A mixed bag of music for this evening, from the opener of Jimmy McGriff doing an Al Green tune, to new music from Christian Scott, Brazilian music from Kenia, and great tunes from the Stein Brothers, Dexter Gordon, Dinah Washington, and more…
Welcome to another flight of the Rocket Ship… all abo-o-o-o-oard! This week, our ’60s set culminates in a Big Fight (in THIS corner, real-life onetime boxer and longtime pal of The Greatest, Voice Of The People head honcho PRINCEBUSTER!! And in THAT corner, onetime cop, archrival and later friend of Clement Dodd, and Treasure Isle head honcho DUKEREID!!) The bout takes up one entire side of a Blue Beat 45! Then, it’s all eras of ska with cuts by the Ska-Phonics, Derrick Patsy, Bad Manners, The Nails (newly reished on cd by City Beat!) and The Insteps with King Stitt, with Mobtown rounding off the hour. In hour 2, it’s Marc Ribot and Koop. with a double shot of solar vibes, but the night gets cool when the Coconut wafts outa the PA. Later, both Les Baxter and Cal Tjader Love Paris. The 4@4’s a colorful rainbow of ska_ just check the song titles! After an extended Lolli-lick by Bloodvessel and his merry krewe, it’s King Django back-to-back with King 7,
and before the hour’s up, we get a Party At Ground Zero… KABOOOOMMM!!!
Poet Marilyn Nelson stopped by to read some of her poems about the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, an all-female big band of the 40s. Turned out to be an evening of female performers as I played tunes from Sheryl Bailey, Sharie Maricle, Tiny Davis, Mary Lou Williams, Laura Caviani, and more… * + New, # = Twin Cities Artist