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Hear Cassandra Wilson, with the Irish Singer Liam O Maonlai, on Morning Jazz

Erin Baiano
Liam O Maonlai and Cassandra Wilson in concert

When Cassandra Wilson sings a story, it’s heartfelt and soulful, brimming with that Wilsonian introspection. She’s sung new insight into Miles Davis, the Great American Songbook, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Robert Johnson. Her originals come from a place deep inside.

Cassandra recently came in to WBGO to perform music from her just-concluded world tour with Liam Ó Maonlaí, a founding member of the Hothouse Flowers, the Irish group combining traditional Irish music with soul, gospel and rock. Their collaboration was conceived in New York at The Irish Arts Center.

Cassandra and Liam — with guitarists Marvin Sewell and David O’Rourke — performed songs of Liam’s homeland, a hymn, and a beyond-the-box version of Van Morrison’s “Tupelo Honey.”

In jazz radio, great announcers are distinguished by their ability to convey the spontaneity and passion of the music. Gary Walker is such an announcer, and his enthusiasm for this music greets WBGO listeners every morning. This winner of the 1996 Gavin Magazine Jazz Radio Personality of the Year award has hosted the morning show each weekday from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. And, by his own admission, he's truly having a great time.