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Due to The Pandemic there are no live performances to report but there are some great musicians are keeping the music going with some great and heartfelt virtual performances. Here are today’s recommendations.
Some Virtual Concert Recommendations For Today!
2:00 PM New Orleans based jazz/cabaret singer/entertainer Anais St. John teams up with pianist and composer Harry Mayronne for a performance of the George Gershwin Songbook. You can catch the show at St. Anna’s Episcopal Church Facebook
5:00 PM One of the great Americana Tex-Mex, neo-traditional country music, Latin, and rockabilly bands The Mavericks will be performing a set of Mavs favorites, including songs from their #1 album ‘En Español’, country classics record ‘Play The Hits’, and other new & rare performances. Catch this show at Nugs TV
7:00 PM The Freight & Salvage At Home Streaming Concert Series presents an evening with one of the great Bay Area jazz groups the Kim Nalley Band‘s Freedom Songs The Music Of A Movement. Catch this virtual performance at Kim Nalley Freight Tickets
If you are out and about today or at home doing projects or just hanging out and have the radio on or able to stream this is my recommendation for great music programming throughout the day and evening. I recommend starting the morning off at 6:00 AM with WWOZ and Traditional Jazz With Big Pete
Following Big Pete at 8:00 AM is Weekend New Orleans With Ron Phillips which is a great mix of New Orleans-centric music from various genres including Trad Jazz, R&B, soul, funk & brass band
Following Ron at 10:00 AM is one of the best afro cuban/latin music programs in the known universe Tiene Sabor with Yolanda Estrada
Following Yolanda at noon is one of my favorite two hours of music featuring Brazilian and world music Tudo Bem with Dean Ellis and Suzanne Corley
At 2:00 PM Suzanne Corley continues on the air with two hours of great world music programming with World Journey. This is without question my favorite world music radio program..
Next up at 4:00 PM is Block Party With Brice Nice. This is a great program of soul, funk, R&B, psych-rock, alt-hip-hop, and any sonic gems including 45 RPM disc, new or old. I love the party feel Brice brings to his show..
Following the Block Party at 6:00 PM is Soul Power With Soul Sister where “the queen of rare groove” starts a 2 two hour music marathon of deep funk and rare groove.
Following Sister Soul at 8:00 PM is two hours of some of the best radio programming in our current universe Awake And Willing With Peggy Lou. I have many favorite music shows on WWOZ but this is at the top of my list.
Finally at 10:00 PM is my favorite radio program on the air Blues In The Night With Jamie Dell’Apa Every Saturday from 10:00PM-1:00AM Jamie hosts what is unquestionably the most fun, unique and entertaining radio in our present solar system. Jamie describes the program as “Music from that time when rhythm and blues and rock and roll were emerging but hadn’t yet become a predictable formula. A time when musicians were listening to and incorporating these exciting emergences into their own style of music. We focus on music that is difficult to categorize. C&W that sounds like rockabilly and rockabilly that sounds like R&B which sounds an awful lot like rock. That’s the sweet spot for the music on the show and, sure enough, that’s where the New Orleans sound is centered.” This show is must listen Radio. Highly recommended!!!!
Video Pick Of The Week!!
Dexter Gordon was considered one of the greatest jazz saxophonists ever with his near-vibratoless sound and prodigious ability to improvise. Through his trend setting work in the 1940s and due to the pervasiveness of his influence on his instrument, Gordon was regarded as the world’s first bebop tenor saxophonist. During his heyday, namely `45-`80, he played tenor sax with many of the all-time jazz greats, including Lionel Hampton, Louis Armstrong, Billy Eckstine and many others. He was a strong influence on the tenor saxophonists who came after bebop, especially Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane. In celebration of Dexter’s 98th birthday on Saturday, I would like to recommend the 1996 documentary Dexter Gordon: More Than You Know in which Gordon is essentially the narrator of his own life and the romantic jazz world he inhabited. Using a wide variety of revealing footage – including virtually unseen material of this great artist in private, in performance and in various interview settings – this documentary is very nearly a musical autobiography, with profound comments coming from Gordon about his career, his associates and formative influences