revelation”                   Love From the Sun

Sarah Vaughan              “Stardust”           The Complete Sarah Vaughan

Pharoah Sanders          “You Got to have Freedom”    Journey to the One

Anthony Braxton             “BOR...H”                         Five Pieces – Fall 1975

Keith Jarrett                     “Great Bird”                    Death and the Flower

Dianne Reeves                   “Chan’s Song”                 Dianne Reeves

Chuck Mangione        “Can’t We Do This All Night”   Chase the Clouds Away

John Coltrane                     “Welcome”                       Kulu se Mama

Hugh Masakela                 “Night in Tunisia”              I am Not Afraid

Lonnie Smith                    “Son of Ice Bag”               Think!

Metalwood                        “The Hipster”                    The Recline

Jack DeJohnette                 “John McKee”                  Parallel Realities

Soundtrack Cast                 “America”                        West Side Story

Bobby McFerrin                 “Blackbird”                      Simple Pleasures

Sekoya                              “Fugitive Pieces“             Sekoya

Miles Davis                        “Right Off”                       Jack Johnson

Steps Ahead                       “Safari”                             Modern Times

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