• WBGO Thanksgiving Blues Poll

    November 28, 2015. Posted by David Tallacksen.


    to all of you who voted ...
    to all of you who listen ...
    to all of you who contribute so you can keep on listening ...

    This year's Thanksgiving Blues Hour Poll was better than ever. Listeners voted for 93 favorite blues artists, and 4 were neck and neck and neck and neck. Muddy Waters and B.B. King as usual were back and forth #1 until the last ballots, but this year Howlin' Wolf and Etta James were alongside them. Muddy finally was #1 by 3 votes over BB. BB was ONE vote ahead of Etta. Here's the outcome:

    1) Muddy Waters
    2) BB King
    3) Etta James
    4) tie: Howlin' Wolf and Stevie Ray Vaughan
    6) tie: Albert King and Buddy Guy

    They're all played pretty much every week in the #BluesHour -- 3PM Monday-Friday on WBGO Jazz 88.3 and wbgo.org ...
    And again, "Every Day We Have The Blues" because of your support ... so, again, THANKS!!!!

  • Hendrix On A Horn: The World Of Robin Eubanks

    November 28, 2015. Posted by WBGO.

    There have been plenty of distinctions in Robin Eubanks' career. The award-winning musician, composer and educator has played with Stevie Wonder, Elvin Jones and Art Blakey; he's appeared on The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live, the Grammys. He even plays electric trombone — the result of years of listening to rock and funk music and wanting to get in on the action.

    "I was a guest soloist with a band in Lausanne, Switzerland, and the sax player had a mic clipped on his bell," Eubanks explains. "During the intermission, I asked him if I could clip it on my bell. I plugged it into the guitar player's rig, and all kinds of bells and whistles went off in my head. I said, 'This is it.'"

    But for all his accolades and experiments, there's something Eubanks hasn't tried until now. His latest album, More Than Meets the Ear, is a collection of big-band arrangements.

    "It just offers so many possibilities, 'cause within a big band, you have solo, duo, trio — you have all the different combinations of small groups," he says. "Of course, it's like three times the size of a quintet, or more, so there's a lot more overhead. It's a challenging thing. ... But I just love the sound."

    Robin Eubanks spoke with NPR's Scott Simon about the making of More Than Meets the Ear and channeling his love of Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin into jazz. Hear more of their conversation at the audio link.

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  • An Artist Grows Into His Talent: Revisiting Sinatra's Radio Years

    November 25, 2015. Posted by WBGO.

    Nancy Sinatra has said some of her best childhood memories are of listening to her father over the air. His radio shows, from the beginning of his career through the 1950s, brought him home in her mind while he was away singing in clubs and ballrooms. For the rest of the nation, however, those broadcasts went beyond sentimental: They're what made Frank Sinatra a star.

    In honor of Sinatra's 100th birthday next month, those rare radio appearances are now out in a box set entitled Frank Sinatra: A Voice on Air (1935-1955). NPR special correspondent Susan Stamberg spoke with the set's producer to find out what it reveals about an artist growing into his talent — beginning with the days well before the screaming teenagers and the buttercream voice. Hear her report at the audio link.

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