January 27, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
WBGO keeps you warm all blizzard long! Listen to our announcers' favorite snow songs, and more to keep you feeling as light as a snowflake on Jazz 88.3 FM - the jazz source. - Steve Williams, WBGO interim program director
SNOWFALL - CLAUDE THORNHILL
Music Director Gary Walker tipped us to "Snowfall," which pianist Claude Thornhill wrote as a theme song for his popular big band in 1941:
SNOWFALL - AHMAD JAMAL
Sunday Night Music Mix host Eulis Cathey offers us a different, but equally entrancing, version of Snowfall, as recorded by pianist Ahmad Jamal at Chicago's Alhambra nightclub in 1961:
I'VE GOT MY LOVE TO KEEP ME WARM -
ELLA FITZGERALD & LOUIS ARMSTRONG
Midday Jazz host Rhonda Hamilton offers us the home-for-the-holidays warmth of Ella and Louis' version of Irving Berlin's classic, recorded for their 1957 album Ella and Louis Again.
SNOWBOUND - SARAH VAUGHAN
We'll be feeling "Snowbound" for a while, and Singers Unlimited and Afternoon Jazz host Michael Bourne loves Sarah Vaughan's version of this song about two lovers, recorded in 1962 with the Don Costa Orchestra:
THE WIND - CHET BAKER WITH STRINGS
Jazz After Hours host Brian Delp likes "The Wind," from the 1953 album Chet Baker & Strings:
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January 23, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
Blues singer and harmonica player Rob Paparozzi talks with Michael Bourne about "Electric Butter," his CD tribute with the Ed Palermo Big Band to the electric Chicago blues of Paul Butterfield and Mike Bloomfield.
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January 22, 2015
In 1984, when a young Steven Bernstein first encountered the blind virtuoso New Orleans pianist and singer Henry Butler, he was astonished. "This is it," he recalls thinking. "This is like the music that I always imagined. Everything you ever loved about music, all being in one place. But now it's all coming from one person." Nearly two decades later, Butler and Bernstein finally had the chance to collaborate when they were booked for a run together at New York's Jazz Standard. It was an intriguing pairing: Bernstein, with his trumpet and arranging chops, and a wealth of downtown New York experience; Butler, with his deep well of knowledge and talent. They plotted a program of early blues and Butler originals, were invited to record for a major jazz label and continue to play residencies at Jazz Standard.
Jazz Night In America looks at how the collaboration took shape, and visits the club where it all began for a live performance in December 2014 by Butler, Bernstein and the Hot 9.
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