There seemed to be a revolving door on the studio as three different sets of guests dropped by: Lulu’s Playground, with a CD release party at the AQ on the 11th & 12th; Pavel Jany and Robert Everest, with a world music show at the Cedar on the 9th; and Dorothy Doring and Phil Mattson, with a CD release party at the AQ on the 18th. Whew! Also played music from Greg Lewis’ Organ Monk CD, as well as Art Pepper, Russ Nolan, Vicky Mountain, and the 45 of the week: Chicken Giblets by Dizzy Gillespie from 1969.
Vicky Mountain was my guest today, talking about the songs of Jimmy Van Heusen and her upcoming concert celebrating him. I also played tracks from Bob Rockwell & the Organizers, Dorothy Doring, Lulu’s Playground, and Michael O’Brien, not to forget, Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Pete Escovedo, Horace Silver, and Lou Donaldson. 45 of the week was Herbie Mann doing Love in Peace on Atlantic, also known as Meditation.
Tried to play music to celebrate the heritage of Martin Luther King today. Artists such as John Patton, doing “Freedom Jazz Dance,” Oscar Brown Jr. doing the chilling “Bid Em In,” Max Roach doing “Tender Warriors,” and Marcus Shelby doing “Trouble in the Bus.” Other artists for the day were Art Blakey, Randy Weston, Charles Mingus, Christian Scott, Reggie Quinerly, and Gil Scott-Heron. 45 of the week was Bird’s Word, by the Last Poets. Archived until February 2.
I played an interview that I had recorded with pianist Lynne Arriale during the week, along with three cuts from recent CDs. She’ll be in town at the AQ on Feb 1 & 2, and will be conducting a workshop for middle and high school pianists on the 2nd. Also played cuts from Oliver Nelson Big Band, Ron Carter’s Great Big Band, Dave Holland, Gregory Porter, Lou Marinini, and Jimmy Smith. This week’s 45 was Euphoria, by the Charlie Ventura Septet, on Decca.