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:
For the list, a select group of radio programmers from across the country chose favorite tracks from the thousands of new releases they received this year.
Our picks include "Breakdealer" by the Pat Metheny Unity Band, shown here at this year's Newport Jazz Festival, and "Farafina" by Lionel Loueke. Read our full lists below, and visit NPRMusic.org to hear these artists, along with other tracks selected by stations across the country. Enjoy!
WBGO-FM’S TOP SONGS OF 2012:
• Ulysses Owens Jr., "Good And Terrible"
• Mark Masters Ensemble, "Lawrence Brown Blues"
• Gary Smulyan, "Little Miss Half Steps"
• Jazz Soul Seven, "Move On Up"
• Branford Marsalis Quartet, "My Ideal"
• Chano Dominguez, "Nardis"
• Brad Mehldau Trio, "Time Has Told Me"
WBGO - THE JAZZ BEE’S TOP SONGS OF 2012:
• Aruan Ortiz, "Alone Together"
• Isaac Darche, "Beautiful"
• Lionel Loueke, "Farafina"
• Gregoire Maret with Toots Thielemans, "O Amor e Meu Pais"
• Johnathan Blake, "Of Things To Come"
• Alfredo Rodriguez, "Qbafrica"
• Edmar Castañeda, "Quitapesares"
• Billy Hart, "Song For Balkis"
• Christian Scott, "The Red Rooster"
• Linda Oh, "Ultimate Persona"
Radio programmers from across the country were asked to select some of their favorite under-the-radar acts for the list. Our pick? Brazilian singer and guitarist Pedro Moraes, who will host a showcase of Brazilian "explorative" music at New York's (le) Poisson Rouge on January 14, with groups led by Ivo Senra, Elisa Cassini, Sergio Krakowski, Mauricio Zottarelli and Gabriel Santiago.
Moraes himself is a great introduction to Rio de Janeiro's adventurous music scene. Like Jason Moran, Lionel Loueke and other roots-minded jazz musicians, Moraes turns traditional rhythms and forms on their heads, and comes up surprising ways to embrace Brazil's rich musical tradition and carry it into the future.
Curious? You can visit this link at NPRMusic to download "Marcela," one of the tracks from Moraes' 2010 release, Claroescuro. Enjoy!